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state of the site
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: writing
9.2.09 • CLASSIC

If you had told me 10-and-a-half years ago that I'd be kicking off the Intrepid Media 10-year anniversary column by talking about the book we're releasing this month, I would have asked; "What the hell is Intrepid Media? Do you mean JoesBigWorldWideHappyFunPage.com?" Indeed, we are releasing a book. And it'll be on Amazon. And it's the second release in two years. And we've got four or five more in the hopper. And freaking Julianelle is doing one. And all of this is taking place under an exclu

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eleven ways to make 2011 pop
making more, and less, of the coming year
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
1.5.11 • CLASSIC

On one hand, there's nothing we can do about the pop culture we've got coming up. The year will be what the year will be. Movie trailers will give too much of the plot away, the Oscar nominations will be somehow both rote and infuriating, TV will have too many shows we don't like and not enough shows we do, music will be a whole lot like TV, and heaven only knows what's going to happen in publishing. But still. We can dream. So here's what I'd like to see more of -- and less of -

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spring cleaning
time to dust out the cobwebs in my head
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: pop culture
3.7.07 • CLASSIC

My parents recently came to visit me in New York. They brought me a rug that had been in our old house, but for which they had no room in their new one. They also brought me a table top made up of letter blocks from old printing presses. They also brought me lox (which, for the goyim, is cold-smoked salmon. It's good on bagels. Don't ask me what the plural is). My brother and his wife also came to visit. They brought me a reproduction-Tiffany lamp and two matching wall sconces that they loved,

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ticket to ride
how ticket pricing trends are hurting fans
by michelle von euw
topic: sports
9.9.09 • CLASSIC

It’s a gorgeous Labor Day weekend, and the weather is pitch perfect. The famous humidity that usually characterizes this time of year has been all but absent from the weather forecast, and there’s a light breeze that makes the low 80s temperatures ideal for soaking up a ballgame. But there’s practically no one in Camden Yards today, despite a mid-afternoon matchup between the Orioles and the Wild-Card chasing Texas Rangers. Every time the camera pans back, the screen is filled with green empt

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bite your tongue
go for the golden
by mike julianelle
topic: general
6.8.07 • CLASSIC

It takes a strong man to hold his tongue. And I'm not just talking about Yaphet Kotto. It's not always easy to keep your opinions to yourself. There are countless situations in which one feels compelled to voice their thoughts, whether to respond to a personal slight, or correct a misguided assumption, or enlighten an ignoramus. But I say if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Every day, we -- each and every one of us -- are faced with situations in which a clever put down

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caucus ruckus
pay attention - this is about you
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
12.28.07 • CLASSIC

For the second time in my life, I’m going to watch the sausage-making process. The first time involved yards of washed intestine, freshly slaughtered pork, and there was a lot of splatter. The next time will be on January 3rd, when I participate in the Iowa Caucus. I’ll be wearing safety goggles and rubber gloves then, too. The word “caucus” stems from a North American Indian language, possibly Algonquian, referring to a gathering of tribal chiefs. So, members of the “white man’s” govern

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tebow, christianity and american sports
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: sports
1.11.12 • CLASSIC

What's that you say? God wouldn't communicate to the world through a football player? Well, if you believe in God, and not just some vague metaphysical entity, but the God of the Bible, then you know He can communicate however He sees fit. (Talking donkey, anyone? A burning bush, perhaps?) And when you think about it, communicating through a sport that commands millions of eyeballs weekly and has the nerve to play it's games on the Lord's day, actually sounds like the way to go.

Do I believe God is using Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to force us to think about Him? To confront how far a so-called “Christian nation” has turned from our creator? I do. But I also think He’s using me, and millions of other believers. Some of us just have bigger platforms.

And what a platform! Tim Tebow is currently the most polarizing figure in American sports, even more than Michael Vick, Kobe Bryant or Tiger Woods. He is easily the most criticized & idolized young quarterback to ever start an NFL game. Even before he’d played an NFL game, they couldn’t keep Tebow Bronco jerseys on the shelf. And it is that, not his devout faith, many of his critics say, that they can’t stand about him.

