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great things will happen today!
an update on the power of positive reinforcement
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
6.2.08 • CLASSIC

Let me get your attention for a second. Stop multitasking, take a deep breath, make sure no one is looking over your shoulder, and read these words very carefully. You are a beautiful and talented person. You bring a sense of perspective to everything you do. And the very fact that you're sitting here now, curious about the meaning of these digital words spawned from my head just a few days before and hastily typed into my laptop then whooshed via the intricate system of pipes and ball bearing

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life is too short
thirty-one things you needn't bother doing
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
2.6.12 • CLASSIC

Life is too short. Can we all agree on that? Then why do we spend so much of it doing pointless things? For example, I can't count the number of people who took the time to update Facebook or Twitter about their plans not to watch the Super Bowl. (Same thing happens for the Golden Globes, Oscars, etc.) So that's number one: jump onto social media to tell everyone what you're not doing.

For the record, thirty other things life is too short to do:

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reality could bite more
midseason replacements yet to come
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: television
12.10.07 • CLASSIC

As you all may know, I value truth and justice above all things. As you all may not know, I sometimes say things like that without meaning them. However, I have important news to impart. News of such significance that it might very well rock the foundations of all we consider to be true. Or it might be satire. Regardless, the facts are these (or are they?): At great risk to myself and the intrepid (no relation) team of spies I employ, I have been able to unearth a list of the top contenders for

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a midsummer's ball game
watching the classic become a classic
by michelle von euw
topic: sports
7.13.07 • CLASSIC

My husband sits on the couch, a thick black binder flipped open as the All-Star Game flickers on the television set in front of us. It’s the 77th annual mid-summer classic, and, more meaningfully to us, the tenth year we've watched it together. He points to a card encased in plastic in his book, to a face so young and thin and inexperienced it looks like it belongs to a sophomore in high school at best. “Derek Jeter,” I say, and he pulls back his hand to reveal the name of the current Yan

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the worry-free guide to impending fatherhood
just relax a little, asshole
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
1.6.12 • CLASSIC

It was almost exactly two years ago when I discovered I was going to be a father. My level of ignorance on the topic had me pretty nervous, but the nerves are natural. And kind of pointless. Because what I’ve learned after my first full year as a dad is that the key to being a good father is simply this: don't be an asshole.

Seriously. If you're already not an asshole, you can skip the rest of this (long) column because that's all there is to it. Congratulations! Go forth and multiply.

However, I was an asshole. And I didn't have much guidance when I became a dad. So I offer the following nine-item list (one for each month of pregnancy!) to all the assholes like me who need advice on getting through the nine or so months preceding the birth of the person who will most likely be your end (Oedipus!).

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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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the simple life
four down, a lifetime to go
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: general
1.23.08 • CLASSIC

Marriage is a shape shifter -- a caterpillar that becomes a butterfly, then a caterpillar again, then a gerbil, or a Corvette. The forces that propel it are as elusive as the origins of a sinewy summer breeze. But for all the studies and sheer years of practice, nobody can really conclusively say what makes them work. Some offer their shared faith in a higher power, others swear by communication. For me, marriage is listening to my spouse ramble on a nightly on a subject for which I have no in

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kiefer uses his head, but not in a good way
proof chivalry is alive, or something else?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
5.18.09 • CLASSIC

If you missed it, Kiefer Sutherland recently head butted and broke the nose of fashion mogul, Jack McCollough, at The SubMercer in NYC during an after-party for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala 2009. McCollough "jostled" Brooke Shields as he walked past her, almost causing her to almost fall; Kiefer was upset that McCollough didn't apologize, so Sutherland approached, was reportedly shoved by McCollough, thereby prompting the Kiefer head butt. NYC Police have since charge

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real world comedy
people watching for sport and entertainment
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
12.17.08 • CLASSIC

If I had to make a short list of my favourite pastimes, I think my top five would include Reading, Writing, Everquesting, People Watching and Watching Mindless TV While I Do Other Things. And with all the traveling I do, People Watching is the one I get to partake of the most. In airport after airport, city after city and plane after plane, I see some of the most colourful, interesting characters. “Interesting” is a subjective term, of course. If I had to be in an enclosed space with any of

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it's a question of pride
weighing in on gay love, marriage, and california
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: news
6.15.09 • CLASSIC

The average New York City cop hanging out in Queens is a straight, simple man. He's all right with an action movie, doesn't drink anything more sophisticated than a domestic bottled beer, and is perfectly fine to just hang in with the wife, kids, or girlfriend with an easy pasta and chicken dinner. Catch him out with his buddies, and he'll probably put on a couple exaggerated airs over how he would never do anything totally gay, like karaoke sessions or salsa-dancing lessons. But, ask him whic

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from blog to book
an interview with sarah wendell
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
7.22.09 • CLASSIC

We here at Intrepid are fans of the internet (shocking, I know). Not only has it brought us Beer Mapping and Cat Yodeling, but it has also - more than anything else - changed the relationship between readers and writers, challenging both groups to redefine themselves in terms of a new medium. With this new medium have come new opportunities for reading, writing, promoting, and interacting with other readers and writers. No-one knows the power of this new medium better than Sarah Wendell and Can

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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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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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possible ride effects
a blog at best
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: advertising
9.28.07 • CLASSIC

It's Wednesday again, and I'm not impressed. Another ride to work on my aging Trek mountain bike, which has been modified only slightly with "hybrid" tires that make riding on the pavement a little less sluggish, but will explode if you hit a sharp curb. Fortunately, like most of the commuters you encounter in Boston, curbs in this teenytiny city are worn, dull, and slowly eroding into forms barely distinguishable from the street itself. As I ride in, I listening to yet another podcast. This t

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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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