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social networking survival guide
six basic rules for do-it-yourself pimping
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: advertising
6.2.10 • CLASSIC

Hey you. Rock star. Yes you. It isn't often that we here at Intrepid delve into making you a better whatever you want to be by actually telling you how to do it. We prefer to lead by example, sort of "do as we do, not as we say," because, frankly, we say a lot of stupid stuff. But this time, I'm asking you to read this without a grain of salt. Tongue is out of cheek. Chains aren't being yanked. In a nutshell: Just cool it with all the Facebook. I'm coming at this in two ways. On the priv

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good pirate, bad pirate
media, book piracy and how things yarrrr
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
2.4.11 • CLASSIC

Has there ever been a pirate better than Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie? Of course I have a strong personal affection for Kevin Kline as the Pirate King in the 1983 movie version of "Pirates of Penzance", and I'm sure plenty of folks would make an enthusiastic case for Errol Flynn, but nobody buckled his swash like Jack Sparrow buckled his swash. And so we love pirates, don't we? But we also don't. In cases like Depp's and Kline's and Flynn's, w

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ten years after
was it all worth it?
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
11.9.09 • CLASSIC

Thursday at Aspen, it turns out, is gay night. This is what we were told at the bar yesterday evening, as the last vestiges of the happy hour crowd finished up their libations and the bartender began to hang on the walls "artwork" featuring muscular men in skimpy clothing. "Really? It's gay night?" someone asks. Point to picture. "You tell me." Ironically, we were there to celebrate a friend's birthday - two weeks after it - because he'd requested that his coworkers take him somewhere other t

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i'm just spit-balling here
baseball in the moment
by michelle von euw
topic: sports
10.12.07 • CLASSIC

It is Monday night, and I’m cheering for a man named Pronk. Pronk. I cannot even tell you where that nickname came from, or why, and as soon as the sludge of consonants leaves my mouth, I’m already regretting it, because there’s a very good chance I’ll be cursing that same name in five days, because that’s what the playoffs do to you. I only have two rules for the postseason. If Boston’s there, then it’s go Sox. And if the Yankees are there, it’s go anyone but New York. Which means I’m lus

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quality control
parental guidance is required
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
1.12.11 • CLASSIC

One of my friends sent me an amazing Christmas gift – an Omar bib. It’s ostensibly for my baby, but since my ignorant son has no awareness of the “The Wire," let alone any idea who Omar is, the gift was clearly more for me. Besides, a piece of art like this is not meant to mop up drool. But I did hazard a few pictures of my son wearing it. The soon-to-be-framed bib got me thinking. One of the aspects of being a dad that I’m most excited about is the opportunity to share my favorite things wi

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ishka
one of the order of the three
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: writing
7.29.09 • CLASSIC

Ishka popped bath bubbles with a slender finger, much to the delight of her younger cousins. The three of them followed her everywhere, picking up pinecones and plucking delicate blossoms of corydalis, and presenting them to Ishka with a slight curtsy. Then, giggles. It's true that she, as the eldest Novy offspring, commanded a certain respect, and since she was near 13, better the cousins practice reverence now so they would be accustomed to it later. But, tonight, they annoyed her. "Go. You n

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in praise of 'juno'
the little film that could is an instant classic
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
2.22.08 • CLASSIC

It is good, as one is aging, to find something contemporary with which one fully connects. Even if, in the case of Jason Reitman's brilliant sophomore directorial feature, Juno, a major appeal is in the film's timeless appearance. Many of John Hughes's '80s films (The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, etc.) are usually regarded as The Model for how you do teen movies, because they are films that generally do not condescend to teens and find humor in realistic human scenarios. (The brilliant Fer

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smarter than the average workout
a lazy man's journey into yoga
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: general
7.13.11 • CLASSIC

“Fit” can mean different things. It could mean (1) that someone is having a tantrum, (2) because their clothing is not the right size, and also because (3) their Honda vehicle is too small. “Fit” can also mean that someone is not overweight - and this fit, I am, without gyms, workouts, running, sports, or anything really. But “fit” also is short for physical fitness. And this “fit,” I probably am not. What with no gyms, workouts, running, sports, or anything. I mean, working out sucks. I l

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you are on your own heroes journey
how does your protagonist find his faith?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
6.18.12 • CLASSIC

As an avid reader, I tend to develop love for certain genres, certain books, certain characters, certain details. About once a year I read books by my favourite authors, and I don't feel like I've completed a year properly without reading all of my favourites. Fortunately, the urge to reread those books I hold dear tends to wax and wane along with the seasons or my moods. There's always a reason to read something you love.

A lot of the books I read over and over again are, in a way, theological in nature. I would almost venture to say that they speak to me in the way I feel the Bible or Koran might speak to those people with far more specifically defined faiths. The stories I reach for repeatedly have within them the ideals I want to live my life by.

The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran, is almost a meditation for me. Heartbroken or crying, I can feel the words soothing my pain. “When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

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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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google+
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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who moved my chi?
finding my way back to inner peace
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.23.08 • CLASSIC

I'm an incredibly organized person. I keep an "Infamous To Do List" that is updated daily and nothing gives me greater pleasure than checking off items. I like clean surfaces and carefully arranged closets. Clothes belong in a chest of drawers, not the floor of my bedroom. I have boxes and drawers and baskets, all to better organize my life... and my husband's life if he would only listen to me and STOP LEAVING ALL THAT CRAP ON THE DESK! When something is lost in the house, it's inevitably

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longhair tv
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
2.24.10 • CLASSIC

My hair used to be REALLY long. Cliff Burton long. Conan the Barbarian long. Born-in-the70's-hit-puberty-in-the-80's long. There was nothing ironic or unusual about this. In my day - and at a burly 38, I feel entitled to an occasional in my day - if you were a young man who knew how to rock and roll all night and party every day, this was barely a choice at all. Growing your hair was as much a conscious decision as wearing jeans or eating fast food. It wasn't a question of should I grow it out

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