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van halen: a different kind of review
ranking the tracks from super incredibly awesome to not as awesome
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: music
3.2.12 • CLASSIC

Very quickly. This is not Van Hagar. There is no Love Walks In. If you had been waiting for that to happen, it is safe to buy this album and you totally should.

There. I just gave you the sum total of every navel-gazing "where-does-this-fit-in-the-history-of-Van-Halen" review I've read about this album. No one cares about the feud anymore. It's been too long. I wish Sammy and Michael the best, even though I never really cared for the direction, especially after the first three songs on OU812.

And I won't say anything bad about Van Halen III except that the only song I can remember from the era is that irritating ballad "More Than Words."

Done. Now, let's talk about this record.

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channeling the cooking channel
a new network of old favorites
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
7.5.10 • CLASSIC

When I heard that Food Network was spinning off a new sister network called the Cooking Channel, I was pretty thrilled. Cooking! Isn’t that the missing ingredient, if you will, in the Food Network’s recipe these days? Once jam-packed with how-to instruction, the network now gives over its prime time hours mostly to competition shows, ranging from the reasonably entertaining (Iron Chef) to the absurdly specific (who can make the best cake featuring a Disney princess playing water polo and/or crib

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emptying my skeptic tank
on occasion, people can surprise you
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: general
3.9.12 • CLASSIC

I like to think of myself as a skeptic. I know my British readers may be confused by this statement, but that's because they spell it "sceptic." Only part of the reason why they lost the empire.

(I'm fairly certain the rest of the reason was due primarily to a small band of teddy bears on Endor, but I might be getting a little confused myself.)

Anyway, I consider myself a skeptic, largely in contrast with being a cynic, which, while close, I generally am not. It's not that I don't see the dark side of things, as cynics are wont to do, but, rather, that I hope I'm wrong. I have more faith in people, I think, than a cynic generally would. (I also have faith that my friends will have that shield down before the rebel attack commences. If I have to listen to Admiral Akbar yell, "It's a trap" one more time....)

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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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authority always wins
knowing is the entire battle!
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
8.14.06 • CLASSIC

This may come as a surprise to many of you, but I don’t know everything. It's like finding out there's no Santa Claus, I know. But I am not omniscient, though it may sometimes seem so. Not only do I not know everything about everything, I don’t even know something about everything. There actually are some subjects about which I am completely ignorant. I know a little something about a lot of things. For example: I know a bit about the game of Cricket, and early Christian heresies, and

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psssst…i have your secret
a negative view of shilling the positive
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: pop culture
5.28.07 • CLASSIC

Napoleon Hill suggested that you Think and Grow Rich. Norman Vincent Peale coined The Power of Positive Thinking. Professor Harold Hill called it The Think System. La de da, la de da. Rhonda Byrne is the creator of the new thought phenomenon, The Secret, the principles of which suggest that all your troubles will fade away and what you most desire will come to you after you master the “law of attraction.” The concept is that your thoughts are magnetic and create your future, so what you thi

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a letter to amina pearl gilmore
talking to my daughter while she can't talk back
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: general
7.14.10 • CLASSIC

Hello Beautiful, I don't know when you'll read this or be able to, but I wanted to write it because you're on my mind. At the time of this letter, you are a four-pound baby in your mother's stomach and we're so excited to meet you. You've changed my life even before arriving and I hope that never changes, even when I'm tired of your attitude or you think I'm the absolute worst because I won't let you talk to some goofy boy that you like. (More on stupid boys later.) We're praying daily that y

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constructing the underdog, part vi: health care
we all could use it, but who should pay for it?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
6.20.08 • CLASSIC

This article is part a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See more info about the concept here. You're invited to add your two-cents by joining the discussion. It seems like forever ago that I wrote an article with the name Mike Huckabee in it, but really, it was only in January. By March, Huckabee's campaign ended. Three months later (earlier this month), Hillary Clinton ended her campaign. And so, with

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find a couch on craigslist, not a boyfriend
a horror story about internet dating
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
11.23.09 • CLASSIC

I hadn't intended to return home so soon. When I unpacked my backpack a couple of weeks ago, I found all of the cold-weather clothes that I had packed as well as summer clothes. My plans for travel were much longer than my bank account would allow though, so I'm home to work for a while and re-attack my country-hopping itinerary. Best-laid plans and all, right? I knew I'd be here for a while, and since I don't know many people in the area, I thought I'd give internet dating a try. I joined

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will chris brown 'crawl' away?
advice for the troubled entertainer
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: music
11.18.09 • CLASSIC

"Everyone sees it's you. I'm the one who lost the view. Everybody says we're through. I hope you haven't said it too." -Chris Brown, "Crawl" Chris Brown is singing a new song. Specifically, that tune is "Crawl." Coming out with his new CD "Graffiti" in December, the woebegone single of love clearly lost showcases Brown stepping back into his Boy Next Door shoes with almost innocent wistfulness. In turn, my skin is crawling. Though the holiday season is approaching, I haven't forgotten how

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the power to decide
why it’s necessary for women to control their birth control
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
3.7.12 • CLASSIC

When Sandra Fluke stood up to testify in front of Congress on February 23rd about the importance of accessible birth control for all women, she probably didn’t expect to be called a prostitute. Women probably didn’t think that, in March of 2012, we’d be defending our right to use a medicine that was approved for sale 52 years ago. And yet, here we are again having to convince people – primarily men – that women do have the right to have sex without pregnancy.

We live in a time when men are lowering or erasing the barriers that allow them to get women pregnant (see: insurance-subsidized Viagra), while making it harder and harder for women to prevent conception. While the issue is birth control, no-one is really talking about condoms in this case. Condoms are available on supermarket shelves, they cost less to buy, and they are known to prevent STIs – a definite medical benefit. They also require the consent of a man. The real subject of the conversation is the pill: the birth control method that women control and that women can practice with or without a man’s knowledge or consent.* The question then becomes not just should women use contraception, but should women be allowed to choose contraception on their own? There are many excellent reasons why the answer is – and should always be – yes.

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how to be on the internet
your guide to not being a total douchebag
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: writing
4.17.09 • CLASSIC

You are a creator. You spend time organizing the inner workings of your mind into detailed output for the consumption and enjoyment of others. In your dreams of success, your work is out in the world for everybody to see and appreciate. Your name is on everybody's lips and pounded out on everyone's keyboard. Harsh reality: Your work will be criticized; some people will not like it. It's a fact of life. Even the most successful people have detractors. Sometimes, they are people with leg

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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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