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state of the sizzle
a late look at the last eight years of intrepid uniquity
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
1.2.08 • CLASSIC

I'm not going to lie to you. If you want to know the truth, if you can handle the truth, the one thing that Intrepid Media (smart, funny, yours!) is above all else is old. Older than dirt. Not that there's anything wrong with that. In fact, wearing an eight-year badge in a sea of dot-com failure (snowball, spark, MSNBC.com) and web 2.0 noise (MySpace, YouTube, Twitter) is a sign of accomplishment. Win-win! And as we boldly go where no one has gone before, there's one thing above all else we have

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a cover story
how my debut novel got its cover
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
10.4.10 • CLASSIC

It is both odd and fitting that the one thing that could have the biggest influence on my book's success is something I really had nothing to do with. Odd, because as authors we want to think that our hard work and talent is what will put us, and our books, over the top. Because we want to think that we know best. That because the idea is ours and the writing is ours, that we know how best to title the book and market it and select a cover image that is the truest expression of what we're tryin

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wherefore art thou joey jo-jo junior shabadoo?
that's the worst name i've ever heard
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
8.9.10 • CLASSIC

I have an announcement to make. I'm happy to tell you all that last month, I became the proud father of a healthy baby boy. 8 lbs, 2 oz. 10 fingers. 10 toes. His mother and I named him Naphtali. Okay, I'm lying. But I'm feeling left out. Apparently, there was a lot of sex going on last October (you know who you are). I'm pretty sure it had something to do with my birthday. For those of you who haven't figured it out, sex in October leads to babies in July. For those of you who really haven't

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how not to run a baseball team
learning from the nationals' mistakes
by michelle von euw
topic: sports
6.11.08 • CLASSIC

First, take a city that’s been teased with the possibility of baseball happiness for literally decades, and promise them a team. The city’s been used before; it's been the Other Woman for franchises from Houston to San Diego, a pawn in a blackmail game in order to gain large and modern stadiums full of luxury boxes funded with taxpayer money. To this city, add a franchise that’s been picked dry of its talent, names like Pedro Martinez, Vladimir Guerrero, Moises Alou, Larry Walker, Orlando Cabr

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i am the decider
unless i'm not
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
12.8.08 • CLASSIC

I often have a difficult time pulling the trigger. Unlike Plaxico Burress! BOO YA! I'm obviously not talking about literal triggers; I've never fired off much more than a BB gun (and some sick ass one-liners). I'm not some anti-gun nut, though. Guns don't kill people, being shot kills people. So relax. The triggers I can't seem to pull are purely figurative. The whole phrase is just a metaphor for my indecisiveness! I'm not as bad as some people I know. For instance, I don't need to consult

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writing in polka dots and plaid
taking inspiration from project runway
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: television
10.27.10 • CLASSIC

NOTE: If you have not watched any of "Project Runway" Season 8, know this column contains spoilers. Come back and read it after you've watched the finale! I totally suck at sewing. Oh sure, I can reattach a button and quick stitch a small tear. But that is, quite simply, the range of my needle and thread abilities. I don't know how to work a sewing machine. I don't crochet. I don't knit. It's embarrassing to admit how many pieces of clothing I've given to my mother-in-law for repair. My siste

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the girl who had everything
elizabeth taylor 1932-2011
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
4.13.11 • CLASSIC

Even after all that has been written, after she has been rhapsodized and canonized, it is still not redundant to remark that in her youth and deep into middle age, she was a woman of unreal beauty. But Elizabeth Taylor was a great actress, my favorite actress, and, in saying that, I’m aware that she was neither the most talented nor most ambitious actress and had a light, sometimes shrill voice. Most of her work past 1967 is viewable almost only for its campiness, and, as many triumphs as she

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construction: the underdog: part i
the invitation
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
1.21.08 • CLASSIC

2008 will be a year of change. And that's not just because Barack Obama says so. On November fourth, 2008, or at least shortly thereafter, the next president of this country will be elected. Wait! If politics isn't your thing, I implore you to stick around at least to the end of this article. This is a really short piece by Intrepid Media's standards, so my pitch won't take long. I get pretty freakin' excited about presidential elections. It's like a hunger I can only satisfy every four

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the good (and bad) girls guide to...
getting out of the country
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
8.25.08 • CLASSIC

You need a vacation. A mini-break. A holiday. Maybe you need to step away from a high-pressure job, or take some time to think about a lovelife situation. Maybe your family is driving you crazy. Maybe you just need to get away for some "You" time. Now is the best time for you to get away from it all. I'm not being facetious, actually, this truly is the best time of year to travel -- the kids are headed back to school, the tourist season is just about over, but the weather is sti

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memoirs of a sober addict
a cautionary cocaine tale
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: general
1.18.10 • CLASSIC

White lines. Colombian marching powder. Nose candy. Devil dust. Blow. You've heard all the names for it, the whole reason why Tony Montana was cranked enough to tell people to say hello to his little friend. Just about everywhere, there's a cocaine culture. In New York, you really got to know it. But you weren't originally introduced to it in the Big Apple; a few years ago overseas, you remember your first line. Even now, you can still picture it perfectly cut from the ID card with the currenc

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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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putting the major in major league
how to make sports awesome from college on up
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: sports
6.23.08 • CLASSIC

As a resident of North Carolina and staff member at UNC, I was among the many people who were delighted at the news this past week that Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington, and Danny Green have opted out of the NBA draft and will be returning to UNC for their senior years. It greatly increases the chance of seeing UNC in the Final Four and making a whole lot of money off of naive homers in NCAA brackets next spring. But it brings up the perennial issue surrounding college sports: Oh man, I really ho

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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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