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UPDATE! the new banner is now hanging above. look at banner! many thanks to dom for rejuvenating it for 2017! also, i've updated the about me page, because i like to do that every couple of years or so, when i realise that at least 50% of it is out of date... [#shameface]

why yes, i have made a slight change in the appearance of the blog. i think this makes it easier to read, and i kind of like the colours involved [although those are subject to change]. i'm not so sure about losing my banner, which i rather liked, or my links [although they were badly in need of updating]. i'm still combing through older posts to make sure that there aren't any huge layout issues, so if anything looks weird, please let me know. in fact, please let me know if you have any thoughts on the "new look" more like space. 

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Whoa! This is certainly a change. I like the new layout, but I do find the text harder to read--I think it's a combination of white text on a dark background and the larger spaces between lines. However, these are just my immediate reactions; I might find it easier to read once I get used to it.
Oh, also: is there any reason why the font changes when you click on a specific post? It's a little distracting.
Kate MacDonald said…
Thanks! The read-ability is something I was a bit concerned about, because I know it's not as crisp as black-on-white, and online text is already harder on the eyes than old-fashioned paper with ink.

I noticed the font changing thing and I'm still trying to figure it out myself. From what I can tell, the fonts should be uniform throughout, but clearly that's not happening. Bonus weirdness: the fonts seem find on my phone. Because everything must be complicated...

as long as you're here, why not read more?

jihadvertising?

i keep seeing this ad for tictac candies:



am i the only one who finds the suicide bomber clown at the end a little unnerving? all the nice natural things like the bunny and the [extinct] woolly mammoth and the fruit get devoured by a trying-to-appear-nonthreatening-but-obviously-psychotic clown who then blows himself up. congratulations, tictac, i think this ad has landed you on about a dozen watch lists.

oh and by the way, showing me that your product will somehow cause my stomach to explode in a rainbow of wtf makes me believe that doing consuming tictacs would be a worse dietary decision than the time i ate two raw eggs and a half a bottle of hot sauce on a dare.

the world at war?

in my semi-smug but genuinely curious way, i posted a question on my facebook page earlier: how much of the world has to be at war before it counts as world war iii?



the first response i got raised the very legitimate point that this is the sort of question that gets answered by historians, once the haze of the present has faded. the other important factor is that people don't just declare war on each other the way that they used to. major powers entered both the of the world wars with the blessings of their own parliaments, whereas conflicts since world war ii have happened in coded language, sometimes circumventing the political process in the interests of expediency. president reagan never declared war on the nicaraguan government in the eighties, for example, but the united states was clearly in a state of armed conflict, even if most of the arms were being carried by their proxies, the contras.

whether or not we are living in a world at war is a tricky question. despite what…

mental health mondays :: pop quiz

those of you who are friends of mine on facebook [that might look a little weird to those of you seeing this post on facebook] may have seen my weekly "sunday quiz time", where i just ask random questions in the name of stimulating conversation. after doing that this week, i ended up taking a very wide variety of quizzes on mental floss, which made me a little smug about my knowledge of geography and a little rattled about my knowledge of the finer points of grammar. [i want to say, in my defense, that the one grammar quiz i found was really f**king hard. is that last sentence grammatically correct? i don't know. i have no confidence in my grammar anymore.]

i got so into answering questions about just about anything that i thought it might be fun to apply that format to mental health mondays. i've already done links to quizzes about various mental disorders and how to tell if you have them [i think it turned out i had all of them], but i wanted to do a special set of…