Sep

4

2010

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Jeff Schroeder’s ‘Around the World for Free’: World class

Tweet Hold me down! I’m big-time digging Jeff Schroeder’s Around the World for Free on CBS.com. Some of it has been slightly canned, like the plugs for American Airlines (a sponsor), but the majority of it is killer stuff. Anyone who backpacks will recognize what he’s going through right now as he tries to make […]

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Sep

4

2010

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It’s content you want to see!

Tweet I can’t be the only one who hates when sites only show me stuff based on what I like. “Personalization,” they call it. Choice. Customization. “Navel-gazing,” I do. Far too many sites and apps are doing this. Based on the ads it shows me, Facebook has me boiled down to a neat consumerist stereotype […]

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Sep

1

2010

(3)

How to get yourself out of debt

Tweet I just got back from Fox News, where I talked to my long-distance BFF, Kerri-Lee Halkett, who has slightly better hair than I do, about five steps you can take to get out of personal debt. The basic truth is that getting out of debt is a lot like staying fit: You have to […]

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Aug

30

2010

(10)

When bloggers attack

Tweet I recently wrote about bloggers who seek to elevate themselves by launching unprovoked attacks on other writers in their field. As if on cue, someone has tried it with me. A British writer, whom I have never met nor named in any of my published work, went after me for the warning I wrote […]

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Aug

29

2010

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The fatal flaws in flashpacking

Tweet I tried, but I just can’t get behind the so-called “flashpacking” trend. I have real problems with it. In the beginning, when flashpacking was first named as a trend, it sounded like something the trust funders were doing: Go abroad with your laptop, your HD video camera, your iPods and iPhones, and use them […]

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Aug

24

2010

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The honest-to-goodness, actual, oh-my-gosh-it’s Ken Burns

Tweet You know about my passion for connecting to American history, and for remembering how we’re all product of it, and how much I love dispelling the patronizing myth that the people who came before us were somehow simpler than we are. When it comes to a geek like me, there’s no bigger geek-out than […]

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Aug

23

2010

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Vulgarity or good clean fun? Disney’s new ‘soaking awesome’ tees

Tweet A new souvenir tee-shirt soon to be on sale at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will sport a frisky turn of phrase. The shirt, themed to the water flume spectacular Splash Mountain, will proclaim “It was soaking awesome.” The shirt, previewed on Disney Parks’ official blog today, is sure to be given a pass […]

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Aug

20

2010

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“You mean the most maddening!” in Philly

Tweet Here I am again with the ever-winsome Kerri-Lee Halkett on my weekly Fox Philly appearance for WalletPop.com. This time, I’m simply outraged about those ridiculous fees. Outraged, I say! I love it when Kerri-Lee gets outraged along with me. Makes me realize how right I just might be.

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Aug

19

2010

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Aug

18

2010

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How to see Los Angeles without a car: Use the subway

Tweet This one was fun, and it had me getting paid to eat maple-glazed bacon donuts at the Nickel Diner. Not recorded: Me getting kicked out of the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre for having a video camera. I felt like a 60 Minutes correspondent, only without the muckraking. The original post on WalletPop explains […]

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