Tag Archive for 'shopping'

Pool for Sale

The pool of my child­hood is for sale. My, how things fall apart!

MUJI & CB2 in Soho

MUJI opening

MUJI opened in Soho yes­ter­day, and if the crowds were any indi­ca­tion, peo­ple are excited. The shop has a nice mix of nicely designed inex­pen­sive clothes and house­wares. maxwell­gilling­ham­ryan has a video tour on vimeo.

More pho­tos of MUJI, and the new CB2 store next door, after the jump. [from iPhone]

Con­tinue read­ing ‘MUJI & CB2 in Soho’

Crashing an Open House

awkward

A new Robert Scarano “lux­ury” condo build­ing at 326 State Street, in Boerum Hill.

A week or two ago, I walked past a new Robert Scarano “lux­ury” condo build­ing at 326 State Street, in the north­ern reaches of Boerum Hill. This past Sat­ur­day, Tyler and Sarah were down from Boston for a visit, and we walked by again – and they were hav­ing an Open House. Why not have a look? [from iPhone]

More below the fold.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘Crash­ing an Open House’

New Brain Bucket

shoei rf1000 matte-black I decided to splurge a lit­tle on myself this week­end, and buy a new hel­met for scootin’ — a Shoei RF-1000 in matte-black.

My orig­i­nal hel­met was a Korean HJC CL Max, with a flip-up chin bar — but it never quite fit me right, and it looked mildly retarded, all shiny and bubbly.

Shoei’s designs are much more stream­lined and fit­ted. I love the matte black — first my RAZR, next this hel­met… the only thing left for me to buy is a Darth Book.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘New Brain Bucket’

West Elm in the Fenway

West Elm in Boston!Appar­ently, West Elm is com­ing to the Fen­way, in the new Trin­ity mixed-use com­plex under con­struc­tion between Boyl­ston & Brook­line Aves.

Our house is all IKEA, but if you have a bit more money to throw around, West Elm has some nice stuff.

Copyrights Pressure

The New York Times dis­cov­ered everybody’s favorite cut-rate Russ­ian MP3 site… allofmp3.com. And appar­ently, the Moscow-based busi­ness is hold­ing up Russia’s appli­ca­tion to the WTO, (nev­er­mind that it’s a totally legal ser­vice inside Russia).

In other news, I found this BBC head­line humor­ous: Web­site back after Swedish raids – almost con­jures up visions of Viking mau­raders… any­way, The Pirate Bay is up, and the Swedes are start­ing to take to the streets. Stay tuned…

RAZR v3

closedAfter knock­ing over a cup of wine onto my Siemens s66, I knew the LCD screen would never be the same. So, after scour­ing eBay and Craigslist, I decided to get the RAZR v3 Black.

Every­one kept telling me that the Motorola UI is hor­ri­ble, but I find it sim­ple and intu­itive com­pared to the mess that is Siemens.

The cam­era size (VGA) seems like a step down from the Siemen’s 1.3 MP, but I think the qual­ity will be bet­ter. The lens is eas­ier to clean, and the RAZR seems to adjust to changes in light bet­ter. But, I can’t fig­ure out why there is no one-touch access to the Camera.

And, though the phone can’t sync to my Power­book wire­lessly with Blue­tooth & iSync, the phone has a mini-USB port. (Cin­gu­lar doesn’t give you the cable, but luck­ily my Canon Elph did!) I was able to trans­fer home-made ring­tones and wall­pa­per via Blue­tooth, though.

Lastly, you can’t beat the look and feel of the RAZR. Alu­minum just feels smooth and cool in your hand, but I decided to get the black model because it seemed a bit less showy.

So far, so good!

Damn Sirius

Sirius Sportster ReplayWell, it’s going on damn near a week since I finally ordered my Sir­ius radio, directly from their online shop, and I still haven’t heard boo. My order sta­tus has been set to “checked-out” since last Fri­day, but I’ve received no ship­ping confirmation.

I decided to order directly from Sir­ius because every retail out­let that I checked were sold out the day after Christ­mas… I guess a lot of us didn’t get what we wanted under the tree, (I’m look­ing at you, mom).

And, I’m con­vinced their cus­tomer ser­vice rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ job is to bla­tantly lie to their cus­tomers, in order to cover up defi­cien­cies in order ful­fill­ment. When I called up the hot­line, the man on the other end couldn’t tell me any­thing more than the web site could, how­ever he added that I would “prob­a­bly get the ship­ping con­fir­ma­tion in a day or two”… when I asked him how he knew this, he replied that it usu­ally takes 4–5 days to ship. Nev­er­mind that Howard Stern is going on-air next mon­day! (I sus­pect that they are back-ordered.)

Of course, con­sid­er­ing that every retail out­let (both online and tra­di­tional) are sold out of this model, I’m not cross­ing my fin­gers. Good thing I paid extra for Overnight shipping!

Statistics

The Boston Foun­da­tion has just put out a Greater Boston Hous­ing Report Card [PDF], and drew some ridicu­lous con­clu­sions. John A Keith of the Boston Real Estate Blog explains [via]:

From the report:

Fenway/Kenmore neigh­bor­hood

2004 esti­mated renter income: $24,132
2004 esti­mated monthly rent: $1,498
% of median income needed to pay rent in 2004: 74%

No.

Why not?

1) ear­lier in their report, the authors esti­mate rents on two-bedroom apart­ments through­out the city. They esti­mate a two-bedroom apart­ment in the Fen­way would cost $1,498 per month. A two-bedroom apart­ment. Would one per­son, mak­ing $24,132, rent a two-bedroom apart­ment? Why would they? If they did rent a two-bedroom apart­ment, they’d have a room­mate, thereby reduc­ing their share of the monthly rate to $749. Rent would there­fore require only 37% of their gross income.

