Blog of the Day: There, I fixed it!

i’ve done similar things –  my AC installation methods have involved used bricks, towels and magazines, but i made it work!  more super-helpful fixing strategies here.

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June 30, 2009. Tags: , . BOD: Blog of the Day, Emily, World saving. Leave a comment.

King Tut at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum

I’m heading home this weekend for the 4th of July and am now kind of curious to see the King Tut exhibit that has been touring around the country for the past couple of years (though it conspicuously skipped New York) and opened on Saturday at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.  It’s kind of neat that the Children’s Museum is hosting it and not the Indianapolis Museum of Art or one of the universities but I’m kind of glad because being one of the best museums for children in the country, it doesn’t get as much cred as it deserves. Ok, I’ve said my piece.

Exhibit Dates:
June 27 – October 25, 2009

Exhibit Hours:
Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Sunday – Thursday: June 28 – July 30: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Aug. 2 – mid-October: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Final two weeks of the exhibit: (daily) 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
First and Third Thursday of each month: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Ticket Prices:
Adults: $25 Monday – Thursday / $30 Friday – Sunday
Children (2 – 17): $15 All Times
Seniors (60+): $23 Monday – Thursday / $27.50 Friday – Sunday
Adult Members: $15 All Times
Youth Members: $8 All Times
Toddlers under 2 are admitted free
Audio Tour: $7 All Times
Youth/Group/Member Audio Tour: $6 All Times

Over 130 treasures from the tomb of the “Boy King” and other important rulers from 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history will be on exhibit at The Children’s Museum. The exhibit will feature striking objects from some of the most important rulers throughout 2,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, from the 4th Dynasty into the Late Period (about 2600 B.C. – 660 B.C.), many of which have never visited the United States.

Four galleries devoted to King Tut will correspond to the four rooms of his nearly intact tomb where the treasures were discovered by British explorer Howard Carter in 1922. Legendary artifacts from the antechamber, the annex, the treasury and the burial chamber will include Tutankhamun’s golden sandals, jewelry, furniture, weaponry and statuary. This blockbuster exhibit will also feature the largest image of King Tut ever found — a 10-foot statue that may have originally stood at his mortuary temple and retains much of its original paint, one of four gold and precious-stone-inlaid canopic jars and CT scans of Tut’s mummy.

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June 29, 2009. Tags: , , . Add this to your calendar, Becko, Museums/ Becky is nerding out again. 3 comments.

I vaguely remember this show!

Running from 1981 to 1987, the Canadian show Today’s Special followed the adventures of Jeff, a mannequin who came to life every night after closing with the aid of a magic cap; his display-designer friend Jodie; and puppet buddies Sam Crenshaw (the store security guard) and Muffy (a mouse who speaks only in rhyme). Each episode taught a lesson: about hats, friendship, and even alcoholism. But for impressionable young ones, the real education came from learning the strict rules that kept Jeff breathing. Losing the hat paralyzes him, and one step outside the store makes him a mannequin for good.

WTF???

June 26, 2009. Tags: , . Steph, TV. 4 comments.

AV Club is right, this is really weird

25 notably trippy kids shows.

My mom told my sister about this show and Alison was pretty sure it was made up. But it’s real. It’s about a chimp that’s a secret agent.

June 26, 2009. Tags: . Steph, TV. Leave a comment.

ps. free pinkberry

not really exciting or newsworthy. i just thought i’d share…

June 26, 2009. Tags: , , . Ads we like, Becko, Eat this. Leave a comment.

Yinka Shonibare exhibition opens at BK Museum today

I’m a big fan of Yinka Shonibare and am really really excited to see the exhibition that opens today. Some of the pieces are a bit more graphic than the one above but the victorian costumes made of Dutch wax prints are totally worth seeing. Apparently when Shonibare showed up for the official preview, he arrived with two friends in victorian drag. See here

From the BK Museum website

June 26–September 20, 2009
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor

Period Rooms, 4th Floor
Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor

This exhibition is a major midcareer survey of work by the UK-based Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE. Shonibare’s artwork explores contemporary African identity and its relationship to European colonialism through painting, sculpture, installation, and moving image. Shonibare is best known for his work with visual symbols, especially the richly patterned Dutch wax fabric produced in Europe for a West African market that he uses in a wide range of applications. His tableaux of headless mannequins costumed in this fabric evoke themes of history and its legacy for future generations. Through these works he explores the complex web of interactions, both economic and racial, that reveal inequalities between the dominant and colonized cultures of Europe, Asia, and Africa. A site-specific installation created for this presentation titled Mother and Father Worked Hard So I Can Play will be on view in several of the Museum’s period rooms.

