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You can’t read this at the Westin

Monday, December 26, 2011 

Oddly, this server is blocked by the network at the Westin Grand, Berlin.  Everything else seems to work, even (which is blocked by sites that subscribe to the  Barracuda filter list, cause any site with information on radios is frequented by hackerz).  It does not seem to be a national level block as I get plenty of visitors from Germany.

Easy enough to get around by VPN, but odd.  Very odd indeed.

Posted at 09:02:40 GMT-0700

Category: hotelsself-publishingtechnologytravel

CCFLs are great but…

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 

CCFLs are a great source of light: more efficient area lights than LEDs and better CRI too and affordable but…

They are not heat lamps.

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Note that this CCFL was installed in a hotel bathroom in the heat lamp fixture, operated by the heat lamp timer. You step out of the shower, crank the timer knob and get a nice blast of cool bluish light.

Posted at 11:37:42 GMT-0700

Category: hotelsoddphoto

Lapa Palace in Lisbon

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 

Quite lovely, excellent view and an exceptionally helpful staff.

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The Lapa Palace was Isabella’s favorite hotel, and with good reason.  A gorgeous view, a nice pool, and the staff was incredibly helpful.
Posted at 08:23:15 GMT-0700

Category: hotelsphotoPositivereviews

The Pacific from the Delfina

Monday, September 22, 2008 

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I’m staying at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica.  It’s a very nice hotel – not quite as dramatic through the lobby as some, the rooms are comfortable and the views are good.  The shower was a bit weak though and the AV system is nowhere near as cool as the Holiday Inn on King in Toronto.

Odd thing, the local high school football field was right next door so I woke to the sound of the marching band trying to figure out Eleanor Rigby.

Posted at 17:00:12 GMT-0700

Category: hotelsmapNeutralphotoreviews

Winter in Canada

Friday, February 29, 2008 

My job takes me to Canada every week lately. It’s always an adventure in the winter, but I haven’t been here absent a snow storm in weeks. Apparently this is the snowiest February in 117 years. Yay.

Posted at 17:00:16 GMT-0700

Category: hotelsphotoplanestravelweather

Holiday Inn On King Patch

Monday, November 19, 2007 

The room patch panel at the Holiday Inn on King in Toronto is the best I’ve encountered in a hotel. Watch you tube on the room’s large LCD TV… Play your iPod through the sound system. Free broadband. All hotels should do this.

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Posted at 04:00:18 GMT-0700

Category: hotelsphotoreviewstravel

Red Brick Café, Guelph

Thursday, November 15, 2007 


As I’m spending more time in Guelph lately than expected, it has been a very good thing to discover the Red Brick Cafe. They have good food items and excellent coffee. No overheated milk and they know the difference between a cappuccino and a latte. With the favorable (to the US) exchange rate, it is a great deal too.

Posted at 10:00:16 GMT-0700

Category: hotelsrestaurantsreviews

Night in YYZ

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 

The view from our hotel is very nice. They put us on the 20th floor with a balcony overlooking downtown Toronto.

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Posted at 17:35:07 GMT-0700

Category: hotelstravelvideo

I heart NY

Thursday, October 4, 2007 

The view from my luxurious hotel in NYC. Only $350 a night or so.

Posted at 23:30:17 GMT-0700

Category: hotelsphototravel