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I am the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor.com/Flights. I am also the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

Facebook is For Family and Friends

I have recently made a change to how I use facebook. I think it is a good change that I needed to do but I feel bad about it. I get friended all the time on facebook by people I don’t know but who I am sure I would love to get to know. Many […]

4 Great Features in iPhone 3.0 for Podcast Listeners

Filed Under: iPhone

Smarter Playlists I previously posted a screencast Managing Podcasts with Smart Playlists in iTunes about how you can better manage listening to multiple podcasts using the smart playlist feature in iTunes. In short I create a smart playlist that lists all podcasts that I have not yet played (to the end). I can then sort […]

The Shower – a Poem

Filed Under: Poetry

I just stumbled upon this old poem that I wrote: The Shower I stumble from bed Like a zombie, half-dead Groping my way to the shower I stay there it seems Under life giving streams For the better part of an hour I rinse and I scrub In a shower not a tub But it’s […]

Discovering My Tribe… and the Value of a Mailing List

Filed Under: Blogging, Marketing

When I read Seth Godin’s book Tribes about discovering the group of people who want/need you to lead them I understood it and appreciated it. But I think I didn’t get it in quite the same way as I did this week. the problem As many of you know my podcast the Amateur Traveler was […]

25 Random Things About Me

Filed Under: Inside Chris's Head

I am enjoying the meme on Facebook “25 Random Things About Me”. Writing 10 things about you that people may or may not know is pretty easy, but getting to 25 is much more difficult. Here are the 25 I came up with: 1. By day I work as the EVP of Engineering and Operations […]

What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?

Filed Under: Humor

An old saying is “Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?” Now at last that question can be answered.

Classmates.com – Community at a Cost

I just got an email from Classmates.com that someone has left me a greeting. And if I will pay them money to upgrade to a premium membership, they will tell me who it is. Of course if I pay them I might just learn it is spam. I have a 30 year high school reunion […]

Co-Host on CNet's Buzz Out Loud Listener Co-Host Show

Filed Under: Humor, Podcasting, Podcasts

I had the pleasure and privilege to be included as the second co-host in today’s episode of CNet’s Buzz Out Loud – Buzz Out Loud 877: Listener co-host show No. 1. I have long been a listener and sometimes a contributor of the show. [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Just for context, on […]

Everything’s Amazing, Nobody’s Happy

I loved this video of comedian Louis C.K. on Conan O’Brian’s show. He talks about the technology that I grew up with (you had to dial the phone and you had to stand right next to it) and how much cooler the new technology is. But, as he points out, people seem less happy now […]

A Happy Friend is Worth $20,000

Filed Under: Inside Chris's Head

childhood friends, luang prabhang, lao PDR Originally uploaded by preetamrai My friends over at The Bigg Success Show (yes, who spell worse than I do) talked today about a study on happiness that came out recently. This study looked at the effect on your happiness of being around people who are happy, of having money, […]