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  • Michael Krakovskiy 9:00 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , And Brooklyn College, bonesman president, , , Collegiate secret societies, Computer scientist, Connecticut, Dean Kamen, Don't Blame Me, Ed Fredkin, electric car, Elihu, Elihu Yale, Eulogean Club, George Bush Presidential Library, , , Human skull symbolism, , , Oscars, , , Princeton Review, Secret societies, Sheepshead Bay High School, Skull, Skull & Bones, Skull and Bones, Skull and Crossbones, Steve Guttenberg, The Tomb, Thousand Islands, , Yale, Yale University   

    Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Kodos 

    Who controls the British crown?
    Who keeps the metric system down?
    We do! We do!
    Who leaves Atlantis off the maps?
    Who keeps the martians under wraps?
    We do! We do!
    Who holds back the electric car?
    Who made Steve Guttenberg a star?
    We do! We do!
    Who robs the cave fish of their sight?
    Who rigs every Oscars night?
    We do! We do!

    “Treehouse of Horror VII”

    Who? Well, it’s the Stonecutters Masons Illuminati Knights Templar Members of the Eulogean Club. In case you haven’t noticed, in the past overlord election both candates were members of Skull and Crossbones. I wonder what it was like to be freshly tapped bonesmen at the time of the election. There must have been no suspense: one way or the other there would be a bonesman president.

    In my mind, as far as secret societies go, Skull and Bones is the coolest one. It found exactly the right balance of secrecy/publicity. What fun is it to be in a secret society that is so secret that nobody knows how cool it is? Bones have alway had a double standard: on one hand the members are sworn to absolute secrecy, on the other, the tapping process (invitation of new members) was almost always a very public act. Their meeting place is not a secret underground bunker, but a huge very well known, although mostly windowless clubhouse building, The Tomb. George Bush Presidential Library proudly shows a Bones yearbook photo, complete with a grandfather clock and (supposedly, but not likely) Geronimo’s skull stolen from the grave by Prescott Bush.

    Yearbook photos like this show up in the stranges places, like this livejournal community post. I was almost expecting to see Montgomery Burns (who’s known to be a member) in those pictures.

    The coolest amenity is not the Tomb or the loads of morally questionable and/or stolen stuff inside (there are reports that they stole and kept things like Elihu Yale’s tombstone and eat off of Hitler’s china). It’s their own fricking private island. It’s not in the most convinient or most secluded location – there are literally thousands of islands in Thousand Islands.

    My favorite quote from “Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League, and the Hidden Paths of Power” is this:

    Guests sleep in cots in cabins-granted, some of them are double-bedded cots — if they can slumber through the blare of the tour boat that sometimes circles the island with a guide shouting through a megaphone, “And there is the secret island that belongs to Skull and Bones!”

    Yes, being “secret” like this, famously and loudly is probably the Bones’ greatest achievement. That, and the three Bonesman presidents of the United States. And the innumerable CIA directors, senators, judges and other notables.

    Anyway, a lot of people own islands, most of which are cheaper than an average Manhattan 2-bedroom apartment. Computer scientist Ed Fredkin has one and so does denim fetishist inventor Dean Kamen. And a lot of societies, secret or otherwise have cool clubhouses (at Harvard, even The Harvard Lampoon has a cool castle). See, you don’t need to belong to free-world-ruling elite to enjoy cool stuff like that.

    Fancy societies with awesome amenities seem to be a perogative of those with Ivy League education. I really don’t have that. It’s wasn’t Andover and Yale for me. It was Sheepshead Bay High School (one of the so-called dirty dozen, 13 worst schools in New York) and Brooklyn College.

