Almost a year and a half ago, I mentioned that I was thinking about starting a clothes blog. That never happened, because right after posting that, I went through a long period of not caring much about clothes. Now I'm back in another caring-about-clothes period, and I'm starting to post some outfit photos again. (Credit goes to Alex alexr_rwx for the photography on most of these.)
I'm now pretty sure I won't start a clothes blog, because it seems apparent that if I did, it would end up lying fallow for months or years at a time while I go through phases of not caring, and nothing's sadder than an abandoned blog. But I do still want to talk about clothes! I also want to have meta-discussions about outfit photos. For instance, I've been thinking about what gets loved on the ModCloth Style Gallery and why. Although I admire a lot of the stuff that's posted there, I tend to only "love" a photo if it's an outfit that I could see myself actually wearing and if the photography is good. Anna's outfits, for instance, are jaw-droppingly amazing; she turns the sidewalk into a catwalk. But I usually don't "love" them, because I don't think I could wear them. leahnmoreno's looks, on the other hand, are a lot more approachable for me. Her photos also have an aesthetic that I'd like to accomplish with my own outfit photos. They're usually outdoors; she's often not smiling or looking at the camera. Most importantly, she looks like she belongs in the clothes and in her environment.
Among my own photos, this one from a while back was a deliberate attempt to appeal to the cute, colorful and retro ModCloth aesthetic (or as cute, colorful and retro as I get, anyway, which isn't very). It didn't work. In fact, to date, my most popular Style Gallery photo (to the extent that any of them are popular) is this one from 2014, in which I looked a bit more curvy, and I suspect that ModCloth might be rewarding me for being a curvy person in a short skirt. More experiments are needed. (The skirt, incidentally, is the same one I was wearing in the former photo! Unfortunately, I haven't been wearing it much lately; the pleats are coming out and it's looking a bit worse for wear. It's just a knit polyester skirt; I didn't think they were serious about that whole "dry clean only" thing...)
New blog post, in which I regurgitate the program chair's report I presented at the Off the Beaten Track workshop at POPL on Saturday.
(I'm posting this manually rather than via the usual janky Ruby script, because the janky Ruby script only knows how to talk to LJ, not DW. Maybe I should do something about that.)
Right now, it's winter where I live, and I'm sitting on the floor, wrapped in a blanket on top of the heat vent to stay warm, wearing ill-fitting pants. Except for this laptop, I could still be a ten-year-old child in rural Iowa in 1993. But, in fact, this is suburban California, it's 2016, and I'm a thirty-three-year-old computer scientist who lives with another thirty-three-year-old computer scientist who also just finally switched to Dreamwidth. There is a hole in our bathroom ceiling, the unfortunate result of water damage from a leaky roof that is supposedly now in the process of being repaired. This is the second place we've lived where ceilings have fallen apart as a result of water damage, and I hope that we will one day live in a house where that doesn't happen, and that, when we do, I will be neither too old nor too dignified to sit on the heat vent wrapped in a blanket.
New year; new journal. Hi!