• A Lecture on a crazy Dr. Seuss Movie called: “The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T”

    Sure we all knew Dr. Seuss had to be a little weird. What type of person thinks of “Thing One” and “Things Two” anyways?

    A surrealist brained person, that’s who!

    We’ve all read the Dr. Seuss books and have seen hollywood try to make these books into movies, but did you know the Dr. himself wrote a movie? Oh yes… yes he did! And it wasn’t from one of his known books either. Dr. Seuss aka Theodor Seuss Geisel penned a full length feature film called: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

    What’s the film about?

    Actually we are not sure even after watching the preview, but that’s partially cause we thought the Lorax or the Cat In The Hat was going to pop out and somehow make the chaos make sense! Seriously what’s going on here….

    Don’t think too hard about what you just saw, you’ll get what only can be described as an ‘ice cream’ headache. To make sense of this film we are going to attend a illustrated lecture at the Observatory.

    On March 8, 2012 Ted Enik, illustrator and author, will be doing multimedia examination of The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T to help us get to the bottom of this crazy movie and maybe also help us to get inside the creator of all things silly, Dr. Seuss.

    Here’s the Details:

    drt-big-sculpted-faceDr. SeussLove. No wait—Dr. StrangeSeuss

    Or, How I Made a Misguided Kids-Flick and Poked Fun at the Fear of the BOMB
    A multimedia examination of The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.—the only live-action film Dr. Seuss had a firsthand hand-in—with kid’s book artist/author Ted Enik

    Date: Thursday, March 8
    Time: 8:00 PM
    Admission: $5
    Presented by the Hollow Earth Society

    More Details: Here

  • Fit to Fight – The Right to Kickass!

    It’s dusk and you step out of the subway entrance after a really long day at work. You take your usual route home, weaver through the industrial Brooklyn streets without a care in the world. Your ipod plays some pop song that you kinda bee-bop to as you walk along. Suddenly the music seems to fade into the background and you feel like the street you just turned onto is darker than usual. You continue on route to your home with the hairs on the back of your neck starting to stand up. Soon enough your intuition becomes clear, a figures steps out from behind a large trash container at the end of the block. You approach the figure with caution as he or she is in the direction of where you need to go. You consider turning around to take another route, but your too far down the block to turn back. You proceed, but the figure clearly starts approaching you. You then decide to turn around, only to discover that someone’s already approaching you from behind. The street seems very dark now and although the track that plays on your ipod skips to a happy song, you’re not in a happy place. What do you do?

    Last month we popped into theTriomph Fitness, Health, Wellness for ”Fit to Fight” an event meant to educate the public in self-defense in this city that never sleeps. About 35 eager individuals showed up to learn how to be fit to fight.

    Lateef Oseni, co-owner of Triomph, opened the event with two dramatic videos of animal predators hunting their prey, which illustrated that criminals are hunters looking for the right person to attack.

    Lateef then explained that self-defense is not about violence, it’s about being prepared and that “protecting yourself is a right, not a privilege.” ie… you have the right to learn what to due when a situation gets a little sketchy. Next he laid out  some startling crime data from the local Police Precincts:

    • The 78th Precinct that covers Park Slope/Gowanus says robberies are up 32% during 2010-2011
    • The 76th Precinct that covers Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill/Red Hook indicated that crime is up 11% during 2010-2011
    • Plus the crime in New York’s Subway system is up 17%

    *data available on NYC.gov 

    So, when Lateef, who is also a ISSA certified personal trainer, says “you should be fit to fight” there’s good reason to be because things aren’t exactly perfect in the streets.

    But one doesn’t have to live in fear…. one can learn to be aware!

    Lateef went on to cover 5 factors that are likely to increase your risk of becoming a target for criminals (aka – being the prey).

    • 5. Lack of physical fitness/readiness <-if best defense you have is to ‘run away’ then not being physically fit pretty means that your doomed.
    • 4. Advertising your valuable <-if you are playing with your brand new ipad out on the subway… one you’re kind of a douchebag and two you’re showing people the great stuff you have to steel. Frankly we’d take your ipad if we saw you flaunting it.
    • 3. Portraying a lack of physical confidence <-even if you don’t live in Brooklyn, adopt the tough Brooklyn attitude. If you seem tough, you might just be tough, which can be a good deterrent.
    • 2. Failure to trust your instincts. <-listen to the voice inside your head… you know the one that whispers “go home” when you’re out to late. It can also tell you: “that street looks creepy, maybe I should try another route.”
    • 1. Not being aware of your physical surroundings <-this is for you ipod listeners and intense book readers. You need to watch where you are going. It’s not just bumping into other people or things that’s foolish, it’s leaving yourself open for a surprise attack.