Another site-specific installation, Party Time—Re-Imagine America: A Centennial Commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE,  will be on view at the Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey, from July 1, 2009, to January 3, 2010, in the dining room of the museum’s 1885 Ballantine House. 

June 26, 2009. Tags: , , . Add this to your calendar, Becko, Brooklyn, Museums/ Becky is nerding out again, Pretty. 1 comment.

Blog of the Day: Board of Hi Five

This is our pal Steve’s blog – and I loved his last post on the top five NYC subway ads:

Dr. Zizmor and 1888 Margarita are classics – but this may be my favorite

..about which the BoHF says “Good cause, but scary. I wonder if the person who got his eyes knows all the gruesome shit they saw on Law and Order.”

love that.  see all five here.

June 26, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Ads we like, BOD: Blog of the Day, Emily, New York. Leave a comment.

ps. free coffee today in park slope

Cafe Grumpy, the beloved coffee shop below my apartment is opening a new store today in Park Slope at 7th Ave between 11th and 12th streets. If you visit today you can get a free drink or something. Also they are running a nifty promotion where if you buy a bag of coffee or finish your drink punch card, you can enter to win a drawing for a free espresso machine.

Thanks Grumpy!

June 25, 2009. Tags: , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Eat this, FYI. Leave a comment.

Picasso draws with light, 1949

I bought a tripod a while ago to play around with my fancy camera and do stuff like this but I’ve never actually followed through. I’m hoping these pics will help inspire me. From Wooster from LIFE

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June 25, 2009. Tags: , , , . Becko, Design, Pretty. Leave a comment.

Girl Who Doesn’t Age: So Freaky

Ahhh she’s 16!!

June 24, 2009. Do not want, News, Steph. Leave a comment.

Blog of the Day: Nerdboyfriend

Oh hai.

Jack Lemmon

Leonard Bernstein

Monty Python

more of your nerdy boyfriends here

June 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Blogz, BOD: Blog of the Day, Crush, Emily, Fashiony, Want, World saving. Leave a comment.

Blog of the day: Suggested Donation

This blog might only be interesting to the Museum Studies and  Library and Information Science crowd, but Suggested Donation is an great blog about museum and archive related things in NYC and beyond. I’m a little jealous that I don’t have my own museum blog but I know I wouldn’t be able to  keep up on the museum news like these kids, nor could I design such a snazzy website. Instead, I’ll just direct you to their blog. enjoy.

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June 23, 2009. Becko, Blogz, BOD: Blog of the Day, Museums/ Becky is nerding out again, New York. 1 comment.

Support the Papacitos

So one of my most favoritest restaurants in my neighborhood is Papacitos. It’s an amazing Mexican joint with many veggie and vegan options, awesome fish tacos, and cute delivery boys. They also have an amazing outdoor patio and right now it’s byob because they somehow lost their liquor license. Anyways, recently Gothamist reported that they got their shit fucked up and robbed of $10k and their sound system (see below).

After Black Betty’s and several other restaurants/favorite bakeries going out recently, I am going to do whatever I can to support Papacitos and keep it from going under as well. I was there this afternoon for a quick brunch and it was a little sad without the classic rock they usually pump through the place but my breakfast burrito was A+. I strongly urge everyone to eat there because the food is excellent (the chef used to work at Brooklyn Label), the patio is beautiful, and i don’t want to see another one of my favorite restaurants go out of business this year. sad face (i hate emoticons).

June 23, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, Eat this. Leave a comment.

12 terrifying pieces of furniture





from nadia from Fast Company. see more here.

June 22, 2009. Tags: . Becko, Design, Do not want. 1 comment.

