Monthly Archives: October 2008

I’m back, for a second

The past week has been gruelling, non-stop at day job, and I’ve been putting in nights for CPA Magazine and a few others. So, my blogging fell of a bit. I think I’m clear of the insanity for a while, though. Time to enjoy the fruits of my labors. I’m in the current issue of New York magazine, for a contribution I made to the Winter Travel edition. I added a few lines to the story on Reykjavik, Iceland. Also, I’ve been busy at TraderDaily.com. My latest piece is on hunting for art in Helsinki.

Currently, I’m working on a story for a major national. It’s exciting … and killing me that I can’t release any details yet. I’ll say something just as soon as I can.

Do I see the light? Well, kinda

Held hostage by my chosen profession

Held hostage by my chosen profession

I haven’t put anything up here in more than a week. I have been absolutely upside-down jammed with working both jobs. I filed stories for New York magazine and British GQ since I last blogged, and I’m working on another for my dream publication (no names yet, sorry). And, of course, I’m still cranking out articles like crazy for CPA Magazine — I finished three last night and have another five or six to crank out this weekend.

But, I’m still finding time to have some fun. Ron Melendi, the manager of De La Concha, is launching a new blog, and I’ll be helping to fill it with content over the coming weeks, months and years. Also, though I haven’t been writing here, I have been writing. And pitching. I came close to Conde Nast Portfolio. It didn’t work, so I still have a kickass story to pitch around.

Day job has been keeping me pretty busy, as well, but you know I’m not going to talk much about that here. But, if you see my boss, tell him to give me the weekend off. I could use it.

Migrant Blogger on ValleyWag: Leading Hotels of the World

Remember my story on Leading Hotels of the World this weekend? Well, it got some love from the good folks at ValleyWag. I’m pretty psyched about this. I’m starting to run ValleyWag-, Fleshbot- and Gawker-caliber stories on my blog. So, let the fame roll in. Cash would be better.

Check out the story on ValleyWag >>

Wreck Diving on Trader and Dealmaker

It’s Monday, so my latest travel article is on TraderDaily.com. Learn about the SCUBA diving opportunities at La Romana in the Dominican Republic. This is a kickass excursion, and it might actually be affordable for the lower-level Wall Streeters who are happy just to have jobs.

Read about La Romana >>

Is Liberalism a Mental Illness?

A friend of mine is, like me, something of a tree-hugger. So, she wrote a letter to a US Senate candidate in Michigan, where she lives, to support a clean energy policy. The nutjob, Mike Nikitin, is running with the US Taxpayers Party of MI / Constitution Party. No, I will not run a link to his website or that of his party. His reply to my friend’s thoughtful letter was nothing short of shocking:

Dear [name removed],

If climate change is a ‘serious concern’ for you, I’m afraid I have serious concerns as to whether you are mentally competent.

Scientists can’t predict the weather tomorrow 100% accurately and you think they know what our weather will be like in 50 years?

One volcano eruption puts more polution in the atmoshere than all the cars ever have combined. To suggest we are hurting the planet to the point we are affecting the weather globally is insane.

The dinosaurs were here for millions of years, and didn’t build one SUV. The Earth killed them.

When I was in high school, human pollution was supposed to cause the new Ice Age by the year 2000. It is the same group of communist anti-capitalist anti-American traitors pushing the same agenda – just with a different threat.

I urge you to use your brain and quit accepting every crisis the left promotes to rob you of your money and freedom.

Sincerely,

Mike Nikitin

US Senate Candidate – MI,

US Taxpayers Party of MI / Constitution Party

My friend tried to engage this wacko–

Well Mike,

I see that you are a scary person and I am glad I do not have to see you in person.  Having had a parent in politics while I was growing up, I can see that you would not be a very good one.  Telling someone, who would repeat what you say, that they are mentally incompetant is not the way to gain the confidence of a voter.

I will pray that you are able to find the help you so obviously need.

His reply was even more insane!

I stand for returning this nation back to the Constitution – that made us great – and I am the scary one?

I stand for returning citizen’s property and rights back to them – and I am the scary one?

