The Airbus A380 superjumbo, the largest and most expensive commercial airliner in history, turned out to be a failure, and Airbus announced this month it will stop producing the plane. For my 14-hour flight to New York from Dubai, I decided to fly business class for $US5,400 on an A380 operated by Emirates Airlines, Airbus’s biggest A380 customer. The flight was my first time flying business class. From the chauffeur service and extravagant pre-flight lounge to the inflight cocktail bar and spacious pod seat, it was unforgettable. With business class far from full on my flight, it’s clear why the A380 was not a success. As Business Insider’s senior reporter Benjamin Zhang has written, the plane is “too big, expensive, and inefficient for most operators.” With tickets costing thousands of dollars, it’s never made sense for me to fly business class. Until last week, that is, when Airbus announced that in 2021 it will stop producing the A380, … [Read more...] about I flew 14 hours nonstop in business class on the world’s biggest passenger plane, the discontinued $446 million Airbus superjumbo jet, and it was even more luxurious than I could have imagined
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By Shalini Ramachandran WSJ Zolan Kanno-Youngs WSJ Yoree Koh WSJ Fri., Feb. 15, 2019 Colin Kroll, a college dropout turned startup millionaire, drifted through his company’s holiday party at Gran Morsi, a cozy Italian restaurant in downtown Manhattan. Dressed in a gray sweater and jeans, he chatted up employees and their plus ones. When one of his engineers offered to get Mr. Kroll a drink, he flashed a big smile. “I’ve stopped drinking. I’m trying to be healthier.” He’d started running regularly, too. “Look at you, being such a great CEO,” she said. Co-workers at the party chuckled to themselves about his earnestness as he circulated among the crowd asking, “Are you having a good time?” Mr. Kroll had co-founded two highflying startups—Vine, the six-second video-sharing platform bought by Twitter Inc. in 2012, and, most recently, Intermedia Labs, the company behind the popular … [Read more...] about The Tech Whiz Behind Vine and HQ Trivia Made Millions in His 20s. He Was Dead by 34
By John Shea Published 7:59 pm PST, Friday, January 25, 2019 Jesus Luzardo says he’s ready to fill a spot in the A’s rotation, and the A’s say they’re open to the possibility. With spring training fast approaching, the A’s have just two set starting pitchers, Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada, who was signed Friday. The other spots are up for grabs, and the 21-year-old Luzardo is officially in the mix for one of them. “I’m going to go for it even if there aren’t spots,” Luzardo said Friday on the eve of the team’s FanFest at Jack London Square. “It’s not really if there are or there aren’t. it’s my mentality. I’m going to try to get at it and push my way there.” When pitchers and catchers report to the A’s training facility in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 10, Luzardo will enter his first big-league camp after dominating last season in Class A and Double-A but scuffling in four … [Read more...] about Big question for A’s: Will Jesus Luzardo open season in rotation?
One of the most decorated luxury hotels in the world, the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, was recently named the “best hotel in the world” by the Ultratravel Awards. The Burj has frequently been called “the world’s first seven-star hotel” and “the most luxurious hotel in the world” by travel writers and critics. I recently stayed at the hotel on a trip to Dubai to see if the Burj Al Arab could possibly live up to the hype. Adorned with more gold and marble than any reasonable person would choose, the Burj Al Arab impresses through the sheer force of its vision of luxury. A guest’s every whim is attended to, the architecture and design astounds with colour, patterns, and vertigo, and extravagances like caviar and truffles find their way into numerous dishes at the hotel’s restaurants. It’s like living in the dream world of an Emirati royal or President Donald Trump. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to vacation … [Read more...] about I didn’t think the $1 billion hotel considered ‘the most luxurious in the world’ could possibly live up to the hype. I was very wrong.
In the past few years, music videos have experienced something of a renaissance. From Beyoncé’s game-changing mini movie “Lemonade” to Kendrick Lamar’s iconographic “Humble,” musicians have recently re-embraced visual art as an important storytelling medium; in fact, Billboard called 2018 “the new golden age for music videos.” Keep reading to see our 35 favourite music videos from this year, ranked in ascending order. 35. “Colours” by Beck The striking visuals and choreography for “Colours” recall works by Keith Haring and Busby Berkeley. Beck’s charming awkwardness is offset in this video by bubbly, expressive actress Alison Brie (“Glow”). “Alison really rehearsed for probably 10 hours total, and just kind of came in and aced it, totally aced it,” director Edgar Wright told Entertainment Weekly. “It was like a dream. I’ve always flirted with doing musical set-pieces … [Read more...] about RANKED: The 35 best music videos of 2018