Happy leap day!
Great, now I’m going to come off my next Delta flight both behind on work AND broke. Luckily I won’t pay for shipping thanks to my Amazon Prime Account. Delta and Gogo Wireless will now offer free access to Amazon Shopping while in the air. From the press release: ATLANTA, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced the addition of free access to shop Amazon.com and Amazonwireless.com onboard all Delta and Delta Connection flights with in-flight Wi-Fi service. “Delta continues to offer new technology and innovation that delivers on our customer preferences while they travel with us,” said Bob Kupbens, Delta’s vice president – Marketing and Digital Commerce. “Our customers enjoy our free content options in-flight and free access to Amazon provides a convenient way to shop online at 30,000 feet for things they want on the ground.” To access Amazon while in-flight, customers open their internet browser, access the Delta Connect Wi-Fi portal and click on one of the Amazon banners to begin shopping. Delta Connect also provides free access to real-time travel information, news content from The Wall Street Journal and People magazine, exclusive shopping deals and entertainment options by Delta and its on-board wireless provider Gogo. Delta teams up with Amazon to give you free WiFi access for in-flight shopping — Engadget.
Great article about the power of shopper data and statistics for creepily optimizing shopping experiences. This is by I always use the universal club card number (local area code) 867-5309. Try it – there’s almost always a frequent shopper card registered with that number, so you can still get discounts without letting them track your personal buying habits – at least through a club card. From NYT: [Pole] ran test after test, analyzing the data, and before long some useful patterns emerged. Lotions, for example. Lots of people buy lotion, but one of Pole’s colleagues noticed that women on the baby registry were buying larger quantities of unscented lotion around the beginning of their second trimester. Another analyst noted that sometime in the first 20 weeks, pregnant women loaded up on supplements like calcium, magnesium and zinc. Many shoppers purchase soap and cotton balls, but when someone suddenly starts buying lots of scent-free soap and extra-big bags of cotton balls, in addition to hand sanitizers and washcloths, it signals they could be getting close to their delivery date. Forbes:How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did New York Times: How Companies Learn Your Secrets
Hah, this is great. Next time your luddite mother asks your in confusion what all this “twittering” is about, just send her over to this site. Jessica Hische lays it out nice and clear. Jessica’s Conclusion: Twitter is awesome, but while it seems like a relatively simple service, it is quite nuanced. I hope this site helped you or someone you know get acquainted with twitter so that you can stop writing your tweets incorrectly, accidentally airing your dirty laundry to the internet at large. I am not an employee of twitter, just an avid (understatement) user of the service that wanted to lend a hand to twitter n00bs. This site is not a comprehensive guide as twitter is always adding new subtle features to make their service more useful and user-friendly, but this should demystify most of the basics. You can always visit support.twitter.com to find out more. Mom This is How Twitter Works.
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At the end of last year, startup ToutApp released an online tool that analyzes my entire gmail account and provides an interesting statistical breakdown of email trends. A few excerpts from the report: ToutApp also makes a nice business networking iPhone app, which simplifies the network/instant followup workflow when meeting people. A competitor to Bump? Maybe…
After relaxing with my siblings in Paris, I decided to take a week to explore Amsterdam. Photos on Flickr Video on YouTube A few notes: Took the Thalys train from Paris to Amsterdam, with a quick stop in Brussels. Only 3 hours from Paris to Amsterdam, with wifi on the train – an easy trip. Used AirBnB to book a great place to stay right in the town center. $50/night for my own apartment in central Amsterdam? Yes please. Dined at the popular Febo, a chain of Automats around town. Cheap, quick and dirty burgers and fries. Not the best food, but its easy and quick. Walked around town, passing over the frozen canals. With water running throughout the city, there’s a distinct sense of peace and tranquility. I loved having the water around all the time. And the Dutch houses lining the canals were absolutely beautiful. Rented a bike and rode north into the Dutch countryside. The canals continue north all the way out into the country, where they irrigate fields of crops. Houses are built all along the large and small canals. There’s a levee on the outskirts of the the farmland, which keeps the sea out. They’ve constructed a very long pathway on top of the levee, which was a pleasure to ride along. The crooked houses lining the canals are great. Since the ground is so soft in Amsterdam, all of the buildings are built on wooden piles. As the piles age, they deform, and result in houses that lean everywhere. Kinder Eggs! These are illegal the US, but sold everywhere else. Fun surprise in each one!
Recently I traveled to Paris, France to spend time with my siblings, and hang out in the city. My brother Jason has just moved to Paris, and Jill and I thought we’d go see his new place and explore. Overal we had a great trip! Photos on Flickr Video on YouTube Highlights included: Venturing into the 4D hypercube future at La Defense, a major business district in Paris. Discovering the coolest store in recent memory – Merci. This shop sells only the hippest homegoods, mens and womens clothing, and bikes. Walking around the Louvre. A world class art museum, and a major tourist spot – but still fun to hang out at. Dinner at Rice and Beans – an actual mexican restaurant in Paris!
As the waves come to shore, they freeze, and leave a large area of frozen chards. Beautiful biking north of Amsterdam.