If It Wasn’t Entertaining, It Wouldn’t Be P.C.

This blog entry was originally posted on April 14, 2005.

pcmagtop100.gif It has been brought to my attention that this little Blog here has caught the attention of the editors of PC Magazine, purveyors of great technological wisdom, who have just awarded this website with inclusion in their annual list, the Spring 2005 “Top 100 Sites You Didn’t Know You Couldn’t Live Without” (in the travel category).  Isn’t that great?  I feel truly honored; this means that my travel Blog now joins the ranks of other things the editors at PC Magazine have deemed as “Editors’ Choice,” like the EPSON Stylus Photo RX620 printer, the Motorola V551 mobile phone, and the Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Elph camera.  Let’s compare:

SIDE-BY-SIDE COMPARISON

The Global Trip Travel Blog*

EPSON Stylus Photo RX620
Motorola V551
Canon PowerShot SD500
Includes over 500 entries of life on the road
YES
NO
NO
NO
Inspires and encourages wanderlust
YES
NO
NO
NO
Has built-in instant messenger client
NO
NO
YES
NO
Includes gratuitous pictures of poop
NO
NO
NO
Is sometimes considered humorous
YES
NO
 YES1
NO
Shoots photos up to 7.1-megapixels
NO
NO
NO
YES
Includes audio clip of a traditional Andean band playing "Y.M.C.A."
NO
NO
NO
Includes video clip of looping in a plane
NO
NO
NO
Can print photos directly from 35-mm slides
NO
YES
NO
NO
Provides escapism from boring cubicle jobs
YES
 YES2
NO
NO

* requires a computer and an internet connection
1 with its clamshell design, you can easily pretend that this phone is a puppet, and make it say things like "s'alright" in a comical accent
2 doubling as a standalone photocopier, it should go without say that you can use this to photocopy your asscheeks and hang copies of it by the office refrigerator (NOTE: may cause loss of employment)

Based on this table, we can clearly see that in comparison with products totally unrelated to it, The Global Trip Travel Blog beats out the competition hands down — even that Canon PowerShot SD500 Digital Elph camera which has no redeeming qualities whatsoever (except for the fact that it takes really good pictures). Of course, I'm no authority on the best that's out there in the world of technology, so you should probably just trust the editors of PC Magazine with their Choices and Top 100 Sites Lists.

To the editors of PC Magazine, thank you, and to the new Blogreaders joining us from PC Magazine and PCMag.com, welcome aboard!






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Comments for “If It Wasn't Entertaining, It Wouldn't Be P.C.”

  • congrats!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  06:13 PM


  • Wow! You’re with the likes of Google Maps!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  06:14 PM


  • and if you are a blog reader, it’s also your best value!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  06:17 PM


  • WOOOHOOOO!!!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  06:17 PM


  • wahahaha. you forgot the comparision “will it be considered obsolete in 6 months only to be replaced by a sleeker model?”, blog: no, copier: yes, phone: yes, camera: yes. and also “do you have to sell an organ to ejnjoy this product?”, blog: no, copier: yes, phone: yes, camera: yes. =P

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  06:20 PM


  • This kicks ass!  You are the bloggest with the hottest!

    D.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  06:25 PM


  • Wow! That’s greeat! Puuurrrfect! You’re never too young to have a Vietnam flashback!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  06:58 PM


  • MOEROCK:  I did this Blog with just one finger!  Just one…

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  07:22 PM


  • Wow Erik, you’re like all famous and shit.

    Posted by dunlavey  on  04/14  at  07:30 PM


  • FYI:  THE PRINT EDITION of the article is in newsstands now, the April 25, 2005 issue.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  07:30 PM


  • Congrats Erik!

    Posted by Liz  on  04/14  at  08:28 PM


  • Nice recognition! Congratulations! Aviva

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  09:02 PM


  • OMG!  That’s awesome!  Congrats!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  09:10 PM


  • Schweeet!! Congrats Erik!

    BTW… my clamshell cellphone has provided hours of entertainment since my tub of Parkay stopped talking to me…

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  11:14 PM


  • ALI:  (butter)

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/14  at  11:47 PM


  • to quote that little kid on the bike from the movie, The Incredibles…“THAT IS TOTALLY WICKED!!!”  Congratulations, E!

    Posted by ravissant  on  04/15  at  01:54 AM


  • See, now I feel a little justified in having read all of this.  Congrats…. Now I’m gonna go pretend my phone’s a puppet.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/15  at  03:50 PM


  • Hey, congrats Erik!!  You deserve it and more!

