Fishing in bigger waters.

So I’m sure you’ve all seen ads around campus for “DateMy School” that we’ve all probably ignored because it’s exactly what the name says: a dating website for college students. While catching up with a few friends over Thanksgiving break, my best friend was telling me about how she and her current boyfriend of 9-months actually met and it was through Date My School, abbreviated as DMS. She explained how this website worked. You set up a profile stating your interests, likes and dislikes, and what you hope to gain from this website. You can set the age range, major, school selectivity, and others as parameters for the people you want to browse. And the people who don’t fall into these parameters cannot view your profile. When you view someone’s profile they’re notified of your visit and, vice versa, when someone visits yours, you are notified of their visit. You can “like” someone’s profile if you choose to save them in your “interested” list. Unfortunately, unlike in the past, to see who visited or liked you profile or send and receive messages, you have to pay a monthly membership. According to my friend, there are many couples like her who are in happy, long-term relationships who met through DMS. My theory is that meeting online forces you to learn more about the other person and really find out if they’re a match for you before starting a relationship, which is why these relationships are so successful. I personally haven’t made a profile, but I think DMS is an interesting way to fish in bigger waters since you can meet college students from all over the country.

What do you think of online dating services? Would you ever personally try it out?

XOXO A

Costume Technology

I know a lot of us think of technology as the latest iPhone or MacBook.  But I wanted to take a minute to give a shout out to the people I work alongside everyday, the costume technology majors.  The “technology” being the literal action of being able to construct a garment from nothing more than a picture.  The knowledge and skill that goes into something like that is immense, and the raw talent and patience even more so.  Understanding grains of fabrics, fibers within fabrics, working on wefts or the bias, the technology that goes into a piece of clothing is rather advanced.  People tend to think expensive clothing is just for a label, most of the time it is not.  The craftsmanship and expertise that goes into making something a finely tailored suit is a technological skill few people these days even have.  Being able to tell a well made garment from a cheap mass-production can take a trained eye, but it is well worth knowing.  So next time something seems too expensive just for a label, take a look at the inside, how are the seams finished?  Is the fabric cut perfectly on grain? Is the fiber a protein or natural fiber? Or man made?  Technology spans so much further than what we think of day to day and I feel it is important to remember that.

Technology in Textiles

Last week my professor took his class on a tour of the costume shops and dye shops in New York City.  We were able to see really incredible things being built for shows like Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, the Rockettes and so on.  However, the most interesting part of it all was the place we stopped last called Dyenamics.

This place is literally the forefront of fashion.  You can tell by the name they do a lot of fabric dying but in reality they do so much more.  They have these huge printers hooked up to computers and scanners allowing them to actually PRINT out a fabric!  Truly incredible.  This is very helpful to costumers who often need vintage prints and the examples could go on.  They also are developing, through technology, hundreds of ways to manipulate fabrics and fibers.  They have been coming up with so much that fashion designers turn to them for inspiration!  Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren will be turning out some works because of them on this yeas Fashion Week.  Dyenamics may also sound familiar to anyone who watches Project Runway.  The technology though is so advanced and new that they only have about 9 people on staff, simply because no one else understands the computer aspect and fashion technology aspect.  Crazy to think what clothes we may have on our backs in coming years.

TV Production w/ Minimal Technology

Today when I was at The Good Wife CBS studios going through the motions, I took a minute to realize just how far TV has come.  What seems beyond imaginable to me though is just how people were even able to keep a show organized without the technology we have today.  Working in costumes, everything we do is budgeting receipts, scheduling fittings, returns, shopping, etc. How in the world did people keep track of all that before computers and cell phones?  It is very easy to see how much we take technology for granted without even realizing it.  On the positive side though, it is easy to see how much more advanced we have been able to make production because of technology.

Eliminating jobs?

A few weeks ago I read an article that was about the possible future of stores and shopping, grocery stores to be exact.  Though it sounded rather sic-fi and far from happening it was still pretty interesting and did not seem completely impossible.

The article suggested that in the future we would be able to shop for our products and then walk right through the door.  How so?  There would be some type of scanning mechanism in the doorway that was able to detect a chip (that would become standard on labels much like a UPC is today) and scan each item.  The total would then be directly taken out of your bank account, much like direct deposit or something that has routine access to your account.  This in turn would cut down on shop lifting because you would be charged when you go through the door regardless.  However, it also seems like it would eliminate jobs for super market or retail employees in general.

Last Post

To Professor Bielecki and everyone in our class. Thank you so much for your time and effort. I know it took a lot of patience always putting up with our questions about iMovie and audacity. It’s hard to teach people about something they’re completely foreign with, but you did a great job and made it so much more manageable than I expected. I also appreciated you accepting our creative pieces and letting us post “almost” anything we want on the site. It was a joy to read what other people were thinking throughout the week and around the holidays. I will sincerely miss this class. Thank you for everything!