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abercrombie and fifty
where trends go to die
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
7.2.10 • CLASSIC

Here's a little secret that may completely destroy your image of me as a hip, young, and dare I say sexy pop-culture provocateur: I'm old. And I always have been. My own personal curse and blessing in this world (leaving out the 48-inch vertical leap and mad rhyming skillz) is that all my life I've looked young and thought old. This isn't a huge thing, like being rich or the ability to remember to floss every night, and it doesn't impact my life directly. All I'm saying is that somewhere in

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what september means
a hodgepodge of savorables
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: general
9.6.11 • CLASSIC

I don't have a favorite month, but if I did, September would definitely be in the running.

Why? Five reasons.

1. Back-to-school. Yes, it's been years since I've actually been personally involved in anything based on the semester system, but at the same time, the fact that school is starting gives a rhythm to the year. It's a time of newness and excitement. If you live in a town with a lot of college students, as I do, there's something contagious about the energy of all those teenagers, something you can feel in the city. Arrival, beginning, adventure. And what's cuter than all those little-kid first-day-of-school pictures on Facebook? Maybe it's because I always loved school, but they always, always put a big smile on my face.

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making the cut
like pulling the plug, but with less government interference
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: music
5.9.12 • CLASSIC

This past weekend, I was forced to make one of the hardest decisions any of us will ever have to make in our lifetimes.

I had to delete about 100 songs from my mp3 player.

Well, that's not entirely true. I had to replace my mp3 player (a Sony), which died on Friday, and it turned out that the new one, while technically holding the same capacity as the old one (8 gigs), held about 100 fewer songs. I think this is because the new player is bluetooth compatible while the old one was not, but it could also be because the universe occasionally likes to laugh at me.

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i want my wb
classic tv network lives again
by michelle von euw
topic: television
5.9.08 • CLASSIC

For a brief few weeks between my first two real post-college jobs, I took a temp position at a new television station. It was an exciting time for the WB: the network had just gone national, consolidating local stations that had been purveyors of fine television like the "Creature Double Feature" and kept a new generation engrossed in the trials of the Brady kids. The WB, and its counterpart, UPN, hoped to follow in FOX’s wildly successful footsteps by becoming the fifth and sixth national net

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quality control
parental guidance is required
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
1.12.11 • CLASSIC

One of my friends sent me an amazing Christmas gift – an Omar bib. It’s ostensibly for my baby, but since my ignorant son has no awareness of the “The Wire," let alone any idea who Omar is, the gift was clearly more for me. Besides, a piece of art like this is not meant to mop up drool. But I did hazard a few pictures of my son wearing it. The soon-to-be-framed bib got me thinking. One of the aspects of being a dad that I’m most excited about is the opportunity to share my favorite things wi

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memories of russ carr
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: general
2.27.12 • CLASSIC

I had no intention of writing about the recent death of Russ Carr, my good friend and Intrepid Media colleague, until I looked at the publish date of my next column: February 27th.

Russ' birthday.

What a cheeky monkey he is to be jumping up and down even now to get my attention.

Since we celebrated birthdays a couple of weeks apart, Russ and I often exchanged gifts. In early February of this year, I had his present ready to send: whiskey stones. Soapstone cubes he could freeze and then use to properly chill his Jameson's without diluting it.

Notice the proper spelling of whiskey, with the 'e'. Not the other way. With the 'e' is the Celtic variation, the one with which Russ and I best identified, waving the green, white, and orange of our Irish pride whenever we saw fit: exchanging Guinness Pie recipes; creating flyers to promote our Intrepid Media work at the Kansas City Irish Festival; wearing claddagh jewelry. Russ and his wife, Kathy, also chose proper Gaelic names for their sons, Brendan and Duncan. And Russ instinctively used a Warrior Pose image for the logo he designed for my business, Tracey Kelley Yoga. In Gaelic, Tracey means "warrior, more powerful". He told me later he had no idea of the connection. Of course, that was the magic of it.

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the jackson 5
moonwalking through michael jackson's career in five brilliant songs
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: music
7.17.09 • CLASSIC

1. I'll Be There (released August 28, 1970; Peak chart position: #1 US Pop, #1 US Black) ON THEIR FOURTH SINGLE, Berry Gordy made a decision that could've ended the Jackson 5's career. After three consecutive #1 bubblegum hits ("I Want You Back", "ABC", "The Love You Save") for the quintet, the Motown head honcho figured the time was as good as any to cast 11-year-old lead singer Michael as a sensitive leading man. It was risky. Why mess with a good thing? Their brief but successful body of wor

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the price of safety
are we headed toward bowling bumpers and airbags everywhere?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: general
7.20.09 • CLASSIC

This fall, I'm thinking about heading to an amusement park. Just because I'm in my mid-thirties doesn't mean I stopped liking roller coasters. But as I started researching the park that I'd most like to visit, I ran across ads for theme parks I'll never get to go to. The one that stands out was Vernon, New Jersey's Action Park. It's hard to get a full picture of the fantasticness of this place today, because many of its features are gone and buried. Action Park closed in 1996, mainly due

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it may be petty
but it's nice to be pretty
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
4.18.12 • CLASSIC

What person on earth doesn’t enjoy being considered attractive to those around them? It’s why the makeup industry continues to sell $XX billions of dollars worth of products every year. It’s why there’s a men’s line from nearly every major skin care brand currently available. It’s why clothes are made in various sizes and colors and why high heels even exist. Cosmetic surgery is available in just about any form you can possibly imagine, and then some you haven’t even thought of – heard of a Knee Lift? Supposedly Demi Moore has had one, and US Magazine knows their readers voraciously scan these articles, looking for grains of truth as to why they can’t look like their favorite stars. It’s also the start of the rabbit hole that poor Cat Lady jumped down.

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words for the neighborhood assailant
a response to rape in my local zone
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
8.20.07 • CLASSIC

Hey. YOU. Yeah, I'm talking to you. I don't know your name, but "vile excuse for human life" springs to mind because you robbed, raped, and sodomized a young woman in my neighborhood. In my mind, you're perfect for prostate surgery with freshly heated pokers, but reality has the unsatisfying truth: you're a mystery, an abstract figure people are trying to identify with very little information. Your police profile consists of a sketch and a set of basic statistics saying you are 5'5", Latino, a

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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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happy freakin' holidays
are they over, yet?
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
12.25.06 • CLASSIC

Okay, let me get the disclaimer out of the way, right away: First person that alludes to Scrooge in the comments gets kicked in the box. Don't give me any of that Dickensian rabblemouthing if you want to enjoy your holiday turkey, you spendthrift lout. God bless us every one, and all that jazz. Let me tell you a story. It starts way, way back in October. On October 30th, actually. The day before Halloween. I heard a rumor that, unlike every other year I've been living on my own, there w

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who moved my chi?
finding my way back to inner peace
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.23.08 • CLASSIC

I'm an incredibly organized person. I keep an "Infamous To Do List" that is updated daily and nothing gives me greater pleasure than checking off items. I like clean surfaces and carefully arranged closets. Clothes belong in a chest of drawers, not the floor of my bedroom. I have boxes and drawers and baskets, all to better organize my life... and my husband's life if he would only listen to me and STOP LEAVING ALL THAT CRAP ON THE DESK! When something is lost in the house, it's inevitably

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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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