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end it
why bin laden's demise is only the beginning
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: news
5.2.11 • CLASSIC

I had something else planned for this space today, something a lot more funnier, but a very bad man met his end a few hours ago. And while I don't celebrate the death of anyone, I also don't need a whole chunk of time to analyze or reminisce. When Twitter blew up with the news that Usama Bin Laden had died, then been killed, then been killed by American forces, then in a ground battle, and then when it was revealed that it was a proactive strike that had been in the works for months, a couple o

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life is too short
thirty-one things you needn't bother doing
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
2.6.12 • CLASSIC

Life is too short. Can we all agree on that? Then why do we spend so much of it doing pointless things? For example, I can't count the number of people who took the time to update Facebook or Twitter about their plans not to watch the Super Bowl. (Same thing happens for the Golden Globes, Oscars, etc.) So that's number one: jump onto social media to tell everyone what you're not doing.

For the record, thirty other things life is too short to do:

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yo! i got some weight for you to watch
i'm a little teapot, pt. 2
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
5.10.11 • CLASSIC

A few weeks ago, I woke up one morning to find quite a number of e-mails on my phone from friends who "liked" my updated Facebook status. (For those of you not quite up on current social networking technology, "Facebook status" means an area on the Facebook Web site where the night before, I wrote something about how I was feeling. "E-mail" is a way to send free messages via the Internet. The "Internet" is the thing you're currently reading this column on. I will give you the benefit of the doub

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yes, we can (watch it from the couch)
why to avoid the inauguration madness
by michelle von euw
topic: news
1.9.09 • CLASSIC

If you’re reading this outside the nation’s capital, I have some advice for you: stay there. I don’t mean always. Of course we would love to have you visit, and if you’re a Red Sox fan, we’ll happily welcome you to Washington on June 23, 24, or 25 for Boston’s first-ever series here against the Nationals, but it's best not to be here for the Presidential Inauguration. Seriously. Stay home. I promise you, you’ll have a much better view of President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama and

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how did i get here?
it has stopped making sense
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
10.6.10 • CLASSIC

A friend of mine recently remarked that a picture of me striking the Heisman pose – with my baby standing in for the football – is strikingly similar to something one of the characters does in the soon-to-be released piece of garbage Life As You Know It. My immediate reaction was to scold my friend for seeing a movie co-starring Josh Duhamel ("Vegas"; on the arm of a frying pan) and Katherine Heigl ("Roswell"; the DVD bargain bin at Wal-Mart). Then I considered the ramifications of his comment,

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portrait of an artist: christian kane
a one-two punch of talent
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: television
7.28.10 • CLASSIC

Christian Kane has a favorite quote from Steve McQueen: "When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it." But the multi-faceted entertainer is also a testimony to Warren Zevon's adage: "I'll sleep when I'm dead." Kane celebrates his third season as Eliot Spencer on the hit TNT series, "Leverage". Eliot is the kind of man who squires a lady down a country lane with one hand placed gently on the small of her back while he haymakers her deadbeat ex-boyfriend with the other. The gracious, S

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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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the van smells like a**!
self-promoted touring. rocko dorsey, spring 2009 (part ii)
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: music
4.15.09 • CLASSIC

Last month, I brought you a shameless self-promotional piece about my band going on tour. Despite hope, I'm not following up with a piece about getting signed. And despite popular demand, I'm not following up with my tales of debauchery. The antics, the nonsense, the essence of the rock and roll experience, I'm not giving away those stories away for free. If you're interested in buying the rights to the Jeff Walker and /or the Rocko Dorsey biography, please have your people call my people. I

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are you charming or tedious?
it depends, how much time do you have?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
3.26.12 • CLASSIC

A man I consider my spiritual and personal mentor once ruminated, lingering over a beer, that people are either Charming or Tedious. I believe it was from a quote by Oscar Wilde, but it evolved into a way to separate those you wanted to spend time with from those you didn't want to waste time on.

Those people we find charming are people we enjoy being around, who entertain us or inspire us. They are the individuals we gravitate toward, who we make time to share our life with, who we cancel other plans for.

Tedious people are those individuals with whom we avoid speaking, who we cut off mid-sentence to rush off somewhere more important, more interesting, more fun. We don't encourage them to linger in our presence and we don't go out of our way to make them feel welcome in ours.

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words to a stubborn alcoholic
a necessary dose of tough love
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: general
9.19.11 • CLASSIC

Tough love. After-school specials, Nancy Reagan, and a selection of lovely leather goods are among what come to mind when I hear the phrase. Tuff love, shmuff love. I've heard the phrase tossed around so often that its meaning is dwarfed, and hardly feels serious.

But lately, where a friend is concerned, life is teaching me otherwise.

The friend in question is, in fact, my longtime best friend. He's a brother from another dysfunctional mother, the person I think to list for an emergency contact, the former roommate who got into a colossal perfume fight with me that seemed like a fun idea at the time (don't ask). For some six years' worth of guys and more guys, riches and pay cuts, and even skinny and fat phases, he has been a constant presence.

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they can do it! and so can you.
6 tips for successful blogging
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
8.24.09 • CLASSIC

Have you read a blog today? I don't know you (unless I do. Hi!), but I'm going to guess that you have. If fact, you might have read several. Even with the up-and-coming competition of Twitter, blogs are holding strong. The best ones are supplying readers with the news and views they used to get from newspapers or the television, and even the worst are catering to someone out there with a passion for... armadillos in socks, say, who doesn't care if said blogger knows a preposition from a peanut.

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oktoberfest
a primer
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
9.23.09 • CLASSIC

This past Saturday marked the beginning of Oktoberfest 2009. For the next 2-ish weeks, it'll be nothing but polka, sausages, and tasty, tasty Oktoberfest beer, no matter where you turn. What's that I hear you say? It's only September? Why so it is! It so happens that Oktoberfest begins in September and didn't even originally involve binge drinking. A quick dive into history The first Oktoberfest wasn't a beer festival at all. It was a commemoration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig

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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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