Archive | May, 2013

Vanilla Latte Socks

31 May

I am on a knitting roll. I finished not one, but TWO projects this week. I’m shocked. The first is a pair of socks that I started in April. The second is a gift, so y’all don’t get to see it until the thing gets mailed to the US. Anyways, I’ve had this skein of bright pink/orange/red yarn for about a year now and I figured it was about time to do something with it. I feel all good inside when I make a dent in my yarn stash, you know?

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The Vanilla Latte socks are super simple, which is what I was looking for. After the tadpole socks, I wanted something a little mindless to knit. And voila! I feel like the color makes up for the relatively plain pattern, don’t you?

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First Gay Marriage in France

29 May

First French gay couple wedVincent Autin and Bruno Boileau during their marriage in Montpellier, France
Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

France celebrated its’ first official gay marriage today. Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau were wed in a ceremony in Montpellier this afternoon. It was pretty adorable. The Guardian’s got most of the details here. I just hope this makes the stupid homophobes look even dumber at their next rally. Also, if they stopped putting their stupid hate stickers everywhere in Paris, that’d be great.

The Towers of Notre Dame

27 May

gargoyles eiffel

I went over to the Notre Dame with a friend on Sunday. Her time in Paris is winding down, so we’re hitting all those tourist sites that she hasn’t been to yet. Yesterday, I finally went up to the bell towers at the cathedral to see some of those gargoyles and church bells up close.

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Kuroshio

24 May

I don’t know what the heck is going on this week in the world, but it’s on notice. Thankfully, we’ve somehow made it to Friday. For a little calming meditation, here’s a time lapse video of Kuroshio Sea, which has the second largest tank in the world. It’s oddly soothing to watch the fish and sharks just smoothly float on by.

Gatsby

22 May

I went to see the Great Gatsby this past weekend with a friend. I have to say, it was a definite spectacle. It might have been better in 2D, if only because 3D gives me awful headaches. I really enjoyed how they translated it to the screen. Leonardo DiCaprio was an excellent Jay Gatsby. But the cast almost seemed overshadowed by the beautiful cinematography and the soundtrack.

Ever since I left the theater, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack on repeat. My fave is surprisingly Lana Del Ray’s “Young and Beautiful”. It’s surprising since a) the most emotion I could dredge up for her previous work was meh and b) there’s a Florence + the Machine song on the soundtrack and my love for Florence knows no bounds.

After the jump, some other favorites.

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The Vasa

20 May

This marks the end of my Sweden posts, but I definitely saved the best for last. The Vasamuseet was practically the only thing I knew about Stockholm and wanted to see before getting there. It’s a museum for a complete warship from the 17th century. What’s not to love?

P1070371The Vasa

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Södermalm

17 May

Södermalm is the cool, hip section of Stockholm. You know the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series? (Of course you do, it’s one of the most read series in the world.) Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist spend most of their time hanging around Södermalm, just like their author Stieg Larrson. Anyways, it’s a totally awesome place to go wander around.

Stairs in SöderStairs in Söder.

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Space Oddity

15 May

I’ll get back to my Sweden recap on Friday, but right now I want to point you all in the direction of personal favorite, astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield. Commander Hadfield signed off a five month stay at the ISS with a poignant and frankly impressive rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity. In SPACE.

Welcome back to planet Earth, Commander Hadfield. I’m going to miss your life-in-orbit updates.

The Nobel Museum

13 May

Nobel MuseumThe Nobel Museum

So, as it turns out, I found the Nobel Museum to be incredibly fascinating. I’m a sucker for a decent science story. The Nobel Museum is one of the more famous places in Stockholm – the Swedish Academy of Sciences is located on the second floor of the building and they host the Nobel Prize Winners every year.

Alfred Nobel’s probably one of the most famous Swedes ever. He invented dynamite and was a consummate businessman, making him fabulously wealthy. Nobel never married or had children, so he dedicated his fortune to fund the awards that we know as the Nobel Prize. His one page will stipulated that a prize be given in physics, chemistry, and medicine/anatomy each for eminence, a prize in literature for work “in an idealist direction”, and a prize in peace for the person who gives the greatest service to international fraternity, reducing standing armies, or initiating peace congresses. Interestingly, in a time of severe nationalism, Nobel said that the prizes would be given regardless of nationality.

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Old Town

10 May

Stortorget SquareStortorget Square.

Gamla stan is universally recognized as the original site for Stockholm, dating back to the 13th century. Many of the buildings date back to the Renaissance and even the Medieval period (which was 1100s-1500s for Sweden), making it really freaking cool looking.

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