Saturday, May 30, 2009

Io sono un Fiorentino?

On our way back from Verona to Firenze, L and I used the services of a Self Bar, a device known in other parts of the world as a Vending Machine. I was a bit surprised when I fed my coins to see a face which is oddly familiar – why would JFK be represented there? Or am I a victim of the same condition which has people seeing famous faces on stale cheese sandwiches?



Friday, May 29, 2009


I have wanted for a while to try to use bleach as paint on fabric; today I noticed that my converse were falling apart, which gave me a good excuse to give it a shot.


The bleach doesn’t immediately corrode the dye, and the delay is a bit tricky to deal with. The other issue, which I expected, is that bleach tends to spread in the fabric, so it’s a bit difficult to keep clean lines.

The issue I had not anticipated is that it corroded the fabric, but also my poor brush, which was balding heavily after a few minutes of this experiment. Time to go plastic.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Inside Out

We stopped counting fast, but according to people who didn’t, 460 is the number of steps L and I climbed to reach the top of the Firenze Duomo yesterday. It took me a bit to realize that after climbing inside the walls, we were actually walking inside the ceiling – or on top of the inner surface of the ceiling – to finally cross and end on top of the outer ceiling. Tricky!

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Mostro Gentile

In Florence, there is the David – and then there is this little guy, discreetly waiting at the entrance of the Ponte Vecchio.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

A man’s camera

This is what happens when you are color-blind and look for good camera deals online. I got a beautiful pink case, too – all assorted with the pink strap. Lovely.