The year in cities 2008

Fourth annual! Here’s where I’ve stayed the past 12 months. As expected, it’s a very short list, thanks to the little guy, although we did manage to get out of the country (sort of). This list would be a lot longer if it included day trips. Cities with multiple visits are denoted with an asterisk as usual.
New York, NY * (home base)
Miami, FL
Livingston, NJ *
New City, NY *
St. John, USVI
St. Thomas, USVI
San Francisco, CA
Beach Haven, NJ
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
The coming year is shaping up to be more robust for travel, what with two business conferences already committed and a probable return to the annual Massachusetts trip. Nathan proved himself an excellent airline traveler this week, so he’ll be learning to pack his bags sooner than later.

links for 2009-01-07 and 08

Déjà vu

Reuters: Blockbuster CEO open to partnerships with telecoms. “As we move toward video-on-demand and pay-per-view, Blockbuster is well positioned not only to compete on our own, but also to partner with others,” said CEO Jim Keyes.
Not mentioned in this news bulletin is that Blockbuster was a smart but failed early innovator in this space. Your host pilot tested a Blockbuster-Enron VOD partnership back in 2001, when high-speed connections and video compression were not ready for mass consumption. Perhaps this time around Blockbuster will fare better.
I will also note here that due to Time Warner Cable’s less-than-robust bandwidth in my area, and its less-than-robust widescreen VOD offerings, I still go to Blockbuster and rent DVDs when I want to see a movie at home.

links for 2009-01-05

Ridiculous seven-, eight-, nine- and ten-letter words used as bingoes by the computer in iPhone Scrabble on the Hard setting, December 2008

Ten-letter words!
Sastrugi
Curvetting
Hagrides
Alforja
Tegular
Queerling
Solonetzic
Atopies
Errhines
Rhamnose
Gisarme
Outhearing
Overholy
Actinas
Stereoed
Pliskies
Grecized
Deforces
Isologue
Markhors
Two days into January and I’ve already got six words on my list. Either the computer is getting more ridiculous or I’m playing too much.