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40 days in the desert
want to reach that next level? create your own identity crisis
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: general
4.2.10 • CLASSIC

Self-examination is a bitch. Of course, I'm not talking about the physical. There's nothing funny about finding lumps or shoe fragments where they shouldn't be. No, I'm talking about the meta-physical, the mental, the dare-I-say spiritual experience of taking a good hard look at yourself in the proverbial mirror. And it isn't the act itself that's rough - you basically sit around and put on the Cure and mope for a few weeks. One of my buddies in college did this when his girlfriend dumped him.

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let's make a deal?
paying a price for not paying the price
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: general
10.5.11 • CLASSIC

How many deals do we see a day, and how many do we need?

I opened one of my less-used email accounts the other day and was just floored. Somewhere along the way I got on the lists for buckets of these Groupon-type providers, and apparently they've been accruing for ages -- restaurant deals, shopping deals, drink deals, deals for classes and lessons and events and supplies. Bloomspot and Facebook deals and Swirl and some kind of random Amazon-in-your-face thing, and they just keep coming and coming.

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open letter to the new president, take two
because the last one worked so well
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: news
10.8.08 • CLASSIC

A few years ago (well, four to be exact), I penned in these pages an open letter to the men who were running for President, not knowing at the time who would win. I can tell you now, without reservation, that George W. Bush did not read a bit of it. I know this for two reasons: 1) He did not follow a single one of my recommendations. 2) It contained words. I, however, have much higher hopes for both of this year's candidates. Say what you will about John McCain or Barack Obama, but you can't d

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what a difference a decade makes
by michelle von euw
topic: general
12.11.09 • CLASSIC

A lot can change in a decade. As this one draws to a close, it's impossible for me not to look back at the last ten years and consider where we were when we started this millennium mired in Y2K fears, terrified that computers wouldn't be able to handle the switch from our short-sighted two-digit shorthand and consider a world beyond the 19-something-somethings. Two years later, we were dealing with a different type of fear, one that to most of us, felt much more real than the theoretical sc

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this book is a movie
strike that, reverse it
by mike julianelle
topic: film
2.6.09 • CLASSIC

Whenever I make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - which is more and more often these days as my household feels the economic crunch - I make sure to spread the jelly first. And thank God I do. If I dip the knife into the peanut butter BEFORE I spread the jelly on, it's a lot harder to remove the residue that remains after I put the peanut butter on the bread. I need to either get a new knife, take a minute to clean the old knife, or - and this is what typically happens when you're lazy - p

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52 ways to cook
getting off the shelf and into the pan
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: general
12.27.10 • CLASSIC

After I mentioned in my “Chef, Interrupted” column that I have about 60 cookbooks, give or take, my husband said, “You really do have a lot of them. Why do you have so many?” I didn’t set out to collect them. It just kind of happened. When I hosted a radio cooking show in New Orleans years ago, a guest gave me my first cookbook, a small spiral-bound cardstock issue called Mandy Lee’s Recipes for Good New Orleans Dishes. At the time, I knew nothing of her history, and much of it is still hard to

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fearless nba playoff predictions
bold basketball boding, in three sentences each
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: sports
4.16.10 • CLASSIC

Granted, my middle of the pack finishes in both my own NBA Fantasy League -- as well as a friend's March Madness Pick 'Em tournament -- would suggest that I don't know what I'm talking about when it comes to predicting basketball outcomes. (We won't even mention that my team, the Detroit Pistons, was an abomination unto itself.) Still, to paraphrase Kanye West, I'mma let y'all finish, but my premonitions are the greatest of all time. EASTERN CONFERENCE 1) Cleveland .vs 8) Ch

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credit cards for cars
saving for my next car through everyday spending
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: general
9.14.11 • CLASSIC

First Off, since this is an article about credit cards, let me just say a word about credit. Though credit cards can lead to trouble, they are not necessarily bad things. Used improperly, say, as in funding your entire social events calendar during grad school, and you may have haunting debt for years to come. Which sucks, even if you don’t regret it.

But used wisely, as in buying groceries other items you have already budgeted for and paying the balance off each month to avoid interest, and you can take advantage of rewards and other features for little cost or effort. Plus, you’ll have a credit “cushion” that can be tapped in case of emergencies, like, when you need a new water heater, and not like, when you need a Harvey Wallbanger for everyone at the bar.

