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“Now, follow my lead. Step where I step. Swag where I swag.”
“Swag? I have no idea what that means!”
“Did I not just tell you to follow my swag?”

/// Handsome Jack: @zombietwin | Rhys: @rathvelus | + pics: @kassna & edit

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Rainy Planet SS17 Lookbook

The Japanese brand delivers a lightweight collection for the warmer months, inspired by Japanese culture and climate. Cotton and technical fabrics portray loose, relaxed silhouettes suitable for the everyday attire of contemporary, urban men. An interesting vision that merges tradition and modernity in a unique way.

Let’s go steal a city...

However, if all cities already contain the crimes that will occur there, then, taken to its logical conclusion, this suggests there might be a kind of Moby-Dick of crime, a White Whale of urban burglary: a town or city so badly designed that the entire place can be robbed in one go. The stakes would be massive. I spoke to an urban information technology adviser, for example, who has worked on several new “smart city” projects under construction around the world, primarily in northeast Asia. When I asked him what burglary might look like in these cities of the future, his answer was shocking. Requesting that he remain anonymous due to the nature of his answer, he explained that the operating system of New Songdo City, Korea—or what he described more specifically as the software that supports the technical fabric of the city, allowing communications between buildings, urban infrastructure, and portable devices—was legally required to be backed up and held in a safe-deposit box (alas, he would not tell me where). If one of the city’s founding partner companies went out of business, or if an act of God wiped the city of its digital innards, this backup would be in its bank vault, waiting. You could then reboot the city.

Or rob it.

Consider for a minute the implications of this. By breaking into just one safe-deposit box, you could steal the code to the New Songdo City—the operating system of an entire metropolis. In a scenario straight out of science fiction—the heist of the century—the digital engine behind every electronic door lock, every elevator, every streetlight, every fire alarm, every subway tunnel, every bank vault, and every surveillance camera would be under your control. You could rob every building in the city. It’s enough to make even the most hardened burglar swoon.

~ A Burglar’s Guide to the City, by Geoff Manaugh

candacejean  asked:

Hi Jennifer! Not sure how touchy of a subject this is, but what are your thoughts on a white girl (for example) writing a "diverse" story from the POV of a character of color? Bottom line of course: we're all PEOPLE. But would the above be criticized in a bad way? Unwelcome because it's technically "fabricated" and "how would she know?" sort of a thing..?

Let me first say: Anyone CAN write any dang thing they want. But here’s a little story by way of example.

I recently read a YA book. I’m hiding the book/author identity so let’s say it was set in New Orleans. (IT WASN’T, but we’re saying it was because THIS IS AN ANALOGY, it’s pointless to speculate about what book this is, because all details are completely disguised, SO STOP GUESSING.) *ahem* anyway:

Now, I’m excited, because there are NOT a lot of realistic contemp YA books set in New Orleans, and my family is from New Orleans. I’ve lived in New Orleans as both a young person and an adult, in houses and apartments from the Lower 9 to the the Upper Garden District. I know the city, what different neighborhoods smell like, what the air feels like, the peculiar NOLA accent that is really REALLY not a stereotypical “southern” accent; much more like Brooklyn than Kentucky. Not to mention all the tiny and not-so-tiny details that you can only get by really immersing yourself in a place.

Lemme tell you: This book was just wrong. WRONG. On every level. BONE WRONG.

It was very VERY clear to me that this author has no more been to New Orleans than I’ve been to Bangladesh. The most I will grant is that maybe – MAYBE – they went there for a convention one time and didn’t venture more than three blocks from their hotel. They painted the place and the people of this extremely complicated and diverse city in the broadest stereotypes, impressions that one might get if their “research” consisted of watching a high school production of “Streetcar”, reading an Anne Rice book back in the day, and mining their aunt’s recollections of her boozy weekend at JazzFest in 1998. Oh and also, they ate at a Popeyes in Newark one time and it was delicious.

Now, this offensive nonsense was published in the US because, presumably, the editor/publisher have ALSO not spent any significant time in New Orleans and didn’t realize that this book is a travesty of WRONGNESS. I’m sure many thousands of people who have never been to New Orleans read the book and thought it was awesome, and probably an accurate representation of life there. But I knew. I was offended, frankly, and it tainted the entire book for me. UGH. Eff that book.

The good news is, the subsection of People from New Orleans, who also get prickly about how it is represented in literature, who also read deeply in YA, who will also happen to read this midlist book by a random author, are pretty dang small. It’s probably like, me and three other people, max. However, all the thousands of other people who read the book who DON’T know to be offended will instead assume that it is correct. They will, possibly, integrate the faulty “knowledge” gleaned from this book into whatever biases they already have. And thus, shitty stereotypes are reinforced.

Now,  I was irritated and offended, but arguably there was no real HARM done. After all, NOLA makes plenty cash on cranking out this crapola for tourists all day every day, so what’s one more drop in the bucket?

