April 18th, 2006

SpaceBubble

How to get that fresh spring makeup look!

Yesterday's Seattle P-I had an article about putting on makeup. I only mention it because my "look," apparently, is now in. Red lipstick and light purple eyeshadow - how great to know I'm cutting edge! Of course, I'm only "hip" because I DON'T change from year to year - I picked up Raven Red probably 12 years ago and started using a light purple eyeshadow (occasionally) when I got it for free with my Estee Lauder base three or four years back. My big concern, however: must I also now apply eyeliner until I look like a raccoon (per the picture with the article)?

Links to two more articles forthcoming after I arrive at work ...
TopBug

On office friends and lost friends

An article in last week's Post-Intelligencer covered a very interesting topic: when friendships die. I've realized in the last few years that this happens far more than I would expect. In fact, losing friends seems to be the norm. People move, their interests become different from yours, you discover something horrible about the other person that makes you not like them any more, they have kids, you don't work together and your schedules don't really match up.

I've tried to handle this on a personal basis by basically constantly being in friend-recruitment mold. It's probably going to be harder and harder for me as I get older and more people have kids and decide they don't really have time for being active friends anymore, but I'm trying to head it off at the pass. I've also tried to look at things I do that might drive people away from me, and while I think I may have (*ahem*) certain personality traits that don't jibe with a lot of people, I've attempted to compensate - not by changing myself but by looking more specifically for people that are copacetic with my ebullient (and occasionally painfully critical) self.

Comments from you about this losing friends issue? The article looked at whether or not you should end it officially or just let things taper off ... what do you think?

Finally, I really liked Monday's article about the office spouse, basically really good friends of opposite gender at work. I have one, and shadowdaddy had one at his old job (and I think he's taken up with a new girl, the philanderer!). Any comments on this? Is it a UK phenomenon too, or specific to the US?
Darger

Running at 60 miles an hour, I begin to be able to see through time

Innocence, which we saw at the Northwest Film Forum tonight, was fantastic. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that it was so cool, since it was based on a symbolist novel from Back In The Day, but ... it was just so creepy and dark and full of preternaturally aware little girls! shadowdaddy said it was like watching Picnic at Hanging Rock as cast by Henry Darger (see the icon). I may be giving this movie four stars - it was beautiful to watch and it never bored me. In fact, though shadowdaddy said he thought it was slow, I thought it was entrancing, every minute of it.

It was so cool, in fact, I felt drained afterwards (or maybe it was the Pilates earlier in the day). I tried to pick it up a bit with drinks at Rosebud, but though the company of shadowdaddy and splendid_geryon was most enjoyable - MOST - I was still wiped and called it a night at ten.

Anyone else noticed how everytime LJ does the autosave, the window in which you're typing the text gets bigger and bigger? I wonder if it's only in Firefox? I wonder if there's any point in telling the people who run LJ?

I wonder if I'm just losing my mind?