Month: December 2007 (Page 1 of 3)
Sorry, your account has been disabled. For more information about Google Accounts, please consult our Help Center at http://www.google.com/support/accounts/. Really such a lovely message to see when you try to log in to your email, no? But surely Google would not make such a mistake. And if it did, it would be responsive and quickly fix the matter. Heh. This is why I recommend people ought not rely on web-hosted services. You never know when they'll fail, and when they do, you'll be at their mercy (exercised in a leisurely manner, if at all). For me, this was a small bit of trouble in redirecting some of my email addresses (previously forwarded to Gmail for convenience). I did make the mistake of having not downloaded my Gmail inbox to my own machine in some time, so that's a something of a loss if I don't get back in. Anyway, just a friendly reminder from me to you that Google can make mistakes (and does frequently, if the support forums full of similarly situated people says anything). Don't put all your eggs in one basket.
- Kayak.com - I almost always book my tickets directly with the airline, but Kayak.com is an excellent comprehensive resource in sorting out exactly how many routes are available to your desired destination, and how they compare in cost. The screens are what make it so useful.
- Flyertalk - there is *always* someone with the answer to your question reading the forums at any given moment. Plus, most of them are cheap bastards with rich tastes, so you'll get the straight scoop on how to achieve your objective with a minimum of fuss and expense. (Contrast this with LP's near unusable ThornTree forums, which - to this day - remains one of the great tragedies of online travel resources.)
- TripAdvisor - this is a surprising one, for me. I'd long ago dismissed TripAdvisor as being for the sort of folks who stayed at Best Westerns when they went to Europe. And while it still serves those needs, I'll have to say that I'm pretty impressed with the depth of the information available for a very wide range of travel tastes/modes. Easy all in one resource when you need to quickly figure out the options in any given city.
- Sleeping In Airports - exactly what it seems to be. Most recently used when I booked a 5am connection through LIM, having planned to arrive at 1am (told me that the upstairs food court was a common and safe place to make camp for a few hours). Has also done a good job in directing me to in-airport showers in the past.
- Weather.com - because it helps to know if that Northeast storm is going to keep your Atlanta connecting flight from showing up.
- WikiTravel - dismissed years ago as a good idea, but lacking the necessary participation to make it truly useful, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it's grown into a serviceable resource. I may spend some time contributing. (Yeah, I know.)
- The Subway Page - maintained by Robert Reynolds, it's a great place to snag a map of most any major (and lots of minor) public transport systems in the world.
- BostonCoach - I'm somewhat embarrassed by this. Sometimes, you just want to know that you can step off the plane without thinking, see your name, and know that that person will get you exactly where you want to go, no fuss. BostonCoach can do that for you with very little notice, almost anywhere in the world.
Today starts in Prague. About 14 hours and 5400 miles later, it should end in DC. The end to an unexpected - but quite delightful - trip.
Joe le Taxi - Vanessa Paradis. My first ever celebrity crush. I still remember watching this video on the Super Channel, out of Amsterdam. Over and over, and over again. She was, maybe, a couple of years older than me. Last I heard, she married some loser named Johnny Depp. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Jimmy Somerville. Oh, more on this some day. For now, go read about Jonathan Raban's insight on the infidelity of travel. Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan. This song has carried me across continents.
All around me are familiar faces, worn out places
[ . . . ] And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad, that the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had.