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Thursday, March 18, 2010

High-End Travel Site Continues to Lay Off Print Refugees

High-End Travel Site Continues to Lay Off  Print Refugees

We hear that Oyster, the high-end travel website that laid off more than a third of its staff in December, has canned its remaining editorial staffers.

A tipster says Oyster's "remaining three reporters and last remaining editor" were laid off today via e-mail. Oyster's business model involved spending lots of money on seasoned reporters to do detailed hotel reviews. That didn't work out so well, and yesterday it announced plans to transform itself into a hotel booking site. Another source familiar with the company says CEO Elie Seidman has been trying to convince staffers to take a 50% paycut (which Seidman denies). Maybe to help pay for the business development people he's hiring? A call to Seidman was not immediately returned.

UPDATE: Seidman writes:

Yes and no. We've been on hiatus from doing new reviews for the past few months but are now ready to spool up again. We have ended our staff reporter model but are actually now doing more reviews again. After carefully assessing the economics of the staff reporter model, we've migrated from a staff reviewer model to a freelance model. The caveat is that the people eligible to be freelance reviewers for Oyster is limited to those who have reviewed for us in the past; we require that all reviewers review at least 20 hotels a year so that they have an expertise doing our reviews. I expect that with this change, we will also expand the pool of reviewers.

One other thing, there is no truth to this part of your post: "Another source familiar with the company says CEO Elie Seidman has been trying to convince staffers to take a 50% paycut."

I don't believe in collective punishment. When we need to cut costs, we reduce headcount. But we don't reduce the compensation of those who remain with us.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Entire East Side Falling Apart!

Cranes collapsing! Threatened power outages! Scary parades full of rowdy Spanish-speaking people! Manhattan's East Side is a veritable third-world country this week! Now, our Midtown East correspondent Ray Wert reports that, uh, "boulder-sized pieces of buildings" are falling from his apartment onto cars below. Seriously! A piece fell onto a BMW 3-Series (he edits Jalopnik, you know). His only advice is to avoid both the area and East Coast Restoration. MORE DETAILS HERE. WE WILL UPDATE AS THE SITUATION WARRANTS. STAY INDOORS. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS. IMAGE OF THE DISASTER HERE AND BELOW.

Reading Cosmo is Like Having Quinn Morgendorffer Stand On Your Neck


Maybe it's the "beachy" weather. But something about this month's Cosmo blew out our enthusiasm clutches, making it suddenly difficult to type exclamation points or read anything in the magazine without hearing it in the voice of Daria. It's all Tracie's fault, for clipping the episode where Daria takes down the fictional Val magazine. You try watching it, only to sit down and read advice like "Invent a holiday that gives you an excuse to chow down on your favorite guilty pleasures, like First Friday Cookiefest, Cinco de Nachos, or Ice cream Brownie Sundays." (What, no pun with that?) Or how about: "Keep a set of beer mugs in your freezer. Never underestimate the amount of love and appreciation that an icy, frothed brew on a hot summer day inspires." Now, usually we'd be thinking "damn right I could use a beer right now!" But not today, probably because Daria was straightedge. After the jump, our inner Daria tries her hand at Cover Lies, and probably fails. To be honest, she doesn't particularly care.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Available once again ...

Okay, so it's not quite as good as having all three years of posts re-posted, but at least I've got my entire archives avialable for download, for a limited time only. Right-click here and click "Save Target As" to save it to your hard drive.

Meanwhile, I'll get to work on getting it back the way it was ...

Monday, January 09, 2006

Whew!

The bad news is I think Blogger ate my old blog -- all three years worth of work ...

The good news is that I was able to access the complete archives from my hard drive and save them, one month at a time, to a separate folder.

Re-posting them might be a booger-bear, if it's possible at all, but the important thing is that I didn't lose all that work ...

WHEW!!!

Keep checking back, and meanwhile bookmark my new place ...

Uh-Oh ...

Hmm ... something happened to my old Blogspot blog ... I think I've got it backed up somewhere ... in the meantime, you should be checking out my new blog anyway ...