Travsite.com: January 2008
1/31/2008My friends are under the impression that I know my way around the Internet, so I figure that it's time I shared some of my favorite tools and sites. This is Part 1 in a series in which I will point out some of the most useful sites that I have found.
- Manly Tools for Sale on Craigslist
New tools are expensive, so I keep an eye out for anything useful. I suspect that some of this stuff is stolen from construction sites, so be careful out there.
- Kayak - Best site to search for cheap flights
This site has the best searching tools that I've seen. They don't sell anything themselves - they just search all of the travel sites to find the best deal - and it works.
- Consumer Reports
This is kind of old-school, but why would you buy anything without researching it in Consumer Reports first? CR is completely independent and unbiased. It's the best way to see past the marketing gimmicks and hype that is rampant in the present consumer marketplace. A yearly membership is worth the price. Or just email me and I'll look it up for you.
- California Earthquake Map
Wow this list just got really random. I only look at this when the earth shakes, but it's still cool.
- Google Docs - Replacement for Microsoft Office
I started using Google Docs a few years go for all of my personal documents. Google has equivalents of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and your docs are stored online so you can get to them from any computer. Plus it's free.
1/28/2008It was Jessica's birthday last weekend, so I took her up to Paso Robles for a weekend of hanging out with a little wine tasting. Coda got to come with us because a lot of hotels let you have dogs (They say that dogs are cleaner than kids...) We stayed in San Luis Obispo, which is a very cool town. Anyway, here are some photos of us goofing off, chasing cows and a little bit of off-roading. Warning - lots of lame dog photos.
1/22/2008We honored the great Martin Luther King Jr. by spending his holiday out in the dirty sand dunes of Glamis California. We had a really good time, but there were a lot of idiots out there. Go here to view the photos at Glamis.
My parents took us to New York City for Christmas. It was a really fun trip. In no particular order, here are the things we saw and did:
- Looked at Rolexes for $25 in Chinatown, watch out for the cops
- The old Yankee Stadium, to be torn down soon
- Times Square madness
- East Village hipster central
- 7 floors of Macys
- Dozens of street musicians and subway artists
- Ground Zero - giant hole in the ground
- Assault rifles and police on Wall St.
- One neighborhood in the Bronx (lets get back on the train)
- Ice skating with hundreds of kids in Central Park on Christmas
- Freezing cold boat ride around the city at night
- Seeing the city from the top of Rockefeller Center.
- Watching the Lion King on Broadway
- Watching the old fashioned Rockettes show on Christmas
- Walking all the way across Manhattan in the rain at midnight just because
- A couple of crazy taxi rides
- Ran through a Brooklyn Ghetto
- One really snooty modern art museum
- Wandered through Times Square on New Years Eve
- Breakdancers in Columbus Circle