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health reasons
we're all calling in stressed
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
1.1.10 • CLASSIC

On the day after Christmas, Urban Meyer took the most coveted job in college football, or for that matter, academia, and one at which he had done better than any other coach at any other school in the top echelon of the top tier in college sports, and, remarkably, shoved it. For health reasons. Within minutes, symptoms began flying around the sports media universe like alternative uses for a golf club. "Chest pains" remains right there at the top, and any man who has reached a certain age will

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the you show, starring you
where new graduates are going from here
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
5.4.09 • CLASSIC

School’s almost out. If you’re graduating, from high school or college or grad school, you’re going to feel a strong obligation to get sentimental. Resist. But! But! You say. This is the last time we’ll X! Never again will we Y! OMG I can’t believe a month from now we all won’t be here in this room learning/eating/drinking/smoking/mocking/dodging Z! Resist. Rise above. Don’t give in to the urge to get weepy about the olden golden days of three-and-a-half months ago. Your friends and paren

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gym-iny cricket
do i really have to be the conscience of the health club?
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: sports
9.7.09 • CLASSIC

Those of you who read my columns religiously (that is, while wearing a yarmulke), and memorize my every word, will likely remember a piece I wrote a few months ago in which I mentioned that I joined a gym and was going to get in stellar shape. It would have worked, too, if it hadn't been for you snooping kids. And the fact that I got downsized and lost the membership I had through work. However ... and it's a big "however" ... I have been gainfully employed for slightly over three months, and

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required summer reading
solving the joys of the detective novel
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
8.10.09 • CLASSIC

Summer has always been the best time for reading. Perhaps because I've spent almost my entire life on a semester schedule, the months of May through August have been the ones in which books I read for pleasure take a top priority over the ones that I have to read. Asking me what genre of books I prefer is pretty much like asking me what type of fiction I write: both questions are met with an uncomfortable silence, some verbal hedging, and then usually the words "literary, but not too literar

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superbland?
we don't need some other hero
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
4.6.11 • CLASSIC

In a pattern that is so common it's now merely referred to as "summer," another crop of superhero movies will be sprouting up over the next few months. And regardless of whether they clean up (Captain America) or don't (Thor), more are on their way -- including new installments for the three most famous: Spider-Man, Batman and Superman. A few years ago I wrote a column about Superman's most recent attempt to reclaim his spot as the most super-heroic of all the superheroes. It didn't q

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2009 things…
…on my list
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: humor
12.29.08 • CLASSIC

I plan on saving at least $2,009 in every quarter next year, by the grace of my employment and the economy. I hope to reduce my dropping of the f-bomb by 2,009 utterances. Not that I say it 2,009 times now. However, there’s a slight possibility I do. I will remove 2,009 pieces of clutter from my home. Let’s start with the stacks of magazines: 1) to be read; b) read, but with pages flagged; 3a) picked up on some trip fully intending to be read but gathering dust under my desk. I want to compl

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black swan
a review
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
12.13.10 • CLASSIC

A lot has been made of the fact that Darren Aronofsky, brilliant director of our times, has gone from making a movie about a down and out wrestler to making a movie about an up and coming ballerina. This is often presented as though it is a seismic shift, when it is actually the same thing. Most dancers live with a startling urgency, as if they already know that their time is limited and that their body will betray them -- immediately and violently -- the minute they stop dan

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the little red obama
obama is working, while everyone else sits on their ass
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
6.14.12 • CLASSIC

I recently again read The Little Red Hen to my toddler. As those familiar with the tale may recall, The Little Red Hen finds seeds, and then asks the other farm animals for help planting them. No one volunteers to help her. As her work progresses through harvest, threshing, milling the wheat into flour, and finally baking the flour into bread, the hen continues to ask for help from the other animals, but still gets no assistance at any stage. After the bread is done, she asks who will help eat the bread, and this time all the animals volunteer. But the hen doesn't share, and instead eats it with her chicks, leaving none for anyone else.

It’s not a perfect analogy for the current state of our nation’s jobs problem, but I kept thinking about the story, and likening Obama to the Little Red Hen, doing all the work to try to help boost our nation’s jobs, while the other animals (specifically in this case, Congress) do nothing to help.

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eating, praying and loving
when you're not made of money
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
8.25.10 • CLASSIC

It’s almost as if the recession ended and no one told me (or gave me a raise). For some, spending a fortune on taking a vacation is the point rather than a means to an end (the experience). It’s just another form of elitism. Even in these economic times, I read in a Gallup poll done in May of this year, Americans report that they are expecting to vacation less this year, but intend to spend more on transportation and other holiday and leisure costs. I read an article retweeted from both Trace

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the extra notch on the cheating curve
factoring weiner's impact on fidelity
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: news
6.20.11 • CLASSIC

These days, everyone knows Anthony Weiner's name. Thanks to Twitter, Andrew Breitbart, and Opie & Anthony, any news-savvy person has their very own two-cent penile crack to make about the newly resigned Congressman. Is he hard-pressed for answers? Maybe he's not meant to last more than his near-twenty years in political life, and can try again in half an hour. Everyone's had a laugh at Weiner's expense, even as the jokes are wearing thinner than luxury brand lambskin condoms. Everyone except

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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 great american sameness
a plea for difference
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
8.24.11 • CLASSIC

A few weeks ago I went on a road trip. My wife and I drove from our home in North Carolina to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a wedding. A smart man may have flown, but that man was probably not transporting kegs of beer to serve at said wedding. During this trip, we went across an amazing array of American countryside.

The trip spanned North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and finally, Minnesota and it struck me again - as it did when we drove across the country about a decade back - just how vast and variable our country is. To put it simply, it is amazing and majestic.

From North Carolina driving north into West Virginia we drove through the Blue Ridge Mountains, these beautiful verdant green, sheer-drop landscapes. It feels as though the forest is soaring over your head and flowing under your feet as you bend through the roadways there.

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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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