Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saving my sole



Make: Converse
Model: Allstar by John Varvatos
Size: 9.5
Color: Army
Part: 1Y247
MSRP: $95.00
Paid: $45.00
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 1/26/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I have been looking for new shoes for months. I used to be ridiculous about shoes and at one point in college, I had 18 pair. When I moved to SF I had scaled that down to 4 pair, but since zero day, I've only had one pair of daily wear shoes (not including my cycling or dress shoes). But today a hole wore through the sole and all the wet slush from the sidewalks started flooding in and soaking my sock. I hate wet socks more than a lot of things, so I could no longer procrastinate about buying shoes. I really had my eye on a pair of Veja Volleys, which are made with organic cotton, natural amazon rubber and produced with fair trade standards in Brazil, but no one in Chicago carries them. They are also a European company, so after the exchange rate, they are pretty expensive shoes and would need to be shipped (again) half way around the world. Another option I considered were Simple shoes, but again, I couldn't find anyone who sold them. So I sloshed my leaking shoes over to DSW, and after what seemed like hours of pacing down the isles of shoes I would never wear, I found the John Varvatos designer collection of Allstars. I havn't had Chucks since I was in the 4th grade, and I just remember them being really uncomfortable. I'm also not a fan of the glaring white toe. But I really like this laceless version, and thought I'd give them another try. Hopefully they are more forgiving on my feet. I will most likely wear these until I absolutely have to buy a new pair of shoes. Maybe by then, some of the more responsible choices in footwear will be more available.

Another book, wild



Title: Into the Wild
Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: Anchor Books
Date Published: 1996
Printed: USA
ISBN: 0-385-48680-4
List: $13.95
Paid: $11.16

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Date 1/26/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: This is a book my friend Erik suggested I read, so when I finished Cradle to Cradle I went to pick up a copy at the Chicago Library. I got a card last week so I can decrease the amount of books (especially new ones) that I buy, but my neighborhood branch has a horrible selection of fiction. Majority of their fiction section were romance novels and paperback fantasy series, so I ended up going to Barnes and Noble in the end. I was excited to find one last copy of the book with the original cover instead of the "now a major motion picture" cover, those are always so horribly lame.

Whale of a tale



Title: Moby Dick
Author: Herman Melville
Publisher: The Riverside Press
Date Published: 1956 (Originally 1851)
Printed: USA
ISBN: n/a
List: $1.10
Paid: $3.00

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Date 1/26/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: This is one of those classic books that I never read growing up, but have always wanted to read. I found a great used book store this weekend and came across this superb copy from 1956. I love the cover design and the spine is in excellent condition–as if it were never read. This is also the first time I've paid more than the cover price for a used book. I'm looking forward to finally tackling this epic.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A periodical periodical



Publication: Print
Editor-in-Chief: Joyce Rutter Kaye
Publisher: F&W Publications
Date Published: November/December 2007
Printed: USA
ISSN: 0032-8510
List: $39.00
Paid: $39.00

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Date 1/19/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: I generally don't buy magazines. I usually spend one afternoon each month hanging out at Barnes & Noble reading everything I'm interested in for free. I do have one subscription, Fast Company, because I think it's a great fusion of design and business. I also got a two year subscription for just $5. I never posted this purchase, because after I've read them they get recycled. This issue of Print is more substantial and falls into the realm of a book, it definitely costs as much as one. I've stopped buying design magazines, but one of my projects got into the Print Annual this year, so I thought it would be nice to have a copy. There are also several pieces from fellow Project M advisers, alumni and friends including: Chris Simmons & Tim Belonax, Eric Heiman & Adam Brodsley, Christian Helms, Amy Franceschini, Bernard Canniffe, Mike Weikert, Alex Chrisman, Jake Lefubre, John Foster and even my mentor from school John Malinoski. Knowing that my first project after graduation is featured in the same annual as all of these incredibly talented peers, is amazing and makes a $39 magazine worth owning.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A year of living out of context




Title: The Year of Living Biblically
Author: A.J. Jacobs
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: 2007
Printed: USA
ISBN: 0-7432-9147-6
List: $25.00
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Parents)

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Date 1/16/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: I was actually looking at this book last week when I purchased What is the What. It was on the new releases table and caught my eye. I got this today, along with another Christmas gift from my parents (a year subscription to Lynda.com). I won't be posting about the subscription because it isn't a tangible object (one reason why I asked for it and was very happy to receive it). I will now be able to improve my knowledge of CSS and other web based programs, which I've been struggling to do for the last 3 years. I understand basic implementation and editing, but I would like a deeper, comfortable understanding of the technology. As for the book, it's about a secular Jew who decides to follow every rule of the bible–literally–for a year. It's purpose is humor, but the idea is flawed at it's core. The laws (especially the 613 from the Old Testament followed by Orthodox Jews) are situational, created for specific groups at specific times and recounted to make certain points, majority of which were nullified by the birth of Jesus in the New Testament (which the author does point out in his Forward). So many of the rules that the author refers to as being biblical, are taken out of context, making his year long quest kind of ridiculous. However, reading about an Agnostic following every law of the Bible literally for a year, will undoubtedly create for some entertaining situations.

