Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

nov. issue of Spring, Biteki

I picked up the November issue of Spring for the JILL by Jill Stuart cosmetic pouch that is included with each purchase. At only 600 yen for the magazine, I'm quite happy with it.
The pouch itself is a smooth, light nylon. It opens easily and has a pair of handles so it's a bit more functional than most pouches included. It has a nice set of pockets for brushes, etc, and a mesh side pocket for other items. Quite functional and well designed. However, the big red plasic heart came a bit scratched already; I'm not sure if it got scratched in transit or what.
For the price, I'm tempted to get a second pouch, but I don't really need more than one pouch in this very girly heart pattern.

Biteki has a Roberto pouch and some Est samples included; I'm tempted to pick it up too. However, I wasn't all that impressed with the quality of the Roberto passport case, and I've bought a lot of magazines this month, so I'm thinking it over.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

BAPE kids mook is out

The BAPE kids by A Bathing Ape magazine book (mook) is out now. A bit pricy at 1800 yen, it comes with a square boston bag in a colorful nylon material. Quite a nice large size, with long handles and a zipper on top, I am rather happy with it. If the nylon holds up to regular usage, it's quite a reasonable price, considering that a tshirt from BAPE kids cost 4000+ yen.

The fabric is a bit rough, but seems sturdy. The mook is quite nice; they've packaged it so that the gift bag is separate from the mook (rather a catalog really) so you can keep the mook itself around and throw away the cardboard packaging that protects the gift. I actually plan on giving the mook to some friends as I think they'll be amused by the pictures of the fashionable families pictured. The kids are absolutely adorable too.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Racism 101

A followup to the previous post: Racism 101

An ever-expanding list of common understandings we share as anti-racists. Please feel free to submit your own entries.

a really interesting post about writing people of color

From Margin to Center: Writing Characters of Color

by Guest Contributor Neesha Meminger, originally published at Justine Larbalestier

This essay was originally meant to be a short comment in response to Justine’s post on why her protags aren’t white. In one of the comments, someone brought up the old argument: if white people can only write white characters, then should people of color only write characters of color? Here is my response . . .

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

simple string processing

I was searching for elegant ways to remove every other character from a string and came across this
thread.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

update on Fasio Melting Glossy Rouge RD441

It's a gorgeous color - a sheer but decently pigmented and wearable warm red with gold shimmer (shimmer is on the coarse side). A lot of slip to the lipstick, and plenty of shine to merit the Glossy name. However, it doesn't have much lasting power. It disappears within an hour if you're drinking anything. A pity since the color and finish are so pretty.

Perhaps I'll check out Maquillage's fall limited edition color by Alexander Wang; I'd had my eye on Maquillage Moisture Rouge Sheer Type RD564 but wasn't convinced the color was quite right for me. Still, it's a pretty color with good lasting ability. I'll go try it on again.