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Power Strip Travel Tip

May 3rd, 2011 | Categories: Travel | by Michael Williams

My number one travel tip after:

-Do whatever it takes to get carrier status (thereby allowing airlines to treat you like an actual human being).

Is to always travel with a power strip (above, far left). I know it sounds pretty stupid, but the photo above is just some of the stuff I need to plug in when I get to a hotel. So if you don’t have a power strip you have to plug-in stuff all around the room (if you are lucky enough to have a room with more than one outlet). This can lead to leaving things behind when you checkout.

With a power strip, everything is all together in one place so you generally don’t leave anything behind. Power strips also come in handy when you are at the airport and all of the outlets are taken by cranky passagengers. Just politely ask if the current plug squatter minds if you deploy your power strip and everyone will be happy and fully charged. Finally, having a power strip means that you only need to carry one power adapter if traveling internationally. Because if you travel with a phone, computer, camera, DSLR, iPad and iPod the last thing you need is more crap to tote around. [Monster Travel Power Strip $14]

Update below: Here’s how I do this in Japan with a power strip bought at Muji in Tokyo. Eric this may be even better for you, knowing how much time you spend in Japan.

An ACL Factory Tour…in a Van Down by the River

May 2nd, 2011 | Categories: Video | by Michael Williams

Allow me to take a brief pause from all of the exciting Italian things that are happening at the moment to share with you a little video that I participated in before fleeing the country. Thanks to Gilt, Josh and Tyler for including me. Also, a big thanks to Bushmills for the 16 year single malt we enjoyed during the taping. And remember friends, beer has a “born on” date for a reason.

Spring Ritual: Ode to the Negroni

May 2nd, 2011 | Categories: David Coggins, Drinking, Italy | by David Coggins

The classic Negroni as enjoyed yesterday in Venezia.

The Negroni, along with the baseball season, is one of the most welcome rites of Spring. Its devotees include Gabrielle Hamilton, Orson Welles, and, of course, Count Negroni, for whom the drink is named. According to legend the count wanted a stronger version of an Americano and asked a bartender in Florence to substitute gin for club soda. The result is downright historical. Never has so much been owed by so many to so few. Kingsley Amis, our best writer on drink, declares simply: ‘This is a really fine invention.’