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  • Michael Krakovskiy 8:57 pm on November 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Crime in the United States, Film, History of the United States, , NYC, September 11 attacks,   

    Blogging Through Interesting Times 

    I’ve lived in NYC for a while. I don’t want to go all “I’ve seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion”, but I have seen ships on fire. I’ve seen shooting – the movie variety and the regular kind, two hurricanes (one weak), an earthquake (not a strong one), a major blackout, and 9-11.

    I always wanted to own a house in Breezy Point. I also always wanted to work in the Twin Towers. In hindsight, it’s probably good that I never achieved these things. On the other hand I spent 5 years working in the rebuilt WTC 7. I hope Breezy Point will be rebuilt soon too.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 1:03 pm on July 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Campus Sugar Bowl restaurant, , Dark Horse Comics, Film, Fossil, , Ingersall building, Monster movies, , Paleontology,   

    To the Moon, Alice 

    I recently visited my alma mater, Brooklyn College. Some things changed for the better, like the gorgeous new library addition, some for the worse, like the Campus Sugar Bowl restaurant replaced by Starbucks.

    On the other hand, the science classrooms and offices in the old and new Ingersall building seem to have been frozen in time, down to the wall niches. You see, most floors have these glassed in niches which the various departments fill. Compsci displays books written by professors, Geology shows off a collection of minerals and fossils (a fancy one at that), Biology has a series of stands with pickled and dried specimens that I think dates to the 1940s, like something out of a Hellboy comic.

    The Physics department has a very old, dusty and ironic display, seemingly not opened since the 80s:

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 4:58 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Age of Enlightenment, , Burr, Fallen, Film, , Isenberg, Nancy Isenberg, ,   

    Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr 

    A controversial challenge to the works of Ron Chernow and David McCullough

    With Fallen Founder , Nancy Isenberg plumbs rare and obscure sources to shed new light on everyone’s favorite founding villain. The Aaron Burr whom we meet through Isenberg’s eye-opening biography is a feminist, an Enlightenment figure on par with Jefferson, a patriot, and—most importantly—a man with powerful enemies in an age of vitriolic political fighting. Revealing the gritty reality of eighteenth-century America, Fallen Founder is the authoritative restoration of a figure who ran afoul of history and a much-needed antidote to the hagiography of the revolutionary era.

     
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