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the guy that hates me
a lesson in showmanship
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: general
11.1.06 • CLASSIC

If I've learned anything over the last seven years, it's how to put myself out there. And I'll share a little secret with you. It's not rocket science. Being a published writer brings with it a certain amount of Q-Score, not the "What did you just say about the Jews?" kind, more of a "Your name sounds familiar -- are you by any chance an airline pilot or town alderman?" kind. For most of my life I've been the kind of personality that loves attention but hates going after it. Just admitting t

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invasion after invasion
when the news goes too far, and why
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: news
8.3.07 • CLASSIC

With a few details changed, it could have been an episode of “CSI.” Actually, I think it was once an episode of “CSI”, I think I saw it. Home invasion, fear and terror, suspects apprehended at gunpoint while fleeing the scene. A woman and her two daughters dead. The only surviving occupant of the home, the father, badly beaten. Unfortunately, this one wasn’t fictional. I rarely watch television news of any stripe, but this time, I was in a hotel room doing my ironing, so I didn’t flip the chan

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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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to be or not to be
fleeting satisfaction, lingering frustration
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
4.11.07 • CLASSIC

Imagine for a moment: you spend your whole life trying to find a way to do what you're good at, what you can actually do for the next forty years without poking out your nearest supervisor's eyeballs, and what you can get paid a livable salary doing. You try this, on and off, for about a decade. It is harder than you would have expected, finding a balance among all three. You find you are stunningly ill-suited for the type of professional work you thought you'd always want to do; even more d

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my irish eyes are crying
sick and pale with grief sunburn
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
7.11.07 • CLASSIC

I have never been mistaken for an albino. I am not one of those clowns that places a lot of stock in my lineage. I happen to be 50% Italian and 50% Irish, but I don't have an Irish flag on my wall and I don't pretend to relate to Paulie Walnuts. I like The Godfather movies as much as the next guy and I like drinking as much as, well, everyone. But I am American, first and foremost. I appreciate having access to some of the traditions, recipes and traits that are inherent in the two ethnicitie

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pundit audit
a day in the life, examined
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
11.26.08 • CLASSIC

(Alarm goes off, and Tracey Kelley hits the snooze button for seven minutes.) SOMEONE SIMILAR TO ELISABETH HASSLEBECK: The fact that Tracey won’t get out of bed immediately when the alarm goes off is an example of her lackadaisical attitude. SOMEONE SIMILAR TO JOHN KING: I wouldn’t say lackadaisical, necessarily, but it doesn’t show initiative. SOME MYSTERIOUS PROFESSOR REFERRED TO AS PUN 3: I think by waking up gradually to a slightly progressive music station, she’s wrapping up her final dre

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black swan
a review
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
12.13.10 • CLASSIC

A lot has been made of the fact that Darren Aronofsky, brilliant director of our times, has gone from making a movie about a down and out wrestler to making a movie about an up and coming ballerina. This is often presented as though it is a seismic shift, when it is actually the same thing. Most dancers live with a startling urgency, as if they already know that their time is limited and that their body will betray them -- immediately and violently -- the minute they stop dan

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the price of safety
are we headed toward bowling bumpers and airbags everywhere?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: general
7.20.09 • CLASSIC

This fall, I'm thinking about heading to an amusement park. Just because I'm in my mid-thirties doesn't mean I stopped liking roller coasters. But as I started researching the park that I'd most like to visit, I ran across ads for theme parks I'll never get to go to. The one that stands out was Vernon, New Jersey's Action Park. It's hard to get a full picture of the fantasticness of this place today, because many of its features are gone and buried. Action Park closed in 1996, mainly due

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don't take your caveman shopping
leave the hunter at home
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
5.23.11 • CLASSIC

Men and women are different. If you didn't figure that out playing "Doctor" in the first grade, then hopefully you have established some kind of understanding in the years since. Beyond the physical differences that make dating, mating and relating so damn interesting are the psychological and genetic characteristics that drive us nuts when dealing with the opposite sex. We love them, but we hate them. One of the most obvious is shopping. Women love to shop, in general. Some feminists or

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lunchtime in harlem
a day in the life of alexis therese
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
6.18.07 • CLASSIC

I’m never coming here AGAIN. Alexis Therese shudders as the thought crosses her mind for the fifth time in the last three minutes at the Uptown Juice Bar, a health food café with a soul twist in Harlem. Invited by the best of her friends -- Juanita and Rudy, both of whom are black and swear the food is fantastic -- she blanches at having to be on 125th Street. She doesn’t like the big, chunky jewelry sold on sidewalk tables. She didn't listen to hip-hop. Nor does she care abo

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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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a post-technologist's early review
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: tech
7.11.11 • CLASSIC

When I heard about Google+ I was excited. Yeah, I am nerd, hear me roar. Without much to go on but a cryptic Flash movie and hear-say, I had that tingling I used to get as a kid whenever I would go out and buy a new video game. I would spend the entire trip home thinking about how I was going to waste an entire weekend playing it to death. It was the tingle of anticipation for new content, new stories, an exploratory experience, and something new to learn and become proficient at. That kind

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constant craving
*the secret* to success
by heather m. millen
topic: humor
8.27.08 • CLASSIC

The other day I was sitting at my desk. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon, the day had been a bit stressful and I was greatly in need of a tiny token of relief. Suddenly, I realized that all my soul craved was a cookie. I don't eat cookies very often but who am I to judge what my soul desires? My husband happened to call and I said aloud and with conviction: "I really want a cookie." Ask. Cookies are good. I used to make cookies with my grandmother. She made these amazing little thumbp

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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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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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