Monthly Archives: August 2008

And I thought Putin was out of a job …

You may remember that Vladimir Putin is no longer Russia’s leader. But, when the violence in Georgia (theirs, not ours) breaks out, whose picture does the Silicon Alley Insider run? Yep, not the other guy.

So, is it Putin’s iron fist at work or the czar of stabilization to the rescue? It depends who you ask, I guess.

However you stack it up, nobody beats the Insider’s headline: Stock Market Misunderestimating Russia-Georgia Threat. Henry Blodget, great use of Bush-swiping language!

JetBlue Gets No Rest from My Ire

For the past few days, a handfulof people have found the Migrant Blogger through variations of “i hate jet blue”. It’s a popular search term for finding this site. Today’s, though, are better than usual. Two people actually used “i fucking hate jet blue” to find the Migrant Blogger.

Well, my hate-on for JetBlue is endless, so I hope this post encourages more angry searches– and ultimately leads to boycotts! If you still need convincing, take a look at my coverage of JetBlue from last June.

Read about JetBlue on the Migrant Blogger >>

A Requiem for Gridskipper

Gridskipper used to be a kickass travel blog. But, the guys at Gawker wanted to “rationalize” its portflio of blogs, and Gridskipper’s performance wasn’t enough to keep it in the family. It’s a damned shame. Now that Gridskipper is part of the Curbed family, there aren’t as many updates. Most of the content consists of links to other stories; there isn’t much original content to go with it. So, the cut the best part of Gridskipper.

Maybe someday they’ll link to a few more of my articles. They had a link to a piece I wrote for Cigar Report on De La Concha’s cigar dinners, but it got lost in the conversion from Gawker to Curbed, much to my chagrin. But, such is life. Fuck ’em.

Is News Dead? Um, Yeah

Everyone’s talking about the death of print. How about the death of news?I just saw that Rev. Wright is not writing a book about Obama. Seriously, is this fucking news?

Well, I’m not writing a book about Obama either. In fact, I don’t think I can improve upon the Rev’s statement. He put it so well that it has to be newsworthy:

“Nope. I’m not publishing anything. I’m not going on any book tours.”

Thanks for the words, Rev. I suspect the world will remain at ease, knowing that I’m not planning anything nefarious. You may now return your attention to Michael Phelps.

Remembering past trips

Yeah, I’m antsy to go somewhere interesting again. I’m headed to Scotland in November (finally got off my ass and confirmed that). I was thinking about London for October, but now I might reconsider. Denmark is on the list, as is Benelux. I’ll have to see what Delta will let me do with my tickets. If anyone has some thoughts, let me know. I only have a week, so I’m trying to stick to Europe.

Well, while I lust after my next trip, you can enjoy some of my recent experiences. While Reykjavik was okay and Helsinki was a bust, I did have a blast in France.

Nice, France

Monaco (not really France, but c’mon)

Quebecois Short Films: Hidden Gems

Film Festival Today just picked up the article I wrote on the Quebecois shorts screened at the Fantasia International Film Festival. These films were really a blast. They can be a problem if you don’t speak French. Even if you speak some French (as I do), it really does help to speak it well. But, it was a blast nonetheless.

So, if you get a chance, check out the article. I had a great time writing it, and of course, the films were fun as well. The Quebecois are funny folks, and they know how to make great film festival-style movies.

Read about it at Film Festival Today >>