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On "Now I understand completely. Winter gives me Old Testament vibes"

i keep on waiting to call bullshit on these--i used to think i was just doing it wrong. they make my eyes itch, they leave blue tracers in my peripheral vision, they are expensive, they take 20-30 minutes a day for no appreciable results. i call BS.

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm 0

On Adventures With Gym Man

i have to say, Mlle Hu, is it gratifying to see one's city--Montreal--name-checked and used as background in an austere publication like The Hairpin! :-) Je vous souhaite de la tres bonne chance avec votre amour discret au gym. <3

Posted on March 22, 2014 at 5:18 pm 1

On My Beauty Regimen

@Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that) Yes! Can I get a whoop whoop for Montreal? [Even though it sucks soo soo bad in the winter?]

Posted on January 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm 0

On If We Survive October We Can Have a Doomsday Sleepover Party in 2014

hang on folks. due to math, things can only suck so much before they get better. also: i both read Miller/give credence to astrology _and_ enjoyed the Penn & Teller 'Bullshit!' on it...

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm 0

On The Least Appealing Foods I’ve Eaten in Eight Years of Travel Writing

okay, i 150% believe everyone that says durian tastes nasty, but if so, why do people eat it? culturally or otherwise acquired taste?

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm 0

On Zinc and Liquor

how do you crazy kids 'season' them? i love lemon juice, tabasco, vodka, horseradish... or just lemon... there's also the mignonette [shallots, red wine vinegar, cracked pepper]

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 8:39 pm 0

On French Canada Doesn't Count

@litothela -- the law does NOT suppress protests; it forces people to give advance notice of their intention to do so, as in every other jurisdiction in the freaking world; L.A. requires like two weeks' notice!

@stuffisthings -- look at any of those protest crowds: fresh young well-fed white Quebecers. any African- or Caribbean-Canadians or Asian-Canadians for whatever reason do not seem to show up. Oh I know: perhaps they are at work saving for school?

@everyone: No one is being oppressed, although they would love you to think they are. The *worst* consequence of that law is protestors have to give advance notice, and it was ONLY passed because hooligans--who may or may not be students--were destroying hundreds of thousands of dollars in property weekly in wanky navel-gazing protests.

This "strike", the entire conflict, is unbelievably embarrassing for a province as rich as Quebec is. BTW, if you live anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard, part or all of your electricity is from our Hydro power.

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 12:21 pm 0

On French Canada Doesn't Count

Okay, see Mlle Mlle--that is total bee-ess. If you are able to tolerate complexity, real life events, and lack of melodrama in back-stories...:

i--White Person Problems!!! See http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/fighting+over+first+world+problems/6680720/story.html

ii--This was a group of protesting students upset about a 800$ tuition hike [only in Quebec, folks], until the opposition separatist party and the provincial trade unions exploited the students to their advantage. It is now a clusterfuck that has rendered all screamy idealists in Quebec voiceless and all pragmatic working class people near-suicidal.

iii--I'm saying it one more time. White people problems. embarrassing to the "cause". What about what is going on in Syria, or Uganda right now? sooo navel-gazing, selfish, spoiled, the "enfants rois" [child kings].

ugh. embarrassing and disgusting this reached The 'Pin. :-(

Posted on May 29, 2012 at 11:43 am 0