Medallion Status

Author: John Hodgman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525561110

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 5204

“[An] affecting and hilarious meditation on fame and prestige as seen through the lens of an airline loyalty program.” —The AV Club A hilarious and honest new book in which John Hodgman, New York Times bestselling author of Vacationland, leaves vacation behind and gets back to work as a still somewhat famous person . . . and then loses his job. An uproarious read. After spending most of his twenties pursuing a career as a literary agent, John Hodgman decided to try his own hand at writing. Following an appearance to promote one of his books on The Daily Show, he was invited to return as a contributor. This led to an unexpected and, frankly, implausible career in front of the camera that has lasted to this very day, or at least until 2016. In these pages, Hodgman explores the strangeness of his career, speaking plainly of fame, especially at the weird, marginal level he enjoyed it. Through these stories you will learn many things that only John Hodgman knows, such as how to prepare for a nude scene with an oboe, or what it feels like to go to a Hollywood party and realize that you are not nearly as famous as the Property Brothers, or, for that matter, those two famous corgis from Instagram. And there are stories about how, when your television gig is canceled, you can console yourself with the fact that all of that travel that made your young son so sad at least left you with a prize: platinum medallion status with your airline. Both unflinchingly funny and deeply heartfelt, Medallion Status is a thoughtful examination of status, fame, and identity--and about the way we all deal with those moments when we realize we aren't platinum status anymore and will have to get comfortable in that middle seat again.

Blood Relations

Author: Jonathan Moore

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409192504

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 5016

'Suspense that never stops' - James Patterson Who is Claire Gravesend? The first thing that catches PI Lee Crowe's eye is the Rolls Royce. The second is the body of a beautiful young woman lying dead on the crushed roof. Neither belongs in this neighbourhood. The woman is Claire Gravesend - the daughter of one of the richest, most powerful women in California. She doesn't believe what the police are saying - that Claire killed herself - and hires Crowe to investigate. Questions start to pile up as soon as he starts to dig. Strange scars - old marks which her mother won't explain - are found on Claire's body. Then Crowe is brutally attacked whist searching her Boston apartment and barely escapes with his life. And when he visits Claire's secret pied-a-terre Crowe uncovers the biggest secret of all: sleeping in an upstairs room he finds Claire. Alive. An enthralling blend of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Michael Crichton and Mickey Spillane - Blood Relations is a perfect pacy read. 'Taut, smart and electrifying.' -- Liv Constantine

Eternal Life in Heaven

Author: Peckney

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1456737627

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

View: 5592

This Book will give you my literal interpretations of the Prophecies, Scriptures, and the events, which will occur during the seven year Tribulation Period . Approximately two thirds of all people living on Planet Earth, during this period, will die . At the end of this Period, Jesus Christ will make his Glorious return to earth, for the Second time . During the Holy Judgement Day, all those Righteous Believers names that have been entered in the Lambs Book of Life by Jesus C hrist, will be admitted to Heaven and all non-Believers will be cast directly into the Lakes of Fire . Following Judgement Day, our Lord will rule the World, with an Iron Fist, for 1000 years ( The Millennium ). My Book will also give you the answers to many, many questions, such as--- * Are you a Believer or a Non-Believer ?. * On a persons death, the soul/spirit leaves the body, where does it go ?. What is the main differences, between daily life in heaven compared to our life here on earth ?. * At the Battle of Armageddon, how does Jesus, and his host of Angles defeat 20 million Antichrist Forces, with only the use of a single sword ? I encourage all my readers, should you doubt any of my interpretations or statements, please open you Holy Bible and make you own literal interpretations .

Understanding Context

Author: Andrew Hinton

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 1449326579

Category: Computers

Page: 464

View: 4543

To make sense of the world, we’re always trying to place things in context, whether our environment is physical, cultural, or something else altogether. Now that we live among digital, always-networked products, apps, and places, context is more complicated than ever—starting with "where" and "who" we are. This practical, insightful book provides a powerful toolset to help information architects, UX professionals, and web and app designers understand and solve the many challenges of contextual ambiguity in the products and services they create. You’ll discover not only how to design for a given context, but also how design participates in making context. Learn how people perceive context when touching and navigating digital environments See how labels, relationships, and rules work as building blocks for context Find out how to make better sense of cross-channel, multi-device products or services Discover how language creates infrastructure in organizations, software, and the Internet of Things Learn models for figuring out the contextual angles of any user experience

Do More, Spend Less

Author: Brad Wilson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118521544

