Apr 18th 2010 11:43AM As a pretty frequent hotel guest (120+ nights/year) my experience is that flash wears thin really fast. Even though my budget is fairly unrestricted it's hard to beat the Marriott chain or Westins for quiet, comfortable service in a property you can get work & rest done (monogamous & sleepy). A fridge in the room beats a hipster experience every time!
By comparison, Starwood has always been spotty, many times I've had to hold their feet to the fire just to get the benefits already promised by their frequent guest program.
Jun 2nd 2009 2:11PM Actually I did get the "nice guy" upgrade on an airline I rarely fly and have no status on. The poor gate agent was being beaten up by every passenger in line after some weather delays. I waited until last, confident that I was going to be bumped from the flight anyway, smiled at the agent & told him I genuinely empathized with his situation. He smiled, thanked me and handed over a first class boarding pass!
Over my many years in the air I've probably scored this type of perk 5 or 6 times.
May 27th 2009 7:27PM I watched practice, qualifying & the race. The billboard (on the Lowes hairpin) was there for all 3. They may have complained but it was never taken down.
Feb 18th 2008 5:12PM Hey Motorola let's move these deckchairs...
Sep 14th 2007 7:46PM I trashed a pair of Sennheisers recently (totally my fault), sent them in for service without postage (I have teenagers), they sent me back a brand new set by return mail, no questions asked, no money requested.
Tell me that's not rare these days.
Sep 11th 2007 5:31PM A blue one? Great I've been holding off for just this!
Sep 11th 2007 9:06AM "Who buys mp3's anyway? Retards. You're paying full price for about 1/10 of the audio quality, best case"
Actually some retards are listening to CDs in car & portable players with anti-skip features not realizing that these systems re-sample the CD audio at low data rates. Then there's the horrendous error correction and filtering on your home machine...
Rip a CD to MP3 at 320KBs with Check-Sum on, probably the closest you'll get to the original unless you have a $5K player at the crib.
Aug 28th 2007 9:07AM I'd say ho-humm too except that it's from Beyer who are one of the most respected & conservative professional audio manufacturers and hardly prone to hyperbole.
Aug 20th 2007 12:50PM Bot Wars! Awesome.
Aug 2nd 2007 7:08PM Buy one in China where the ever-helpful vendors have already done the mod for you. Naturally they have a shelf of ah-hm "backup" discs for sale too.