Twitter Tracker

Conan O’Brien has a new segment that plays on the current obsession with celebrity tweets (as seen here). I caught a different episode last night with nicole and i thoroughly recommend checking it out, even though i cant figure out how to embed the video and it’s not available on youtube, you can see it here on nbc.com

Read more about twitter tracker on conan here.

June 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Becko, Innernette. Leave a comment.

Shepard Fairey + Lance Armstrong

Shepard Fairey is appently designing bikes, gear, and such for Lance Armstrong. What do ya think?

June 19, 2009. Tags: , , , . Becko, Design, Fashiony. 1 comment.

Blog of the Day: Boutique of the Week

Found this blog’s author on Yelp – but it’s totally awesome and I think it will re-vamp my shopping in the city.  Here she reviews one of my favorite boutiques in the city, Pippin – where I found my clocky and favorite topaz ring.

“Pippin Vintage Jewelry is like entering a flea market without the haggling patrons and piles of junk.  With vintage pieces discovered mainly on the East Coast, this boutique offers a variety of affordable items from pearl strands, brass watches, turqoise rings and even clip-on earrings.  Their eclectic collection spans from the pre-1900s to the 1980s, but they also have some re-worked pieces like Victorian jacket buttons made into rings (around $40).  Their prices are affordable and not typical of Manhattan, with the range from $1-$200+.  You can find a great necklace or ring for $25, and the higher-end diamonds and rubies are displayed inside the glass case.

Pippin has enough eccentric pieces that you can make your own creation, like antique keys that could be added to a long layering necklace, or pins that could double as barrettes.  When looking through the packed store, make sure to take some time and open the shallow drawers filled with random extras that cost less than $5 and make you feel like you you’ve discovered a treasure at the bottom of the bargain bin (without the actual rummaging).

Jewelry is not their only specialty, they also have a wide variety of accessories including vintage bags, clutches, belts, scarves, gloves, hats, and more, such as a cosmetic carved mirror from a 1920s Norwegian cruise ship ($30).  Also check out their vintage home goods store next door, where you can find Bauhaus vases, 1950s Coca-Cola crates, and even obscure black-and-white photos for $1.”

Now that you know my jewelry secret shopping spot (located on 17th St. between 6th & 7th) go here for more ideas from this blog.

June 17, 2009. Tags: , , , . Blogz, BOD: Blog of the Day, Design, Emily, Fashiony, FYI, New York, Want. 1 comment.

The Hallway by Miranda July

Can we really not embed vimeo?

June 15, 2009. Tags: , . Steph. Leave a comment.

Donuts destroy sewer system

In case you didn’t know already, donuts can do harm.

“The suit details problems with the plant dating as far back as 2004, describing a sewer facility permeated by the smell of doughnuts, pipes clogged with corrosive slime and the resulting raw sewage leaks that eventually shut down the southern Fairfax sewer system.

At one point, public works officials ran a closed-circuit camera along a pipe to show the grease deposits, only to get the camera stuck in the buildup.”

Oh dear.

June 14, 2009. Tags: , . Do not want, Eat this, News, Steph. 1 comment.

Arlington Rap

Most of our bloggers and readers are probably not familar with Arlington, but it’s the city right outside DC where all the preppy types live. This video is taking the DC area by storm and has already gotten a write up in the Washington Post. I like the line about tapas.

June 14, 2009. Steph, Viral. Leave a comment.

slo-mo dove

I found this funny.

Ok, I realized this was a double post when “turn around bright eyes” was already a tag. But I wanted to leave it to show how Emily is in my brain. I blame being out of the country for being two weeks behind on my youtube.

June 14, 2009. Tags: . Music, Steph. 1 comment.

Becky really hates when this happens on her dates

whoops!  Nedroid is soo cute!

June 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Becko, Crush, Emily, Innernette. Leave a comment.

Breaking news: Dane Cook isn’t funny

Is anyone else watching him on Conan right now? Mmmm, not funny. He tells stories worse than I do.

June 11, 2009. Tags: , , . Do not want, Matate, Nora, Not pretty. Leave a comment.

Compy chair

this looks really really usefully

June 11, 2009. Tags: , , . Design, Nora, Pretty, Want, Work. Leave a comment.

