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]

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Crashing an Open House


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]

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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.

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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…


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!


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%


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?


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”, 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…