Why Las Vegas is a bad suit

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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

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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

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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.

Top 17 Beach Boys songs since “Pet Sounds”

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Every now and then I tweet out a puzzle: who IS the greatest American rock’n’roll band ever? The English have their Stones, Zeppelin, Who, Clash, Beatles. Canada has Rush, Australia has AC/DC, Ireland has U2. And Switzerland has their Krokus. The best of American rock’n’roll tend to be people: Chuck Berry obviously, and also Bob Dylan. But a band? I go with the … Read on