Cool rug

this is a cool rug. i want it.

colllorrrsss

from Apartment Therapy

June 11, 2009. Tags: , . Design, Is this pretty?, Nora, Pretty. Leave a comment.

Women of Wall Street- new exhibit eeeee!

I recommend that everyone stop by the Museum of American Finance on 48 Wall St. and check out the new exhibition that is opening tomorrow, Women of Wall Street. I am totally excited because I helped in it’s creation- I wrote a couple of the labels, did some research, picked out some of the featured artifacts, and helped with the setup. I think the opening tomorrow is sold out or full or something but I totally recommend that everyone stop by. If I’m around and still interning, I’ll totally give you a personal tour. SCAN0100

From NYT blog…

These past two years have not been kind to the women on Wall Street. Of course, they have not been very kind to anyone. But women executives, a minority in this male-dominated world, have suffered some especially high-profile setbacks.

Sallie L. Krawcheck, the chief executive and chairman for Citi Global Wealth Management, stepped down in a power struggle with the chief executive. Zoe Cruz, a president of Morgan Stanley, was ousted in a shakeup. And Erin Callan, who had ascended to become Lehman Brothers‘ chief financial officer, was pushed out in the early stages of that firm’s collapse.

Even among the lower ranks, the mass downsizing of financial firms has been accompanied by accusations of discrimination.

Nonetheless, women will show up in force next Tuesday for the opening reception for the new “Women on Wall Street” exhibit at the Museum of American Finance. It has generated a lot of interest. “I can’t remember selling out an opening reception,” said Kristin Aguilera, a spokeswoman for the museum. She said they capped the registration at 250 people.

The exhibit, which will run through Jan. 16, is divided into contemporary and historical female figures on Wall Street. The contemporary segment includes interviews with Ms. Krawcheck; Abby Joseph Cohen, a senior investment strategist at Goldman Sachs who made her mark calling the bull market of the 1990s; and Nancy B. Peretsman, the influential head of the media group at the investment bank Allen & Company.

In many ways, the historical figures have the most striking stories. Many made their mark when Wall Street was more insular and misogynistic than it is now. They include a first lady, a self-proclaimed presidential candidate, and the world’s richest (and most miserly) woman.

June 8, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Becko, Museums/ Becky is nerding out again, New York. Leave a comment.

Get Pumped: Real World DC

Will there be a tranny?

June 8, 2009. Tags: . FYI, Steph, TV. Leave a comment.

Wearable towel, how hot!

I especially love how confusing the normal towel looks at the start of this video.

June 7, 2009. Tags: , , , . Emily, Fashiony, FYI. 2 comments.

8-bit cover of Magnetic Fields

This is a great 8-bit cover of one of Magnetic Field’s 69 Love Songs (an album that is deserving of its own post). Here is 8-bit All My Little Words:

And here is the original:

from Offworld via Trent Reznor (who has been sober for 8 years today. Good for you.)

June 6, 2009. Tags: , , , . Dan, Innernette, Music. Leave a comment.

Benjamin Button

I never saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Button but I assume this video says it all.

Blerg, it didn’t embed.

June 3, 2009. Tags: , . Ads we like, Steph. Leave a comment.

SantiGold

Steph Black reminded me how much I liked this song/video via her gchat status message today. Thanks!

June 2, 2009. Tags: , . Becko, Fashiony, Music, Videos. Leave a comment.

I don’t know if you saw the amazing fireworks tonight…

But I did and it was awesome. Did I mention that I have an amazing roof where I can see all of midtown?

The Queensboro Bridge (aka 59th Street Bridge) turns 100 years old this year and New York City is marking the occasion with a fireworks display by Grucci and a week-long Queensboro Bridge Centennial celebration.

The Queensboro Bridge Centennial fireworks display will be designed and produced by Grucci, “America’s first family of fireworks.” New York’s own Gruccis have directed firework displays for seven U.S. Presidential inaugurations, and four Olympic games.
View the Queensboro Bridge Centennial Fireworks
When: May 31, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Where: Fireworks will be launched from the tip of Roosevelt Island.

from here

June 1, 2009. Tags: , , , , . Becko, Brooklyn, New York. 1 comment.