Sunday, April 27, 2008

Been around the block



*SOLD*
Make: n/a
Model: Butcher block
Size: n/a
Color: Oak
Part: n/a
MSRP: n/a
Paid: $0.00
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 04/27/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I got this butcher block and the book shelf (pictured below) from a co-worker who transferred to our New York office. She was just going to toss the stuff out in her alley if no one wanted them, so I rented a Zipcar and went to check out what she had. I wanted to get a butcher's block when I first moved into my apartment because I have no counter space and very limited drawer space in my kitchen. So this works out great and it will give me much more room to prepare food while I'm cooking. It has three drawers and wheels, so I can move it around easily when I need to. Being able to furnish your apartment for free is always a good thing. I got both of these items for the cost of my car rental ($13.50).

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Make: Brooks
Model: Canvas bag
Size: n/a
Color: Beige
Part: n/a
MSRP: n/a
Paid: $0.00
Made in: n/a

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Date purchased: 02/9/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I actually got this back in February on my trip to Portland, but I completely forgot about posting it. This was a free swag bag I got from the Brooks exhibit at NAHBS. I found it in my closet the other day and remembered grabbing one to use as a grocery sack. Now if I could only get the baggers to not put my purchases in a plastic bag without me having to remind them 10 times, "I don't need a bag!"

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*SOLD*
Make: n/a
Model: Book shelf
Size: n/a
Color: Black
Part: n/a
MSRP: n/a
Paid: $0.00
Made in: n/a

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Date purchased: 04/27/2007
n/w?: Want

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Invisibility cloak



Make: Invisible Shield
Model: 60GB iPod Video
Size: 60GB
Color: Clear
Part: APL6007
MSRP: $24.95
Paid: $24.95
Made in: USA

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Date purchased: 04/23/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I use to have this cover on my old ipod (which died not long after zero day) but after getting it replaced by Apple Care, I had just been using my iPod with the factory plastic wrapper that it came with. That was supposed to be a temporary solution that took me 6 months to replace. This stuff is amazing though, it's a thin film that's been laser cut to wrap your iPod, iphone, whatever—perfectly. It even covers the scroll wheel and center button. It's great because it doesn't add any bulk like most cases do. It's completely scratch proof and guaranteed for life. The material it's made from was originally used to protect the leading edge of military helicopter propellers and now all of those tax dollars invested in military research, has been repurposed by a company called Zagg to create Invisible Shields for a range of various products.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Trashy nightstand



Make: n/a
Model: n/a
Size: n/a
Color: Black and Silver
Part: n/a
MSRP: n/a
Paid: $0.00
Made in: n/a

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Date purchased: 04/12/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: In the last few weeks, a number of people have been moving out of my building and they've been abandoning a variety of things in the garbage room. A lot of it is shocking and illustrates the problem with our disposable consumer culture and the idea that a place called "away" actually exists. I have seen everything from printers, sofas, rugs, mirrors, dressers, lamps, brooms, and more–just abandoned as useless. These things, most of them plastic, will go sit in a pile somewhere for much longer than our children and grandchildren will ever see. I have done my best to salvage things that I needed and others I've actually carried to the thrift store that's just 2 blocks away. I considered keeping a working microwave, but decided that I enjoy not having one. It forces me to cook instead of relying on frozen meals when I get lazy. Anyway, I've wanted a bedside table for a while now, but haven't considered it a necessity, and haven't gone out of my way to find one I like. So, while this is not something I would have paid for, it serves a functional purpose and will be kept out of the waste stream for a little while longer. If you have the time, this video The Story of Stuff, takes an informative look at our cultures production and consumption habits.

Banana pana fo fana



Make: Calphalon
Model: Classic Large Loaf Pan
Size: 5”x10”
Color: Grey
Part: BW 4010
MSRP: $16.00
Paid: $7.99
Made in: China

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Date purchased: 04/12/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: I love banana bread. It's a great snack, breakfast, etc and I was tired of paying $2 a slice at the cafe. I also had some bananas on my fridge that were no longer green (which means I won't eat them). So I picked this up to make and (possibly) sell my own banana bread for $2 a slice—any takers? I've also learned that TJ Max is an awesome place to go for kitchen items. Lot's of quality stuff for a good price, and quality matters–as I've already learned–when buying cookware.

New socks, new Timberland (atleast to me)



Make: Timberland
Model: Casual Wear Socks (3 pair)
Size: 9-12
Color: Various
Part: TM30415-999
MSRP: $18.00
Paid: $9.99
Made in: Taiwan

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Date purchased: 04/12/2008
n/w?: Need

Comment: Most of the socks that survived zero day were ankle socks that I wore riding all year round in SF, but since winter in Chicago doesn't seem to ever end, I decided to increase my sock numbers to decrease my wash frequency. I really wanted a few more pair of the Puma socks I bought last fall (super comfy), but the store only carries white ones now, and white socks are just...no. So I picked up these instead, which wasn't a bad trade-off. I learned while reading Stirring It Up that Timberland worked hard to be a more responsible company. They have room to grow, but they are doing some cool things; like offering a $3000 incentive to employees who buy hybrid vehicles. They also offer approved, 6 month paid sabbaticals to employees who wish to pursue a dream of theirs that benefits the community in a positive way. I was really surprised to learn that they use recycled and renewable materials, as well as water-based adhesives in the production of their boots and their manufacturing plants are powered by solar and wind energy. They've also introduced a "nutrition label" to the footwear industry that shows what materials are used in the production of their products. When I thought of Timberland, I always thought of "Tims" being worn loose-laced with baggy jeans. Who knew they were a devoted outdoors company? Oh ignorance.

Monday, April 7, 2008

A buyer's dilemma



Title: The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Author: Michael Pollan
Publisher: Penguin Press
Date Published: 2006
Printed: USA
ISBN: 978-0-14-303858-0
List: $16.00
Paid: $16.00

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Date 4/7/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: I know that my plan was to borrow this from someone, but I finished the book I was reading and found myself in the airport today with nothing to keep me occupied. This was next on my reading list, so I impulsively bought it. But now, when I finish it, I can pass it on and help more people educate themselves on where the food we eat comes from. Fair enough?

Hell yes Helvetica



Title: Helvetica
Directed by: Gary Hustwit
Produced by: Swiss Dots Ltd.
Copyright Date: 2007
List: $24.98
Paid: $0.00 (Gift from Christina Hicks)

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Date 4/7/2008
n/w?: Want

Comment: This was a belated birthday gift from my beloved friend Christina, who never stops surprising me (this one was slipped in my bag when I wasn't looking). I love Helvetica and I loved this film (saw it twice in the theater...yes it was in theaters). I know a lot of designers who hate it, but I'm a modernist who appreciates function and minimalism. Helvetica is used for so many things that it is usually labeled as generic, but I think it's prevalence speaks to its effectiveness. There are thousands of typefaces at a designers disposal, and 99% of them are crap. I see no need to reinvent the wheel. Give me a handful of weights in Helvetica and I'm set.