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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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agent, rapidly
the second annual literary agent blog roundup
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
11.5.07 • CLASSIC

You know, last year at this time I was surprised to find out that agents blog. This year, I'm surprised there aren't more of them doing it. The agent-author relationship is still, as it ever was, fraught with carefully imposed distance, misdirected resentment, and a whole boatload of uncertainty. Blogs don't change that. But they do help both the agents and the authors for several reasons: everyone gets to express how they feel, and everyone gets to read the other side of the story. Everyone's

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me winning isn't;
you do.
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
2.9.07 • CLASSIC

I saw a musical last week with a couple of friends of mine. Yes, I still like women. It was a very cute musical, entitled "The Apple Tree." The book was split into three separate stories: the Garden of Eden (courtesy of Genesis), "The Lady, or the Tiger" (courtesy of Frank Stockton), and "Passionella" (courtesy of Jules Feiffer). If you're looking for a night of light entertainment, and happen to be in the Broadway area, I do recommend it. And Kristin Chenoweth is adorable. But that's not what

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ten tracks
my mind in music
by michelle von euw
topic: music
6.11.07 • CLASSIC

I get my best ideas when my brain and my body are as far away from a computer keyboard as possible. Up to my waist in sea water, a rocky beach behind me and a stretch of blue/green/white endlessly reaching out before me. My limbs moving faster than they should on a treadmill, my face red, the hollow of my lower back collecting sweat, my focus on my heart rate and my slipping sports bra and the Sportscenter highlights on the television above me and the speed at which the red numbers flip forwar

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clinging bitterly
i still believe in a place called mope
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
11.7.08 • CLASSIC

I have so much hate in my heart and nowhere to put it. Walking home through my wildly liberal neighborhood Tuesday night, the scene was positively surreal. Strangers were high-fiving each other in the street, people were banging pots and pans with cheerful abandon, drivers were leaning on their horns in glee. It was like being at the crumbling of the Berlin Wall or the assassination of the cast of "The Hills." Utter pandemonium. I’ve never seen such an outpouring of happiness for a political e

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portrait of an artist: christian kane
a one-two punch of talent
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: television
7.28.10 • CLASSIC

Christian Kane has a favorite quote from Steve McQueen: "When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it." But the multi-faceted entertainer is also a testimony to Warren Zevon's adage: "I'll sleep when I'm dead." Kane celebrates his third season as Eliot Spencer on the hit TNT series, "Leverage". Eliot is the kind of man who squires a lady down a country lane with one hand placed gently on the small of her back while he haymakers her deadbeat ex-boyfriend with the other. The gracious, S

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10 films for the deserted island
the dime that shaped me most as person, filmmaker, cinephile
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
8.22.07 • CLASSIC

10) Dog Day Afternoon (1975, Sidney Lumet) I'll say it here: If you can make the audience feel a connection with the people they were always taught to avoid, you'll win every time. Based on a true story, this entertaining tale of a Manhattan bank robbery gone way wrong features a pitch-perfect performance from a young Al Pacino, as a guy who needs the money for.... let's just say, an unusual reason. Has a lot to say about fame through infamy; was ahead of its time in that department. Pretty muc

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athletes and drugs
cheating is one thing. but what if it's not?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
2.13.09 • CLASSIC

Suppose you are a football player... the American version. So, you're on a football team, and you have access to all the equipment for your team as well as your adversaries. And let's suppose that, on one particular evening before a game, you sneak into the locker rooms and switch all the shoulder pads and helmets for all the other players out for heavier, more cumbersome padding, saving the only regular set for yourself. Your switcharoo is not noticed until after the game of your life the next

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this earth day, make the world a better place
and not just with your gorgeous smile!
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
4.22.09 • CLASSIC

"Another day, another dollar." Or, perhaps you've heard, bitterly and far more appropriate to the current economic situation: "Same shit, different day." It's always a cycle for us, whether we be creative types or worker bees in cubicle farms, however exciting life can be one day, it's usually back to normal the next. Or, whatever the closest approximation to 'normal' can be. Unfortunately, the same logic can't be applied to the planet we call home. "Another day...same earth" just doesn't h

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dear santa, let's talk. again.
another visit to the north pole fatty with a whole new list
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
12.15.08 • CLASSIC

HEY. Santa. Yeah, it's me again. The same demanding complainer from last year. I can tell you're looking around for an escape route, but too bad. You're stuck. C'mon. Don't look so frightened. I'm actually not here to be a complete pain in the ass. After all, you DID listen to me on the more important bits from last year's Christmas list. My friend Paul* is living with AIDS surprisingly well. My parents are holding up nicely. And, you even gave me a boy to date over the summer. (Granted, he

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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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the greens party
exploring the hot lettuce of politics
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
9.15.08 • CLASSIC

The U.S. is often referred to as a melting pot -- a steamy fondue of colorful cultural mixes that, through their ubiquitous individuality, make our country strong. I disagree. I think we're more like a salad. Sort of your ordinary house salad at a roadside restaurant: mixed greens, maybe a couple of croutons, some shredded carrot, a couple of slices of red onion, one whole cherry tomato, dressing on the side in a little plastic cup with "SOLO" printed on the lid. I'm not alone. T

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a diamond in the rough
the rules of engagement
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.27.07 • CLASSIC

When I announced my engagement in September of 2006, I had many visions of what the following year would entail. What I pictured was an endless year of one champagne-drenched celebration after another, all held in my honor. Red carpets rolled out at any available opportunity! And, heck, I didn't even necessarily need parties thrown for me, I'd create them wherever I went, celebrating the engagement until it was no more. I'd have to invest in a tractor trailer to haul all of my fabulous new p

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the elevator superhero
captain america goes to portland
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
4.20.12 • CLASSIC

The morning we're leaving for our family trip to Portland, Maine, my son discovers one of the hiding places where I've (obviously) failed to conceal an open Amazon box containing two kick ass 10" Marvel action figures. Through the open cardboard flap, he spies a Captain America shield, barely visible through the packaging - but it's enough to send him flying down the stairs yelling "DADDY DADDY I SEE CAPTUM ANMERICA CAN I HAVE HIM!?

He's three this month, and there's just no postponing gratification - birthday or not - when a toy of this caliber is unearthed. If he'd dug a little deeper, he would've seen the brain-melting awesomeness of the accompanying Iron Man figure. Luckily, I get to save that one for his big day.

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