Tuesday, May 25, 2004

16:42 LAX->SGP
Excerpt: Not sure I could do 16+ hours in a plane. JFK to Sydney ends up being around 22 hours but that's a 6 hour flight to SFO followed by about two hours on the ground, and then a 13-14 hour flight to Sydney. This new Singapore Airlines flight is 16 hours 42 minutes, coupled with the typical 90 minutes on the ground, you're in...

Monday, March 14, 2005

Off to etech
Excerpt: I'm going to San Diego for the O'Reilly etech conference later today. Not that I post frequently, but I'll be posting even less. I used to enjoy going to IBM's internal WebAhead/Get Connected conferences, less so for the presentations but for the conversations with people. They were a witches brew of ideas out of which a number of products and solutions were developed. IBM...

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Paris in the Springtime
Excerpt: We're in Paris at the moment. The weather had been gray and cold Friday in London and yesterday in Paris but it's nice and sunny today, in the 50s or 60s (high teens centigrade). I'm posting pictures on flickr and created a new set: Paris 2005 for them. Nothing stunning... We're just ambling around, we've both been here enough to have seen most of...

Monday, April 18, 2005

LHR 2005.04.18
Excerpt: I'm at Heathrow....waiting for my flight in the American Airlines lounge. On the one hand, I'm glad that they have some public access computers with internet access. On the other hand, they are all hardcoded to use MS Internet Explorer in brain–dead mode, eg you cannot cut and paste a URL, most URLs I type in are rejected as host not found yet if...

Monday, May 2, 2005

On the way to ORD
Excerpt: Flying to Chicago for a couple days, mostly sifting through a storage locker left over from last year's fun and frolics, seeing some family, and closing out the remaining estate issues. Was amazed at how quickly I got to LGA this morning, at most 25 minutes from Brooklyn Heights. Security took another 15 minutes. Now hanging out in the AA Admiral's Club....
Spring? Hello, spring?
Excerpt: Somehow, on landing I was thinking it would be warmer in Chicago. Or at least the same temperature, but no, it's in the 40s, and I swear it was snowing as I drove out of O'Hare....

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Road-Trippin'
Excerpt: Driving to Boston today for the weekend....
Beware the Storrow Drive-Gov't Center-BigDig interchange
Excerpt: We left Brooklyn around 3:15 p.m. We arrived in our room in Cambridge precisely just in time to watch The Apprentice at 9:00 p.m. A bit longer drive than normal. Traffic was a nightmare from Brooklyn all the way to New Haven, CT. We took I95 since the Hutch and Merritt were both messes from the time we got in the car. Once in...

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

LGA-MCO in a day
Excerpt: Flew to Orlando, FL today to meet with our new accountant. Why our accountant is in Florida is a long story involving citrus which I just can't get into right now, however some notes from the trip: If you are flying out of LGA and your flight leaves at 8:00 a.m., you'd best get into the security line long before 7:40 a.m. If you...

Friday, July 15, 2005

On Vacation July 16-23
Excerpt: Travelling to Provincetown, MA for vacation.

Sunday, August 7, 2005

Road Trip 2005
Excerpt: I'm heading out to Illinois later this week for ten-fourteen days with friends and family. Lisa will fly out for a week since half her team is based in Chicago. I plan to head to beautiful downtown Denham, IN for a couple of days at the family farm, followed by a week in and around Chicago. Frisket will be making the trip, but as...

Friday, August 12, 2005

On The Road - 2005
Excerpt: Leaving around ten-ish (that's 10:00 a.m. epc standard time, which may be anytime between 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.). Heading to Middleburg Heights, OH today, which has the distinction of having a Red Roof Inn and is just off the Ohio Turnpike. There was a tempation to stay in Brooklyn Heights, OH but I figured Frisket would get confused. Comments and trackbacks are turned...

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Middleburg Heights, OH 2005
Excerpt: I managed to leave by 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:27 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7:00 p.m. For reasons which I won't go into here, I was delayed. I had actually packed Wednesday night. Just some things came up Thursday that I had to take care of Friday before going off into the unwired Flyover Country. Made it to Middleburg Heights by 6:00 a.m. Saturday. Discovered...