The big apple in the second city



Make: Apple
Model: HD Cinema Display
Size: 23”
Color: Silver
Part: A1082
MSRP: $899.00
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Dad)
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 12/25/2005
n/w?: Want

Comment: I didn't just buy this. This actually survived, by grace of Mat's suggestion to wait and strap it in the front seat when I was ready to leave. I had the original box stored at work, but it was put in storage with the rest of the office right before C2 moved into their new building. This being one of my more precious items, I wanted to be really cautious about transporting it. Since I was flying to Chicago after everything was stolen, I needed to ship this to myself, but I didn't have the box. So Mat held onto it for me while I relocated. I waited for C2 to move into their new building so Dave could get the box to Mat for shipping. This happened a few months ago, but Mat kept it a little longer since I didn't have a desk to put it on or an immediate need for it. But now it's back home and I can watch Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in HD...man I hope this writer's strike is resolved soon.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Un-bowl-ievable



Make: Unknown
Model: Ceramic Bowl
Size: n/a
Color: Orange
Part: n/a
MSRP: n/a
Paid: $5.00
Made in: unknown

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Date purchased: 1/13/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: This is just a solid bowl that I picked up from the thrift store to hold my fruit, what's unbelievable is how much orange I bought this weekend. The problem with buying things second hand, is that I don't always get the information I would like to log about the product. However, I like knowing that I'm reusing something that would have otherwise been discarded. This functions just as well as one I would have picked up at Target for 3x the price.

No junk in this trunk



Make: Joubert
Model: Bungee Straps (4)
Size: 16”
Color: White
Part: 4T940
Serial: n/a
MSRP: $4.97
Paid: $4.97
Made in: Malaysia

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Date purchased: 1/12/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: These make the rack on my bike much more functional. Strap it down, haul it off.
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Make: Frem
Model: Storage Crate
Size: 14”x16”
Color: White
Part: NO.701
Serial: n/a
MSRP: $4.99
Paid: $2.00
Made in: USA

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Date purchased: 1/13/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I found this in the same thrift store where I picked up my copy of Pentagram Book Five. I had been looking for a milk crate to strap to my bike, but felt bad taking one from the back of a restaurant. I was stoked to find this at the thrift shop because it's slightly longer than a regular milk crate and fits two paper bags perfectly. Now I can load up on food for more than a day or two.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Orange you glad



Make: Bnt
Model: Happy Stool
Size: n/a
Color: Tangerine
Part: n/a
Serial: n/a
MSRP: $129.00
Paid: $89.00
Made in: unknown

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Date purchased: 1/12/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I picked this up at Domicile when I got the pointer table. Orange has sort of become a theme in my living room, and it looks nice next to all the dark wood. After having a desk for the last couple of months and not being able to find a chair I liked, I found this. It's just what I needed. Although it just barely slides under the desk (which leave no room for my legs). But it's a shallow desk and it works out great. No more kneeling on the hardwood floor. I may actually be able to get some work done at home now.

That's on point



Make: Zuo
Model: Pointer Table
Size: n/a
Color: Tangerine
Part: ZUO-406204
Serial: n/a
MSRP: $149.00
Paid: $49.00
Made in: unknown

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Date purchased: 1/12/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I love this side table and I got a great deal on it. It was the last floor model in a furniture store that's going out of business. The place is called Domicile and has been "going out of business" for the past 4 months that I've lived here. They have a lot of designer replicas (really bad ones) and some pretty solid original designer works. I would place it in the same range as EQ3 or other similar furniture stores. It's definitely much nicer than Ikea.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Tell me why again



Title: tellmewhy
Author: Clare Jacobson
Designer: karlssonwilker inc.
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Date Published: 2003
Printed: China
ISBN: 1-56898-416-2
List: $29.95
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Joseph Mueller)

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Date 1/11/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: Wow. This was a completely unexpected Christmas gift from my friend Joseph who I went to school with. When I was president of our Student AIGA chapter, I organized our annual NYC Studio trip and one of the studios we stopped at was karlssonwilker, one of my favorite design firms. Jan Wilker and Hjalti Karlsson both worked with Stefan Sagmeister and their style and wit have always captivated me. When I met Jan (Hjalti was sick that day) it was my first time meeting someone I considered to be a "rockstar" designer. I brought my copy of their book with me and Jan gladly signed it for me. Joseph was on that trip and knew that it meant a lot to me. After hearing about Zero Day, Joe decided to help me get a piece of my design library back. So he contacted Jan and Hjalti and told them my story and asked if they would sign another book for me. They did.

