Category Archives: clothing

All kitted out with U of T logowear

It’s a good thing that the campus bookstore had a sale on clothing and
other school items, as I needed to pick up a few things. I don’t mind
advertising things I like, and the university has been very good to
me. Besides, it’s a great way to start conversation at the CHI
conference I’m going to next week.

I splurged on a pink-and-white zip-up hoodie with “University of
Toronto” written across the zippered front. It was expensive, but I’ll
get more wear out of it than out of the T-shirts, at least while I’m
in a temperate country.

And I picked up a corduroy miniskirt, too! Why does U of T have small
corduroy miniskirts with the school name on them?

We really should have cute IML T-shirts. I’d wear an IML baby-tee. The
Google shirt I’m wearing right now fits quite nicely.

Anyway, I have to plan my backpack for next week’s trip. I’m bringing
cookies. When I went to Cambridge, I made it through a week with my
backpack, but I ended up leaving my plastic containers behind. Maybe I
can just wrap up the plastic containers nicely and give them a tin
each. David and Jonathan are Cool People, and definitely deserve
cookies. =)

I _might_ bring the red malong if I have space. It’s very versatile,
and I’d love to wear it at least once just to bring a little flavor to
the conference.

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Random Japanese sentence: 猫はじゅうたんをひっかき始めた。 The cat started scratching to scratch the carpet.

Pink and frilly

I gave a talk at IBM on a few cool technologies that interns should
know about: blogging, social bookmarking, and the corporate directory.
I dressed up a little for it. I changed as soon as I got home, of
course, trading the pinstripe blazer and skirt for a thoroughly pink
and frilly outfit consisting of a T-shirt, a miniskirt (hello,
Kathy!), pink socks trimmed with lace, and red shoes.

Sometimes you just have to let loose. =)

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Random Japanese sentence: 私は猫を家の外に出した。 I let the cat out of the house.

Hacked another T-shirt

I simply can’t resist wordplay when it comes to hacking T-shirts. The
bright orange T-shirt I bought at the Wireless Toronto anniversary
party has, now, well, wires – or laces, at least. It laces up the back
with strips cut from the T-shirt. (I didn’t have spare CAT5 lying
around…) Like most shirts, the armholes were way too big, so I cut a
panel down the back and used that as a bandeau under the rest of the
shirt. The panel was just a _bit_ too short, so I laced that one up in
front, too.

Yes, yes, a picture’s worth a thousand words, but I seem to have left
the cable for my camera at the lab. That said, I have a totally
small-time studio now: one warm light (from Ikea), a plastic tripod
($3 at Active Surplus), and a camera set to manual + timer…

If I had a remote and a full-length mirror, that would be even cooler.
That way, I could trigger the timer while making sure I’m in frame.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun making the shirt. I’m thinking of making
short vidcasts showing my different hacked-up computer shirts and
talking a little bit about the events/technologies behind them. =) (If
only to show everyone that yes, you can be a geek _and_ still have fun
being a girl!)

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Random Japanese sentence: うちは黒1匹、白2匹で、3匹の猫を飼っている。 We keep three cats, a black one and two white ones.


Henceforth, all of my dressy clothes will be either white or black –
something I can either bleach or dye the heck out of just in case it
gets stained. Either that, or they should be cheap but wonderful. =)

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Random Japanese sentence: ひより見をする。 See which way the cat jumps.

Batik and ethnic clothes

Wearing a batik malong

I love wearing ethnic clothes. Traditional outfits are hip enough to
pass off as casual but dignified enough to go formal, possible with a
little creative re-pinning. I love wearing batik-dyed or embroidered
malongs, the simple tubular skirts that can be turned into dresses and
sashes and sleeping bags depending on need. I love wearing my
butterfly-sleeved terno and wish I had one that looked less formal.
The gold-threaded cream blouse makes it too dressy, but I wear it

Of all the costumes I wear—from hacked computer T-shirts to flowing
skirts to jeans and a tee—I like the traditional ones the most.

Thanks, Mom, for sending me two more malongs and a few black tops!
Thanks to Pavel and Emily for bringing them from the Philippines!
I want more outfits…

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