    I don’t agree with those pooh-poohing American educational system, as my experience with it was very positive. In the high school I was able to take many college level classes with many outstanding teachers. And Brooklyn College is not on Princeton Review’s top 10 best value colleges list for nothing.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 4:46 pm on July 26, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CBS, , , , , Computer icon, Gregory Thomas Associates, , , Levi Strauss, Levi Strauss & Company, , MCA, , Santa Monica, , , Yale University   

    How to Design Logos, Symbols and Icons: 24 Internationally Renowned Studios Reveal How They Develop Trademarks for Print and 

    This book steps into the studios of top designers as their ideas happen. Case studies trace the evolution of great logos, symbols and icons, illustrating the process with initial roughs and intermediary sketches that lead up to the final designs for companies including Nike and IBM. In addition, this book expands its boundaries to include symbols and icons, two rarely covered yet increasingly vital areas of design. Gregory Thomas is the owner and principal of Gregory Thomas Associates, a Santa Monica-based design consultancy. The award-winning company boosts an international client list that includes CBS, IBM, Levi Strauss & Company, Yale University, and MCA/Universal Pictures.

     
  • Michael Krakovskiy 7:23 am on September 3, 2006 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Austin, Authors Harbourfront Centre, Authors Harbourfront Centre Toronto, , Barnes & Noble New York, Bookshop Santa Cruz, Booksmith, Burnside store, Denver, , Jessie Jessup Dallas, Ken Kalfus, KGB, KGB Bar, , Mark Z Danielewski, , Pasadena, , , , , Tattered Cover Bookstore, Texas Book Festival Continental Club Gallery, University Book Store Seattle, University District store, Yale University   

    Mark Z Danielewski’s Signing 

    I am still trying to finish a few book reviews, but my mind is following associative paths a bit too freely these days, so they are coming out too wordy and confusing. Meanwhile, one of the authors that I am writing about, Mark Z Danielewski, came out with a new book, “Only Revolutions“. It has a cryptic flash website. I noticed that the two eyes comprise a stereo pair, if you look at them through a stereo viewer (or simpy coross-eyed) the pictures seem to float around.

    I checked Barnes & Noble’s website, and there seems to be indeed a reading and signing on September 25th at 7 PM at the store at 675 6th Avenue (I used to work just around the corner from there). If you want to meet up, shoot me an email or IM.

    For those of you in Ka-lee-fornia, Texachussets and other cromulent places, here’s the entire Only Revolutions tour:

    Sep 16 06 Skylight Books Los Angeles 7:30PM
    Sep 17 06 West Hollywood Book Fair multi-author panel, West Hollywood Park, West Hollywood 2:15PM
    Sep 18 06 University Book Store Seattle (University District store) 7PM
    Sep 19 06 Powell’s City of Books Portland (Burnside store) 7:30PM
    Sep 21 06 Bookshop Santa Cruz Santa Cruz 7:30PM
    Sep 22 06 M Is For Mystery San Mateo 2PM **signing only**
    Sep 22 06 Booksmith San Francisco 7PM
    Sep 24 06 KGB Bar New York 7PM with Ken Kalfus
    Sep 25 06 Barnes & Noble New York (6th Ave) 7PM
    Sep 26 06 Brookline Booksmith Brookline 7PM
    Sep 27 06 Books & Books Coral Gables 8PM
    Sep 29 06 Master’s Tea/Yale University 4PM

    Oct 10 06 Boulder Book Store Boulder 12PM (noon)
    Oct 10 06 Tattered Cover Bookstore Denver 7:30PM
    Oct 11 06 Bookslut Reading Series Hopleaf Bar, Chicago
    Oct 12 06 Borders Books Madison 7PM
    Oct 14 06 Twin Cities Book Festival Minneapolis
    Oct 15 06 Prairie Lights Books Iowa City 1PM **check for webcast details**
    Oct 17 06 Borders Books Los Angeles (Westwood) 7PM
    Oct 18 06 Book Soup Los Angeles (Sunset) 7PM
    Oct 20 06 International Festival of Authors Harbourfront Centre Toronto
    Oct 22 06 Strand Bookstore New York 5PM
    Oct 23 06 New Haven Public Library New Haven 6:30PM
    Oct 24 06 Collegiate School Book Festival New York 6PM
    Oct 25 06 Vroman’s | store link Pasadena 7PM
    Oct 26 06 KDGE interview with DJ Jessie Jessup Dallas 2PM-6PM
    Oct 28 06 Texas Book Festival Continental Club Gallery Austin 9PM

     
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