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hot dad
a fashion primer for the pater familias
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
2.1.08 • CLASSIC

January is a cruel month. Right now, we all need a good laugh. You don't see me talk about my family much in this mag. I'm more apt to dabble in that kind of thing on some of my other bylines, because they're more suited for it. I like to think that Intrepid is a little more hip, a little more underground, and I know it skews childless. If you're reading this and you have kids, you're in the minority. However, let me go out of my way to commend you for reaching this life-plateau and still wanti

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the most important resolution for writers
one simple sentence for 2012
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
1.4.12 • CLASSIC

We writers are, perhaps, even more susceptible to the idea of New Year's Resolutions than regular people. After all, we're always setting goals, aren't we? Always trying to improve? And that's what resolutions are about. Setting a goal or making a plan, swearing to do better at something we'd always hoped to be better at, or to stop doing something we shouldn't.

But these goals have a dark side. We sometimes beat ourselves up needlessly for failing to meet a target that was arbitrary -- possibly meaningless -- in the first place. Or, we move heaven and earth to meet that target and we "succeed", only to find it doesn't actually make us better writers or produce great writing.

So what's a resolution-loving writer to do? Stop resolving? Hardly.

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regulators, mount up!
maybe i should just stop reading the news
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: tech
4.6.07 • CLASSIC

As I perused the New York Times online for Tuesday, Apr. 3, I came across a front-page story regarding the Supreme Court's decision that the Environmental Protection Agency "has the authority to regulate heat-trapping gases in automobile emissions. The court further ruled that the agency could not sidestep its authority to regulate the greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change unless it could provide a scientific basis for its refusal." So let me get this straight. The Court has

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christmas choices
seeing the season through children's eyes
by michelle von euw
topic: pop culture
12.8.06 • CLASSIC

Dear Virginia, (I know, you’re not Virginia, but if I used your real name in a public forum, you’d become embarrassed and, let’s face it, so enraged we would no longer be friends, which would defeat the whole purpose of this, so to protect your privacy, not to mention my own skin, I’m going to call you Virginia.) Last week you asked me what you should do for Christmas. OK, maybe you didn’t ask me –- maybe you were just voicing your problems and not actually looking for answers, but every once

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why can't three be friends?
is he really going out with her?
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
8.8.07 • CLASSIC

In preparation for a Best Man speech I was obligated to give this summer, I racked my brain for anecdotes, adages, inside jokes and inappropriate comments with which to delight the crowd and fluster the groom. Stocking the speech with humorous details about my relationship with the groom wasn't difficult; I have 13 years of shared experiences to fall back on. The bigger issue was throwing in some words about the bride, whom I've only known for 3 years, and nowhere near as well. Obviously it's t

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greetings, past
living a moment of forgiveness and murder
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: general
12.29.06 • CLASSIC

I was framed for stealing three weeks before Christmas, 1984. And all along, you think I laugh because I grew up as the tall, popular, cheerleader type. I wasn’t meant for a paper mill town. That’s not because it wasn’t right for me: I wasn’t right for it. I wasn’t supposed to marry any of the sincere ball-capped boys I flirted with, those who all called the main woman in their lives “Momma”. I wasn’t supposed to sweep sandy loam and pine needles from my front steps and serve coffee to a Bap

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my lunch with tommy
race, cinema and economics, live from beverly hills
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
5.16.11 • CLASSIC

Every so often, when I need to remind myself how close I am (physically, at least) to the A-list crowd in Los Angeles, I treat myself to lunch at an expensive restaurant often frequented by celebrities. It was a breezy Wednesday, in the low 70s, and the Beverly Hills hotspot was buzzing. As I was being led to my seat, I passed a table with an Academy-Award winning actor, and another with a blond, bubbly reality TV star. Still, I was there with them, in the middle of a weekday, so my presence was

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hands off my brown bag
when politics and your kids' lunch cross paths
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
2.22.12 • CLASSIC

If you don't listen to extremely right-wing news sources (and I'm not talking Fox News here, I'm talking Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck), then you probably missed the story about a Turkey and Cheese sandwich that was rejected by a school food inspector, who ordered instead that the four-year old eat school cafeteria chicken nuggets. Then, it allegedly happened again.

Of course, such stories would come out of my home state of North Carolina, where I was raised to be a good Republican boy, and where few people approve of big government sticking their nose in their business... the business in this case, apparently, being their kids' lunch bags.

It was over a decade ago that I abandoned my red birth state for the true blue state of New York, settling eventually in what may be the most liberal place on the east coast, Ithaca, New York. This, a law school education, and other circumstances of my life, now permit me to fairly consider both sides of the political coin when I'm confronted with an issue. I wasn't given the title of "chief white house correspondent" at IM for nothing, you know.

But there hasn't been a liberal take on this Turkey and Cheese sandwich story; not on NPR, not on PBS, not anywhere that I've looked. I could have missed it if there was one, but I'm pretty sure there wasn't. So, I guess it's up to me, then. And so...

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stepping out of my professional comfort zone
a day in the life of a camera assistant
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
10.15.08 • CLASSIC

I tried a new job on for size this weekend. It’s the first time in a while that I took a step out of my day-to-day schedule, and I think I liked it. My husband’s production company needed a camera assist for a day of re-shooting, and they didn’t have the number for the person they normally hire. So I volunteered. I had no idea what I was getting into, but I take direction well. Also, I had nothing better to do. So this month’s column is a minute-by-minute account of a day in the life of a

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aksing questions in new york
figuring out a rough, tough, and wrongly pronounced expression
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: general
6.16.08 • CLASSIC

I have a confession to make. No, it doesn't involve rug burns, a hot tub, or a West Point linebacker. Nor is it about boozing weirdoes, plus-one nooky politics, misspelled text messages, or black latex. Next to all that, it's quite boring. Here it is: I'm a stickler for proper and authentic pronunciation. One of the things that I happen to love beyond whips and Anthony Bourdain soundbites is the English language, and I enjoy seeing how it works from state to state and in different countries.

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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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opine for the masses
an easy guide to home punditry
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
11.22.06 • CLASSIC

If you've watched, read, or listened to any sort of news media in the past few years, you're probably familiar with just how many experts there are our there. Hell, if you've swung a cat recently, you've probably hit a pundit or two, regardless of what you were aiming for. It's hard to conceive where all these pundits came from. One would think that there would be an increase of them in the grocery store before they showed up in public. Maybe in between the zucchini and the green peppers,

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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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