Monday, August 15, 2005

Arrived Chicago
Excerpt: Arrived in Chicago from Denham, IN. Drive wasn't bad from Ohio to Indiana on Saturday until I ran into a hurricane. Added another couple of hours to the trip. I am: tired....

Monday, August 22, 2005

Eastbound
Excerpt: Starting back to NYC today, stopping near Pittsburgh for the night. I have absolutely nothing else to report....
802.11 Across America
Excerpt: You know, I've done this road trip between New York and Chicago maybe two dozen times since 1990, and another dozen between western PA and Illinois in the 1980s. When I first started out, whether travelling to school in Pennsylvania, or between my tmeporary "work" in New York and "home" in Illinois, I'd call in every few hours using something called a pay telelphone....

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

2241 Miles Later...
Excerpt: Arrived in Brooklyn around 6:30 p.m. Not much to report, though I appear to have left out in my recent rantings that I picked up a Sirius Sportster radio in Illinois and pretty much listened to it for most of the drive (ignoring the three iPods I apparently had in the car). I bought Sirius for no particular reason other than I own the...

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

In SFO
Excerpt: Arrived in SFO close to an hour late...there were twenty flights queued for takeoff when we were supposed to leave, we didn't take off until after 7:15 (for a 6:00 flight). Absolutely normal flight. Weird to be in SFO again and not running across terminals to change to the Sydney flight....

Saturday, October 8, 2005

Home again
Excerpt: Arrived home around 7:30 from JFK. Flight was mostly ok, though I learned to avoid seat 11A on American's 767s (seem to have 1/3rd less pitch than other seats in business). Landing was a bit rough...I think we did a go around but couldn't tell since there was zero visibility. Also my sinuses were acting up so I got these weird pressure pains as...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Off to Japan
Excerpt: Off to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan via Los Angeles. I can be reached on skype (epcostello) or via email to epcostello@gmail.com. I've shut off comments until I return....

Monday, October 17, 2005

Random notes on Tokyo 2005
Excerpt: We spent Friday evening with our friends Nancy and Robert at the W Hotel Westwood. After a long, delicious dinner, we wandered around with the glitterati of LA (well, the W-glitterati) in the hotel lounge and bar before retreating for post-dinner beverages in our room. On Saturday, my brother Pat joined us for breakfast before he set out for Austin. He's decided to bag...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tokyo Day 2
Excerpt: We spent the morning in the Akihabara district. If you don't know Tokyo, this is an area of the city famous for its electronics shops. Stores range from typical You tourist, Duty Free tourist traps to general consumer electronics stores. Under the tracks is a collection of little stalls (maybe 2m by 4m) where all sorts of parts, gadgets, and miscellanous paraphernalia can be...

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Tokyo Days 3-5
Excerpt: So...we checked out of the Park Hyatt Tokyo on the first clear day we'd had here since arriving Sunday. I think we'd rather'd have continued at the Park Hyatt Tokyo, but had reservations at the Capitol Tokyu where the rest of the group was staying. We cabbed over and checked in. On getting into the room we discovered: The Capitol Tokyu has no in...

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Tokyo Days 5-6
Excerpt: So, yesterday we moved from the Capitol Tokyu over to the Grand Hyatt Tokyo at Roppongi Hills. The 20 minute cab ride over was so exhausting we crashed for much of the morning. We got up finally to get some lunch at a donburi place in the Roppongi Hills complex. We also walked around the complex a bit and found a puppy store called...

Monday, October 24, 2005

Now in Kyoto
Excerpt: We arrived in Kyoto yesterday a.m. (23 Oct 2005) and will be here until the morning of the 25th when we return to Tokyo-Narita. Not much else to report...we wandered around downtown Kyoto a bit before I decided I needed a break from cultural overload and returned to the hotel to crash for several hours. Although the Westin Miyako has broadband in the rooms,...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

On the way home
Excerpt: Now we're back at Narita, waiting for our flight back to NYC-JFK. The flight is approximately 15 million hours long, my plan is to listen to 20Gb of mp3s with my finger on the skip button for the next 12.2 million hours. Actually the flight may be longer since it appears that Wilma will be visiting New York just as we are about to...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Back home
Excerpt: Arrived home around 6:30 p.m. I immediately turned around and headed over to Monstermutt to pick up Frisket. Frisket made it quite clear with whirring, whooing and some shoving that I'm not supposed to go away for multiple weeks again. Given that I woke up around 2100 GMT on Monday night and barely slept on the flight home, I'm surprisingly awake (perhaps three Code...

