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Guest Post: Pluto, A Once-In-A-Lifetime-Event

July 14, 2015 4 comments

By Landon Curt Noll

Pluto, 2015 (NASA)

I want to call your attention to a significant event in our solar system: for the first time in history a spacecraft called New Horizons will pass by the Double Dwarf Planet pair Pluto and Charon. Read more…

Geeks with Jeeps Week in Moab, Utah (Pictorial)

April 29, 2015 3 comments

I’m going to be posting some of these on my 500px account, which will require more work because of keyword tagging, etc. But for now I thought I’d simply post the main photos here (there are over 100, so take your time.

No, I didn’t take Porkchop or Badger (they’re not ready for travel anywhere, and even if they were they couldn’t have made most of the stuff we were doing).

Enjoy. (oh, and please don’t steal. Reposting with attribution is fine).

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Uber vs. Barcelona Taxis: A “Study”

October 15, 2014 8 comments

Uber-Barcelona-Barcinno-300x200This week I have been in Barcelona for work and decided to do a little research, albeit extremely unscientific. Because of a corporate travel screwup I happened to get placed in a hotel more than 5 miles from the venue, with no real public transportation option (not that didn’t take over an hour commute each way, at least).

I happened to take a taxi from the airport to the hotel, dropping off a couple of friends who were on the same flight as I was, but staying at a different hotel. The driver then proceeded to take me to my hotel, driving nearly all the way back to the airport to drop me off. Needless to say, I felt like the piss had been taken in a big way.

As a result, I decided to give Uber a try again (an earlier experience in San Francisco hadn’t been quite so pleasant) and see if I could get better service. The results, as they say, were mixed. Read more…

Review: Namale Resort (Fiji)

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Bula! Bula!

After spending a week in Namale, I feel like I can finally get my head wrapped around the experience enough to write a review of the resort. Since we never left the resort, I can’t make any claim about Fiji, the Fijian people, or any of the cultural experiences that were on offer while we were here. So, take what I write as a resort review, rather than a Fiji review.

Definitely worth spending a week on this spot

Definitely worth spending a week on this spot

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Short Excursion in Prague

February 6, 2013 1 comment

Not much wordiness here. Just some photos I took wandering around Prague for a couple of hours today. I’m in the city for customer and colleague presentations, but couldn’t pass up the only time to take a break and see the sights, especially since I haven’t been here since 2008.

A Beauty to Behold

A Beauty to Behold

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The TSA Must Be Abolished

April 5, 2012 7 comments

There is no secret that I hate the TSA. I have always hated the TSA. Tom Daschle has a lot to answer for.

Today did nothing to help my impression of the TSA, and in what was a long stream of insanity (ultimately capped by the most inappropriate “bad touching” I’ve ever experienced, I nearly lost it. I was a hair’s breadth of getting myself arrested, as I wanted to take a swing at the agent doing the pat-down.

Warning: the description is brutally honest. Read more…

Open Letter to Continental Airlines

I need to write to describe my increasing displeasure with Continental’s merger with United as it relates to declining customer experience. For years I have promoted Continental’s exemplary customer service and stellar commitment to rewarding loyalty, and have deliberately shifted all of my business to Continental. In 3 of the past 4 years I have achieved Silver or Gold Elite, and so I have come to expect a certain exchange of value with Continental: you treat me well, I use your service.

During the course of the transition this treatment has declined to the point where on my last flight I was livid.

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