He goes on to ques­tion another aspect of their method­ol­ogy — using the adver­tised rental rates, which are often higher than what a land­lord can get. It’s an inter­est­ing dis­cus­sion, because there is obvi­ously a dimin­ish­ing pool of “afford­able” hous­ing in Boston. The median home price in our fair city of Cam­bridge is well over $600,000…

It always sur­prises me, the care­less­ness with which peo­ple use sta­tis­tics. No where is this more true than in the edu­ca­tion reform debate. For instance, when politi­cians say, “Half of our kids read below their grade level”. This kind of state­ment is used to pro­voke anx­i­ety, and to jus­tify rais­ing (sic) stan­dard­ized test requirements.

What they don’t choose to explain, (or under­stand for that mat­ter), is that this is pre­cisely the def­i­n­i­tion of grade level — 50% above the line, 50% below. That’s how you set a grade level, for god’s sake.

I cringe every­time I hear sta­tis­tics being manip­u­lated like this.

iTrip LCD

I’ve had the iTrip LCD for a cou­ple of weeks now, and I am very frus­trated with it. I’ve used the reg­u­lar iTrip for a cou­ple of years, and it per­fomed about as well as can be expected from an FM transmitter.

How­ever, when I recently broke it, (the con­nec­tor some­how bent and detached, caus­ing some wires to dis­con­nect), I decided to buy a new one. When I saw the LCD ver­sion, I ordered this instead.

My setup in my car is exactly as it was with the orig­i­nal iTrip, (2000 Saab 9–3, 3rd-Gen iPod, with flat EQ and broad­cast to 88.7), but the result is sim­ply mad­den­ing.

With the old iTrip, the iPod vol­ume was set to about 90%, and caused very lit­tle dis­tor­tion. But, with the new iTrip LCD, the sound is heav­ily dis­torted at 90% vol­ume, and the unit auto­mat­i­cally reduces the vol­ume to about 50–60% for most music. This of course ampli­fies the sta­tic and back­ground noise. To make mat­ters worse, even then the music is still dis­torted. DX-mode makes only a mar­ginal difference.

I hate to rain on the parade, but I had the old one, and it worked fine. I sub­mit­ted a help ticket to Grif­fin 12 hours ago, and have yet to receive a response… per­haps their ser­vice techs are busy draft­ing the product’s sup­port web site?

Walkman

Not to be out­done by Apple yes­ter­day, I saw that Sony is once again rethink­ing it’s Walk­man brand.

I admit that the design is far more com­pelling than Sony’s pre­vi­ous offer­ings, but a monocra­matic, low-res screen? C’mon Sony!

Peepers

Peep­ers”, posted by ned­ward

I was brows­ing around the Goril­laz site today, kind of look­ing for­ward to the new record, and I stum­bled across a link to a Birm­ing­ham UK art col­lec­tive, Beat13. I really liked the illus­tra­tions done by Lucy Mclauch­lan, so I ordered a screen­print… only £53.00, lim­ited edi­tion of 200.

New Apple Display

apple.com”, posted by ned­ward

Christ­mas & my Birth­day, within 3 days of each other… Put them together, and you get a new Apple 20″ Cin­ema Dis­play.

Every­thing looks more beau­ti­ful tonight.

J. Crew iPod case

jcrew-ipod.jpgA friend at work came in today with a rather inter­est­ing iPod case — one that she got from J. Crew.

Avail­able for $29.99, in yuppie-rific blue, green and pink.

Here is the description:

Made from the same pure Ital­ian silk as our ties. With leather. Clear vinyl screen cover; remov­able neoprene-lined flap for extra pro­tec­tion. Leather-covered metal belt clip.

This strikes me as odd, since J. Crew is hardly in the busi­ness of craft­ing leather cases for con­sumer elec­tron­ics. But, per­haps it just illus­trates what a cul­tural icon the iPod has become.

Garage Sale

Pres­ley and I are hav­ing an online Garage Sale. We’ve dropped post­ings on Craigslist, and we’re going to tell every­one we know, “come buy our unwanted stuff”.

I’ve got a Pow­er­mac G4, 25” TV, DVD Player, and other good­ies for sale. If you’re in the Boston/Cambridge/Eastern New Eng­land region, take a look!

Email ques­tions to garagesale@suckahs.org. And, please feel free to make us an offer.

Furniture Wishlist

West ElmSome­one at work had a West Elm cat­a­log, a fur­ni­ture store in Brook­lyn… and they’ve got really ter­rific stuff. Pretty com­pa­ra­ble to IKEA in style and qual­ity, but it has more of a Japan­ese mod­ern feel to it.

I think Pres­ley and I should buy a wood head­board for our bed. It’d give her some­thing for her to hang onto…

Phone Madness

When I switched to AT&T Wire­less last year, I gladly took the free Nokia 3360. It was sim­ple, styl­ish, and free.

It did basic text mes­sag­ing, but no inter­net brows­ing… And, com­pared to all these fancy color phones with cam­eras, it’s pretty stodgy.

I really want some­thing like the Nokia Com­mu­ni­ca­tor, but it’s not avail­able any­where, and it’s $500. So, why not a T-Mobile Side­kick? Seems pretty cool, straight for­ward, and sim­ple. I could text mes­sage, chat, write email, and check my fan­tasy base­ball any­where. One prob­lem– it’s T-Mobile.

Today, I saw that AT&T Wire­less was run­ning a sale on the new Nokia 3650… a wierd look­ing bubbly-brick of a phone. It has a cam­era, but no key­board. Is it worth getting?

buy some new things, in

buy some new things, in a truly fun space. might remind us of phoenix-pop‘s design…