But imagine if this was not just a city you care about… but your actual real IDENTITY. For many readers, there has been NO representation or ONLY SHITTY representation for a long-ass time. A kid who has NEVER seen themselves in a book, or who has ONLY ever seen themselves as in books as something “wrong” or “broken” or “bad” or “other”? THAT’S HARMFUL. That can do real damage to real kids.

We’re now at a place where people - authors, editors, agents, and readers - are recognizing this lack of diversity and taking real steps to change it. Because we want literature that reflects our world. Because we want kids to have mirrors in which to see themselves. Because we don’t want another generation growing up excluded.

TL;DR, Here’s my tip: Consider why you are the person to write this story. I’m not saying “don’t write about New Orleans.” I’m asking, do you know more about New Orleans than I do? IF so, OK, go on and write your book about New Orleans. If not, DO RESEARCH, talk to humans who have lived there, and immerse yourself until you know more than the surface stuff. If you are not willing to do that, then fuck off and write about Boise or whatever other thing you DO know about.

If you INSIST on writing about New Orleans despite not knowing about it and not talking to people about it and not doing research about it, prepare to either NOT GET PUBLISHED, or get severely dragged on the internet.   

(I had like ten more paragraphs but forget it man. Sorry this went on so long, hope it made sense)

Tips for Cosplaying on a Budget

We all do it. We all spend way too much on cosplay at a con or right before a con and lament our lack of funds. We vow to do better next time, but we don’t actually know how and we just keep spending money on these costumes. How do people with limited budgets actually do it without going broke? Well, I’m no expert, but here are some of the things that help me save.

Note: Some of this may look familiar. I’ve talked about it before, but not on here. ;)

  1. Sales, sales, sales. If you’re on a budget, the only time to shop is when there’s a sale. If your cosplay has smaller pieces, go for the remnants section at the fabric store. Those are usually at least 50% off, which is a wonderful discount. Sales can drop the price of something significantly. If the sale isn’t good enough, wait; there’s always a better sale.
  2. Coupons are your best friends. Y’know what I get excited about? Coupons to JoAnn’s fabrics. I get really excited. If I get a 50% off or 60% off coupon in the mail, I want to go buy fabric just to take advantage of the coupon. Not even joking.
  3. Connect with your local fabric store. In line with the previous two, this is how you keep updated on sales and access ALL THE COUPONS. I get the newsletter from JoAnn’s, I get coupons via text and mail, and they know me when I walk in so if there’s another coupon that can apply, they provide me with it.
  4. Check Goodwill. You won’t believe some of the stuff they have in there. I’ve seen bolts of fabric, even. And don’t be afraid to buy and cannibalize clothing! It costs $3, why shouldn’t you rip the seams and use it to make something new? Remember too that different Goodwills have different stock, so you should check out multiple ones. And they don’t just have clothing! All sorts of stuff gets donated. Seriously, great resource.
  5. Plan ahead. This is seriously the BIGGEST tip I have in this whole thing. If you plan your cosplay in advance, at least 3 months, you have the chance to shop sales and wait patiently. Ideally, plan at least 6 months in advance. Then you’re not rushing to finish, you’re not hurrying to try to find the fabric and spending more than you should, etc. I know it’s tempting to pick up last-minute cosplays - heaven knows I’ve done it, especially when it’s to hang out with friends in a group - but it’s not cost-efficient. If you’re willing to be patient, you can buy things only on sales and with coupons. This can halve your cosplay cost and cut the stress, too.
  6. Budget, budget, budget. Set money aside so it’s not an instant drain on your finances. Maybe set $10/paycheck to the side for your cosplay. If you have money left over when you buy stuff, great! Just don’t spend it out of the blue, or you may have sticker shock and receipt regret later. Budgeting is a very good friend of yours. It helps to have your cosplay funds in an envelope you set aside with cash, because then when the cash is all gone, whoops, no more money to spend right now. It keeps money separate and makes a clear designation. (Unless you’re like someone I know who spends all the cash they get.)
  7. Think outside the box. It’s easier a lot of times to just buy the expensive, really nice materials. It’s also tempting because, duh, nice materials. But nice materials are expensive, and sometimes you can’t afford that extra cost. Look for mundane alternatives. Test them out before hand. If you’ve planned ahead, you’ll have time to do your trial runs. Sometimes, the really nice stuff is necessary, or you want to splurge. And that’s fine too! But know your options, and don’t be afraid to experiment. If you’ve given yourself plenty of time, you have plenty of time to do test runs and make sure it’ll work.
  8. Always bring references when you’re shopping for fabric. Do you know how frustrating it is to buy the wrong shade of fabric because your brain remembered it differently than the real deal?! Probably, you do. The way to avoid this is to bring in reference images. This also saves you money because you’re buying the fabric once, not twice. If you do accidentally buy the wrong shade, don’t throw it out! Use it for something else. And on that note….
  9. Always check your stash to see if you have something that will work. Need a lining fabric? Don’t go out and buy one just yet if the color’s not specific. Check your stock. Even things that aren’t technically lining fabrics can serve the purpose, and it’ll save you the cost of the lining fabric itself.
  10. Last, but definitely not least, measure twice, cut once. It’s an age-old adage, but it saves time, materials, and ultimately money. If you make 1000% sure you’re measuring right, you won’t run into issues later or be forced to buy more fabric. Yeah, we’ll all still make mistakes, but it’s a good habit to get into. I can’t count the times I’ve seen people (coughJ-Jocough) forget that seam allowances are a thing and cut on the line of the fabric. And then have to fumble and make tiny seams and somehow make it work but we can’t all have things miraculously work out (coughlikeJ-Jocough) when we screw up.