Hello Brian! This book is for you. You owned it before, but it got stolen. If you're ever in our neighborhood, make sure you come by for drinks. keep on rocking! Jan + Hjalti

Amazing. Thank you soo much Joe.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

A good book & the good book




Title: What is the What
Author: Dave Eggers
Publisher: Vintage Books
Date Published: 2007
Printed: USA
ISBN: 978-0-307-38590-1
List: $15.95
Paid: $15.95

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Date 1/6/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: I've been wanting to read this book for a while. I met Dave Eggers briefly at a lecture in SF and would have loved to have him sign a hard copy that they were selling there, but I didn't have any cash on me. Such a missed opportunity! The paper back version was recently released and as soon as I finished Atlas Shrugged (last night), I couldn't wait to pick up a copy. It is the autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, a lostboy refugee from Sudan who eventually found his way to America. After traveling around and telling his story, he was introduced to Dave Eggers who agreed to put his stories in a book to reach a larger audience. All of the proceeds from the book go to Valentino who is actively helping Sudanese refugees.
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Title: Holy Bible, Compact Text Edition (King James Version)
Author: God
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date Published: 2001
Printed: Belgium
ISBN: 0-7180-0135-4
List: $14.99
Paid: $9.99

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Date 1/6/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I used to always have a pocket bible in my bag while I was riding. It was great to have when I stopped off at the Golden Gate Bridge on morning rides and just knowing that it was with me at all times. I also had several translations in my library to cross reference when something didn't make sense. I've been in Chicago now for 4 months, and without my Bible. I'm not sure why it wasn't one of the first things I rebought, it just wasn't. The "verse of the day" widget on my laptop is hardly sufficient enough to feed me, but somehow I'd rationalized to myself that it was enough. It wasn't, but now I'm equipped.

Bio dome



Make: Patagonia
Model: Outer Dome Hat
Size: All
Color: Green
Part: RN51884
MSRP: $28.00
Paid: $28.00
Made in: Canada

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Date purchased: 1/6/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: It felt weird buying this today, because it was close to 60° outside. However, three days ago, it was -12°(windchill) and my ears almost fell off on my way to work. I was going to buy a $5 hat from Walgreen's last week, that would have performed the same task for much less money, but this hat definitely looks better and I prefer to support a company that I believe in, even if it comes at a premium.

One layer at a time



Make: American Apparel
Model: Baby Thermal L/S Henley T
Size: Medium
Color: Army
Part: T457
MSRP: 24.00
Paid: $24.00
Made in: USA

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Date purchased: 1/6/2008
n/w?: Need
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Make: American Apparel
Model: Baby Thermal L/S T-Shirt
Size: Medium
Color: Brown
Part: T407
MSRP: 20.00
Paid: $20.00
Made in: USA

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Date purchased: 1/6/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I find it odd that all of the thermal shirts at American Apparel have stickers on them, explaining that they will shrink approximately 8%. I admire their effort to be concise, but that honestly means nothing to me...just like the universal washing icons.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

A cut above the rest



Make: Wusthof
Model: Classic Hollow Edge Santoku Knife
Size: 7”
Color: Silver
Part: 4183
MSRP: $113.00
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Parents)
Made in: Germany

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Date purchased: 1/2/2008
n/w?: Need
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Make: Wusthof
Model: Classic Bread Knife
Size: 8”
Color: Silver
Part: 4149-7
MSRP: $59.99
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Parents)
Made in: Germany

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Date purchased: 1/2/2008
n/w?: Need
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Make: Wusthof
Model: Classic Paring Knife
Size: 3.5”
Color: Silver
Part: 4066-7/9
MSRP: $42.00
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Parents)
Made in: Germany

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Date purchased: 1/2/2008
n/w?: Want
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Make: Wusthof
Model: Bamboo Cutting Board
Size: 13”x7”
Color: Brown
Part: 2036
MSRP: n/a
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Parents)
Made in: Germany

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Date purchased: 1/2/2008
n/w?: Excess
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Make: Wusthof
Model: Hand-Held Knife Sharpener
Size: n/a
Color: Gray
Part: 2906
MSRP: 25.00
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Parents)
Made in: Germany

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Date purchased: 1/2/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I finally got that quality knife set that I had been wanting for Christmas. If you've never held a Wusthof knife or sliced a tomato with one, you've never experienced how a knife is supposed to work. This is German engineering at its best. Thanks Dad and Shelley.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Blue after you



Make: Club Room
Model: Cashmere Sweater
Size: Large
Color: Blue
Part: WPL 8046
MSRP: $140.00
Paid: $0.00 (Hand-me-down from Don Jones)
Made in: Hong Kong

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Date purchased: 1/1/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: I was talking to my brother about how much I loved the cashmere sweaters that Read Worth had given me, and he said he had one that he never wore. He offered it up and I gladly accepted it. I'll take all the sweaters I can get while I'm still in Chicago.