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i'm just apathetic, not an atheist
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
7.9.08 • CLASSIC

I don't consider myself a student of any religion. I can't even say I'm well read enough to be called a student of all religions. I'm more of a casual observer in the library of religion. I browse the bookshelves, pulling down titles at random. I read a little, I absorb a little. I put them back. I am appreciative of the beliefs of others, without feeling the need to subscribe wholly to one set. I'm a pretty laid back person. I try to do unto others as I would have them do unto me. Some

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memoirs of a sober addict
a cautionary cocaine tale
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: general
1.18.10 • CLASSIC

White lines. Colombian marching powder. Nose candy. Devil dust. Blow. You've heard all the names for it, the whole reason why Tony Montana was cranked enough to tell people to say hello to his little friend. Just about everywhere, there's a cocaine culture. In New York, you really got to know it. But you weren't originally introduced to it in the Big Apple; a few years ago overseas, you remember your first line. Even now, you can still picture it perfectly cut from the ID card with the currenc

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a part of our speech
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
4.16.12 • CLASSIC

Loving: Noun
Loving begins as a noun, but not just any noun. Loving is a personal noun; it is something we experience only through the prism of ourselves. We can’t point to the source of love, diagram its location, or dissect it from our body, and yet it is there. Loving is also a noun in the stricter sense: Richard Loving, a white man born in Caroline County, Virginia, in 1933.

Loving: Verb
Loving may begin as a noun, but we know it best as a verb. We recognize love only because we see it in action: caring, sharing, laughing, kissing, touching, soothing, healing, helping, grieving. These actions can shape our lives, yet we can’t trace them to a source. Love – of nature, of creatures, of music – is a mystery in the abstract, but vibrant in reality. Something happens in your spirit, your physical heart might thump, your nerves might jitter, and suddenly that potential for love comes out into the open. That kind of spark caught Richard Loving (noun: white) and Mildred Jeter (noun: black) and whirled them into action. They were loving each other, and – as it always does – that love was shaping their lives.

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how to be a badass, part 2
the internet has spoken.
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
3.19.08 • CLASSIC

It's not often that Google tells you something without you actually asking for it, but to me it has. The search engines have spoken and they have told me that the internet-using public are a sad, sad lot. As you may or may not know (but I'd wager, given what Google tells me, that the majority of you do) I wrote a column on how to be a badass in ten easy steps. What you may not know is that premium subscribers of Intrepid Media (available to you for only a few dollars a month) have this great

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constant craving
*the secret* to success
by heather m. millen
topic: humor
8.27.08 • CLASSIC

The other day I was sitting at my desk. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon, the day had been a bit stressful and I was greatly in need of a tiny token of relief. Suddenly, I realized that all my soul craved was a cookie. I don't eat cookies very often but who am I to judge what my soul desires? My husband happened to call and I said aloud and with conviction: "I really want a cookie." Ask. Cookies are good. I used to make cookies with my grandmother. She made these amazing little thumbp

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longhair tv
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
2.24.10 • CLASSIC

My hair used to be REALLY long. Cliff Burton long. Conan the Barbarian long. Born-in-the70's-hit-puberty-in-the-80's long. There was nothing ironic or unusual about this. In my day - and at a burly 38, I feel entitled to an occasional in my day - if you were a young man who knew how to rock and roll all night and party every day, this was barely a choice at all. Growing your hair was as much a conscious decision as wearing jeans or eating fast food. It wasn't a question of should I grow it out

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re: irrussistible
I am not going to read it this time. I do and I just cannot pull myself together to comment. It is a beautiful tribute. I am very glad that you wro...

re: guns don't kill people....
Can we please find a way to heal and protect? I NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man opened fire Friday inside two classrooms at the Connecticut elementary sc...

re: a year without netflix
I would expect that and especially Netflix. Marketing, baby. They're spending zillions to get new subscribers....

re: everybody poops
What a bunch of crap! :-D Sorry. I tried to let it pass. Butt I'm weak. [edited]...

re: you are on your own heroes journey
Too short. Sigh. Thanks Maigen. I just miss him. I am glad that I can find people who cared deeply for him here. He had such good friends here!...


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