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Heading to DC
Excerpt: Heading to D.C. for the weekend...family emergency sort of thing. Apologies for the drop-off in postings, I've been in a sort of funk for several weeks and, while on the upswing, don't expect it to pass until after the holidays are over....

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Kind of a grey Christmas
Excerpt: Left the house at 6:20 for LGA, arrived by 6:45 a.m. Then spent close to 30 minutes going through what had seemed to be a short security line. As an added twist, someone broke a bottle at the top of the D gates ramp to security, which the TSA staff seemed to neither know about (as they asked us to remove our shoes). The...

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Excerpt: On the way to San Francisco for the weekend. Lesson one of the trip: United's p.s. service? Not so much in the premium side. From the moment we bought the tickets we were told seats would be no problem, just be patient, seats will be released at the airport, seats will be released at the gate, oops, it appears the flight is oversold and...

Friday, February 17, 2006

Excerpt: We arrived last night without much incident. I'm not sure I'd fly the United p.s. service again. Just, for the fare we paid, I expect better. Sorry United employees, comfort wins out for me over cute logos, emblems and designs....

Monday, March 6, 2006

In San Diego, no one can hear you...
Excerpt: Arrived fine, around 10:00 p.m. PST. The trip almost started tragically, at least for a techie. As I left the JFK AAdmiral's Club I realized my power supply was still happily plugged in at the seat I'd just left. AA has supplied many, many outlets at this club, the newest of the clubs and possibly the first since the growth in travellers with gadgets....

Friday, March 10, 2006

Flying home
Excerpt: I'm at SAN waiting to board my flight home (AA208). eTech was fun for two and a half days, and absolutely lousy this last day. I blogged some eTech notes here, I'll post more when I get home....

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Back in US
Excerpt: We're in Chicago, about a ninety minute layover before the flight to LGA. The hiking was great, some minor glitches getting from Kenmare back to Dublin. I'll write up something tonight and post some more stuff during the week, as well as fix up the photos on flickr a bit....

Monday, June 12, 2006

Back home
Excerpt: Arrived home last night around 7:00 EDT. Too late to pickup Frisket from Monstermutt. I'll walk over and retrieve the retriever midday (based on a note from Alex, I'll have to buy a couple of bags of treats to bribe her to come home). Frisket apparently enjoyed Alex's dog-sitting so much that she hid his phone charger before he left last week. The weather...

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Road tripp'in
Excerpt: Heading to Amagansett, NY for the weekend via Cambridge, MA tonight. Yes, I know that Cambridge is not exactly on the shortest path between Brooklyn and Amagansett....

Saturday, July 29, 2006

On Vacation 29 July - 7 August, 2006
Excerpt: We're heading to Provincetown, MA later this morning for our yearly week at Labrador Landing. I expect to eat lots of cupcakes from Relish, walk Frisket on the tidal flats (assuming I read the tide chart correctly this year) and generally stay offline. If I do get online, I expect to use the bandwidth to upload pictures to flickr. After Ptown we will head...

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Drive-a-thon 2006
Excerpt: In my continuing quest to prop up the various oil companies of the U.S., I will be out on the road for the next week and a half, leaving Saturday for Erie, PA where I'll catch up with my junior year roommates from Allegheny College. Sunday I'll head to Denham, IN for several days with my grandmother. Denham, population 45, is not expected to...

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Midway of Drive-a-thon 2006
Excerpt: So far the trip has been uneventful. I am in Chicago, using the W Lake Shore Drive as my base. Over the weekend I stopped off in Erie, PA to visit my friends Art & Deb & Kellie (all Allegheny alumni). The 318½ Randolph Street crew. Art Martinucci, Kellie (Carlson) Anderson, Deb Bartle, Ed Costello Kellie, Deb and I shared an apartment on Randolph...

