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Archive: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Embark on Virtual Field Trips

How badly is the recession hitting our pocketbooks, you ask? "TRAVEL BUDGET TIGHT? TAKE KIDS ON VIRTUAL TOURS." So announces a press release from, a Web site that hosts 3- to 4-minute video clips it likes to call virtual field trips. The interesting wrinkle here is that while each...

By Christina Talcott | December 18, 2008; 11:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Mapping New Ground

Now that portable GPS systems and Google Earth have ramped up the average citizen's interaction with maps, we've now got new and different kinds of maps popping up all over. Before you ponder a new route to Grandma's this holiday season, take a gander at these newcomers: * Panamaps are...

By Christina Talcott | December 18, 2008; 10:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Insta Q&A: Meeting Family Halfway

What do you do when half your family lives in one city, half in another, and neither side wants to make the long trek to get together over the holidays? If you're like reader Carol Dollarhide of Rockville, you compromise and meet somewhere in the middle. Carol writes: My husband...

By Christina Talcott | December 17, 2008; 7:50 AM ET | Comments (5)

Airport Security Explained

Are you one of those airport security line grumblers? You know the type. "I can't believe we still have to take off our shoes. The floor is filthy. My feet are cold." Or "You've got to be kidding me about the size of my shampoo bottle. I paid $24 for...

By Carol Sottili | December 16, 2008; 2:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

Mexico City on Ice

This time of the year, New York City's Rockefeller Plaza grabs all of the attention for its twinkling Christmas tree and ice skating. Yet, its rink is a tight squeeze and, with a crowd of skaters, can feel as claustrophobic as a clown car. Oddly, the rink that deserves heralding...

By Andrea Sachs | December 16, 2008; 7:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Monday News Roundup

In the news this afternoon: New WiFi service on planes: USA Today reported this morning that Delta is rolling out its new on-board Internet service on Washington-New York and New York-Boston flights. For the next two weeks, the service (called GoGo) will be free. Eventually, the airline plans to offer...

By Christina Talcott | December 15, 2008; 1:29 PM ET | Comments (0)


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