Sunday, April 18, 2010

Despair meets Hope and they find they have a lot in common

I hope your computer speakers are better than mine.


If you don't love it, you probably haven't tried it yet.

If I could get this widget to default to "visualizer," I'd make it a permanent fixture on the blog.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Hyatt Newport Beach

One upside of the recession is that the rich people hotels are scrounging for guests with the other bottom feeders. This week the Newport Beach Hyatt was compelled to host a DARPA meeting, filling their over-priced suites with geeks, dweebs, and other ethnic minoritites, while their usual coterie of fat white people waits for their trust funds to replenish.

For me, this means $7 beers, $11/day for spotty internet access, and a level of ass-kissing to which I'm wholey unaccustomed. Frankly, I'd prefer a Holiday Inn, where the internet is free and reliable and where they are so understaffed that the bellboys have better things to do than follow me around asking me how I'm doing.

For me, internet access is like water. At $240/night, the internet should be free and reliable.

On the upside, this is the first hotel I've been to (in the U.S.) to provide a little tube of toothpaste, along with the little bottles of shampoo and conditioner. I guess one of their marketing execs has ridden on an airplane since 2004. Now, if only the rest of them would catch on to this little nicety, I could avoid the painful and embarrassing scrutiny of my toiletries at the airport checkpoint.

Oddly, in Europe, they've provided the little toothpase tubies for years, though usually no soap.