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girls rock
an open letter to my daughters as they approach their tweens
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: music
4.2.12 • CLASSIC

Mighty Mites,

I know you're only seven and I know you've got plenty going on what with the first grade and the Jonas Brothers and the constant barrage of Barbies and unicorns trying to pry away your hard earned lemonade profits. I get that.

Not that I relate perfectly. When I was seven it was all Star Wars. It was easy. I had Han Solo as my guide. But it isn't just the nostalgia for the olden days that makes my upbringing seem so radically different from yours. Let's face it. I'm a boy. And that in and of itself lowered the expectation bar.

You've got a different path to walk.

So as you start to put away the baby dolls and the pocket pets and start wondering why my mobile phone gets Angry Birds and yours only lets you talk to an obviously over-medicated Cinderella, I'm going to give you your first primer on becoming a tween.

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a cover story
how my debut novel got its cover
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
10.4.10 • CLASSIC

It is both odd and fitting that the one thing that could have the biggest influence on my book's success is something I really had nothing to do with. Odd, because as authors we want to think that our hard work and talent is what will put us, and our books, over the top. Because we want to think that we know best. That because the idea is ours and the writing is ours, that we know how best to title the book and market it and select a cover image that is the truest expression of what we're tryin

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the shore thing
losing a house; gaining a hand lamp
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: general
1.9.12 • CLASSIC

It’s January! It’s cold! It’s warming up this week because Al Gore said it would!

Okay, I’ll admit I did not see, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Largely because I already believed that climate change was a real thing and didn’t want to get depressed at being right. It’s sort of the same reason I’ve never watched any of Michael Moore’s films: I already know that people, especially the Republican leadership, can be real asshats. I don’t need a liberal asshat to tell me that conservative asshats are asshats.

(Asshat. Asshat.)

Now that that’s out of the way, Happy New Year! Let’s hope this one’s better than the last. Though, admittedly, 2011 had a lot going for it over 2010. I got new glasses, for example.

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25 random things about the internet
by the internet
by michelle von euw
topic: tech
2.9.09 • CLASSIC

1. First, I don’t know why I’m doing this. I mean, you’re here every day, you know me pretty well, or at least, you know parts of me pretty well. I am kind of vast. Maybe there are random things you haven’t quite gotten around to learning about me yet, and you’re hoping to find out one of my deepest secrets. (Good luck with that.) 2. I have a beef to pick with the word “random.” These things are, technically, not random but very carefully selected out of a very large storehouse of facts ab

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not bad enough to be good
by mike julianelle
topic: television
9.5.08 • CLASSIC

After watching most of the two hour premiere of the new "90210" series, I thought I might write about how this sad attempt at updating the seminal 90s teen soap, by cross-breeding it with "The Hills" and "Gossip Girl," makes a mockery of the original. But halfway through forming that thought, I remembered that the original show was already a mockery. This "90210" captures a bit of the feel of the original, featuring displaced Midwestern (read: innocent and good) kids into a corrupt, debaucherou

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chef, interrupted
the arc of my culinary quests
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: general
9.30.09 • CLASSIC

Years ago, in my halcyon radio days, I hosted a program called, “What’s Cookin’”. It was a simple noon hour show that encouraged listeners to call in and guess a recipe title, based on ingredient clues I provided, and win a prize. Occasionally I’d interview advertisers with new products, but mostly my guests were chefs launching new cookbooks or christening restaurants. The show originated in New Orleans, and hundreds of thousands of people along the Gulf Coast listened to it. So there was a s

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funny people
the plight of black sketch comedy television, pre & post-chappelle's show
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: pop culture
3.12.12 • CLASSIC

Nothing has filled the void of "Chappelle’s Show", Dave Chappelle’s brilliant, edgy Comedy Central sketch show that deftly navigated American racial, political, pop cultural and sexual mores over two glorious seasons (2004-06). There has been nothing even close, and I wish studio execs would come up with a back up plan before robbing us of such a broad, accessible moment of genius. Or simply treat their talent better.

Prior to Chappelle, there was nothing to fill the void of "In Living Color". That statement is so true that Fox, desperate as usual, recently (re)hired that show’s original creator, Keenen Ivory Wayans, to reboot the show with a whole new crop of diverse, hip sketch comedians. This decision was made, of course, almost 20 years to the day that Fox made working conditions so unbearable that Wayans walked away from the show that he created from scratch.

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what's smarter than a smartphone?
having all the fun, getting more options, paying less
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: pop culture
2.18.11 • CLASSIC

A hand held device that can do practically everything used to be reserved for people like Dr. McCoy and Dr. Who. But these days, smartphones bring science fiction to life. I've been slow to bite. Sure, I've been envious every time one of my friends on AT&T publicly diddled their iPhone in front of me. I've tried not to drool, and reminded myself that I was a happy Verizon customer who couldn't have such things anyway (sure, there were other options, but the iPhone was the Apple of my eye

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giving good...habit
and other reasons to smile
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
6.23.10 • CLASSIC

A habit is any action that we have performed so often that it becomes an almost involuntary response. For years, I was a smoker. From the time I thought it was cool at 14 until the time I started dating a guy who refused to date smokers – about ten years – I fluctuated between five and twenty cigarettes a day. It wasn’t that I loved smoking; it was an instinctive response to light up when I finished a meal or when I got in the car. It was merely a habit, and one I wasn’t planning to change (u

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tales from a top chef dinner
how twitter gave me a firsthand taste of my favorite cooking competition
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: general
8.18.10 • CLASSIC

Anyone who exists in my orbit knows that I love "Top Chef." Here at Intrepid Media, I've written about it a few times, from making fun of Jaime Lee Curtis's criticism to interviewing past competitors Stefan Richter and Robin Leventhal. In recent broadcasts of this current season of "Top Chef: DC", I live-tweet my trash-talking critical commentary while occasionally chatting with cheftestant Kenny Gilbert. So, since 2006, I've generally reserved Wednesday nights for "Top Chef" viewings, and I'v

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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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why i blog
an instrospective about why i write on the online
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: writing
10.17.11 • CLASSIC

This past week I published a piece on my blog Top Fermented that garnered a fair amount of attention, both positive and negative. I expected a backlash. I knew that many would disagree with me, but I was happy to see that many people also agreed, and equally as happy to see that some who disagreed took the time to reasonably state their cases against mine.

It's honestly made me wonder - why the hell do I bother?

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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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future tenz
the sexier decade ahead
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
1.6.10 • CLASSIC

In The Tenz, we fly in hovercars fueled by laughter and rock n' roll. We've adopted a single global language, which is a hybrid of all known languages with a sprinkle of jazz theory. Consequently we're all getting along much better, and everybody can dance. Moral and religious disputes have gone the way of Disco, praise Gawd. World peace sets the stage for tolerance, innovation, and a new cultural renaissance. Creativity and intelligence are valued over celebrity and convenience. Our elected le

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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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