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  • Michael Krakovskiy 8:45 am on August 29, 2005 Permalink | Reply
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    Freedom Cuts 

    I have a friend who likes to remind me that my taste is highly atypical and should not be taken into consideration when coming up with new products. For instance, Fox cancels any show that I start to really like. Firefly, The $treet, Futurama – all mistreated and gone. The Simpsons weren’t cancelled, but somehow changed by Fox to become unappealing to me. Strange but true.

    Right now Fox is promoting a new show, Prison Break. Recently they turned a little raised plaza in front of the Newscorp Building into a “Fox River State Penitentiary”, complete with signs, a barbed wire fence, and a whole bunch of dudes in prison jumpsuits handing out nailfiles and fake tattoos with the show’s logo.

    There were also free henna tattoos as well as free buzzcuts. I was very much surprised at how popular the buzzcuts were with the office crowd.

    You know what’s missing from The Simpsons today? Bite. There’s no bite left in them. And I don’t know, something else too. It’s still there in the old seasons, but somewhere along the way either Homer jumped the shark both literally and figuratevely.

    A relatively well known fact is that Groening started his career with a “Life Is Hell” comic which was about bulgy eyed rabbits instead of bulgy eyed humans. It had what the Simpsons is missing these days.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 6:23 pm on August 25, 2005 Permalink | Reply
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    The Copy and Paste Culture 

    Lifehacker is writing (I mean copying and pasting, or “remixing”) about eating organic food on the cheap: “Raise your own meat, if you can.”
    I don’t see how that’s going to help.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:42 am on August 24, 2005 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Art Deco Chanin Building, Berenice Abbott, Bernice Abbot, , , Douglas Levere, Gobbledygook, , , , Pentacle, steel eagles, , taxi driver, Taxicabs of New York City, , , Yashica   

    The Devil in the Details 

    Working most of your adult life in a cubicle is like being in sensory deprivation chamber. You start noticing more details. I took this series of pictures without a tripod, just walking around town with my long lens.

    Looking at the steel eagles on the Chrysler Building up close, it’s easy to imagine yourself a superhero, standing on it with a cape billowing behind you.

    It’s a little harder with the eagles’ less popular neighbors – flying hubcaps.

    The decorations of the beautiful Art Deco Chanin Building are so very Lovecraftian. Tentacles, pentacles, tentacles with pentacles.

    More tentacles and jellyfish on the copper parts.

    The fighting dragons. An allegory of retaliation or something?

    Minerva on the top of the Grand Central Terminal has a very modern look favored these days by Conde Nasties and the like. Must be cold up there.

    It’s pretty cool to see how cabbies order hot dogs without getting out of their Crown Victorias.

    I hate graffiti, and especially train graffiti. That said, I must acknowledge that an infinitesimally small percentage of graffiti tags is actually cool. Here’s one that caught my attention. It looks like instead of the usual gobbledygook and gang symbols, this tagger painted “NYC” in a manner highly reminiscent of Japanese calligraphy. I still mind having it blocking my view, but I would not mind purchasing something like that on a scroll.

    These are my two favorite NYC photography books. “Drive by Shootings : Photographs by a New York Taxi Driver” is a collection of photographs by a taxi driver with a Yashica T4 from behind the wheel.

    “New York Changing: Revisiting Berenice Abbott’s New York” is a collection of photographs of New York originally taken by Bernice Abbot in the thirties, and then retaken with the same camera, lenses and at the same angles by Douglas Levere in the nineties.

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