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social networking survival guide
six basic rules for do-it-yourself pimping
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: advertising
6.2.10 • CLASSIC

Hey you. Rock star. Yes you. It isn't often that we here at Intrepid delve into making you a better whatever you want to be by actually telling you how to do it. We prefer to lead by example, sort of "do as we do, not as we say," because, frankly, we say a lot of stupid stuff. But this time, I'm asking you to read this without a grain of salt. Tongue is out of cheek. Chains aren't being yanked. In a nutshell: Just cool it with all the Facebook. I'm coming at this in two ways. On the priv

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books are not babies
part i: approaching the launch
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
4.4.12 • CLASSIC

In many ways, we writers feel like our books are our children -- we created them, we're protective of them, and somehow they infuriate us even as we love them to pieces. A quick search for "my books are my children" instantly delivers 140,000 results, and author blogs like Book Pregnant draw the parallel in detail.

And yet. There are some important differences, right?

Last April I had the wonderful adventure of seeing my first book come out into the world, and this April, I'll have an even more amazing adventure when my first baby does the same. I know enough to know that I can't possibly understand how much having a child will change my life. But I've observed some differences so far in preparing for the baby's arrival and the book's, so I can certainly share five ways in which the two things are worlds apart at this stage:

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smokin'
we're gonna play you a song, a little bit of rock-n-roll
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: music
5.10.10 • CLASSIC

“I have to tell you, I’m kind of nervous,” he confided to his friend. “I get that.” “I practiced, like, two hours a night every night for the last week.” “I get that, too.” “This beer is helping.” “I get that.” He ran through the music once more in his head. Da-ta da-ta d-d-d-da-ta… The band on before them was just finishing up. “I need another beer.” “I’ll get that.” Thanks. He looked around for the rest of the guys he was playing with, most of whom spent a lot of time on stage, in

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beware the blues of february
the shortest month is short on inspiration
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
2.11.08 • CLASSIC

Is there a month worse than February? Every other month that graces the calendar has something to recommend it: March Madness, the start of baseball season, Memorial Day weekend, all the way through the sultry days of summer, the crisp weekends of fall, the cold nights of the winter holidays, culminating in January, a month packed full of long weekends, birthday celebrations, and good football. And with them? Good column topics. Just last February I complained about the overabundance of

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office face
keeping yourself to yourself
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
9.11.09 • CLASSIC

I have this friend. He’s a good guy, great, off-the-wall sense of humor. Zany, even, like a cut-up from an 80s movie, or that guy in the Six Flags commercials. But when you call him at work, he turns into Spock. Or a pod person. Either way, it's suddenly like talking to Leonard Nimoy. I get it. He’s at work so he tones things down. That’s normal, especially if you’re in a senior position. Can’t be acting like Mahoney when you're running things at a financial firm. Most jobs require a certain

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love on a train
cassie and marlo listen in
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: writing
5.29.09 • CLASSIC

This lady, she was blue-black, and her skin simply glowed. She worn nothing but orange--a big kaftan, with a matching headwrap. Around her neck was a string of giant silver discs. She sounded like a windchime when she moved even a little bit. Were you seated with her? No--I was just behind her. But, it's hard for me to pass up a good conversation, even if it's one I'm not involved in. So when this scrawny white chick sat next to her--and can I just say, the girl

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the something borrowed interview: jason gilmore
intrepid's prodigal filmmaker tries to talk some sense into himself
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
4.20.09 • CLASSIC

Something Borrowed is the latest short film by Jason Gilmore, who served as its writer, director, cinematographer and editor. After wearing so many hats on this project, he had no problem sitting down to interview himself about the making of the film. He spent too much time alone as a teenager. Intrepid Media: How are you? Jason Gilmore: Good. Very tired. But good. IM: So tell us, what is Something Borrowed about? And why should we watch it? JG: Something Borrowed is about a young man who

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why tay zonday?
the success of chocolate rain examined
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: pop culture
8.13.07 • CLASSIC

If you weren't one of the over five million (and counting) people who viewed his video on YouTube, and if you missed him on Jimmy Kimmel, and if you didn't hear him on Opie and Anthony, and if you weren't alerted to it after John Mayer did a Nelly Furtado inspired cover of it, or if you didn't hear about Tre Cool of Green Day's cover of it, then please let me be the first to introduce you to the sensation known as Tay Zonday, with his number entitled, "Chocolate Rain." No really, if you haven

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basic human rights
where do you draw the line?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: news
3.25.09 • CLASSIC

We've all read about the "Octomom", an extreme example of the baby-manufacturing industry gone wrong. This woman, a single mother on welfare living in California who already had six children, just gave birth to eight more. All fourteen of them were conceived with the assistance of in-vitro fertilization. I know I'm not the only person who's quite shocked and not just a bit outraged by this situation -- the country-wide backlash was matched only by the positive outpouring of support

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does this make me a mistress?
the socially gray place of being close friends with a childhood sweetheart
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
3.21.12 • CLASSIC

It's 2007. You're on the New York subway with your mother, and straining for a conversation topic that won't result in any telenovela-style fights. You write off money (those unpaid student loans), and also know mentioning God is a no-no unless you'd like to discuss going to Mass again. Therefore, you blurt out your childhood sweetheart's first name. Surely, your mom would be okay at hearing how he's doing, and the train ride to Little Italy won't feel so claustrophobic.

No such luck.

To your surprise, your mother arches her eyebrow and fixes you with the same gaze she used when you were in trouble. And, she tells you right then and there that you shouldn't talk to him anymore. After all, he's married.


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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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the upgrade path of least resistance
what you can expect from windows vista
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: tech
6.19.06 • CLASSIC

I am not a Microsoft rep. I am a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. This does not preclude me from cynicism about Microsoft products. There is your upfront disclaimer. I know enough to be dangerous, but I don't have to like it. This coming November, so they have announced, Microsoft will regale us with a new version of their Windows operating system named Windows Vista and a new version of Office (2007). You can get the "official" tour over at the Windows Vista homepage, but don't bothe

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love at first write
an intrepid love story
by heather m. millen
topic: writing
9.4.06 • CLASSIC

Intrepid Media has been a part of my life for a good five years now. In February of 2001, it saw me through my hardest breakup to date. It was along for the ride when I spent several years in LA swearing off all Mr. Rights and having a fabulous time with more than a few Mr. Right Nows. And when I swooped myself off to Vegas in a faux-wedding just for kicks, Intrepid was there to throw the proverbial rice. Overall, I've had an Intrepid lovelife. Not just because the Intrepid Media family has been

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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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