keeping my privacy

Is there a word for the irrational and/or rational fear of becoming the target of direct marketers?



Today on Makezine.com I show how to see radio waves with a light bulb. Also in the post are instructions for how to build the light bulb detector.


I’m laughing out loud here at a list originally posted here after I found an excerpt posted on the MAKE blog, so I’m reblogging it. Here are my favorite bullet points:

2. Always quote at least twice the time you think it will actually take to do the job
(personally, I multiply my first time estimate by pi)

7. –Business WILL always be part of engineering. Get over it.
–Never underestimate the stupidity of the end user of your product. Make it fool and idiot proof if possible. This is very hard to do. It takes infinite intelligence to anticipate boundless stupidity.

8. K.I.S.S. The ideal design has zero parts. “An engineer is someone who can build for a dollar what a fool can build for twenty” – Robert A. Hienlein


I am proposing FairytaleFashion.org for a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and Obama’s initiative to “Reimagine Learning”. I would like to create Fairytale Fashion Lab and expand FairytaleFashion.org into a program for classrooms. The grant applications are now open for public feedback before we revise them. I welcome your feedback! http://www.dmlcompetition.net/pligg/story.php?title=664


I had a nice interview with MotherBoard.TV. Claire & gang were very nice.


This makes me wish I had a big fat marker with me to cover this up in something other than this insidious shit. And i don’t really ever have the impulse to tag.

Canal and Broadway. All you Chisel-tippers and KRINKers go after it.



From October 2008… this post was caught in WordPress limbo. I publish it now, well after this NYC microtrend has gone national, if not global. The questions remain the same, the scope has just increased…

Head Scarf


My first ham radio press interview on page 18 in World Radio Magazine. I always feel extra proud of my ham radio achievements because I work twice as hard to get them since I only have a fashion design background.

screenshot courtesy of makezine.com

88 de KC2UHB


All of the Fairytale Fashion videos are finished and now we are getting ready for Fairytale Fashion Runway Show on Feb. 24th. Things are busy, busy.

Yesterday morning I interviewed with The Business Insider. Then I met with Peter Kirn and am very excited that he will be putting together a circuit bending orchestra for the fashion show. A long time ago, live orchestras used to play while models walked the runway. The Fairytale Fashion Show will have DJ’s playing music from hacked electronics. Last, I went to Meet Up’s Fashion 2.0 to try and get together the last bit of funding for the fashion show. I met a lot of interesting people there.


Two things happened on my bike today, one which is about advertising and the other isn’t but both are about public space and it’s uses and controls.

One: who owns the street sign posts

This morning I rode my bike to a not-so-close subway stop because I had to run into Manhattan for a meeting and make another meeting in Brooklyn right after that one. And I was late. I get to the station, find a street sign to lock up to, and the guy hawking the Daily News comes up to me yelling. He tells me that is his sign, and that he is going to lock up his newspaper rack AND stool to it, and I have to go find somewhere else. I tell him he doesn’t own the street sign and start locking up, and he says that if I do that he will simply lock his rack up around my bike and I will not be able to get it out. And I’m running late.

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