Those are my tips. 10 of them, to be exact. I hope they help you guys. I try to abide by these in my cosplaying, but I screw up too and get distracted by shinies. Good luck, dears!

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Norwegian Rain AW15 Preview

Run by T-Michael and Alexander Helle, Norwegian Rain is one of the most unique brands out there. Combining the founders’ superb aesthetic sense through sleek, exclusive designs, with high-end technical fabrics, the result is an ongoing flow of essential outerwear pieces. For AW15, the duo took both new and trademark models to Tokyo for an editorial shoot by Bent Synnevaag, portraying older locals in clean attires. Be sure to check the collection live at Pitti Uomo, Liberty Fairs, Tranoi and the label’s showrooms and stay tuned for a full preview after my visit to Pitti.

How to make a wig less shiny

So as some of you may know, i bought a wig at a party store and it turned out to be incredibly shiny. like so shiny you had to wear sunglasses. So i looked up some ways to get rid of the shine and i saw that you can use fabric softener and baby powder! though none of the tutorials were specific and a lot of people said it didn’t work for them so i decided to try it out myself and it worked for me! So here is a little tutorial on what I did below the cut!

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Stim gifs 2! (a sequel to this.)

More stimming ideas for those who would like to wear stim jewelry but cannot find things that correspond to their aesthetic. (And please forgive the weird lighting…I have no idea what’s going on with that.) From left to right we have:

  • folding a part of your sleeve so you can tactile-stim with the fabric (which technically you could do with an unfolded sleeve but I opt to do it the way here depicted)
  • messing with a non-spinner ring by sliding it up and down your finger and turning it around (and yes, I know the way I filmed it looks awkward but it can just as easily be done without folding any of your other fingers, I just did it like this for visibility)
  • stretching an elastic string bracelet (you of course have to be careful to make sure you don’t break it, but if you don’t move too forcefully, you should be fine. Also, these are cool because you can make these bracelets yourself, which is what I do, and you can find a variety of different beads with different tactile sensations.)

So yea, three more stim ideas that can be done with articles of clothing that you probably already have! Happy stimming, everybody.

(okay to reblog, it/he pronouns pls)

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McLaren 675LT JVCKenwood Concept Debuts at CES

McLaren Automotive and JVCKenwood unveiled today an innovative design study, the McLaren 675LT JVCKenwood Concept, created for the CES 2016 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Concept is based on the new McLaren 675LT Coupe and features a host of new technologies and celebrates the 25th anniversary of their Formula 1 partnership.

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So, @sabrecmc posted this:

And, after staring hypnotized for a while, I thought of, well…  This.  (I guess now we know why he likes his shirts so tight!)

So I wrote a thing.

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One month after the Chitauri, Tony’s in the kitchen of the tower, staring at the coffee machine as it drips slowly into the pot.  His mind is simultaneously buzzing - equations and designs and specs floating through it faster than the Iron Man armor through unauthorized airspace - and blank: he’s too tired for anything to stick.  He knows - he knows - that after this cup of coffee, he’s going to have two hours of productive time before the crash; he’s drawn this period of wakefulness out to three days, and the hallucinations started an hour ago, when he looked down and tried to start swimming, because he was clearly standing in the middle of the ocean.

So he’s not exactly at his best when Cap says from behind him, “Hey, is that coffee?  Pour me a mug, would you?”

“It’s not ready yet,” Tony snaps, mentally adding, And the first cup is mine, all mine!

“I can tell,” Cap says stiffly.  “I meant when it is.”

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Trendsetter Feature: London Alexander

Quality menswear isn’t difficult to spot. There’s just something different about well-made pieces like these. It’s as if a dapper aura radiates around them. This inexplicable aura is exactly what you can expect from the collections of contemporary menswear designer London Alexander. From detailed shirts and outerwear, to distinguished accessories, London’s creations have no problem getting stylish guys noticed. Get to know the talented designer. Meet London.

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Xander Zhou Men's RTW Spring 2015

Xander Zhou’s models looked like a tribe of futuristic lost boys, clad in the designer’s punkish take on men’s wear staples in technical, showy fabrics. One hip-length jacket with boxy shoulders in glittering, multi-colored sequins was worn over a bright orange tunic, while oversized tuxedo jackets in black or midnight blue — which fastened with toggles — were worn over shorts and chunky–soled sneakers.

Random patches of paint daubed on the models’ faces, along with their mussed–up hair, underlined the anarchic mood. A finale of designs that featured a Darth Vader mask motif, including a tailored neoprene overcoat and a shiny tank top, punctuated this zany show.
-WWD