Fashion Photo Roundup

March 12, 2012

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Photo Roundup – Design

December 19, 2011

100+ photos of pleasing design-y things.

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Dapper women

December 17, 2011

Would you like to see 34 images of women who are wearing the hell out of some “menswear”? Ok.

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Photo Roundup

May 28, 2011

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Weekly Photo Roundup

April 5, 2011

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Some great things to read

March 4, 2011

I read some very good stuff on the interweb this week. You might enjoy:

1.
Paul Graham’s
Taste for Makers.
Excellent thoughts on making things that are simple and good, which can easily apply to design, writing, art, mathematics, acting, everything, really:

Good design is timeless. In math, every proof is timeless unless it contains a mistake. So what does Hardy mean when he says there is no permanent place for ugly mathematics? He means…. if something is ugly, it can’t be the best solution. There must be a better one, and eventually someone will discover it. Aiming at timelessness is a way to make yourself find the best answer: if you can imagine someone surpassing you, you should do it yourself.

2.
The Hairpin’s thoughtful, insightful
Ask an Abortion Provider.

I speak of my abortion as a positive experience, not to secure the “most awesome abortion” prize (hello judges…?) but to save a seat for the possibility that this doesn’t have to be the worst thing that ever happened to you in your whole life…. If it makes you uncomfortable to think about abortion as something that could possibly be positive for a person, think of why you’re a person who doesn’t want someone to do the best that they can under the circumstances they’re in.

3.
The Awl co-founder Chiore Sicha’s touching and funny elegy to his cat,
The Last Photograph of Cat.

Cat believed that everything was a prison… Because of his view that there was always something better beyond what boundaries so arbitrarily constrained him, Cat spent most of his life trying to climb over, through and under any possible obstacle.

4.
The Wikipedia article on
Emotional Labour.

… a form of emotional regulation wherein workers are expected to display certain emotions as part of their job, and to promote organizational goals. The intended effects of these emotional displays are on other, targeted people, who can be clients, customers, subordinates or co-workers.

Every in-person job I’ve had in the past decade has involved a very heavy component of emotional labour, since basically I am hired to get people to open up with me (like when I interview or teach them), or to help them feel emotions that I generate (ie, as an actor) or to regulate their emotional journey (ie, banishing awkwardness and creating flow and comfort when hosting).

I was instinctively very aware of this concept, so it was fun to learn that it had a name and other people have written about it. One thing stood out to me: basically, the more superficial the emotional labour, the worse the worker feels about themselves. You have to genuinely believe in what you’re doing if you want to be OK with doing it. I’ve really noticed this.

5.
Writer Mike Sager has a section on his personal website called Tips.
It includes some real gems:

- 53 ways to improve your reporting
(Sit in the back, in a place that commands the entire field.)

- 51 ways to improve your writing
(Dare to be bad. Then go back and edit.)

- 25 ways to improve editorial relationships
(Try to avoid drinking at lunch.)


Design Extravaganza

March 3, 2011

Oh, hi, would you like to see a bunch more photos of rooms and housewares I like?
Ok, here you go!

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Design ideas

February 25, 2011

I’ve been thinking a lot about making some changes to my apartment. I think I want to paint my brown wall grey, and make a headboard, and get a giant couch, and a bunch of other stuff. This has been brought on by the fact that I recently added a whackload of design blogs to my RSS feed, so basically every morning I look at nice things and then I think all day about how to get them. Super-constructive.

Anyway, I’ve been saving lots of pics of design ideas I like and I just realized there are like five folders of this stuff on my desktop, so I figured I’d throw it all up here for safekeeping. Please to enjoy / ignore.

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That fabric with the dancing llamas is embroidered blankets made by Otomi people (an indigenous group in Mexico). I love how bright and dynamic it is, and how saturated the colours are. That headboard idea was all over the place in the designblogs a while back, and I still lurve it.

The second half of the slideshow features my new favourite colour scheme: grey + turquoise + yellow. I used to be all over yellow and blue in my university days- my room was basically wallpapered in Van Goghs- and while I think I’m over that particular palette, turquoise + mustard is looking pretty great to me these days.

Some of the rooms in this latter half of the slideshow kinda make my butt clench with how tensely staged they are- I’m not really into the perfect Hollywood Regency hotel look with brandnew matching symmetrical superformal everything- but there are still lots of little ideas here to think about.

I think in my apt, maybe a grey wall + a grey couch + all my preexisting turquoise stuff + I dunno, some yellow pillows? A bowl of butter? And obviously my apartment is also a perfect environment for six pet canaries, to provide that perfect pop of colour.

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Covet covet covet. You guys, quit consuming so much media and you’ll quit wanting so much stuff. The Amish are onto something.


Nail Polish has come a long way.

February 6, 2011

My fingernails always look like I used them to scratch a hole through a metal door, so I don’t spend that much time or energy checking into the state of nail technology today. Big mistake. I found a whole blog and YouTube channel of really awesome nail art tutorials. Look at this.

First of all, nail polish floats on water, so you can do cool stuff like this water marbled effect. It’s like Japanese paper marbling, or this one awesome craft I used to do when I was a kid, using clear nail polish on the surface of water and applied to black construction paper, why can I not find a Google image, totally gonna make some this week, anyway:

Plus, now you can get colour-changing nailpolish:

In order to be a nail expert like Colette in these tutorials, you need to own a little bit of nailpolish. Not too much. Just a few bottles. If you keep them well-organized, they hardly take up any space at all.

I’m totally in.

Anyway, I was totally enthralled by, and spent like two hours watching every single video on that channel I briefly viewed a few nail tutorials. And suddenly my raggedy little nail-nubs look undewhelming and I have total keratin envy. All of this, coupled with my naturally competitive nature, means I’m probably going to try to one-up Colette and start growing out my nails for the rest of my life, so I can make them super-pretty and myself super-helpless. Anyone wanna come by and rub my eyes for me? They get itchy.


Cat Bow Tie

December 27, 2010

I made an Xmas bow tie for Helder’s mom’s cat.
My cats were forced pleased to model it first.

Mojo. So majestic.

Juno. So annoyed.

Then I wrapped it up and gave it to the Senhora and my lil’ buddy Fausty, who chewed on it while being told in Portuguese how pretty he looked.

It’s felt, with a hair-elastic-and-button closure.

I am pleased with it, and am now planning an entire line of catcessories: a long necktie, a priest collar, a peter pan collar, maybe a Shakespearean ruffly thing. Stay tuned for more mortified cats special occasions.

I did this once before but obviously cats look better in tuxedoes than business suits. What am I, a farmer?


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