I’m feeling rather tired and drained today. There’s one sovereign remedy for weariness in my world: massive amounts of coffee. Mmmmmm coffee. I love this slightly blasphemous scene. I definitely feel kinship with the woman standing under the spout rapturously wearing a suit and holding coffee cups in either hand. I do prefer regular old American brewed coffee 99% of the time, although I like a thermal carafe better than one of the old heated ones.
Three people have already told me they need my shirt today.
Design: Huge coffee pot surrounded by adulating coffee worshippers
Today’s a big deal in the Black History month scheme of things! We’ve got a big celebration planned, and I wanted to be ready. Looking at my remaining tshirt wardrobe, it was sadly lacking in African history celebrations. I found a shirt that had a picture of the continent of Africa, but… lamesauce. (For the record, I got this shirt for pulling invasive water chestnuts on the Charles River which is a very fun volunteer activity.)
Front Text: GoogleServe
Back Text: Google.org
So instead I chose to wear a shirt I got at MJ Clothes in Lowell. I worship in a congregation that has a LOT of members from across Africa – including Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya and Liberia. We have increasingly had services where formal African dress was appropriate. And it turns out my friend Jackulin has opened up store in Lowell to sell formal African apparel. So I went a while back to check out the fabric options and get fitted. My formal dress is still in progress (they’re hand sewn) but I picked up this Ghanian top while I was there. In honor of her and my African friends, I decided to skip wearing the tshirt today!
So there was a moment maybe 10+ years ago where programmers were arguing a lot about implicit vs. explicit variable definition. While I programmed in a language that had implicit definition, I definitely had a bunch of moments where I suffered because what I thought was a string was actually a one value array, etc. So I was a fan of, you know, saying what you expected your variable to hold and have it hold only that thing you said it would.
I often question my programmer cred (see also: coding a language that tolerated not knowing whether a variable was a string or an array). But I still have opinions.
Text: Declare Variables, Not War.
So today’s another two-fer, with a tshirt and the soft, cozy, t-shirt like hoodie under it.
This is another great shirt! I love the color and fonts of the text. And I love how it messes with the standard saying. I mean, there is a guy who has a hammer and his problem is usually either Loki, solved by Loki or both. Usually both. I recommend either the Thor movies or Neil Gaiman’s excellent retelling of Norse mythology if this is confusing. Or better yet, both.
Text: When your only solution is a hammer, every problem looks like Loki.
But it’s cold today and snowing and I wanted to be cozy. So I promptly covered said tshirt with a hoodie I got last summer on Mt. Rainier. Very often tourist stuff picks stock art of “mountains”. That drives me crazy when you’re talking about a mountain as iconic as Rainier is. I loved this sweater extra because it’s not just actually Mt. Rainier being shown, but it’s clearly Mt. Rainier as seen from Longmire.
Fabric: Still soft, not yet pilled
Text: Mount Rainier – Washington
I’ve always loved rainbows. I loved them as a promise and a sign of hope. I love them for their color and variety of hue. I’ve loved them even more since they’ve come to represent acceptance, love and the brilliant variety of humankind. The rainbow of colors reminds me of all the people I love for whom that flag means welcome. I think of this as my gamer pride tshirt, and like to wear it in dice-related circumstances.
Design: All standard gaming dice in a rainbow of colors
This tshirt is the very best combination of funny (to me), soft fabric and great cut. For those of you less steeped in the Lovecraftian mythos, the Elder Gods are ancient evil forces carelessly destructive of humanity and sanity. THEY don’t worry about wrinkles or sagging skin or middle age aches or age discrimination in technology. So why should I?
Fabric: Soft & stretchy
Text: “Respect your elders”
Attributes: Feminine cut
So a funny story about this shirt. I loved “The Martian” – movie, book & audio book. (I also once went on a camping trip with the author & his colleagues at Curt Shilling’s game studio. He was on the quiet side and I have no photographic proof.) I particularly like the pluckiness and resourcefulness of the main character, and this shirt was a) long sleeved b) captured that sentiment. My husband ordered it for me and triple checked that I wanted the, uh, accurate quote (since I generally am not a great user of profanity). I felt like anything else would be watered down and weak sauce.
One of the first times I wore it however, I ended up needing to have a meeting at my child’s school regarding their, uh, vocabulary choices. I couldn’t help but reflect that the profanity on my shirt was not a good look for that conversation. So now I’m really, really careful about which days I wear it!
Text: “Stand back – I’m going to have to science the shit out of this”
Attributes: Long sleeved