    Also, I checked out the Wonder Showzen show, it’s freakin hilarious man! Can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it earlier!
    Did anyone catch the bit with ‘number two’??  I thought of Erik’s poop pics right away, lol.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/16  at  07:52 AM


  • That’s awesome! Congratulations.
    I’m glad I “discovered” you before PC Magazine. I can say, “I was there from the beginning.”

    The Blog is definitely worthy of the honor.

    Posted by Alyson  on  04/16  at  08:05 AM


  • ASTIG!!!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/16  at  08:07 PM


  • Hey congratulations!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/16  at  08:55 PM


  • Congrats Erik!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/16  at  11:32 PM


  • Congrats Erik!!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/16  at  11:35 PM


  • I truly respect the amount of time and dedication you have/had for writing on a daily basis.  I have a hard time putting an entry on my blog once every two weeks!  You certainly deserve the recognition for the quality of your writing and photos! Congratulations!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/17  at  04:38 AM


  • JANICE:  Yeah, many people used to make fun of me when I said that the Blog was more work than I ever did at a full-time job, but it was, and I guess it shows.  Like most arts, if you ignore the fact that you’re not making any real money off of it, and put the time and effort into it anyway, I guess it eventually pays off.  Just recently I even received a fan mail from the office of the U.S. Senate.  Kinda makes me wonder who else is out there reading?

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/17  at  06:38 AM


  • Congrats Erik!
    Everyone is right, you are so worthy!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/18  at  02:47 AM


  • yah!!!!
    Erik T for Pope!
    Pope of travel blogs that is !!!!!!!!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/18  at  09:33 AM


  • yah!!!!
    Erik T for Pope!
    Pope of travel blogs that is !!!!!!!!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/18  at  09:33 AM


  • Dude, apparently I’ve been slackin’ and not reading…

    Rock on - that’s wicked awesome!! Now I can say, “I knew you when…”

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/18  at  09:01 PM


  • As Cartman would say “kiiick aaass!”

    I just got back from a long weekend vacation to the exotic destination: New Orleans, LA, USA. Damn that was fun! Just remember, even a long weekend can be an adventure in a place that’s new to *you*.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/19  at  04:57 AM


  • congrats.  although you probably told me last friday when i saw you, but i was drunk and don’t remember exactly.  and i vaguely remember telling you congrats for something…. but if i didn’t, congrats again.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  04/20  at  04:43 PM


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This blog post is one of over 500 travel dispatches from the trip blog, "The Global Trip 2004: Sixteen Months Around The World (Or Until Money Runs Out, Whichever Comes First)," originally hosted by BootsnAll.com. It chronicled a trip around the world from October 2003 to March 2005, which encompassed travel through thirty-seven countries in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. It was this blog that "started it all," where Erik evolved and honed his style of travel blogging — it starts to come into focus around the time he arrives in Africa.

Praised and recommended by USA Today, RickSteves.com, and readers of BootsnAll and Lonely Planet's Thorn Tree, The Global Trip blog was selected by the editors of PC Magazine for the "Top 100 Sites You Didn't Know You Couldn't Live Without" (in the travel category) in 2005.


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THE GLOBAL TRIP GLOSSARY

Confused at some of the jargon that's developed with this blog and its readers over the years? Here's what they mean:

BFFN: acronym for "Best Friend For Now"; a friend made on the road, who will share travel experiences for the time being, only to part ways and lose touch with

The Big Trip: the original sixteen month around-the-world trip that started it all, spanning 37 countries in 5 continents over 503 days (October 2003–March 2005)

NIZ: acronym for "No Internet Zone"; a place where there is little to no Internet access, thus preventing dispatches from being posted.

SBR: acronym for "Silent Blog Reader"; a person who has regularly followed The Global Trip blog for years without ever commenting or making his/her presence known to the rest of the reading community. (Breaking this silence by commenting is encouraged.)

Stupid o'clock: any time of the early morning that you have to wake up to catch a train, bus, plane, or tour. Usually any time before 6 a.m. is automatically “stupid o’clock.”

The Trinidad Show: a nickname of The Global Trip blog, used particularly by travelers that have been written about, who are self-aware that they have become "characters" in a long-running story — like characters in the Jim Carrey movie, The Truman Show.

WHMMR: acronym for "Western Hemisphere Monday Morning Rush"; an unofficial deadline to get new content up by a Monday morning, in time for readers in the western hemisphere (i.e. the majority North American audience) heading back to their computers.

1981ers: people born after 1981. Originally, this was to designate groups of young backpackers fresh out of school, many of which were loud, boorish and/or annoying. However, time has passed and 1981ers have matured and have been quite pleasant to travel with. The term still refers to young annoying backpackers, regardless of year — I guess you could call them "1991ers" in 2013 — young, entitled millennials on the road these days, essentially.




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