Aug

16

2010

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Aug

15

2010

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How ‘Blogger Brands’ win by undermining their colleagues

Tweet One of the changes that has come upon the writing business in the past few years is the rise of bloggers. Four years ago, if a writer wanted to work, he or she had to find someone to edit, publish, and distribute them. For that, they got paid. Now, though, anyone who thinks they […]

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Aug

14

2010

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It’s Marshall Field’s fault that weddings are so expensive

Tweet I shot this video in Chicago recently. I had heard that there was a new exhibition about weddings in Chicago, and I called the Chicago History Museum to fish around for an angle that might be right for me to cover for Aol. I was stunned to hear there absolutely was. The curator of […]

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Aug

12

2010

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Trial size TV appearance in Philly

Tweet Here’s yesterday’s appearance on good old Fox Philly. I’ve never talked to this woman before, and when she was in my ear, I couldn’t see her, either. I like how she thought I was coming on TV to tell everyone how to win the lottery. The original stories on WalletPop* were about bad deals […]

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Jul

31

2010

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The Ghosts of Macy’s on 14th Street

Tweet Macy’s wasn’t always on Herald Square. Starting in 1858, it was downtown, on 14th Street. It began as a dry goods store on Sixth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets, way north of the city’s normal dry goods district down in present-day SoHo. Here, many modern shopping concepts were born. R.H. Macy, the owner, […]

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Jul

28

2010

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Six seconds to air in Philadelphia, but where’s Jason’s head?

Tweet Today was a day lived at light speed. Press event, work, lunch with a colleague, more work, coffee with a friend from Tourism Australia, more writing. The frenetic pace carried right into Fox News’ newsroom. The stage manager grabs me late, and then I was placed in this seat (a new one for me) […]

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Jul

27

2010

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Real estate karma

Tweet Step 1: Raise rent on beloved neighborhood institution (such as Joe Jr.’s Diner) Step 2: Force closure of said tenant. Step 3: Suffer without rental income as a result of putting your greed ahead of your community. Step 4: Watch neighborhood decline. … The only step I love is number three. Here’s the same […]

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Jul

25

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Jul

20

2010

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The new steerage on the Norwegian Epic

Tweet I was invited on the two-day inaugural preview on Norwegian’s colossal new cruise ship, the Epic. While most of the other journalists were upstairs getting soused on the open bar (which I did — later), I was downstairs investigating the new “Studio” cabins. These new solo quarters will enable people who wish to vacation […]

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Jul

18

2010

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Swap piano playing for check-ups, or fish for hooch

Tweet Here are two videos I made that are seemingly unrelated, but which have a common thread: bartering. The first is a look at George Washington’s actual bookkeeping ledger, which shows that much of his business was conducted through swap. Like: He sold fish to get ingredients for whiskey! The second is about a hospital […]

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