I learned later that the Omni automatically offers this sort of insta-check-in to any guest who booked a reservation using a credit card (isn’t that pretty much everyone?). So my question is: Why on earth is this a radical development? Why isn’t that just the way hotel check-ins work everywhere?
Seems like it would do more than save time for the guests—it would save money for the hotel. A hotel that can check in 100 guests an hour would need a smaller staff of tappy-tappers than the hotel that can handle only 15 of them because the check-in process is so long.
Roey Rosenblith, the passenger who wrote the piece, is the director of a company trying to create affordable solar power in rural Uganda, and he recounts the whole experience. One choice excerpt:
It’s been less than two days since all of this has happened. We still have a lot to learn about who Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was and what made him into a human bomb. From what I know the story is particularly tragic, because on a continent where most people have so little he seemed to have so much. He made up an elite group of perhaps .1% of the population. Not only did he study abroad, he studied to be an engineer. He could have come back to Nigeria and put his skills to use in a wide array of fields: agriculture, health, transportation, telecommunications, he could have created solutions that would help some of the poorest people on earth. Even if he didn’t want to do that, with a wealthy family and well-connected father, the world was his oyster. Why would he throw all that away to follow this horrific path?
Quote an excerpt, link to the rest, add your commentary.
Don’t copy and paste the entire fucking article to your blog and then have the balls to serve Google ads alongside it.
Even though I linked the article as I do all my linked articles by clicking on the title, I’ll continue to post the entire thing wholesale as I see fit. Even if you have to scroll for ages to get it off your dashboard. Get fucked.
I’m sure they are really excited you linked to the article you already copy and pasted word for word, making the link to the actual article completely redundant.
If you think my issue with your theft is the length of the article you’ve stolen, well then you’re even dumber than I originally thought.
Ah, so this is why Tumblr has the “block" function! Thx Soup!
“I’m not too eloquent talking about these things…I was making payments, but I can’t anymore and I really have no idea what I’m going to do. It seems absurd they can charge this much. When I think about all this, it gets me so furious. I could die tomorrow because of other operations I need that I can’t afford.”—
Vic committed suicide and died on Christmas day in Athens, GA. Many close friends say it was a result of financial pressure from mounting medical bills (amongst other things of course).
I saw Vic perform once when he opened for Wilco. At the time, I unfortunately didn’t really understand the significance. But then I met friends in NYC who were his friends in Athens and they said there was something truly magical about Vic. And then this:
“in 1991 i moved to athens georgia in search of god, but what I discovered instead was vic chesnutt. hearing his music completely transformed the way i thought about writing songs, and i will forever be in his debt.”
-jeff mangum, neutral milk hotel
“We have lost one of our great ones.”
-Michael Stipe, Dec 25, 2009
I think the world lost something truly special on Christmas day. RIP Vic.
I promise you, one thing is never going to change. And that’s our mission. People often ask me if there are guidelines in our practice of what I like to call MacNeil/Lehrer journalism. Well, yes, there are. And here they are:
Do nothing I cannot defend.
Cover, write and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me.
Assume there is at least one other side or version to every story.
Assume the viewer is as smart and as caring and as good a person as I am.
Assume the same about all people on whom I report.
Assume personal lives are a private matter, until a legitimate turn in the story absolutely mandates otherwise.
Carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories, and clearly label everything.
Do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes, except on rare and monumental occasions.
No one should ever be allowed to attack another anonymously.
And, finally, I am not in the entertainment business.
“10. Santa knows when people have been naughty or nice.
9. Santa’s work transcends language and geography.
8. Santa and his team have strong domain knowledge.
7. Santa loves his work and doesn’t do it for the money.
6. Santa uses specialized tools to get a project done.
5. Santa has a fondness for #ff0000 and #ffffff.
4. Santa has no problem pulling an all nighter.
3. Santa is extremely good at managing very very large lists.
2. Santa listens attentively and understands what people really want instead of what they say they want.
1. Santa works well under pressure and seemingly impossible deadlines.”—Top 10 Reasons Santa is a Great Designer | User Interface Trends