    Nigel, who is Sensei for Triomph’s karate classes, jumped in towards the end of Lateef’s presentation to explain a very important aspect of self-defense. He said:

    If you have to run, run! If you have to fight, fight!”

    Next came the physical part of the days training. Those attending the were splint into smaller groups and practiced what we call a “Zombie Attack”, but probably is better described as an individual being descended upon by a number of people from all directions. The person in the middle would try to escape from a circle of doom by finding the weakest of the individuals surrounding them and pushing through them as a means of escape. This was harder for people than expected. During this exercise some individuals even froze at first, which made the window for escape even less. For them the exercise was most beneficial, but it was also good for everyone in general. It’s not like any of us practice getting away from a large group of people.

    The event then went over using items that you have as weapons. ie your bag or stuff inside your bag. The event suggested anything and everything can be used to hurt or confuse someone trying to attack you. If you throw a book in someones face, they are going to take a minute to try and deflect it… at which time you can try to run away. If you are in fear for your life then you have every right to use something to bash an attacker in the temples or in the neck. You also have the right yo punch, kick, bite, and yell to get away from someone.

    Triomph is planning on having another one of these ‘Fit to Fight’ events in the near future, which we will post the second a date a chosen.

    Triomph also offers plenty of classes and has a facility that can get you fit in case you need to fight.



  • Robots Taking Over Gowanus

    Breaking News: Gowanus is to be overrun by cutesy robots!

    Maybe not overrun, but at least partially re-zoned for Robots…

    The Brooklyn Robot Foundry signed a lease February 1st for 303 3rd Avenue in the Home Ec space. (no word on what happened to Home Ec, which only seemed to have been closed only for the winter.) Who are the Brooklyn Robot Foundry and are they the makers of our future mechanical overlords? well, not exactly. The Brooklyn Robot Foundry is:

    dedicated to providing children with opportunities to learn through hands-on, project-based learning activities. Typically, these activities center around building robots – because robots are awesome, and kids know that instinctively.”

    We agree robots are awesome and kids love robots. We love Robots! (we love them so much we already had the image above created for fun!) The Brooklyn Foundry has classes that teach kids about engineering and electronic principles. Classes are for ages 4-11 and involve designing, building, and playing with robots. Sounds pretty darn sweet if you ask us! This weekend they will be having their first class in their new space and are planning on having an opening party very soon.

    Check out there website for more details: BrooklynRobotFoundry.com



  • Your Wood Doesn’t Cut It, But There Is Hope

    Every night of the week in our kitchen we whip out our sad small piece of wood to the unapproving eyes of our significant other. Our wood is bowed and completely misshapen. Our significant other tries in vain to use it, only to be frustrated and disappointed by our woods irregular shape. When our relationship began our significant other seemed understanding, but now they are clearly unhappen. For last night they said: “I need something more…something nicer and stronger than your ridiculous old cutting board!” Sadly we took our cutting board and tossed it out, realizing that this was it… this was the end; no longer could we ignore that our cooking tool would not satisfy our kitchen desires.

    But there is hope for our culinary conundrum!

    Gowanus Furniture is now offering a two-day class where you can make your own cutting board! The first class will discuss types of cutting boards, maintenance, and the techniques of making cutting boards. It will also go over shop safety. Plus, in this class you will arrange and glue together your board. The next class will be all about sanding, adding hand holds, and applying the oil and beeswax finishing to your board. Both classes will provide a little bit of wine and some local snackage.

    This two-day class will allow you to make a personally item that you can use everyday. When you show off your new amazing wood (cutting board) people will be impressed, including your significant other.

    Cutting Board Class

    Dates: Feb 17 & 24
    Time: 7:00-10:00pm
    Place: Makeville Studio - 119 8th Street (btw 2nd & 3rd Aves), Unit 208 Price: $160 (reg $175)

    Register for the class and learn more here: Make your own custom cutting board


  • Fit to Fight

    All New Yorkers know that the streets can be a dangers place. So why not be ready to kick some ass and take some names if trouble comes a calling…

    You’re Invited To Our First In a Series of  Workshops for 2012!
    Empower Hour!

