Enfant Terrible: Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young Museum

I’ve been wanting to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the de Young since its opening in March, but hadn’t yet gotten the chance to do so. Taking advantage of my glorious week off, I stopped by on Tuesday and avoided the worst of the summer crowds. After seeing the Balenciaga and Spain exhibit last summer, I was looking forward to another fashion exhibit at the de Young.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk definitely did not disappoint – from the intricate details on extravagantly beaded and laced pieces to those that fully embodied the irreverence Gaultier is known for, every piece in the collection was arresting, if not beautiful. Of course, there were a few pieces that had me scratching my head in bewilderment, but for Gaultier, that’s par for the course, I’d say.

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

More photos from the exhibit on my Flickr over here.

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April Fools’: Quest Mode Edition

I know I’m about 22 hours late, but I just noticed this on Google Maps:
April Fools' Google Maps Quest San Francisco
AND
April Fools' Google Maps 8-Bit Quest

And a video explaining “Google Maps for NES, with beautiful low-res graphics, simple and intuitive controls, and a timeless soundtrack.”

SO. AWESOME.

Can we keep this forever? Granted, I would never be able to find my way anywhere ever again, but I’m cool with that.

Also, check out these easter eggs.

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2012: The Year of the Dragon, Coding and Tests

When I was in Bakersfield for the last week of December, I began thinking about the goals I (kind of) set for 2011 and about the upcoming year. Of course, I started typing out one of those reflection-type posts to recap the previous year and new goals for 2012. And then somehow, we were already halfway through January. Huh, fancy that.

Exactly one year ago, I stumbled across WordPress’ neat blogging initiative – The Daily Post – which provided daily inspiration and topics that aimed to get bloggers to post at least once a day. Thankfully, there was a less intense once-a-week version, to which I pledged in an effort to really establish some momentum on my blog. Was I successful? I didn’t end up posting once a week, but participating in The Daily Post definitely helped spur my writing of more substantial posts.

Luckily, it’s the new lunar year, so let’s just call these Chinese New Year resolutions :) And now, the goals for 2012:

  1. Learn to Code
    This is actually a continuation from last summer’s goal. However, I’ve decided to go in the direction of Java rather than C#, since I stumbled upon Stanford’s CS106A Programming Methodology course online. I’ve gone through three lectures and so far this seems like a really course (with all the materials for free online, hooray).
  2. Complete a Web Project
    There are actually two projects in queue for this – my Antarctica website and possibly a website for my father that will play with a much wider variety of HTML5/CSS3 specs.
  3. Take More Photographs
    I tend to take a ridiculous amount of photographs whenever I’m travelling, but the same can’t be said when I’m home in SF. While a picture a day is a bit ambitious, I do want to try and snap a few photos at least once a week, whether they’re food photos, event captures or even simple shots of the view outside my apartment.
  4. Become Less Awkward at Hip Hop
    Definitely a work in progress. Hopefully, taking more of Allan Frias’ classes at Dance Mission will help, hah.

Here’s to the Year of the Dragon!

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