Red Echo

February 29, 2008

February 28, 2008

Along the Great Ocean Road

February 27, 2008


February 25, 2008

Miss Black took me around downtown Melbourne yesterday. It’s a great place, clean but a little disorderly, approachable, and very pedestrian. It’s full of sidewalk cafés, arcades built on twisty little passages not the least bit alike, odd little alleys, overhanging awnings. I felt like we could have wandered for days, in, around, over, through, at every corner some new fashion boutique or chocolaterie or art shop.

I took no pictures, despite the bounty of opportunities, because my camera’s charger and spare battery are packed away in my still-absent suitcase. The friendly Qantas agent assures me that it will arrive later this morning – we shall see.

February 24, 2008

Despite a series of minor mishaps involving delayed flights, extra-special security screenings, and a trip through customs in a country not on my original itinerary, I have arrived safely in Melbourne. My luggage, I have been assured, will follow shortly.

February 22, 2008

It’s three o’clock, and my plane leaves in four hours. This is probably a good time to start packing.

This will be fun.

February 21, 2008

I think this was Xisix. Weird glitchy loopy semi-improvised electronica at the Jewelbox.

I feel as though an international trip lasting a little over two weeks ought to require substantial preparation, but I can’t think of anything I need to do beyond packing my suitcase. I usually travel with a small carry-on, and packing involves careful selection of wardrobe, but this time I’m just going to throw everything I might conceivably need into my keyboard flight case and check the whole thing.

Oh, I will need to pack my shiny new iPod with appropriate airplane music, too.

From Make (of course), a clearly written, comprehensive starting guide to building projects with AVR microcontrollers.

February 20, 2008

There are two web projects I want to undertake after I come back from Australia. First, I want to make more use of my Flickr account, so that the photos I post here go up there, too. Most likely you’d be able to click on the photos here to see larger versions there. I also imagine flickr as a good place to put all the pictures that I like but which don’t necessarily need to show up on my blog.

Second, I want to create a catalog of my creative projects. Making stuff is an important part of my life, and it would be nice to have a more organized record.

February 19, 2008

Ignite Seattle #5

Choker for Ava

This project reimagines the traditional shirt collar as an independent accessory. Fleece lining, silk brocade details, brass closure.

February 17, 2008

I am back home. Seattle has grown brighter and more springlike in my absence. A bluejay hopped along the balcony railing this morning, as if to inspect my ferns.

A sleek new iPod Nano arrived on Friday – thanks, Nathan, for hooking me up, and Lesley, for being here to receive it. I hopped onto the MP3 bandwagon a good ten years ago, but this is my first portable music player. Packed just so, in its tiny clear case, it feels like a gift from the future.

MJ, Cat, and I watched an episode of “Project Runway” the other night. The competition-show format is a bit overdramatic, but the design work was a lot of fun to watch. The show was so inspiring, in fact, that I bounced off to a bar down the street afterward and spent a couple of hours sketching. This sparked a conversation with the waitress, who asked if I had seen a show called “Project Runway”…

I leave for Australia on Friday. I made up a partial to-do list this morning, and it will be a busy week.

February 16, 2008

View from MJ’s apartment

February 15, 2008

February 14, 2008

Band of Horses, at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple

The city might have said hello back. It sounded like jackhammers.

February 13, 2008

February 12, 2008

I am holed up in my sister’s friend Cat’s basement, in Brooklyn: a spacious underground lair where time is precise, artificial, and indistinct, weather nonexistent, and the outside world remote. The windows would show me snow, falling steadily and silently, were I positioned to look out of them. MJ is in bed with her leg propped up, recuperating, watching videos. I’m writing code and occasionally running errands.

Later today I have an appointment at the Apple store in Soho; MJ’s laptop has some problem with its speakers. I intend to buy an iPod while I’m there – my first digital music device, in fact – which should keep me sane on the flight to Australia, and serve as a replacement for the Rover’s CD player when I get back.

February 10, 2008

I had a nice week and a half at home, and now I’m in New York for a week, visiting my sister MJ.

Airtrain from JFK to Jamaica Station, LIRR from Jamaica to Flatbush, subway from Flatbush to Grand Army Plaza, then I walk… makes me feel good to be in a city with a solid transit system. Every time I go through Seatac the new light rail system looks a little closer to completion. The terminal station was all lit up last night, lights blazing up and out, looking swoopy and futuristic and hopeful.

I went to the caucuses yesterday with my housemates. We had a big pre-caucus party, with bagels and coffee, precinct maps, and campaign literature. A dozen of our friends came over and discussed their opinions, and then we all headed over to the caucus location. It was a huge, boisterous, excited, standing-room-only crowd – great to see so many people out putting their energy into a democratic process.

February 3, 2008

My latest sewing project is a birthday gift for Mez: a kimono-style silk robe, cornflower blue, trimmed with black brocade and lined with eggplant-purple silk. I didn’t have a pattern to work from, so I snuck into his closet and stole some measurements from one of his jackets and improvised from there. The result is a little outside my usual range, but it’s very Mez, and yet somehow very me, too. I didn’t quite get it done in time – the hems are unfinished, and it needs a belt – but I made the formal presentation anyway, and he seemed very pleased.

February 2, 2008

Mez’s birthday party

February 1, 2008

It’s nice to be home. I took four out-of-town trips last month, ending with back-to-back Austin visits, and now I am ready for some rest. I get to spend a week and a half settled before I fly to New York for a week with MJ.

Once I’m home from that, I’ll have another week to unpack and repack before jetting off to Australia for a two week vacation. Southern hemisphere, late summer: beaches, highways, big coastal city, maybe even some desert. I’ll be landing in Melbourne, meeting up with Stefanie, and taking trips out from there. I plan to drive the Great Ocean Road, go surfing, maybe go explore some of the southern islands.

The Rover is unwell; its engine oozes thin white smoke after it’s been warmed up – some kind of coolant leak. I dropped it off at the shop this afternoon, so I’m back in a rental car for the weekend. This time, I opted for the damage waiver.

As has become usual lately, I stepped off the plane with a batch of new clothing sketches in my notebook. There’s nothing to do on a plane but read or think, and I guess airport people-watching followed by enforced thinking time gets my brain in the right mode for fashion design. I’m spending the evening on a new project: an experiment, with silk and flowing lines.