Finally made it! It took about 32 hours of flying and about 5 hours of driving, but made it to the parents’ home without too much drama. Got some good insights on Air India on the way back, will have to share in a separate post.
So my long overdue journey to the motherland is *finally* underway. I am sitting in London’s Heathrow airport, paying a pretty penny for the privilege of blogging for the three of you that read these words. Can you believe Internet access is charge at 5 pounds an hour?! And I thought Comcast was a bunch of slimy crooks!
Here are some fun things that have happened so far:
- I showed up at the gate at SF Airport to find an explosion of pink-blue-blonde highlights on the heads of a bunch of noisy college-age girls. Naturally, I assumed they were part of some lame-ass punk rock band showdown event in London. I struck up a conversation with one of them and discovered that they were part of a Sacramento hair school and were on their way to London for a week-long advanced hairstyling class. Some follow up questions that I don’t have answers to:
- Obvi: When did hair technology become advanced enough that you had to fly to a different continent to learn about it? Why the hell do you need to go to London to style hair? Is there *anything* about hair that can’t be taught in the United States? And when did the UK surpass Los Angeles and Miami in fashionable hair?
- Do you (the reader) have any idea what it is like to do a transatlantic jaunt with a bunch of crazed, airheady stylists? It was as if some of these girls had never been on a plane before. As soon as the goddamn thing took off, they were raising their hands and screaming as if they were at Six Flags. Don’t get me wrong, I laughed my ass off but it got old after awhile
- I had heard that Americans are far more prudish than Europeans and I generally assumed this to be a bad thing (again, obvi!). However, my opinion has changed after I saw three grown men – one of them well into the salt-and-pepper-hair whooping and hollering while thumbing through a Playboy. In the airport lounge. With little kids running around. Jeez, Eurotrash. Way to make a brown boy blush.
- This is sort of well-known, but Brits as a whole need to be taken to task for their blatant overuse of the word “brilliant”. Now, I’m all for hyperbole and embellishing the truth, but something about the word “brilliant” and the supreme lack of context just rankles me. A nice pint of beer does not make the frigging bartender brilliant. Same goes for the janitor who simply does his job by cleaning the urinals. Please stop treating this mundane shit like Sir Isaac Newton’s expositions on calculus, you fools.
Another word to the wise – Heathrow has officially turned into a steaming pile of shit. When I stepped off the plane and walked through four different lobbies, the flooring was uneven, carpet was ripped out in places, wires and pipes ran under a fully naked ceiling and the paint was starting to chip off. WTF? Add to this the fun banners tacked along the walls “We are working hard to build a new Heathrow” and I was truly amazed. Hell, I’ve seen podunk American airports that are run better than this dump.
I published a post on VentureBeat at 9pm, and appropriate queries already find it among the top few results (it is now ONLY 12:17am) Just astounding how fast these guys are. I thought they only hit a few domains like wordpress.com, etc. really quickly but it sounds like they are hitting top 1000 or 10000 blogs at amazing frequency.
Fine, I had to use another blog as the vehicle of choice. But who cares? Here is a screenshot of a geek’s wet dream:
I cannot believe the blogosphere has spent the entire day freaking out over porn social networks on Ning. Who gives a rat’s ass? So what if there are truly a bunch of porn or adult social networks on Ning? Does it really take anything away from the service? Does it prove anything about the viability of their business (or lack thereof if that’s your take)? What are we getting so uptight about anyways?
And yes, there are a *lot* of networks on Ning that are domain mapped and don’t get accounted for by Quantcast and others. But that point in and of itself is irrelevant. Bottom line is, leave them alone and move on. It doesn’t matter.
I loved that damn blog for so many reasons. So its sad to see one of the funniest parts of the landing page (RSJ’s photo along with the memorable lines “I love beautiful objects. I love creating them. Negative people upset me”) replaced by a skeevy iPhone poll and a lame-ass “A Forbes.com site”.
You suck, Brad Stone.
Its been a long time since I blogged on this page – as much as you would like to believe that my newbie enthusiasm has waned, that’s just not the case 🙂
Actually, I’ve been trying to contribute to Matt Marshall’s VentureBeat blog and just published my second article. Sweet, right?!
Here it is if you’d like to follow the link and read it: http://venturebeat.com/2008/01/04/wikia-to-launch-new-search-engine-jan-7/