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  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:09 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: audio products, , , , , , Illinois, , Niles, Philips In Ear Headphone/Headset, Shure, year manufacturer, Zipper   

    Shure E2c Sound Isolating Earphones 

    Experience the ultimate musical experience when you listen with these noise-canceling earbuds. The special design blocks ambient noise, which can interfere with the nuance and detail of music. With a choice of soft foam and flexible sleeves, you can customize your fit to eliminate the distractions of ambient noise. The result is rich and incredibly detailed sound – a musical experience like no other.


    • Blocks ambient noise
    • Studio quality sound
    • Personalized fit
    • Portable, lightweight construction
    • Secure in-ear design
    • Includes black, nylon zipper tote
    • 2 year manufacturer’s warranty

    Engineered by Shure – a leader in professional audio products – these earphones are designed to meet the demanding audio specifications of professional musicians and engineers. Designed to stay securely positioned inside your ear, they make a great choice for your daily jog, workout or other physical activity.

  • Michael Krakovskiy 11:45 am on February 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Big Sky Balloons & Searchlights, , , , , Illinois, Labour relations, Mike O'Connor, , , , owner, Plainfield, , , Trade union   

    Hey Hey, Ho Ho. One Zero Zero One, Zero! 

    Unions in New York City are masters of psychological warfare. When they set up a giant blow-up rat (seasonally decked in Christmas tree lights) in front of your business and start singing union songs and chanting chants, well, it’s not a pleasant experience.

    The chants are catchy. Here’s my favorite one:

    We are the Union, we are the Union
    Mighty, mighty Union – mighty mighty Union
    Everywhere we go – everywhere we go,
    People want to know – people want to know
    Who we are – who we are
    So we tell them – so we tell them

    I culled this great quote from an article at Fastcompany.com:

    “Twelve years ago, Mike O’Connor, owner of Big Sky Balloons & Searchlights in Plainfield, Illinois, created the first rat at the request of a union member in nearby Chicago. Said the union man of O’Connor’s first sketch: “It’s not mean enough.” O’Connor added bigger fangs and a pink belly with “festering nipples.” “I love it,” the man said. So did other unions. Today, Big Sky sells between 100 and 200 rats a year–even though it is a nonunion shop itself.”

    Bigger fangs. Check.

    “Festering nipples.” Check.

    The rat is all over the city. Sean of Dust and Rust blog caught one in front of a Duane Reade.

    If you decide to organize, I guess you can buy your own over here.

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