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  • Michael Krakovskiy 12:05 am on March 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cent,   

    Der Kunst Der Headline II 

    For those of you not familiar with the game, here’s the deal. See, where I live we have two things: very arrogant horny politicians and a certain 25 cent newspaper founded by Alexander Hamilton that is famous for its obnoxious headlines (“Headless Body in a Topless Bar” being an unsurpassed classic of a genre). 

    Whenever our politicians get caught – and they get caught with surprising regularity, I always try to guess what the headline in NYP is going to be the next day.

    My last try I was way off target: thy went with boring “I Quit”. This time I’m banking on “Dirty Tricks Guv Caught With a Trick”. What do you think the headline is going to be?

    In fact, I think Da Post Online should create a widget where you can try your hand in headline creation.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 2:43 pm on November 5, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cent, , , Microsoft Kin, , Mobile phone features, Mobile phones, Mobile technology, , Nokia, Prepaid mobile phone, , Subscriber identity module, , , , , ,   


    So, Google announced what we are going to get instead of the gPhone. This is a bit like getting $1000 towards college education instead of that hot new toy for your 12th birthday.

    This is excellent news, of course. I really hope this will force the evil cell phone companies in the US to either change for the better or go out of business.

    I spent a week in the Ukraine, and experienced what the cell phone experience is like in the rest of world.  I purchased a very nice new Nokia phone for about $60, activated a SIM card that came with it and immediately  received a phone number. It came with enough credits for 100 minutes of non-time-of-day restricted conversation. Later I was able to purchase cards with scratch-off code on just about any street corner that refilled my minutes at very reasonable prices.  The competition is fierce and prices are good because you can change phones and SIM cards at will.  Phone calls and SMS messages in the Ukraine were very cheap, and even calls to the US were only about 25 cents per minute.

    On the other hand, Verizon, my provider of choice, increased the length of my contract just because I added a single handset, added extra data “services” to my plan without checking with me just because my phone supports them, made using activation of a third party handset a 4 hour rigmarole, not even counting all the time that I have to spend on the phone with them just to make sure that they are not overcharging me. I hate Verizon so frickin’ much, but at least they have enough towers in the city to actually allow to use my phone to, you know, conduct whatchumacallit — phone conversations. Ironically, the usually more reliable SMS messages are dropped or delivered days late with them.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 7:34 am on March 14, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Art, , cent, , Fanboy, Fanboy and Chum Chum, Frog, , , Nicktoons,   

    Design Precognition 

    I am known to fanboy design firms. Yes, I used fanboy as a verb. Sue me. In any case, the three companies that I most admire, sorted by coolness in descending order are: IDEO, Art. Lebedev Studio, and frog design.

    On my bookshelf I had a coffee table book called Frog: Form Follows Emotion, which is sadly, just not very well designed. It does have a lot of design eyecandy, but provides very little information about the design process and philosophy, about the story behind the beautifully designed objects.

    The book is already 8 years old, so some of the projects seem dated. It’s still worth a read, especially since it sells for only 65 cents, used, on Amazon.

    I was looking through it recently, and found a very interesting picture.

    Looks pretty similar to the “table lamp” mac, which itself is pretty dated now, doesn’t it?

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