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intrepid oscar picks
the secret is ignorance
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: film
3.1.10 • CLASSIC

I know what you're thinking. What can Intrepid Media teach you about this year's crop of Oscar nominated films? Certainly little in comparison to hard-hitting journalistic stand-bys like Entertainment Weekly and Rotten Tomatoes. I'll tell you. We can give you something they can't, and even if they could, they wouldn't, because they don't have the stones. We can give you a handicapping of this year's best picture nominees from someone who hasn't bothered to see a single one of them. That's ri

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what september means
a hodgepodge of savorables
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: general
9.6.11 • CLASSIC

I don't have a favorite month, but if I did, September would definitely be in the running.

Why? Five reasons.

1. Back-to-school. Yes, it's been years since I've actually been personally involved in anything based on the semester system, but at the same time, the fact that school is starting gives a rhythm to the year. It's a time of newness and excitement. If you live in a town with a lot of college students, as I do, there's something contagious about the energy of all those teenagers, something you can feel in the city. Arrival, beginning, adventure. And what's cuter than all those little-kid first-day-of-school pictures on Facebook? Maybe it's because I always loved school, but they always, always put a big smile on my face.

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ten years after
was it all worth it?
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
11.9.09 • CLASSIC

Thursday at Aspen, it turns out, is gay night. This is what we were told at the bar yesterday evening, as the last vestiges of the happy hour crowd finished up their libations and the bartender began to hang on the walls "artwork" featuring muscular men in skimpy clothing. "Really? It's gay night?" someone asks. Point to picture. "You tell me." Ironically, we were there to celebrate a friend's birthday - two weeks after it - because he'd requested that his coworkers take him somewhere other t

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my mother's daughter
reflecting on one day and two lifetimes
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
5.8.09 • CLASSIC

We walk the edge of the ocean, just beyond where the waves trickle and die against the sand. There are thick beach towels wrapped around each of our waists; actually, mine is around my waist and hers is cinched up higher. We both wear navy blue tank suits, and we both have dark wet hair, totally different shades when dry, but now, pushed back from our foreheads by salt water and a sprinkling of sand, it looks the same. We are the same. Once, we were so different. Worlds apart. But the olde

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no assembly desired
zen and the art of apartment maintenance
by mike julianelle
topic: general
4.7.08 • CLASSIC

I just carried a large, awkward box up three flights of stairs to my little Brooklyn apartment. For the next two to twelve hours, I will be sitting on the floor in my living room with an unintelligible instruction packet, a variety of tools, a pile of seemingly random but presumably connected fragments of wood and metal, and a long, wide-ranging lexicon of profanities. It's not gonna be fun, especially once my growler of Six Point Bengali Tiger IPA runs dry. The ultimate goal of this project i

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it’s not easy being green
the honorable task of supporting the environment
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: humor
7.28.08 • CLASSIC

You’ll be happy to know this column was written on a computer powered by my foot pedal electricity generator, while I drank water from my backyard artesian well. This room, like all in the house, benefits from the soft lighting of thousands of humanly-raised fireflies. I have a poster featuring the shadowed image of Ed Begley, Jr., crafted out of toothpicks salvaged from the finest wastebaskets this side of the Mississippi. Toothpick art is the newly-devised “Parallels in Progress” made work p

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an interview with jaimyon parker
renaissance performer tackles faith, friendship, typecasting
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
3.14.11 • CLASSIC

Jaimyon Parker is a Houston-raised, Los Angeles-based actor who also produced, wrote and co-stars in Iris, which recently wrapped a successful four-week run at the Complex Theatre in Hollywood. Iris is a powerful, memorable tale of the damaged title character (played pitch perfectly by Lauren Elliott) who is taken through a review of the missteps of her troubled life by a sarcastic but potent demon named Bastiel (Parker). Over the next 90 minutes, abortion, drug abuse, incest, sisterhood and fai

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the race card: 2010
even if you aren't thinking you're playing it, you might be playing it
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: pop culture
1.20.10 • CLASSIC

In terms of race relations in the United States, some imagined that President Obama's election was proof positive that "change" had indeed come. But a recent Pew Research Center poll indicates that confidence in race relations has been declining. Further, a recent Washington Post / ABC news poll shows that "African Americans' views on achieving racial equality have become more pessimistic" since Obama's inauguration. One need not seek counsel of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Al Sharpton or Jess

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trust your own judgment
but ask questions, and listen to the answers
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
10.24.11 • CLASSIC

"Your number is four, right now," the psychic says to me. I nod as if I know what she's talking about. I want this small, calm woman to continue speaking, but I'm not sure if she needs verbal feedback of my understanding.

She doesn't. "In four months, you will experience a shocking turnover in your life. An upheaval."

"Four months?" I scribble on my piece of paper, leaving out vowels in my haste to record this important statement.

Staring at my hands, her own patiently crossed, waiting for my pen to stop flickering across the paper. "Four months. And in four years, you will no longer recognize your life as it is."

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has top chef jumped the shark?
not yet, but it needs a project runway makeover.
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: television
9.24.10 • CLASSIC

At last, it's over. I usually apply this lackluster sentiment to intimate encounters gone wrong and uninteresting, eye-glazing conversations, but sadly, it's relevant in the case of my favorite cooking competition. This season of "Top Chef: DC" is over, and it's a relief. Mind you, I'm not giving up on the show. Given that it's injected my life with an extra level of foodie happiness I didn't think was possible with my pork-reverent life, I don't want to stop watching chefs overstress the Qu

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they can do it! and so can you.
6 tips for successful blogging
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
8.24.09 • CLASSIC

Have you read a blog today? I don't know you (unless I do. Hi!), but I'm going to guess that you have. If fact, you might have read several. Even with the up-and-coming competition of Twitter, blogs are holding strong. The best ones are supplying readers with the news and views they used to get from newspapers or the television, and even the worst are catering to someone out there with a passion for... armadillos in socks, say, who doesn't care if said blogger knows a preposition from a peanut.

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how to be on the internet
your guide to not being a total douchebag
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: writing
4.17.09 • CLASSIC

You are a creator. You spend time organizing the inner workings of your mind into detailed output for the consumption and enjoyment of others. In your dreams of success, your work is out in the world for everybody to see and appreciate. Your name is on everybody's lips and pounded out on everyone's keyboard. Harsh reality: Your work will be criticized; some people will not like it. It's a fact of life. Even the most successful people have detractors. Sometimes, they are people with leg

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who moved my chi?
finding my way back to inner peace
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.23.08 • CLASSIC

I'm an incredibly organized person. I keep an "Infamous To Do List" that is updated daily and nothing gives me greater pleasure than checking off items. I like clean surfaces and carefully arranged closets. Clothes belong in a chest of drawers, not the floor of my bedroom. I have boxes and drawers and baskets, all to better organize my life... and my husband's life if he would only listen to me and STOP LEAVING ALL THAT CRAP ON THE DESK! When something is lost in the house, it's inevitably

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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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