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Greg in Dallas

April 18, 2009 — Leave a comment

I stayed at the classy Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas this week. It was my second time at the hotel (this time room 901), and once again, the turn-down service came as early as 5 p.m.

The room artwork showcased giant portraits of kids playing on the famous grassy knoll:
Art at the Joule

When I travel, I spend a lot of time sitting at my hotel room desk and have been chronicling the quality of desk chairs for quite awhile now.

Here’s the desk:
Desk at Joule

And here’s the desk chair:
Desk Chair at Joule

It was entirely aesthetic: no lumbar, no height adjustment, no arm adjustment, etc. I pity the business person who has to sit at this desk and actually work. Straight up F.

And in the spirit of a TP Fold Report for my my pal Ed, I have a follow-up report from my October stay at the Joule….

Better or worse? I report, you decide…

TP Fold in October 2008
TP Fold at Joule Hotel

TP Fold in April 2009
TP Fold at Joule Hotel

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During SXSW, I took the opportunity to take the Internet Memescape into the real world…

Step 1: Visit The Rasterbator and create a giant image of Rick Astley. Print off and assemble.
SXSW2009

Step 2: Tape onto hotel room window. Illuminate with lamp.
SXSW2009

Step 3: Go outside and laugh at how clever you find yourself.
SXSW2009

SXSW2009

SXSW2009

Anecdote: Around 1 a.m. on Sunday night, I was walking back to the hotel from 6th St. and ran into a group of interactive folks, including my pal Chris Brogan. I pointed up to the hotel, where Rick Astley’s portrait was beaming out over downtown Austin and rickrolled them IRL.

It’s an instant classic!