Archive for January, 2010

Montreal F1 Race: They just love cancelling this thing!

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

On January 3 2010, with much excitement, I ordered three tickets to the Formula 1 race in Montreal this June. I gave www.circuitgillesvilleneuve.ca / www.admission.com my billing information and bought three seats (and a program). My friends and I were excited that we got great seats in grandstand 34 in middle of Montreal’s best corner “the hairpin”.

Twenty-five days later I get an E-Mail from Pamela Rodriguez of admission.com that reads

“.. you filled an order form for seats in grandstand 34 or 11 in regard of this year’s F1 race in Montreal.
At the time we treated your request, there was nothing left in those grandstands either because your order got in late or because the seats you requested never were available during presale.”

I filled out a web page, it only took me about a minute, I’m pretty sure they didn’t run out of seats in that minute. The E-Mail confirmation they sent me seemed pretty sure that there weren’t any problems.

I’m left curious when in those 25 days did they run out of seats? Did it happen sometime in the next 24 hours and it took them 24 days to contact me, or realize that they ran out? Did they run out today and it took them 24 days to process my order?

I called within 15 minutes of getting the unconfirmation E-Mail and made sure that my Master Card had yet to be billed for the rescinded tickets and then bought a “new” set of tickets at grandstand 34 – where we’ve been before – but I can’t help but feel misled and disappointed.

If you are thinking of buying tickets to for the F1 race in Montreal I’d recommend dealing with a broker or just watching the race from home. It’s the only way you can predict where you’ll be this June.

Hate Sakai?

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Hate Sakai? Do I have a “bumper sticker” for you:

Opinions on SAKAI

Love Sakai? Amplicate.com has a “bumper sticker” for that too:

Opinions on SAKAI

I just find the whole idea of a web site that aggregates opinionated tweets and provides bumper stickers about opinions expressed on Twitter to be a novelty.

The Year of 3D TV

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Apparently this is the going to be the year of 3D TV, with Avatar, a whole bunch of 3D TVs at CES and to go with that ESPN announcing a 3D channel (I thought there already was an ESPN 3?).

I think it’s a classic format debate, where one offers something interesting, but will never be the ultimate experience. I know what my preference is, so I’ll frame the question to you in classic terms:

This

A Book!

or this

A Pop-up Book
Thanks H is for Home

It’s nice to know the option is there, and it’s good for kids stories and such, but I know I don’t plan on seeking it out.

2009 at mattclare.ca

Monday, January 4th, 2010

As well as getting a new look on the main mattclare.ca address in 2008 I typed a lot of words that made it to mattclare.ca. Here’s what they looked like in a Wordle word cloud.

An of course this year I finally transitioned from making fun of Twitter to contributing to it, here’s what that looked like in what I tweeted and what was sent my way.