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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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how would you live
if you knew you were dying?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
7.26.10 • CLASSIC

Recently, a bit of gossip found its way to my ear: I overheard on a flight that Michael C. Hall (of Dexter and Six Feet Under fame) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I’ve been a huge fan of both shows from the moment I started watching and I think he’s a brilliant actor, so I was shocked and saddened to hear that he was afflicted with what – to my understanding – is rarely a survivable form of cancer. I have since learned that he actually had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, and has already undergone t

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as long as it isn't babysitting
deciphering a surprise attraction for the younger guy
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
8.16.11 • CLASSIC

This past month, I turned 36.

Though my age change isn't earth-shattering news, it feels significant to me because when the date fell, I swore to appreciate myself and not feel too self-critical. I didn't go around putting myself down with dynamite-fishing-for-compliment wails of, "I'm old!" Instead of throwing a John McEnroe-like meltdown at my local CVS, I simply decided to embrace my progression into the latter half of my thirties with, "I'm getting older."

Surely, by owning my age with that statement, I wouldn't have any reason to feel awkward. I decided to use that as my daily mantra a couple weeks ago; at the time, it made perfect sense.

In line with my general strategy of greeting life more proactively, I've decided to make some new friends. While meeting and greeting, I came across someone whose sharp, scrappy personality mirrored mine and completely threw off my generally-accurate age radar. As I laughed at his jokes and exchanged quips, I predicted his age to be on the younger side of 30, and no younger than 27.

Then, he told me he hadn't turned 23 yet.

And now, I feel old.

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the way we read now
amazon's kindle, and the present and future of the digital book.
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: tech
11.30.07 • CLASSIC

On my nineteenth birthday, I fell in love with a book. The moment my fingers touched the supple, green leather cover, worn soft and smooth from age, I knew that I had to own it, so much so that I told my dad that he could send back whatever present he had bought for me because this was it - the only thing I wanted. The content of the book (it happened to be The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas) was almost immaterial. The book itself was my object, and it remains one of my most prized possessi

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twitter fiction
using a first-person tool for a third-person perspective
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: writing
11.21.08 • CLASSIC

Sometimes, useful tools exist where you least expect them to. As I've been working through the process of exploring the amazing world of Web 2.0 applications, I've come to see utility in places that I would not have previously expected. The social tool that I find myself becoming increasingly impressed and attached to is Twitter. Twitter can be referred to as a micro-blog. As a Twitter user, you have 140 characters to relay your thoughts of the moment to the world. 140 characters is a lot

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polishing up the ball and chain
do you have this in designer?
by heather m. millen
topic: general
8.29.07 • CLASSIC

When I started writing for Intrepid Media, I really used it as an outlet to air out all my dirty laundry regarding relationships, life as a single gal in the city, conquests and heartbreaks. And now I write to you just two weeks short of my nuptials, something I've mocked endlessly on these very pages (if you do your research). Ah well, tis the circle of life I guess. Now as each circle comes around, I'm wondering if we forget entirely what the last pass was like. The other day, I was wat

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slimed by digital ectoplasm
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
3.14.12 • CLASSIC

Man, I've worked with some really fantastic people. People I'm proud to call friends 20 years later; folks I hope to know for many years to come. Others, despite our natural chemistry and the sharing of a thousand pizzas and coffees and cigarettes (I've since quit), I keep only in my memory, for whatever inexplicable reasons people have for maintaining distance in the face of friendship.

But then sometimes – and it's a fortunate rarity – there are people I just want to forget completely. Inevitable adversaries that've had such an ill effect on my psyche, I not only want them out of my life, I want any residual smears of negative energy they’ve left in my airspace GONE. FOREVER. The idea that they might irrevocably occupy some part of my brain is not only depressing, it’s offensive. All I want is for their memory to just...peter away, down the drain of my subconscious, and with any luck...poof! Gone.

“TOO BAD!” say Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

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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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