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  • Michael Krakovskiy 7:56 am on May 21, 2005 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: anti-rat devices, , , Education, , Graybar Building Graybar building, Graybar Electric Company, , Ropes course,   

    NYC Buildings You’ve Never Noticed : The Graybar Building 

    Graybar building is one of the bigger, yet lesser known New York City skyscrapers. Located at 420 Lexington Avenue, it leans against and over Grand Central Terminal. In fact, I walked by it many times thinking that it was a part of Grand Central.

    The understated Art Deco design helps to hide the huge bulk of the building. Some of the sparse embellishments are striking and very unusual.

    The cables that hold the rain canopy in place are in the shape of ship’s mooring ropes, complete with rats and anti-rat devices. I did not notice this at first, but the rosettes from which the ropes emanate are decorated with rat heads. Freaky, huh?

    Bas relieves to the side of the entrances are rather conventional allegorical representations of communication – a dude holding an old-timey (but maybe slightly out of date in In 1927) phone with lightning bolts around his head and stuff and transportation – similar looking dude holding a truck. The other two relieves are of Deco-Assyrian looking Prometheus with fire.

    There’s an antenna at the top of the building. I could not find any information about it.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:39 am on February 23, 2004 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alcohols, , BE, Cookie Monster, Data Encryption Algorithm, Department of Elder Affairs, Diethanolamine, Drug Enforcement Administration, Education, Ethylamines, , Master of Advanced Studies   

    Non DEA 

    My wife bought me a bottle of Sesame Street© bubble bath. Here’s the back of the bottle.

    Now I can’t stop wondering what Drug Enforcement Administration version of bubble bath would be like. The non-DEA bottle has Cookie Monster on it, the DEA one would probably have Bert.

    If it’s not that DEA, which DEA is it? Dance Educators of America? Data Encryption Algorithm? Department of Elder Affairs?

    Oh, wait, wait. False alarm. It’s not an unsolvable mystery. DEA stands for Diethanolamine. But come on, this is not the DEA we all know and love.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:13 am on August 25, 2002 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ahoy, Alexander Graham Bell, Allen Koenigsberg, , , , Deists, Education, , , , , , Pulitzer prize winning professor, Telegraphy, telephone greeting, ,   

    Brooklyn College Research 

    The research at my soon to be Alma Mater is on the cutting edge.

    From “The Straight Dope”:
    Alexander Graham Bell suggested “ahoy!” as the standard telephone greeting, but it didn’t catch on–for obvious reasons, you may think. Don’t be so sure. Brooklyn College professor Allen Koenigsberg, author of The Patent History of the Phonograph, argues that the word that did catch on, “hello,” was previously unknown and may have been invented by the man who proposed it, Thomas Edison.

    As I always said, one year at Brooklyn College is like 2 at MIT. And this fall it’s going to be my 7th year there.

    Interesting trivia about my college education: I’ve had a Pulitzer prize winning professor.

     
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