    ‘Fit to Fight’

    at the FREE Self Defense Workshop

    at Triomph Fitness Saturday Jan 28th, 2012 – starts at 11am

    You’re all alone and attacked by a stranger. What do you do? Is there a way out?? How would you defend your friend or loved  one?Unfortunately, the answer is that most people would not know what to do when faced with a potentially life threatening attack!

    Fortunately, more often than not, there are ways to defend yourself, escape an attack, or fend off a would be  attacker.

    The ‘Fit to Fight’ Self Defense Workshop does not require you to have previous experiences in combat sports or possess special skills to be able to do them! The ‘Fit to Fight’ Self Defense Workshop is based upon simple basic human instincts when confronted with life-threatening situations!

    You Will Learn How To:
    • Be physically fit and prepared for confrontation.
    • Use your valuables and everyday objects as weapons.
    • Avoid appearing like an easy target regardless of your size (this one is GREAT for kids!). 
    • Accurately determine potential threats and precarious situations.
    You’ll also learn how to be consistantly aware of your surroundings and use your senses to protect yourself and those you love.
    .You’ll get twice the benefits of physical exercise and learn self-defense at the same time!
    Who Is This Workshop For?

    Everyone! Men, women, children, friends & family!This workshop is 100% FREE.

    (The value of what you’ll learn may one day prove to be priceless!)

    Triomph is located at 540 President Street Brooklyn, NY

  • Last Minute Holiday Gift Idea – Some Class(es)

    Gift giving can be super tough, especially when you have to find gifts for the type of people who seem to either have everything or want nothing. The ‘have everything’ type has tones of crap in their apartment, including every xbox game, gadget for cooking, and even has every app for the ipad. They simply don’t need anymore stuff. On the other hand there’s the ‘want not’ person that lives a simple life by sleeping on a yoga mattress, loves living in their 5′ x 5′ empty apartment, and is some type of minimalist master that you really can’t get anything either. These types of people are so frustrating and end up being the biggest jerks outside of the mobs at the mall during the holiday season cause you spend so much time trying to find what they want. So what do you get these types of people? how about a little class… as in get them an original gift for a class so they can learn something!

    Gowanus has so many class options it is totally insane. You can learn how to climb, get in shape, cook, use software, become an artist, and so much more. Here’s a list of  places (in random order) that are offering classes right now that you can get for the ‘have everything’ and ‘want not’ folks in your life.

    Twig Terrarium‘s Making Workshop – learn how to make greenery in your apartment not look lame by putting it under class. Learn how to make your own terrarium….the next class is January and they will have more classes throughout the year. Price $45

    Triomph Gym - Quick Fit Boot Camp / Body Blaze / Core Flow and more. After the holidays everyone needs to hit the gym. A couple of classes at Triomph will get you back in shape. All classes are usually 1 hour. Price: $5 or entire month $50! (check membership requirements)

    Gowanus Print Lab‘s Digital Classes – learn photoshop,  illustrator and indesign; designing + publish ebooks for the ipad; even learn how to make a portfolio website that shows off your art. All classes are trained by people who know this stuff way better than you do!  Price: $120 – $375 (oh and you can also learn how to screen print stuff too… it’s a ‘Print Lab’.)

    Ger-Nis‘s Cooking Classes!  Learn how to make well, pretty much anything with Ger-Nis. They have classes on how to make spring rolls, stir fry, Indian/Italian/Asian cuisine, Herbal Desserts, and more. This place is so much fun. Price: Varies (worth way more than what you’ll pay)

    Textile Arts Center learn how to make a million types of textiles. They have classes on: accessory deign, block printing, embroidery, felting, knitting, machine knotty, millinery, natural dyeing, paper/book arts, spraining, weaving, and more. If you ever wanted to start your fashion company or want to increase your textile skills this place has a class on it. Classes are usually 4 weeks. Price: $200 – $375

    Brooklyn Boulder learn how to climb or get better at climbing. ‘Learn the ropes’ as they (Bk Boulder) say! Get the insight into how to get up that wall both physically and mentally.  Price $45 – $75




    These are just a small percent of the classes that happen in Gowanus all the time. Look around in the early months of 2012 for even more types of classes.


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The crack between two hipster neighborhoods, home to the now superfunded Canal, the flash point for the new 'Buy Local' and textile revolutions, & filled with brilliant bohemians. . . this is Gowanus & it’ll awesome your face off.

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