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Inside The Mad Men Exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image [Photos]


One of the most successful television dramas of all time is nearing its completion as the final season will soon draw to a close. Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men has had a great run, captivating audiences all over the world with its mid 20th century charm, excess and rich visuals. And now with a new exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image, we can all step into the intricate world of Donald Draper and his peers. Featuring dozens of props and costumes from the show, as well as two recreated detailed sets, the exhibition opens to the public this Saturday, March 14th and runs through June 14th. Museum Members also get an early first look right now. Photo gallery below.

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I Bought My First Cell Phone To Impress A Girl, And Then She Made Me Kill It

This story was originally written in the comments section for the mobile phone blog Droid Life. They held a contest for a protective case giveaway and asked readers about their first cell phone. I thought about mine and then the memories started coming back.

It was 1999 and I was a sophomore in college. The majority of the kids my age still had beepers back then, but a select few had taken the plunge into mobile telephony. Some were drug dealers with the original Motorola flip phones. They weren’t quite Zack Morris bulky, but they still had some heft. Storing them in one’s jeans pocket was easy however, as we all wore baggy pants back then. Others had candybar Nokias that were just as large and heavy. A female friend who I had a crush on had just bought a mobile phone. It was also a Nokia, but it was the smallest model to date. (Back then, before even color LCD screens were introduced, chic was having the smallest phone. Think Zoolander) Being an electronics geek, I was instantly curious and jealous at the same time. And then another friend got a cell phone. My buddy Mike had bought the first Motorola StarTAC. It was the slimmest, smallest, sexiest thing I had ever seen. After playing with his phone for five minutes, I was instantly infatuated. Continue reading »

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The Tenth Annual No-Pants Subway Ride: 2012 Edition

So you’re done with the excessive holiday eating? What better way to strut your new-found pounds than with the annual No-Pants Subway Ride. What originally began as a 7-person prank has now evolved into an internationally observed day of silliness. More than 4,000 people took their trousers off yesterday in New York City’s subways, and thousands more reportedly joined in around the world. Improv Everywhere organizes the annual event, where the sexy strap-hangers begin their train rides all over the city and then converge onto Union Square Park for an impromptu celebration of sorts. Continue reading »

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Hiking In The Bronx: The Hudson’s Secrets

According to a recent scientific survey involving a dozen of my Facebook friends, when one hears “The Bronx”, one tends to think of (in no particular order) The Yankees, Attractive Puerto Rican females, unpleasant smells and traffic. Outdoorsy stuff like hiking doesn’t really come to mind, but that’s exactly what I did. When the weather gets nicer in the spring, I often like to frolic gaily in the wilderness. I like to take little half-day getaways on the weekends and explore the (to me) unexplored. I’ve found some pretty cool stuff in the past by just aimlessly driving away from civilization in any direction for an hour or so. But since gas prices are nearing five US dollars, I don’t really allow myself to drive aimlessly anymore. Trips must always have a direct destination and a purpose. So I compromised on spontaneity and settled on visiting Wave Hill in The Bronx. It was a nice day so the sun worshipers were out in full force and the line for the parking lot was terribly long. I couldn’t be bothered to wait, and so as any self-respecting New York motorist would do,  I drove on past the entrance. I had already been to Wave Hill a handful of times in the past, so I really wouldn’t be missing much. The ancient winding road that led me away from Wave hill and towards the Hudson river was surrounded by secluded homes and dense vegetation (for New York City anyway). After about a quarter mile, the homes disappeared and there were just trees. It was time for a new expedition! Continue reading »

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I Got April Fooled A Day Later

I’m usually very keen on practical jokes. My adolescent friends and I were 9th degree ninja master pranksters. And so every year around April 1st, I amplify my spider sense and stay alert for potential threats. I’m usually very good. No one has been able to pull a fast one on me in years. When I got through yesterday, I thought I was in the clear. Ha! The only thing that was clear today was my false sense of security. The “punk” or “pwnage” came from the place I least expected. Continue reading »

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100 Strangers: Medet Fidan

As I plug along on my 100 strangers project, I’d like to share with you a chance encounter I had with a very nice guy.

I was in Long Island City. I had just dropped off my car at the mechanic and I was walking towards the bus stop. I had my camera out because I just snapped a few photos of a 1919 Ford Model T outside my mechanic’s shop. A cab driver who was preparing to start his afternoon shift notice me and the chunky dSLR as he was getting in his cab. He shouted over to me with a smile, “Take a picture” and so I did. I asked his name. “Medet Fidan”, he replied, and shook my hand with a welcoming firm grip and a warm smile. When I gave him mine, he wondered what kind of name I had. I told him I was Greek, and so he squeezed my hand a little harder, and said with a sinister smile, “ohhh! I’m Turkish! We’re enemies!” Continue reading »

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Trigger Finger: I Just Got Pooped On


Trigger Finger is a series of posts dedicated to the impulsive and instinctive cell phone photography that we’ve all developed over the years. For the times when you don’t have your best camera on you, but the moment is still worth capturing.

While strolling around Union Square Park a few minutes ago, I paused to observe some young girls filming some pigeons with their dSLR. The pause was for only about twenty seconds, but it was enough for the angry birds above me to bless me with an appetizer before lunch time. The poop droplet wasn’t as massive as some others that have embroidered my car in the past, but it was a small inconvenience nonetheless. Fortunately, a nice man at a nearby news stand gave me a couple tissues to help my situation. He said, “…one for your camera, and one for you.” Continue reading »

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Exclusive: Building A Cockroach Army


The American cockroach (Periplaneta americana), also known as the Waterbug and Palmetto Bug. This pest is the largest species of common cockroach and considered one of the fastest running insects. At an experiment at the University of Berkley in 1991, a specimen registered a top speed of 3.4 miles per hour. This is the equivalent of about 50 body lengths per second. To acomplish the same feat, we humans would need to run just over 200 miles per hour. Cockroaches are also very great survivors as you might already know. The have omnivorous diets and can also resort to eating toothpaste, glue and even each other if times are tough. Now that’s what I call a cheap date! American cockroaches are perhaps the most bothersome and frightening to humans because of their size, agility and invasive nature. They make women scream with fear and turn 200-pound grown men into quivering babies. I know because I’m one of those dudes. Whenever I’ve been face to face with one that wanted to shack up in my house, it’s been like a showdown at the OK corral. Make no mistake, we are gunslingers. Continue reading »

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Step Into The Light

Happy New Year to us all. Its been a nice holiday season, but I’m sure we’re all itching to get back to work now and make something wonderful happen. Some brief advise for those of you with resolutions, goals and virtues: Continue reading »

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Trigger Finger: Happy New Year From Box Man


I was persuaded to come out to a young people dance club for after-party festivities at the famous Webster Hall. While on line, I spotted Box Man. He seems a little stressed out about the new year. I reassured him that everything’s gonna be alright and that he should keep his head up, but he was too conflicted to respond.

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