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The $14 apple

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Jaffe Juice let’s rip:

The $14 apple (you’ve all been there) refers to the single apple you
order from room service that comes bundled with state tax, city tax,
hotel tax, tax tax, monopoly tax, airport tax, tray charges (sheesh, at
least let me keep the tray) and of course the 23% gratuity for the
exemplary and flawless transfer of one (1) tray from them to you
without stepping on a land mine, landing in a hazard or spilling a drop
of the sealed water in the process.

This is one of those cases where companies need to use a bit of
subjectivity and good judgement. How hard is it to deliver an apple
with a smile and "no charge" for example? But if we do that for one person, we’d have to do that for everyone! SO DAMN WHAT!

I stay in hotels often and although such predatory pricing is ubiquitous I still get annoyed about it. People don’t question it because they don’t want to be seen as cheap or because they are on expenses. Those who aren’t just walk out of the hotel and find (much) cheaper alternatives for eat and drink. Fair enough. But the fact that it is part of a profit making arrangement between hotel managers and expense account guards – as a rather abrupt commenter points out – doesn’t make it acceptable. As long as service has any meaning in hotels, predatory pricing will run contrary to that. And in any case, making money on something that actually doesn’t bring value (hotel room service) strikes me as a very good case for business model disruption.

Mornin’, Noo York

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Mornin’, Noo York

Sunny Big Apple as I went for a run this Sunday morning… Starbucks coffee afterwards and then brunch and a leisurely day with Tracy of Waxxi fame. After that, it’s a tad downhill, off Noo Joisey for the week.

I’ll be editing a series of interviews with various social media creatures I did earlier in the month. So it’ll be quiet times on the blog. I’ll be getting away from the studio into the sunlight at every opportunity. But I hope that there will be moments worthy of pictorial record, which I shall post on my Flickr…. :)

New York, New York

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This week I spent mostly in New York and it has been a rather erratic time for online access. However, I managed to take many pictures of the city, thus supporting my newly developed addiction to Flickr. One of my favourites is from the Royalton hotel.

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Independence day

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Too busy to blog much whilst celebrating America’s birthday. There is always Flickr for the pictures

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  • Author: Adriana
  • Published: Jul 3rd, 2006
  • Category: Travel
  • Comments: 1

In the picture(s)

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I am in New Jersey right now, looking forward to 4th July celebrations. There were spectacular fireworks last Friday on the lake where I am staying and I am sure Tuesday will be no less impressive.

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Since my trip to San Francisco a few weeks ago I have become a fan of Flickr and discovered the joys of yet another social dimension of online existence. Throughout the visit, I could trace my steps looking at Flickr pictures of the people I was meeting. As with most things generated by people online, it is not about quality of the pictures or about their ‘content’ value, which cannot be judged in isolation. They are an extension of their owners lives, with some more interesting and artistic than others. Even I am starting to see the world around me through the photo lens, last week I snapped a moment of torrential rain in NYC.

A garden of the hundreds flowers

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Last night Jackie and I were invited to dinner by Shel Israel and his wife Paula, at their house in San Carlos. The sun came out just before our train journey (my San Francisco experience now includes a ride on Caltrain), which made for a pleasant evening. We spent the first half of it in the garden, which is Shel’s kingdom. There are many beautiful flowers, most of them blue/purple, which made for a colour rich surroundings. Also, the garden has many areas with seating and I can imagine too easily spending the summer there with a laptop.

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The dinner was fabulous – great people, delicous food and Napa Valley Chardonnay that flowed freely. For an account of the conversation check Jackie’s post… things were getting interesting. Fortunately Jeremiah Owyang provided our get-away transport.

Here is Jackie and me still intently listening to Brian Oberkirch and Alex Muse

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… before Brian’s true face appeared. It even made the pictures turn pink!

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… to be continued tonight at the SF blogger party at Hotel Utah.

I left my laptop in San Francisco

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Last month has been a conference marathon, which left me with no time to blog. The harmony of the spheres has been disturbed and sadly this state continues, as I am blogging on the way to Techdirt Greenhouse in Sunnyvale in California. This is the first time I am blogging from a car and it’s just glorious. The connection in the hotel in San Francisco did not agree with my computer and I could barely do my emails. I am with Hillary Johnson and Jackie Danicki, the beauty blog goddesses and given that Hillary is letting me use her computer to blog this, she is unlikely to descend from that pantheon.

The reason I am in San Francisco is to speak at Vloggercon 2006, which takes place this weekend. I will be on a panel organised by blip.tv who are one of the sponsors and organisers of the conference. It’ll be on the topic of net neutrality, something that keeps most vloggers awake at night. I arrived yesterday and already the area was buzzing with vloggers – walking down the street you could be sure that anyone with a large video camera was a vlogger. There was an event in Applestore, with talks from assorted bloggers and the vibe was already great. In one another corner there was a debate going one, spot the blog celebs.

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Next week I look forward to meeting Shel Israel again and those who will join us for the SF Blogger Dinner at Hotel Utah on Tuesday.

  • Author: Adriana
  • Published: May 25th, 2006
  • Category: Travel
  • Comments: 1

Night Prague magic

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Tynsky chram in Staromestske namesti

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Jan Hus statue in Staromestske namesti

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Charles bridge

  • Author: Adriana
  • Published: May 24th, 2006
  • Category: Travel
  • Comments: 1

Master of the absurd

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Franz Kafka in Prague

Inforum 2006

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Staromestske namesti, Prague
Staromestske namesti, Prague

About to start 3 hour workshop on social media at Inforum 2006. Yay.

On the road

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Wenceslas square, Prague
Wenceslas square, Prague

A place of disruption in the days gone by. These days I get my fill in virtual environment.

  • Author: Adriana
  • Published: Apr 10th, 2006
  • Category: Travel
  • Comments: 1

Travel needs

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I have been travelling a lot recently and spent a lot of time researching tickets. I spent a lot time in New York as my readers might have noticed and so far haven’t done one touristy thing. Perhaps I should

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