When I drive and when I’m a passenger is someone’s car, I always buckle up. However, during a recent trip where I rode on buses I where buckling up was not an option, I began to think “why is it ok to not wear a seatbelt on buses and other transportation options like trollies?” Is it any safer to ride in a vehicle such as a bus? It’s one of those things in life that I take for granted. I’ve rode on hundreds of buses in my lifetime and never gave it much thought, until now. Occasionally, a bus will offer seat belts, but I’ll rarely use them out of habit. Since I only ride buses or other forms of public transportation when I’m on vacation or a business trip, I don’t think about it often. I wonder if anyone else has given much thought to this?
So I was traveling from Seattle, WA back to Las Vegas yesterday when I noticed this seat near Gate B-14 at Sea-Tac International Airport. Seriously, what the hell are they thinking? LOL Who is going to sit there? Hilarious.
Who's going to sit in that last seat? Ha!
When I read this headline in an article in Businessweek this morning, I was amazed. ITA is the company that created the software for Kayak.com, one of the best online travel sites for searching for the lowest fares & rates. Additionally, they are used by other major companies such as Orbitz, Bing, Continental Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. (click for full article)
Why is this important? Because Google will enter the travel industry with a big bang. Not only will they be able to track your online search tendencies, but they will also be able to track your travel preferences as well. This means there could be more online advertising opportunities in the future from Google. This could also mean higher advertising rates as well. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Hopefully, it will mean better targeted ad campaigns for the advertiser.
Posted in Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Technology, Travel
Tagged Alaska Airlines, Bing, Continental Airlines, Google, Kayak, Microsoft, Orbitz, Travel
The last day of SXSW, I decided to attend a couple of sessions and the keynote featuring Brian Ek from Spotify. The first session, held at the Hilton, was a panel that featured David Meerman Scott. The session was very interesting and insightful. I took some notes and participated in a brief discussion with the panelist from Newell Rubbermaid.
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We started out Monday with a visit to the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
in downtown Austin
. It was an interesting experience and we learned a lot about Texas. The exhibits were well laid out and there were three floors worth of exhibits. We also decided to go to one of the history shows in one of their theaters. It was a very fun 4-D Experience, I highly recommend that you purchase that option if you visit. The kids will enjoy it.
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