fashion week, here we come

fashion, meet technology

dolce and gabbana will be streaming their women’s fall winter  show live for the first time ever.

oooh-ahhh

fun photo gallery

The LATimes.com posted this photo gallery last week and I couldn’t help but flip through it to see if I’d been to–or still wanted to go to–any of these destinations. overall, i wanted to go to half and had no desire to go to the other half.

I was sad to see Disneyland, Rio and Pisa on the list.

Lately

thesis means bad sleeping habits

i’ve been going to bed at 4 a.m. and waking up around noon or 1 p.m. each day. why? because wordpress is driving me insane. there are no ready made themes that have exactly what i want so i have to tweak each one that has some of the elements i need to best showcase the site. problem is i have no idea how to properly edit PHP files so there is a whole lot of trial and error and late nights trying to figure out what’s wrong. i wish i hand-coded the site…or better yet, took the comp exam. so frustrated.

it took a whole week to make these additions: add a new theme, add a tabbed sidebar, flickr feed and twitter feed. i added some recent thumbnails to the bottom of the page too but can’t get any of the pictures to show up. i also can’t get the featured thumbnail nodes to stay on one line. ahhh!

black is the new black

fashion week

perhaps this is totally unrelated to thesis, but it is related to journalism and my love for AP. Here’s a video they did for FW ‘11 Fashion Week(s).

success

yay-yuh

newspaper dress infographic

I successfully made my very first info graphic!  i love you, dreamweaver! Check out the new graphic here.

Oh, and happy valentine’s day! i’ll  be spending the rest of my romantic weekend weaving dreams…

disaster

flash and dhtml ≠ happy nardine

somehow i’m unable to get either to work for me. toto decided to die on me in the middle of building a dhtml infographic and apparently it is difficult to teach a pc user flash in an all mac classroom. did i previously mention my distaste for apple??

viva toto!

for serious

wth?

want to see the power of the t-shirt in action? apparently you can pay this model to wear a t-shirt advertising your cause by buying up a day on her calendar. she’ll wear the tee and  write a blog about it. fascinating…i didn’t know models used computers ;) does that mean she never gets to wear regular clothes if each day on the calendar is sold out?

watch the shewearsyourtee video here:

special thanks to professor towns for the tip.

Apple’s iPad

Steve Jobs is trying to take over the world

Okay, so maybe it’s kind of cool. But, magical? I think not. I don’t see any bunnies springing into incarnation from the iPad screen and I’m pretty sure that’s never going to happen.

Still, the iPad’s Senior Vice President of Design Jony Ive calls the glorified iPod Touch “magical.” The Apple folks are really proud of their new doodad and of course they would be since they think they’ve reincarnated the tablet, a device that may have only ever been a good idea in theory.

The iPad seems like it could be a fun gadget if you’re a tech wiz and feel the need to expand your arsenal of Apple paraphernalia. As for the hype? Highly unnecessary. Even investors are disappointed: Apple dropped 3.6 percent just two days after the gizmo’s unveiling, according to the LA Times’ Technology blog.

Maybe years from now we’ll look back and see this generation of the iPad as the predecessor of even more magical devices, but for now, the iPad is just a toy. A shiny expensive toy. But if got a major discount on that $499 price tag, I’d be more inclined to buy it knowing full well I have no need for it.

In the iPad intro video, the Apple team claims that the iPad is the best way to browse the web and feels better than a book or magazine. Now I haven’t manipulated the thing myself, but I don’t like the idea of kicking back with a hunk of metal rather than a good book. And unless the next generation of books will include multimedia (like what we’re trying to do new stories) I’m sticking to my paperbacks. But the Apple team still seems most proud of the iBooks component and though it’s cool in theory, it’s just another obstacle legacy media companies need to deal with in the digital age. The iPad is not revolutionizing the publishing industry. Time.com writer Peter Ha said it best, “Apple is simply providing the industry with a vehicle to deliver their content on yet another device.” It’s just taking book and magazine publishers a little while to catch up with the dwindling digital status of the newspaper.

So if it isn’t used as a book, magazine, music or App store, can it still be compared to a laptop? Yes and no. It may be just as fast (assuming you’re on a reliable WiFi network) and its battery life may last longer than your laptop, but the iPad has a fraction of the hard disk space of a competitively priced generic laptop/PC. Granted, the PC may not be able to make the same swishy screen changes or simulate race car driving, but what it lacks in bells and whistles, it makes up for in practicality. You also can’t comfortably mount the iPad to a desk without feeling like you’re playing an old school arcade game a la Frogger and PacMan. It doesn’t make phone calls or take pictures either. But, hey, we still expect more that that from our measly cell phones. We’re creating a demand for new-fangled technology without realizing that each iteration is only a minor improvement on the previous one. But I guess they call that progress.

paperwork

thesis update

i met with my third thesis (and last) committee advisor today. she specializes in consumer behavior at USC’s Marshall School of Business and is super smart, nice and looks like a really young and prettier michelle obama. she’s going to help me with the consumer culture aspect of the t-shirt project… specifically how to answer the ‘why?’ questions that keep cropping up.

i turned in my paperwork that listed all my committee members, too. but before i turned it in, i was reminded by Celis that my previous topic idea–about Coptic being phased out–was also a really good one. great. i would have pursued it if i stayed a print major but i keep hearing that these internets are kind of a big deal, so i’m still happy i switched to online. plus i probably wouldn’t have been able to build my site or write this entry if i didn’t switch. grateful much?

retraction

oops!

i retract my previous tweet about wordpress being the devil…to this:

installing wordpress is the devil.

it’s actually not that hard to use. who knew.