Posts filed under “Travel”

Airport Security

Source:
KAL’s cartoon
The Economist, Jan 7th 2010

http://www.economist.com/daily/kallery/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15228610

Category: Humor, Travel, Weekend

Flight 1549 3D Reconstruction, Hudson River Ditching Jan 15, 2009

This is a must watch computer recreation of the Sullenberger Hudson crash Flight Simulation;

We all know who Sully is. I want to know who that Departure Controller is? He kept his cool through the whole incident,  even while he continued to control the other planes he had in the air. Outstanding work under pressure.

From Exosphere 3D:

This astonishing animation is based on all currently available data concerning the US Airways Flight 1549 crash (Cactus 1549).

Satellite imagery, elevation models and robust GIS mapping methods are utilized to create a vegetation model, terrain model and ground clutter (3D buildings). Of all available audio tracks, only two are used, La Guardia Tower and New York TRACON Departure controller position. Radar data as well as the onboard Flight Data Recorder are utilized in constructing the flightpath of the aircraft

Flight 1549 3D Reconstruction, Hudson River Ditching Jan 15, 2009

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Category: Travel, Weekend

World’s Tallest Tower

> Source: Dubai Opens a Tower to Beat All LANDON THOMAS Jr. NYT, January 4, 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/05/business/global/05tower.html

Category: Travel, Weekend

My Year in Cities 2009

Over at kottke, Jason looks at where her traveled to this year: Places where he spent one or more nights. Between business and book related travel, my list for 2009 is probably bigger than any 5 prior years in my life, combined: Boston, MA Detroit MI New York, NY Los Angeles, CA Vancouver, BC Canada…Read More

Category: Travel

Forbes Conference

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving weekend, with good food, family and safe travels. I am off to a Forbes conference this week with uber Bear Gary Shilling, Steve Forbes, and others. Normal posting, along with a few special guest posts, is expected.

Category: Travel

Fed Reserve Endorses “Crony Communism” for Wealthy

Here’s a candidate for the understatement of the year: The Federal Reserve is concerned that their free-wheeling, money-printing, dollar-destroying, quantitative-easing, zero-percent interest rate policy might be “fueling undue financial-market speculation.” Do ya think? The Fed is a serial bubble blower worse yet, they have refused to hold the most aggressive and damaging speculators accountable for…Read More

Category: Bailouts, Federal Reserve, Travel

Back in the USSA

Ahhh, its good to be back in the USSA (United States Socialists of America), where profits are private but all the risks are socialized! I am settling back into my routine, but a few final thoughts from Berlin (my overview from the trip is here). The general impression I got in Europe was that the…Read More

Category: Economy, Psychology, Travel

Ich bein ein Berliner

Whenever I travel, I like to do a full economic assessment of the locale, a post-trip post-mortem. Oftentimes, it is not worth writing up, but Berlin was fascinating enough to jot some thoughts down. Quite a few things were memorable from this trip. (I’ll post some photos later below) Berlin is a world class city,…Read More

Category: Economy, Travel

What To Do in Berlin?

Wholly unrelated to the prior post (US Job Hunters Look Overseas) I am leaving this evening for Berlin, to speak at a CityWire Conference . I’m flying back Friday, but over the course of 3 days, I will have one morning, one afternoon and one evening free. What’s fun to do in Berlin?

Category: Travel

Damn Annoying: Traveling the US by Air

So.

Here I am.

Winging my way back from a long business trip – I left 10 days ago, and with any luck, will finally stumble home some time in the wee hours Wednesday.

The experience was a whirlwind tour of the best and worst airports, airlines and aircraft the friendly skys have to offer. Perhaps there is something of value you can find in this. Otherwise, I just spilled ~1,300 words from seat 1A for naught.

First leg: Continental from LaGuardia: We leave November 10 – damned daylight savings day. Our early 6:35am flight becomes 5:35 am – an ungodly hour to travel, even with the bonus “fall back” hour. Paranoid I would arrive late, I get picked up extra early, and dropped off at La Guardia for Continental flight 633 to Dallas by way of Houston a little after 4am.

The Continental desk is a mess – there is a huge line, except for those who got an online boarding pass. I selected seats on the phone with an agent, but I do not recall the suggestion to print boarding passes (That might have been helpful). Because the tickets were booked via Orbitz, the upgrade to 1st class is $857. No thanks.

Without the printed boarding tickets, we must endure this l o n g line. Despite being there 90 minutes before the flight, I begin to wonder if we are going to make the plane.

If this an attempt at behavior modification, to encourage people to print e-boarding passes, it may have backfired. I make two mental notes: 1) Always print out the boarding pass; 2) Don’t fly Continental anymore.

45 minutes later, we are at the desk. We pay $20 per bag. I ask about the upgrade to 1st class (the machine says $150), but the harried agent suggests we can do it at the desk. We breeze through security, but at the gate, they tell us its $857.

Fuck Continental.

At least I reserved an emergency aisle, so the 3 hour flight has extra leg room. Reiterate the don’t fly Continental mental note. (Flight quality B+, Check in experience F)

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Category: Travel