Lobby Bar – September 20: Fears of Dedigitization, Plentiful Asparagus, 8th Century Party Boats, and Breaking the Bank

By Jeremy Del Nero on 20 September 2013
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DSC_4095Good hair day.  Check out our coverage of the Frankfurt Motor Show, where Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, and others revealed new electric and hybrid cars.  With all the electricity in the air, our hair was standing on end.  Or maybe that’s just how excited we are.

Infinite Voyage.  Jonathan Spira enjoys a front row seat on Delta’s Flight 131 from Munich to Atlanta.  Keep climbing, Delta.  Although, due to the fuel capacity restrictions on modern aircraft, you’ll have to land eventually.

An unexpected party… boat.  Cory Healy heads to the Baryshnikov Arts Center to catch “The Return of Ulysses.” Our memory of ancient times is shaky at best, but we don’t recall party boats being too prevalent in the 8th century B.C.  Then again, Odysseus did know how to party.

Hotel Canadifornia.  Ramsey Qubein heads up to Canada and stays at the Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal.  You can check out any time you want but you can never leave.  That just might be okay with Ramsey.

Is there a Trabant in your future?  Jonathan Spira only waited four (or was it five?) years for a BMW 535d.  While fuel economy (and wait time) was similar for both vehicles, the Trabi did take 21 seconds to get from zero to 100 km/h while the more modern 535d does it in 5.7 seconds.

The paranoid Net.  Join us for a first look at Apple’s newest iPhones and iOS 7.  With the introduction of a fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s, concern spread on the Interwebs that there might be an increase in amputations and thefts of index fingers.  You can’t make this stuff up.

Tough financial choices.  The Rosewood Mayakoba hotel recently debuted its newest villa, Casa Laguna.  For only $12,000 a night, I had to seriously consider spending 48 hours in paradise or getting a bachelor’s degree.

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