"I'm not drunk, I've been drinking! There's a difference," he said as he stuck his head out of the cab window and inadvertently rolled it up on his head.
Oh wait...I actually did this :-(
On Closure Of Local Watering Holes Is Merely Part Of The Circle Of Life, And It Moves Us All Through Despair And Hope, Through Faith And Love, Till We Find Our Place On The Path Unwinding In The Circle (The Circle Of Life), And Besides Which, When Was the Last Time You Went There Anyway?
Old-ish (what is "old" anymore?). Not sad. These are just places that were there for a long time. Not particularly noteworthy except perhaps Max Fish in the beginning, when some cool, semi-famous people used to hang out there.
Oh, God it sucks. I really don't understand why these places don't just switch to Google Apps.
Goes to show you that for all the libertarian fawning over the private sector, it is often way more backward and wasteful than the government.
Bonus: the site is done in Flash.
@katerpillar Yes, other than that...
@Gef the Talking Mongoose Try the BikeShare app instead. It has better data visualization and even reasonably good usability on the iPad.
@mrmcd I think there are bigger problems with the user stories. Example: if the dock is not working, do you press the Wrench button? Or is that for a flat tire? What if I see there are two bikes available (and pretending the data reporting actually worked for a moment), but one is missing a pedal and the other has a flat? If I am on the repair crew and I get a "wrench" report, should I send the dock crew or the bike crew? These are things that were not thought through properly and may never be solved.
The software problems are emblematic of what happens when big, top-down projects are driven entirely by contract negotiations between the city and various vendors (remember CityTime?). Apparently the software company and the bike hardware people had a massive corporate divorce right around when it the whole thing was supposed to launch last year.
So they started over with a different vendor and a new "hard" launch date. The results are predictable, but it would be nice if they adopted an Agile approach now that they are iterating.
But I'm doubtful that will happen :-(
Holy shit the last paragraph sent chills up my spine. Great writing.
I actually agree that tipping is ridiculous, and I worked at a restaurant for several years. It turns "servers" into beggars, essentially, and gives customers a kind of entitlement where they expect to be smiled at, pampered, made whole, etc. instead of simply brought food and drink.
I really love when I'm in Europe and the sign outside a restaurant says the meal is 8 Euros, that means 8 Euros. That's what you pay, and that's it. It's just much simpler for everyone.