Posts Tagged Boston Globe

Why Fly Without Wi-Fi

It’s no secret, we’re always connected.  Whether it be via BlackBerry, iPhone or 35,000 feet in the air.  Henry Harteveldt, principal airline analyst with Forrester, tells Boston Globe reporter Paul Makishima, “In today’s tough business climate, in-flight Wi-Fi is as essential as the beverage cart.” 

Virgin Airlines was the first to offer internet to its passengers.  AirTran, American and Delta are next on the list.  Southwest, which carries more passengers than any other U.S. airline, is also testing Wi-Fi on four of its planes. 

Makishima also reports , “For the most part, all the Wi-Fi services work the same.  Passengers pay a fee, generally about $8 to $13 depending on the length of the flight, and the service is provided by a contractor, the largest being Aircell LLC of Itasca, Ill, under its Gogo In-flight Internet brand.” 

Airlines are expecting these Wi-Fi services to be both popular and profitable and analysts are even predicting a cost savings, as airlines may be able to remove their in-flight entertainment services, ridding excess weight making the planes more fuel efficient.

I think airline Wi-Fi is a good idea, it entertains people for hours on end.  Personally, I only like flying JetBlue because of their DirecTV service, but now I have other options.  I just hope that with the generated profits, airlines will start to bring back the snack service!

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How Does Your Gahhden Grow?

The home of the Celtics, Bruins and various concerts and events will be renamed to TD Garden this July.  But according to Jenn Abelson at the Boston Globe, “Once the Garden, always the Garden.  For now.”

In 1994, I attended my aunt’s Northeastern graduation at the Boston Garden and I think it’s had ten different names since then.  Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, but not really. 

March PR’s office overlooks the TD Banknorth Garden.  Up until WBZ Conversation Nation this morning, I didn’t know what the TD stood for (Toronto-Dominion). 

Jenn’s article quotes Christopher Cakebread, a BU professor, “the name change will mean little to fans, who have been leaving out the Banknorth–and the TD, for that matter, for years.”  Cakebread also mentions that during it’s period of being named the Fleet Center, fans referred to it as the “Fleece Center” for its high ticket and food prices.

This rebranding will cost around $1 Million, which involves changing signs, logos on the floors/ice and details on business cards.  John Wentzell, President of the TD Banknorth Garden is aware that this is a complex process, but is grateful that the “Garden” will still appear in its new name.

It will always be the Garden to me, and most of us here in Boston.  (Check out this photo I found of the “old” Garden and the Spuds MacKenzie ad in the background!)

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New York Times threatens to shut Boston Globe

I was upset to hear, last Friday, that the New York Times Co may shut down the Boston Globe. Unions were asked to quickly agree to $20 million in cost-cutting moves to avoid the potential shutdown. The Times sought the concessions because it can no longer subsidize the Globe’s losses.

Regardless of where one stands on this topic, the loss of one of Boston’s major newspapers would be a huge loss. An online newspaper will never take the place of an actual newspaper. When you read a story or a news article online, you typically go directly to the source, missing a lot of stories and information in between. While with a print newspaper you thumb through the whole paper and stumble upon articles you wouldn’t typically read. There is much to be learned from reading a newspaper, which simply can’t be substituted by an online newspaper.

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Have you seen my baseball?

Guess what next Monday is?  The Hills season premiere!  Well, yes, but that’s not exactly what I am referring to…although I did hear yesterday that Heidi is pregnant, which was almost as scary as Lady Gaga’s Idol performance last night.  I guess it turned out to be an April Fools joke.  Phew! 

Monday, April 6th marks opening day for the Red Sox as they take on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at 2:05 pm.  According to various tweets with Chris Forsberg, sports editor at the Boston Globe, who attended spring training in Fort Myers, “they’ve got the arms to do well this season.” 

I’m excited for the start of baseball season, mainly because it means that summer is on its way!  My first game will be Saturday, April 18 (thanks Judy!) vs the Orioles.  Stay tuned for some Sox updates throughout the season, and maybe even a guest blog post from Forsberg himself! 

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Just a hunch…You need a better lunch!

Tired of the same old ho-hum lunches?  As Beth’s post states below, use your “Recessionista” powers to spice things up while saving money.  Boston Globe’s Sally Sampson offers simple and delicious tips to avoid a boring “brown bag” lunch. 

  • Lucious Sunday night leftovers:  Who doesn’t love chili or pasta the next day?
  • Super Salads:  Try some amazing add-ons to your mesclun greens salad, such as grilled chicken, Craisins or asparagus
  • Snappy Sandwiches:  By changing the bread selection alone, the opportunities are endless 
  • Delicious Dairy:  Yogurt and cottage cheese can be very satisfying with the right combination or fruits and nuts

Sally’s article even includes some fun recipes, take a look.  Because lunch shouldn’t be boring, it’s your fuel for the rest of the afternoon.

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OMG NO SMS? WTF!

It’s 4 pm on a Friday afternoon and you’re really craving a cheeseburger (aromatic elevators do not help this cause, see post below), but if you’re Catholic, it is encouraged to give up meat on Fridays during Lent.  Do people still abide by this “rule?”  I attended church for the first time in, oh, eight years this past weekend, and learned that Meatless March is indeed still in effect, only to read today that more modern fastings are taking place across the world. 

Ariel David, AP Writer, discusses in today’s Boston Globe how dioceses and Catholic groups in Italy have called upon a text messaging ban every Friday in Lent.  The “SMS-Less” day seeks to draw attention to years of conflict in Congo fueled in part by the struggle for control of coltan mines, the mineral being an essential material in cell phones. 

Not at bad idea, but I would lose touch with all of my friends over the course of these five weeks.  The article also suggests other things you can do to better yourself and the environment during Lent:  Leaving cars at home and taking the bus, stop throwing chewing gum on the street (I have a beef with this) and enjoying the week without the Internet or iPods. 

A priest at a Roman church says it best with, “If the use is capricious, then abstinence is welcome, but if the technology is needed for work it makes no sense.”

Maybe I’ll just stick to the traditional fasting and avoid eating meat. Who wants to grab a veggie burger on Friday?  I’ll send you a text. 

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