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Frisket of Sycamore
Excerpt: Drove out to Sycamore, IL to visit my friends John and Laura Mesjak. Frisket tagged along to visit Stewart (Stuart?). Frisket made a new friend in Miles the kitten: Frisket and Miles the kitten (it was Miles, right J&L?) Stewart is a bit of a lap dog: epc and Stewart Today's plan: sift through a couple of boxes for keepsake photos, then drive out...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Upcoming Travel
Excerpt: September 14-17, 2006: Aspen, CO September 21-24, 2006: Amagansett, NY October 21-26, 2006: Austin, TX October 27-29, 2006: Pittsburgh, PA (MAPW Reunion....maybe) I'd like to go to the Web 2.0 conference again but 1) the price increase this year took it from expensive to insanely expensive (even including the "alumni discount) and 2) I have a negative travel budget....

Friday, September 15, 2006

I am having a good time
Excerpt: I keep repeating the mantra I am having a good time. I need to in order to counteract the actual reality of the trip so far. We spent about two hours on the tarmac at LGA waiting to take off. Allegedly "they" closed the airport down so that Air Force 2 could land or take off. Wheels up around 5:45 EDT (originally scheduled for...

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Day So Far
Excerpt: Our luggage arrived on the first flight into Aspen Friday morning. We found it was fsater to drive out to the airport and pick up the luggage than wait for United's Aspen staff to drive it in to the hotel. While at lunch Friday I received a call from the kennel Frisket is staying at. I won't go into details but she is sick....

Monday, September 18, 2006

Back home
Excerpt: Arrived back at LGA around 6:30 EDT. After close to 45 minutes our bags appeared on the belt and we headed home. It was too late to retrieve Frisket from Monstermutt. This morning we slept in (had to in order to get that fresh mountain air out of the lungs!). I walked over and picked up Frisket around 9:00 and then slowly walked her...

Monday, October 23, 2006

In Austin
Excerpt: p. Am in Austin, TX for a few days this week while Lisa attends Vignette Village 2006. Spent time with Todd before he deserted us for the Rolling Stones, and dinner with my brother at Moonshine Diner. p. We had an absolutely fantastic sushi dinner Saturday night at Uchi with Todd and Cameron and Emma Ferstat. p. Moonshine Diner is near our hotel (the...

Friday, December 1, 2006

Semi Irregular Monthly Posting from Paris, FR
Excerpt: We arrived midday yesterday in Paris after an uneventful if occasionally bumpy flight from JFK. We're staying at the Westin Paris in a room with a rack rate of €1320 (that's $1741 in today's ever diminish US dollars). Luckily, we're staying on Starpoints, which have not yet been revalued, technically "for free", though really it just means we spent enough on an AXP Starwood...

Sunday, December 3, 2006

Last posting from Paris, France for 2006
Excerpt: Barring an unexpected return, this will be the last posting from Paris this year. We had a nice tour of the Les Halles area yesterday lead by a friend of Lisa G's, ending with lunch at Au Pied de Cochon. No, I did not have any pied de cochon. In fact I had french onion soup and a salad. Lisa G's birthday dinner was...

Friday, December 8, 2006

Returning to Austin
Excerpt: Travelling to Austin TX again. Trying to sell/gift/whatever a spare ticket to Lou Reed's Berlin at St. Ann's Warehouse.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Christmas Eve's Eve in Miami Beach
Excerpt: p. Arrived late last night at the hotel, the Delano on Miami Beach. Flight was uneventful if a bit long. It's possible that they held us at LGA due to the scheduled landing of STS-116, though it's more likely that we were delayed an hour because we were flying out of LGA. On a Friday night. THE FRIDAY NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. p. Ahem. p....

Friday, December 29, 2006

NYE in Boston
Excerpt: We're spending the weekend in Boston. One question I'm trying to find an answer for is whether or not there's a massive fireworks display along the Charles opposite Cambridge (or in other words: do I need a kevlar vest to protect me from the dog during the fireworks)? I think we have plans booked for Sunday (spending the afternoon in Worcester with Frisket's sister...

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Excerpt: We are heading to Washington, DC for the weekend. I am going mostly so I can drive around DuPont circle over and over again. If possible I will try to get a photograph of the dogs expressing their opinion about the state of the nation. The Secret Service will not arrest dogs for expressing dissent, will they?...