If you had a parent in politics, it was probably a socialist (Democrat) that pandered and lied to get votes. You are right, I don’t make a good one of those.

Liberalism is a mental illness. Not one liberal policy has ever worked in the history of mankind, and yet people still follow the socialist/communist mantra.

I call that a mental illness. No amount of truth, proof or history stops liberals from voting for their own eventual death or slavery.

If you pray for anyone, pray for yourself. You are the one with the sickness.

My site has my platform and the proof as to why I am right and every liberal is wrong. Pray for the strength to face the truth, and then come join me to save this country before it is too late.

Leading Hotels of the World Wins Friends, Influences Nobody

Luxury hotel chain Leading Hotels of the World had a brilliant idea: celebrate 80 years in the biz by offering up 6,000 hotel rooms around the world at a rate of $19.28 per night … get it? 1928 … $19.28? good. It was such a fantastic idea that travelers voted with their mouse-clicks, crashing the site almost immediately. One can only guess from yesterday’s mass e-mail from President & CEO Ted Teng that he is both embarassed and the recipient of plenty of hate mail.

Dear [Migrant Blogger],I would like to once again express my gratitude for your continued support, understanding, and patience with The Leading Hotels of the World. Since October 1, we have explored and evaluated many solutions to the technological failures encountered during the online USD 19.28 Sale.www.lhw.com/1928status, which will go live on Monday, October 13. This will allow all registrants, throughout the various parts of the globe, simultaneous and equal access to the USD 19.28 updates around the clock. All updates will indicate the date and time of posting. Please know that we have intentionally communicated this website address only to registrants in order not to dilute your chances of securing a reservation at the promotional rate. We will announce the details of the new USD 19.28 promotion, no later than Friday, October 17, which will occur the following week. The sale details will be posted at least 48 hours before the promotion begins.

Ted Teng
President & CEO
The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd.

 

I am delighted to inform you that today we selected Akamai Technologies, Inc., the world premier web content delivery network, with clients such as Yahoo, Travelocity, and Amazon. Together we are working diligently to finalize a new procedure whereby you, as well as the other 150,000 registrants, will have a chance to secure one of the originally allotted 6,000 room nights that are available at the rate of USD 19.28.

In developing a fair and foolproof platform, we have been faced with various considerations. Timing – both on the developmental front as well as for your trip-planning purposes – has proven to be our major and foremost concern. We chose to preserve the hotel availability dates, which in most cases began on November 1, as to not delay the promotion by several months. We also opted to maintain the promotion on a first-come, first-served basis. To make the offer a random selection or lottery would significantly delay the re-launch due to complicated international regulations. Lastly, we wanted to ensure successful communication to registrants in a prompt manner. We are now confident that, with Akamai, we have found a solution that addresses all of these challenges.

Please note that you will not be receiving any further emails, rather, we have decided to post all future updates and details on a dedicated website at

With thanks,

I love the fact that he is not changing the dates– in order to benefit his clients, as the message implies. Of course, it couldn’t be to his advatnage to reduce the lead time and thus interet in the promotion. But, to his credit, it’s a lot better than the recent layoff simplification memo from eBay Chief Pain in the Ass Alan Marks.

Also, LHW seems awfully proud to have engaged Akamai to help rectify the problem. I remember the good ol’ days, in the late 1990s, when Akamai was the best thing since sock puppets. According to Teng, it seems, the company still is.

Akamai: supplying bandwidth since Web 1.0!

Again “Commenter of the Day” on ValleyWag

I know it’s meaningless, but it’s still fun. I’m addicted to ValleyWag commenting, even more than I am to the other Gawker blogs. Well, today I picked up “Commenter of the Day” props on ValleyWag for a nice crack I made about the kid who hacked hopeful Veep Sarah Palin’s Yahoo! Mail account. A judge released the kid without bail, but forbade him to “own a computer or to use the Internet for anything other than email and classwork.” Well, I found two problems with this decision:

 

1. He can use the internet for e-mail. Did the judge specify whose account?
2. His next assignment for school: how to screw up a candidate’s vice presidential hopes and dreams.

And for that, I get asshole of the day respect.