Archive for November, 2008

Fri 14 Nov 2008 5:33 pm   //   Posted in: Art, Bicycles

I totally called the winning bike rack design

Last month I wrote about the New York City bike rack design competition. After seeing all the experimental bike racks installed in the Astor Place traffic island near my office, my favorite was the circular rack seen here…

Recently they announced the winning design, and guess what won? Right! From the design competition blog:

“Ian Mahaffy and Maarten De Greeve’s design reflects a modern simplicity that will greatly enhance the City’s streetscape. The rack is round with a horizontal crossbar, evoking an abstracted bicycle tire. Constructed of cast-metal, the design is elegant yet sturdy enough to withstand the harshest street environments.”

Here’s hoping the city installs these racks in pairs, both for convenience and aesthetics.

(From The Times, spotted first at Cityspecific.)




Fri 14 Nov 2008 8:49 am   //   Posted in: Technology

Help: Cell phone advice

These days, a mobile phone is a deeply personal item. I carry mine with me everywhere I go. It is part of my identity. True, as a superficial object it can never be a source of true happiness. But let’s face it, it’s nice to have a good phone. I’ve had four phones in my life, and the best one was a miniature Panasonic GD51 GD55 I got at some sketchy shop in the West Village that imports phones from Asia. Friends called it my Zoolander phone. Regrettably, it was stolen by some theiving punks. Now I use a Motorola PEBL, which is bad at everything it does and has an interface so bewildering it must have been designed either by idiots or rocket scientists. When I’m in a bad mood, my cell phone makes me feel worse.

My two-year contract with T-Mobile is up, so I can get a new phone at a steep discount from any service provider. The array of choices has left me bewildered. Here are my conditions:

  • First, since I travel, I want a quad-band world phone. I think that rules out every provider except T-Mobile and AT&T.
  • Second, no smart phone. I refuse to pay for a data plan. Sorry Apple, sorry Blackberry.
  • Third, I swear to you I will never buy another Motorola product as long as I walk this Earth.
  • Fourth, I like small, light phones that look sharp and are easy to use. I don’t really give a care about a camera or a music player.
  • Fifth, I’m not gonna pay a lot for this muffler. That means the phone should be free or in the neighborhood of $50.

Right now I’m eyeing the Samsung Blast, but at this point in the buying process, I am highly succeptable susceptible to persuasion. Any suggestions?




Wed 12 Nov 2008 6:59 pm   //   Posted in: Media, New York is different, Typography

Somebody gave me a fake Times this morning…

… knowing full well that some of the people they handed it to were journalists who would blog about it, as I did here on my work blog. I give this stunt an ‘A’ for effort.




Mon 10 Nov 2008 11:18 pm   //   Posted in: TV commericals

A curiously charming TV commercial

This one is for the German energy company Epuron, and was created by ad agency Nordpol+ Hamburg:



Direct link here. Spotted first at secretairplane.




Mon 10 Nov 2008 7:25 am   //   Posted in: Brooklyn, TV

Cool location shoot in my neighborhood

“Flight of the Conchords” comes to the Slope Wednesday: No parking!

(These signs were up around 5th Ave and 13th.)




Fri 7 Nov 2008 9:00 pm   //   Posted in: Photos, Travel

Photos from France

I finally got around to posting a page of photos from my September visit to France. Click here.




Fri 7 Nov 2008 12:34 pm   //   Posted in: In the news, Media

Historic newspapers, good and bad

Obama New York Times Front Page

I got a Wednesday Times and you can’t have it! People are bidding $50 for them on eBay.

Thinking about the fact that a black guy just won the presidency, nerds are back in charge of the executive branch, and newspapers are suddenly cool again, it seemed a good time to leaf through my box of important front pages. See below… (more…)




Thu 6 Nov 2008 10:17 am   //   Posted in: Failure, In the news

Scapegoat found

When the going gets tough, accuse somebody of not knowing Africa is a continent!


(Link.)

Related: All previous posts about Sarah Palin.




Wed 5 Nov 2008 2:15 pm   //   Posted in: In the news

Top photos that helped Obama win

To see them, please check out this post on my work blog.




Wed 5 Nov 2008 8:22 am   //   Posted in: In the news

Where were you?

When the bar in Gowanus where we were trying to watch the election got too crowded, a group of us walked over to Leslie and Brian’s apartment. Two pizzas were ordered. We passed the remote around, jumping between MSNBC, CNN and Comedy Central. I had saved a page from the newspaper with a map and a schedule on it, which was helpful for following along. As 11 p.m. approached, a few more states flipped blue. Then, with Wolf Blitzer standing in front of a big graphic, a countdown started. At the top of the hour, as polls closed on the West Coast, the Breaking News graphic swooshed across the screen, and text on the screen called it for Obama. The math checked out – there was no way he could lose. We cheered.

On the car ride home, three guys were standing on the divider in the middle of 4th Avenue, cheering Barack’s name, and getting cars to honk. There were more cheers in other directions. Back at home we watched Obama deliver his acceptance speech. It was a good speech.

Now back to Earth. We do not worship presidents. Government is always subject to the failures of humans and the inevitable letdown of ugly compromises. And please don’t listen to anybody who says this is proof that we’ve moved beyond racism, because we have a long way to go.