Friday, March 23, 2007

Packing up and heading west
Excerpt: There's two ways to parse that subject line: I am packing up, walking the dogs over to Monstermutt, and hopping on a flight to Las Vegas via O'Hare later today to hang around with information architects and help support the local economy. On Monday the 26th I fly to San Diego to hang around with the leading lights of the technology industry and regret...

Saturday, March 24, 2007

What happens in Vegas is…
Excerpt: I have been to Las Vegas four times now: twice in 2001, once in 2004, and this current trip. For three of the four trips my luggage has not made it to Vegas. This being the third attempt to coordinate the arrival of luggage with passenger, failing. The day started out with good intentions, I went to bed at 4:00 a.m., woke up around...

Monday, March 26, 2007

Made it to San Diego …including luggage
Excerpt: I am in San Diego, CA now for the 2007 etech conference. Though I had another tight connection, this time at LAX, I managed to make the flight as did my bag. Over the weekend we had a fabulous dinner at Social House in Las Vegas, NV. We had a testing menu of japanese/asian items. I'm not very good at keeping track of what...

Friday, March 30, 2007

American Airlines, a multi-pAart rAant
Excerpt: An essay about my experience flying American Airlines and American Eagle.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Easter 1997
Excerpt: A long rambling essay about April 1997, involving a trip to Denham, Indiana, Tiger Woods, Garry Kasparov, and a collection of webmaster reminiscences.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Travel Advisory: epc -> Cambridge, MA
Excerpt: epc plus dogs in Boston (Cambridge) 3-6(7) May 2007.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Cambridge, MA Friday the 8th June
Excerpt: Gah. It took nearly seven hours to drive from Brooklyn to Cambridge yesterday. Spent nearly an hour crossing Brooklyn and Queens to get to the Whitestone, then mostly cruised up I-95 into Connecticut. At around the exit for the old Greenwich Harbour Inn traffic slowed to a crawl and was like that all the way up to New Haven. I ditched 95 early and...

Friday, August 17, 2007

SFO-SYD via BNE
Excerpt: After a brief stop in San Francisco, we got on QF74 Wednesday night for the hop to Sydney. A mostly uneventful flight until about an hour out of Sydney when we made turn towards Brisbane. The pilot announced that due to fog in Sydney and our fuel situation, they wanted to refuel at Brisbane before trying to land in Sydney. By the time we...

Sunday, September 2, 2007

In Papeete
Excerpt: p. The first leg of our return trip took us from Sydney, Australia to Papeete, Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui. My assessment of Air Tahiti: looks nice but watch out for the "vegetarian" prawn spread on the crackers. p. Once we arrived at the airport in Tahiti a bit of theater ensued. We are here solely to change planes. We are here for all...

Saturday, February 23, 2008

March 2008 Travel Advisory
Excerpt: p. I've got a lot of travel coming up, just a warning to those readers in the following cities: * 1 March 2008: LGA–MCO * 2 March 2008: MCO-DFW-SAN * 2–6 March 2008: in San Diego for the O’Reilly etech conference * 6 March 2008: SAN–DFW–AUS * 6–10 March 2008: In Austin, TX for SXSW * 10 March 2008: AUS–RDU–LGA * 13 March 2008:...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

American Airlines Lost My Luggage And All I Got Was a Lousy Entry Title
Excerpt: p. So, last fall I decided to return to San Diego for ETech again. I booked some tickets, reserved a hotel room, and set everything aside. p. Then in December or January we were invited to a wedding reception in Orlando, FL the weekend before ETech, so I changed the tickets around to fly LGA–MCO–SAN–LGA. p. Then in mid–January I added in a few...
Wow, blogging really works
Excerpt: p. Mere hours after posting this, my bag showed up at the hotel here in San Diego. I realize that it was likely onboard a plane before I wrote anything but that fact doesn't feed a blogger's need to having blogging be the greatest thing in the world. Besides, facts are not necessary for blogging....

Saturday, March 8, 2008

AUS
Excerpt: p. Made it to Austin on Thursday after rerouting my flights at the last minute, again. I'd woken up Thursday morning and heard that it may snow in Dallas midday and while I was eating breakfast had the idea: Skip the rest of ETech and geto to Austin some other way. So, I checked out, went to the airport (where I discovered my original...

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