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not all bad

just a quick post to wish you all a very happy new year and to say thank you for each and every time you've read, liked, shared or commented on a post here. 2016 marked the ten year anniversary of more like space in all its hydra-headed glory and my one wish is that i'm still able to have a space like this to inflict myself on the world in another ten years.

i don't have to tell you all the things that went wrong in 2016, but i do think it's worth considering that not everything was an exploding septic tank in the world. here are a few examples:

1. giant pandas, sea turtles and humpback whales all came off the endangered list.

2. viola desmond, a civil rights activist and basically the rosa parks of canada, was announced as the new face of our $10 bill.

3. the hole in the ozone layer has shrunk to the point where it could conceivably repair itself by 2050.

4. tiny kittens had their busiest and most kitty-savingest year ever, dispelling some longstanding myths about fe…

making faces :: meant for me

i don't have a lot to say about this, because, when it comes to the subject of nars audacious lipsticks, i've already said a lot. but in this case, i have to say something, because, despite the fact that i've collected several more of these little lovelies since i last wrote of them, there are a couple of things that need to be said:

1. this fall, they released the first new additions to the lineup since its launch in 2014.

2. one of the shades is called "kate".

now, my first inclination was to think that francois nars was simply continuing to name the lipsticks of this collection after stars of the silver screen, and that "kate" in this case referred to katharine hepburn, who was informally referred to as kate. [the spelling clearly indicates that it could not be referring to cate blanchett, who coincidentally won her first oscar for playing katharine hepburn.] but the names of the new shades don't actually line up as well with iconic actresses as…

what's easy?

as the year draws to a close, i can reflect on the fact that, in a year that is going to be puzzled over by historians and mystics who try to decipher how everything was sucked into the shitter at once, i made a new year's resolution and stuck with it for the only time in my life. [and judging from how 2016 turned out, it might be in all our interests if i never make/ keep a resolution again.] of course, as i pointed out in my original post on the subject, i was cheating a little, because i actually started studying one language [german] before the new year, so the resolution was more or less to just continue doing what i was doing. nonetheless, i have continued doing just that, and have turned the practicality of learning a third language into a bit of an obsession with learning every language.

nonetheless, i am kind of proud of what i've learned, and excited to keep going. i've completed three language "trees" on duolingo, although it's really more like two…

mental health mondays :: the curse of coping

i know a lot of people who've had this experience: you go to see a psychiatrist in the hopes of getting some help- not just medication, but an actual plan to help you overcome the feelings and behaviours that are crippling you- and you explain everything that you know is wrong as calmly and cogently as you can. the doctor takes one look at you, determines that you haven't put your underwear on your head and that you've washed some time this month and determines that there's not really anything wrong with you.

not every psychiatrist is like that, but it happens often enough that we should be alarmed. it's a problem, because, as one author and speaker on the subject put it, high-functioning people die just as dead as everyone else. it's also pretty bloody cruel to tell people that they have to be in more pain, or in pain for a much longer period of time, in order to have their condition taken seriously.

if that doesn't concern you, because you don't know …

making faces :: inspired by... hangovers?

facebook ads and suggestions are a curious beast [and one that i've discussed before], because i've found that they're either dead-on accurate or hilariously inappropriate. there's no middle ground. one of the "very appropriate" types of posts they suggest are makeup tutorials, which are helpful to me because, without some kind of visibility on other things that are happening, i tend to fall into a rut. ["you know what would be incredible today? neutral eyes and deep berry-coloured lips! it will be totally different than the last twenty days, because the eyes will be a smidgen more gold and the lips will lean a little less red. awesome!"] of course, my usual practice is to give them a glance, think that a look might be interesting to try and then forget them. but there was one recently that stood out to the point where i quickly saved the link, knowing that i had to try it out.

japan and korea are basically where every new makeup trend comes from, b…

slump.

that feeling when you know you should write something on your blog, and you really want to write something on your blog, but your writer's block is so profound that you can't even think of a short piece to fill space. so you put up a few lines of self-pitying text.

also, winter's barely started and i've already had my first tumble. feet went right out from under me on a fairly busy street. i have some aches, and a gash that's going to leave a nice little scar on my knee, but nothing too serious. nonetheless, being as clumsy as i am, it doesn't bode well for the next few months that i went arse over tea kettle the first time i let myself walk on the white stuff.

so maybe i'll just say that i got a concussion when i fell [although i didn't]. or i'll say that this spot of writing malaise is my tribute to swansea city, who have been finding new and exciting was to look pretty uninspiring this premier league season. or i'm still trying to come to te…

mental health mondays :: all the monsters are here

i had meant to post about this project much earlier, since it was done during october, but i still think it's very much worth a look. artist shawn coss drew a "portrait" of a mental disorder for every day of october [mental health month], something that tries to convey what the feeling of having that disease is. his work reminds me a little of ralph steadman's iconic hunter s. thompson covers, and especially gerald scarfe's animations for pink floyd's the wall. his figures are somewhere between spectral humans and insectoid aliens, all ravenous appetite and primal destructiveness.

i chose a few favourites to share, but i highly encourage you, if you like what you see, to pre-order the book he's publishing with all the drawings. [you can also get 11x17 prints of individual images.]

autism spectrum disorder

as coss notes himself, asd is not a disorder, per se, but he included it since it's still listed in the dsm-v. autism does very much affect the min…

an interesting concept

happy immaculate conception day!

in argentina, austria, chile, colombia, italy, malta, portugal and spain, as well as in many parts of switzerland, today is a holiday dedicated to the celebration of the virgin mary and her place in christian mythology. as you can tell from the places where this day is celebrated, mary is a much bigger deal for catholics, who are a lot more polytheistic than you would think, than for protestants.

you could also be forgiven for thinking that december 8th is a weird day to be celebrating the immaculate conception, since the end product of the immaculate conception is supposed to have been born less than three weeks later, on the 25th. either the baby jesus really didn't want to come out, or grew at a rate only seen in that thing from spawn.

but it turns out that this is the celebration of mary's conception to her mother, saint anne, and father joachim, a previously barren couple who were told by an angel that, when they did give birth to a child…

making faces :: becca makes me blush

dom is extremely understanding about my makeup addiction interest. he not only knows that a colourful treat can pick me up when i'm feeling ground down, but he even appreciates different colours, textures and looks and is great at making suggestions. i'm a lucky lady. where he draws the line, though, is with blush. by his own admission, he can't ever tell one from the other and i imagine that's true for many people: unless it's applied really heavily, it's always just a few tones from your natural skin colour, and if it is applied really heavily, chances are you look crazy.

but i can always tell when i get blushes and highlighters just right. i'll catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror and there will be a difference that's visible even if the view is fleeting; i find i'll look healthy or, and i've never quite figured out why this should be the case, happy. having a perfectly complementary colour seems to bring a positive energy to my face. but…

sounds good

listening to different languages as often as i do these days, i've noticed that i'm developing certain favourites, simply in terms of the way that they sound. it may seem strange, but i find it relaxing to just listen to someone speak a few lines in a language- any language, even one i don't understand. the catholic church has been aware of the power of a remote language for centuries, sticking to latin long after their faithful had adopted other tongues. it is very much like hearing someone cast a magic spell over you, which, in the case of religion, is pretty much what it is.

these things are, of course, totally subjective, but as it happens there is an annual language world cup, where participants get to vote on their favourite, match by match, over ten weeks, among 64 of the most popular languages in the world. 2016 saw the fifth annual competition and, for the second time, polish came out as the grand victor, edging out italian, while german claimed third prize again…