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  • Michael Krakovskiy 10:23 am on November 18, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Brooklyn, , Muji, Muji store, , , Soybean, , , Williamsburg, Yesterday   

    Muji-Shmuji 

    Yesterday I went to see the new Muji store in SoHO. I’ve never seen so many hipsters and so many $800 baby strollers concentrated in such a small space outside of Williamsburg. Spent about half an hour in the store, but could not find anything to buy – there were some good and hard to find soy sauce pourers, but I already have a similar one.  The rest seemed to be well designed kipple. Also, the items only seem well priced to those who willingly buy the strollers I mentioned earlier. The selection was rather small – maybe the forthcoming flagship store will be better…

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:27 am on January 9, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bartlett, Brooklyn, , , , , the Fantastic Story Magazine   

    Global Warming 

    A couple of cherry and plum trees in Brooklyn Botanic Garden blossomed prematurely. I took these pictures last Saturday, January 6th.

    This reminded me of the article that I’ve seen in the Fantastic Story Magazine for Winter 1953, in fact the same magazine from which I liberated the masthead of my website.



    Dr. Bartlett’s company is still in business and “this theory about the more carbon dioxide the warmer” is still around too.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 7:35 am on November 15, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brooklyn, , , Jericho, , Rose of Jericho, That store, ThinkGeek,   

    Rose of Jericho 

    Once again I spent a good chunk of Saturday in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with my wife and daughter. As usual, I left some money in the gift shop. That store often makes me regret buying an apartment and not a house. Instead of a microscopic Brooklyn backyard I only have a couple of not very sunny windowsills. Still, I can’t resist buying an plant or two. Some die quickly, some — after a long battle with unfavorable conditions, and some thrive despite all odds. The palm did not survive, for instance, but the pineapple sent up a second shoot and is feelin’ fine.

    This time though, I bough a plant that isn’t afraid of the browniest thumb in existence. For the princely sum of $2.95 I bought a baggie containing the Rose of Jericho of which I’ve heard so much ThinkGeek charges 7.99 for one.

    As advertised, the dried out plant unfurls and turns green in about 24 hours.

    Now, there’s a plant that is chock-full-o-symbolism. Religious, blog-related, etc.

    While it might be the perfect plant for a chronic cubicle dweller, it’s probably a good idea not to keep it in a bowl of water, as it might start growing smelly algae and other nasty stuff. I transplanted it into a pot of soil, and it looks like now I have a plant that is next to impossible to kill. The Superman of plants. Or something like that.

    To commemorate the occasion I made this blurry, yet somewhat interesting movie with my webcam. I always wanted to make one of these stop motion dealies and to check out google video interface. Here it is, in its full blur-o-vision glory.

     
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