Monthly Archive for March, 2008

New York to Boston for $1?

Yes­ter­day, the Times took a look at a few new entrants into the East Coast dis­count bus travel business:

We’re fre­quent rid­ers on the dis­count Chi­na­town bus lines, despite their ten­dency toward break­downs and shenani­gans. And, a while back I was excited about Vamoose Bus, which was sup­posed to begin NYC–Boston ser­vice with free wi-fi and a guar­an­teed seat. This seems to have fallen through, as there is now no men­tion of Boston on the their web site.

But it’s inter­est­ing to note the emer­gence of Bolt­Bus and MegaBus – because both are owned by tra­di­tional bussing com­pa­nies, not scrappy Chi­na­town star­tups. Grey­hound owns Bolt­bus, and Megabus is run by Coach USA, par­ent of Gray Line sight­see­ing bus line.

Both are tak­ing a “South­west Air­lines” approach by offer­ing cheaper fares to those who book early, but last-minute book­ings will cost about as much as Grey­hound. $1 fares are nice, but I’m most inter­ested in the free wi-fi, power out­lets, and enter­tain­ment options. Those fea­tures are worth pay­ing a lit­tle extra.

WordPress 2.5

A bit of admin­istrivia to pass along…

WP 2.5I spent some time this week­end updat­ing this weblog to Word­Press 2.5 RC1.1. The 2.5 pub­lic release should be avail­able soon, but you can grab nightlies that are pretty solid.

There are many new fea­tures, but the one I was most look­ing for­ward to was the redesign of the admin screens, by Jef­frey Zeld­man, Jason Santa Maria, and Liz Danz­ico of Happy Cog. The design is sim­pler and fresh, and I like how they sep­a­rated the pure admin­is­tra­tive options from those that deal with post­ing and man­ag­ing con­tent. Also, the post­ing screen is greatly sim­pli­fied and elegant.

Of course, in order to upgrade WP, I had to first upgrade the k2 theme, which my design is built upon. This involves rec­on­cil­ing my old CSS with any changes made since to K2, lest I break my site. After a few hours of work, every­thing was in order and I’m happy to report that the RC5 nightlies of K2 worked per­fectly for me in Word­Press 2.5.

If you’re curi­ous about WP 2.5, but not ready to upgrade – Chris John­ston has put up a pub­lic demo of 2.5, (login with admin/demo).

And if you’re con­sid­er­ing tak­ing the plunge, I rec­om­mend first mak­ing a backup and ver­i­fy­ing that your theme is compatible.

Volvo

Volvo

Volvo, some­where in Williams­burg between Berry and Wythe.

Lisa and I spent a good chunk of the week­end fur­ni­ture shop­ping, and spring clean­ing. On Sat­ur­day, we ven­tured deep into Con­necti­cut to go to an estate sale, in pur­suit of what turned out to be an American-made Dan­ish “style” din­ing set, which was just too big and ugly to buy. From there, we drove over to Bea­con, NY, which has a cou­ple of nice stores with mid-century fur­ni­ture, (Anna found some amaz­ing stuff there). We had some cof­fee (photo below the fold), but left empty-handed.

Con­tinue read­ing ‘Volvo’

kottke.org is 10

Three cities, two seri­ous rela­tion­ships, one child, 200,000 fre­quent flier miles, at least seven jobs, 14,500 posts, six designs, and ten years ago, I started “writ­ing things down” and never stopped. That makes kottke.org one of a hand­ful of the longest con­tin­u­ally updated weblogs on the web.

Kottke.org is 10 years old today. Jason’s weblog has been a big inspi­ra­tion for me as a weblog­ger; his enthu­si­asm for design, media, sci­ence, and all things web, has launched a thou­sand memes, and made him an indis­pens­able voice in dig­i­tal culture.

Client 9

This just in from Mr. Scott: a $5,500 hooker, when adjusted for Spitzer’s reported income in 2000, is only worth $61.66 to him.

twitter— lisa m

Spitzer Is Linked to Prostitution Ring

The Times broke a huge story today, con­cern­ing New York Gov­er­nor Elliot Spitzer’s involve­ment with a pros­ti­tu­tion ring:

Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been caught on a fed­eral wire­tap arrang­ing to meet with a high-priced pros­ti­tute at a Wash­ing­ton hotel last month, accord­ing to a law enforce­ment offi­cial and a per­son briefed on the investigation.

There are a lot of unan­swered ques­tions at the moment, but that pretty much says it all.

Slate points out the irony that Spitzer’s was brought down by the same inves­ti­ga­tion tac­tics he pio­neered as a pros­e­cu­tor. And, the Smok­ing Gun pulls an inter­est­ing tid­bit out of the complaint:

…the affi­davit notes that after her appoint­ment with Client-9 ended, “Kris­ten” spoke with a Emper­ors Club booker, who said that she had been told that Client-9 “would ask you to do things that, like, you might not think were safe…” “Kris­ten” responded by say­ing, essen­tially, that she could han­dle guys like that.

Wow, let’s hope those details never come out.

Ari Up and the Slits

The Slits

The Slits, Mer­cury Lounge, Wednes­day March 5, 2008 – NYC

It’s not 1976 any more, but it was great to see Ari Up per­form Slits songs. She’s so full of energy, still sport­ing those crazy dread­locks, and was wear­ing a fan­tas­ti­cally ter­ri­ble American-Apparel–gone-wrong hand crafted space out­fit. At one point she com­plained about the tights, and encour­aged every­one to shoplift from AA.

Cut is still a clas­sic record from the post-punk period, and I espe­cially love their cover of I Heard it Through the Grapevine. See them at SXSW, or on tour this spring – see Myspace for details.