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intrepid oscar picks ii the streets
this time it's personal
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: film
2.2.11 • CLASSIC

Last year at Oscar nomination time, I wrote a popular piece on which film would win the Academy Award for Best Picture. And what separated my piece from the billion other articles, columns, and blog posts by all the other self-appointed film experts? Easy. I didn't see any of the nominated films. This was, in fact, part of the joke, based on last year's inclusion of movies like An Education and A Serious Man, both of which I actually did see once I realized they existed. Still can't remember

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30 things to love about philadelphia
new affection from a new aficionado
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: general
9.5.07 • CLASSIC

Is it love, or infatuation? Am I completely enamored of Philadelphia because it’s the first new city I’ve moved to in almost a dozen years? Or because I’ve heard so many expectation-lowering information sessions, so many qualifiers and apologies, that I couldn’t help but find the city to be better than advertised? Or, is it possible that Philly is... just awesome? Only time will tell, but in my first 30 days here, I can tell you I’ve found at least 30 reasons to love Philadelphia, no questions

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top of the drop
hitting the apex and picking up speed
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: news
8.10.11 • CLASSIC

My father called me the other day.

This, in itself, is not news. We talk a lot. However, it did seem to be a good way to open a column, especially since my next few paragraphs have to do with that conversation. Otherwise, you'd be totally in the dark, and I'd have failed without even getting started. Luckily for both of us that didn't happen.

Anyway, in the course of our conversation, the current political and economic climate came up (we're very intellectual, he and I). My family has traditionally been moderate liberals (some less moderate than others), and we both agreed that the current Republican Party has us appalled. And the current Democratic Party has us mostly disappointed. I mentioned that I had been curious, following last week's debt ceiling debacle and the stock market drop that accompanied it, as to what my least favorite economic talking head, Larry Kudlow, had to say about it.

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love, actually
how two modern movies got it right
by michelle von euw
topic: film
3.12.08 • CLASSIC

The great Hollywood love stories rarely had happy endings. Would we still be talking about Casablanca if Ilsa didn’t get on that plane? Would anyone care that love means never having to say you’re sorry if Ali MacGraw didn’t die in the end? Would we believe it if pinko Barbra Streisand and straight-laced Robert Redford actually stayed together? Our romantic tales spring from the roots of Romeo and Juliet, and we all know how well that ended. But the predominance of the romantic comedy chang

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pandora's box
blue-icidal tendencies
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
5.7.10 • CLASSIC

This past Wednesday I did something unprecedented. For the first time in my life, I got up and went for a run before work. Running through the park early in the morning on a beautiful spring day, I saw a side of it I’d never before witnessed; a quiet, peaceful side, unblemished by packs of howling children, swarms of yelping dogs and that one random guy who practices break-dancing on a piece of cardboard. Not sure the early morning, pre-work run is going to become a habit, but I think I kind o

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make a choice, not a child
open letter to teenage girls
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
6.30.08 • CLASSIC

To every teenage girl: I’m not your mother, your grandmother, an aunt, a teacher, or your boyfriend’s stepmom. You don’t know me, so you might be surprised that I care about your future and well-being. There’s a whole lotta hoopla surrounding you right now. Because of the rumors of a teen pregnancy pact. Because even with all the information and assistance available, teen pregnancy rates have gone up. Because of the constant debate over teaching simply abstinence as sex education or combini

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an interview with ava duvernay
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
11.12.10 • CLASSIC

Last Friday night, I saw the marvelous I Will Follow, the narrative feature directorial debut of publicity maven Ava DuVernay. I Will Follow stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield as a grieving woman cleaning the house of her recently deceased aunt (Beverly Todd). The film won the Audience Award in its world premiere at the UrbanWorld Film Festival in New York, was showcased at the Chicago Film Festival and played to a sold out crowd at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles. Shot in 15 days on a shoestring budg

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walk it out
everyone's unique viewpoint, without prejudice
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: writing
6.15.07 • CLASSIC

To remind (or, to notify those who already don't know), and in Cliff Notes form, "... from June 1 to June 30... everyone... encouraged to do things a little differently." This being the mandate from our fearless I.M. leader. This of course assumes that I have a set writing style that I can depart from. In a review of my illustrious sixty-six (not counting this gem) column career, I have written six pieces about television, eleven about things I did that were cool, seventeen theories on life

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bad romance
does relationship imbalance actually exist?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
2.22.10 • CLASSIC

It seems that in any relationship, one person always feels more strongly than the other does. “I love you.” “I love you more.” “No, I love YOU more!” etcetera, ad nauseum. I’ve heard it from many friends regarding their romantic connections, I’ve seen it in marriages observed since childhood and I’ve experienced it firsthand. However, even as we suggest that this is how it *seems*, we have to admit that such a claim is purely a subjective perspective. How does one measure love? How do

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life sans an iphone
a strangely positive end to my apple snobbery
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
7.20.11 • CLASSIC

For the last two years, I've been a smartphone user. I've been a satisfied user of an Apple iPhone 3G, and considered it pretty important on a day-to-day basis to have an Internet connection. I've loved having immediate email access with the ability to check into Facebook or Twitter whenever I wanted to. All that came to a screeching halt two weeks back, when my iPhone refused to boot. At all. As I slowly comprehended that not all Apple phones are the totally perfect products their commercia

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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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words, words, words
how you keep where you keep them
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: tech
7.16.07 • CLASSIC

When I was a little kid, maybe 6 or 7 years old, I taught myself the Dewey Decimal System and spent an enormous amount of time cataloging every book in my house. It was probably a day, but in my memory it seems like weeks. To what was most likely the abject horror of my parents, I cut out little slips of paper, wrote the DDC number on each one and taped them to the spine of the book with scotch tape to create my own library. 25 years later, I still have books with these tags taped on the si

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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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socialgeist
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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