Why Las Vegas is a bad suit

Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 11.16.10 AM

Every few years I go to Las Vegas to speak in a panel. This week I returned for DMAI’s centennial conference, which I really enjoyed. Whenever I’ve gone to Vegas I’ve tried to enjoy myself. I once even made a video feebly trying to position “SIN City” as “ScIeNce City.” People love it. I simply don’t get it. It’s not the heat, the … Read on

Philadelphia is weird


Know how some places tout their zany with “Keep Weird” campaigns? All the while, America’s weirdest city hardly realizes that it does things a bit oddly. And it is very weird. After all, only Philadelphia has a sinking neighborhood, a Lenin-like saint mausoleum, a street named after pigeon droppings, nights where you can throw eggs wherever you want, an unhealthy pack-rat tendency to … Read on

Photos: Boston Harbor Islands


I recently spent $15 hopping ferry to ferry about a few of the Boston Harbor Islands. It’s more out there than you’d expect from a half-hour (or longer) ride from downtown. Take Kurt, above. He lives most of the year, shirtless, in a cottage without water or electricity. I write about it for National Geographic Traveler’s Digital Nomad blog.