girls in space

Posted in photography on February 17th, 2008 by fabienne

elisa fiber optics

[pictured above: elisa installing fiber at a colo in a’dam, shot by me]

i was reminded last night as i went dressed as kaylee from firefly that not everyone is a sci fi fangirl. only one person at the fete had seen firefly (he had only seen the first three episodes) and no one could recall having seen serenity the movie. i found myself having to explain that a female engine mechanic from the 25th century was a relevant costume choice. but it got me thinking, who else would i dress up as from the future? probably the major from gits in her combat uniform and purple hair (even though most of the series doesn’t take place in space, the tech and twisted hack plots are reason enough). also a more recent addition, i would dress as cassie the pilot of icarus II from the movie sunshine. she is a tinkerer as well, someone who not only is the pilot of a crazy huge ship, but is also someone who isn’t hesistant to use manual overide to bypass the mainframe a.i.. i guess i’m more drawn to these geeky women than the guy characters, and yet i’m more into the realistic and very human ones (though the major is out of that scope, but she just rocks). i wouldn’t go as anyone from star wars or star trek or stargate, none of those really resonate with me. the question is, can women today be those main characters in their own lives without being reduced to a hollow cliche? i know they can, i know plenty of them personally. kaylee frye isn’t a stretch as a character, she is very real even in the 21st century.

catching snippets of sun in a’dam

Posted in photography, travel on February 4th, 2008 by fabienne

i like it when cities have a theme. in copenhagen they have a symbol for the city, rome has framed portraits on the building facades, and in a’dam i kept seeing the xxx logo everywhere when i was there last month. the sun was fleeting, only two days out of my two week stay, but the city is quite photogenic. i still have a few photo shoots to sort through from my time there, but in the meantime feel free to peruse what i have posted so far.

xxx pole

xxx ticket

xxx ticket

a year worth of socks

Posted in knit on February 1st, 2008 by fabienne

sock mosaic

i started knitting again on january 24th of last year, and since then have knit 15 pairs of adult sized socks, and a ton of baby sized socks as well. two pairs were completed this past week. one was a pair i started to have some airplane friendly knitting on bamboo double pointed needles, here shown below still on the needles. full info on this pair here.

socks on needles

the other pair were a pair that gave me a bit of a headache in more ways than one. they were first started october 13th, and thusly are the slowest pair of socks i have knit as i finished them today. i don’t think i love this pattern, mostly because it kicked my butt not in a friendly way, but in more of an annoying older sibling way. i don’t think i will ever knit this pattern again, but dang they sure look good when they are finished! here are my Thelonius socks in all their glory (ravelry page here):

thelonious

ten of the fifteen pairs (and all of the baby pairs) have gone to homes other than mine. i like to think people have some happy feet. also it pains me to say that all the pairs i knit for other people went 10 times faster than the pairs for myself! it just goes to show that i am definitely a knitter, not just a scarf knitter, but a full-fledged knitting obsessed wool addict. that, and i will never have cold feet.