Devin DiRenzo

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Hop On, Hop Off: The Perks of Busing It

<i>Traveler</i> Editor at Large <b>Christopher Elliott</b> is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips.<p><b>Here’s his latest advice:</b><p><b>Reader Question:</b> Airfares are expensive, so I’m thinking of taking the bus. Am I going to regret it?<p><b>My</b> …

The bitter truth about making a natural sugar substitute

Sugar in soft drinks and other processed foods may be bad for us, but cheating our taste buds has proved difficult — and the substitutes we do have (like the coal derivative found in Sweet'n Low) can sound even worse. A more "natural" solution is sweetener derived from plants like stevia, which has …

Ernesto: an RPG without text, waiting, grinding or spatial movement

Independent developer Daniel Benmergui recently released a role-playing game that is unlike other games of the genre: there's no text, no speech, no waiting, no grinding and no movement within spaces. As the game's title <i>Ernesto: A Quick RPG</i> suggests, this game was designed to be played through …

How Americans talk across the country

It wasn’t really until I got to college, and was thrown into the mix with people from all over the world, that I realized how even in America, we all …

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