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 1958

Achieve stellar savings with the techniques used on Do More, Spend Less provides tips, advice, real-world examples, and strategies consumers need to know to compete in the consumer world. Author Brad Wilson, founder of, explains the techniques and buying strategies that are used on his site, which have saved 19 million consumers more than $200 million on in the past year alone. The majority of deals on his site provide free, or nearly free, products and services. This book provides tips, advice, real-world examples, and strategies consumers need to know to compete in the consumer world. Shares why you should never buy an Apple product from the Apple store Details how to spend three weeks in a suite at the Park Hyatt Paris for $20 Shares the unknown way to clean up your credit report and add at least 20 points to your score The entire basis for thinking about how best to shop, spend, travel, bank—essentially all aspects of being a consumer—has fundamentally changed. The power is now in your hands, and Do More, Spend Less shows you how to master your savings.

Airplane Reading

Author: Christopher Schaberg,Mark Yakich

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1782799621

Category: Travel

Page: 232

View: 3547

In Airplane Reading, Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich bring together a range of essays about air travel. Discerning and full of wonder, this prismatic collection features perspectives from a variety of writers, airline workers, and everyday travelers. At turns irreverent, philosophical, and earnest, each essay is a veritable journey in and of itself. And together, they illuminate the at once strange and ordinary world of flight. Contributors: Lisa Kay Adam • Sarah Allison • Jane Armstrong • Thomas Beller • Ian Bogost • Alicia Catt • Laura Cayouette • Kim Chinquee • Lucy Corin • Douglas R. Dechow • Nicoletta-Laura Dobrescu • Tony D’Souza • Jeani Elbaum • Pia Z. Ehrhardt • Roxane Gay • Thomas Gibbs • Aaron Gilbreath • Anne Gisleson • Anya Groner • Julian Hanna • Rebecca Renee Hess • Susan Hodara • Pam Houston • Harold Jaffe • Chelsey Johnson • Nina Katchadourian • Alethea Kehas • Greg Keeler • Alison Kinney • Anna Leahy • Allyson Goldin Loomis • Jason Harrington • Kevin Haworth • Randy Malamud • Dustin Michael • Ander Monson • Timothy Morton • Peter Olson • Christiana Z. Peppard • Amanda Pleva • Arthur Plotnik • Neal Pollack • Connie Porter • Stephen Rea • Hugo Reinert • Jack Saux • Roger Sedarat • Nicole Sheets • Stewart Sinclair • Hal Sirowitz • Jess Stoner • Anca L. Szilágyi • Priscila Uppal • Matthew Vollmer • Joanna Walsh • Tarn Wilson

Baggage Claim

Author: Michael Lowery


ISBN: 1456607170

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 92

View: 9946

One of the greatest metaphors to relationships and all of their nuances is flying; the entire flight experience from start to finish. From the planning and packing stages to departing and eventually deplaning, air travel intimates and imitates life's greatest enigma; relationships. No better depiction of this conundrum than the Baggage Claim area, with its overcrowded carousels fraught with luggage and people of all colors, shapes, and sizes. It is here where the theme of this book resonates with efficacy; carefully and artfully interweaving the main passenger's plight within his flight. It is this nebulous journey that takes center stage within this book. Baggage Claim becomes more than a designated area within an airport. It becomes an emotional and psychological malaise that disrupts healthy and wholesome relationships, and threatens to leave the most important passenger stranded at the "arrival" terminal of life; a new and better YOU!

Rendezvous with Oblivion

Author: Thomas Frank

Publisher: Metropolitan Books

ISBN: 1250293677

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 9606

From the acclaimed author of Listen, Liberal and What’s the Matter with Kansas, a scathing collection of his incisive commentary on our cruel times—perfect for this political moment What does a middle-class democracy look like when it comes apart? When, after forty years of economic triumph, America’s winners persuade themselves that they owe nothing to the rest of the country? With his sharp eye for detail, Thomas Frank takes us on a wide-ranging tour through present-day America, showing us a society in the late stages of disintegration and describing the worlds of both the winners and the losers—the sprawling mansion districts as well as the lives of fast-food workers. Rendezvous with Oblivion is a collection of interlocking essays examining how inequality has manifested itself in our cities, in our jobs, in the way we travel—and of course in our politics, where in 2016, millions of anxious ordinary people rallied to the presidential campaign of a billionaire who meant them no good. These accounts of folly and exploitation are here brought together in a single volume unified by Frank’s distinctive voice, sardonic wit, and anti-orthodox perspective. They capture a society where every status signifier is hollow, where the allure of mobility is just another con game, and where rebellion too often yields nothing. For those who despair of the future of our country and of reason itself, Rendezvous with Oblivion is a booster shot of energy, reality, and moral outrage.