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The “global mid-price hotel”
December 17, 2006
You can never exactly tell what the colors of its windowless rooms are, as everything shifts to the same once the solid-yellow light is turned on. The TV selection is limited to just a few stations, normally the worst available; the image has that distinctive effect of a million dots patina, and the default high volume always takes you by surprise. And everything looks strangely clean, strangely because it does look clean, but you know, even feel, it is not completely so.

It doesn't matter how far you travel, you can always find this "like home" version of a hotel. I am inside this room, writing. It is so hot and humid that it feels like noontime, but it is only 3:00 am. I look around, and I can't tell where I am. It is Bangkok. But I could say I have been in this same room, and also couldn't tell were I was, in San Lorenzo (Ecuador), in Santa Ana (El Salvador), in Vientiane (Laos), and even once in Miami (Florida).

It is the global mid-price hotel, and I am not despising it. I'm celebrating it! I am celebrating that it is not only "Mac Donald's" what you see everywhere you go in this world. It is also the global mid-price hotel, with its particularly poetic atmosphere of darkness fighting to death with colors you can't tell; with its peculiar air quality, and its special dimension of cleanliness. It feels good to always being able to come back home...

Anyway, I was so busy finishing the database set-up work and preparing the trip and traveling and then introducing the project and then finishing some other work-related stuff, that I hadn't had a chance to formally let people know that all the work behind the scenes is now public (not only the database but also the forums and an improved membership interface among other things). It is public after more than five years of preparation (and uncertainties), and also of staying in several global mid-price hotel rooms. I always managed to work a little bit on the project in these rooms while traveling, so it is somewhat symbolic to make this announcement from the global home away from home...

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