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when character slaps you in the face
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
3.3.08 • CLASSIC

I've been rather revelatory of late in my writing. Nothing earth-shattering - I'm married! I have kids! I like the Hives! I smoke the rock! Big shmeal. In keeping with that tack, I'm also Catholic. Me? The second generation Italian American born and raised in New York? Go fig. It's not like all this joexposition is setting up the most boring memoir ever (Working Title: "You Think You're Better Than Me?"), nor am I trying to be self-aggrandizing, self-effacing, wistful, cathartic, or whatever.

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biting the blogging bullet
taking a step into the tasty, cyber-style
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: tech
4.3.09 • CLASSIC

I've only been an early adopter once in my life, and ever since then, I've been a little behind. I had a home page in 1994, and that was the last time I was ahead of any tech curve whatsoever. (My home page said "This is me" and had a picture of Helen Hunt. Some of you may recall it. We looked at it using Mosaic. Those were the days.) Ever since then, I've been a little behind. My iPod is a Shuffle. I joined Facebook four months ago. I have yet to dive headfirst into Twitter. And today, I'm o

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sharp dressed plan
how i got the boot. and contemplated the jacket and tie.
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
2.7.11 • CLASSIC

I have been of the mind, for a while, that many men tend to reach an age where they basically stop caring about what they look like in public. As near as I can tell, it's somewhere around 50 and it's at least partly based on whether or not they're married. Now I'm not saying that they start going to work in their bathrobes or stop shaving before going to dinner with friends. But they don't quite pay attention to things like well-groomed hair, keeping their belts at the waistline, or not wearing

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grounded again
when sports karma goes wrong
by michelle von euw
topic: sports
8.11.08 • CLASSIC

As I sit toward the back of an uncomfortably warm airplane, surrounded by strangers as we not-so-patiently wait through the latest delay in an evening full of them, all I can think of is that some time, somewhere, I unwittingly made a deal with the devil. It’s the only explanation –- granted, it’s been a long night of thwarted travel, running through the Atlanta airport, hopping off then back on again this flight home, so there’s no guaranteeing my mind is working properly, but here, in this mo

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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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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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kanye west -- graduation (review)
mr. west is trying to seduce us
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: music
9.21.07 • CLASSIC

The West denies change, defies change... resists change. But change is the basic nature of everything that is.... And this is how philosophy, art, morality and certain other things are established. But all established things are temporary, and the nature of being is, like music, changing." -- James Stewart, "The Development of the Black Revolutionary Artist" (1968) How to approach the spectacle that has become popular music: A world where artists make more money from rin

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constructing the underdog, part ix: space
or, if the space program isn't your bag, there's a bit about foreign policy at the end
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
9.17.08 • CLASSIC

This article is part of 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. And in case you might be wondering, I'm saying nothing about the vice-president could-bes. It's the first name on the ticket who'll do the job, so stay focused. I wanted to be an astronaut as kid. Of course, I thought it would be more like Star War

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basic human rights
where do you draw the line?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: news
3.25.09 • CLASSIC

We've all read about the "Octomom", an extreme example of the baby-manufacturing industry gone wrong. This woman, a single mother on welfare living in California who already had six children, just gave birth to eight more. All fourteen of them were conceived with the assistance of in-vitro fertilization. I know I'm not the only person who's quite shocked and not just a bit outraged by this situation -- the country-wide backlash was matched only by the positive outpouring of support

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who's your daddy, $ugar baddie?
exploring the finan¢ial lines in sugar dating
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: general
2.20.09 • CLASSIC

I hate Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County." In general, I shouldn't watch it because every time I do, I feel a stabbing sense of hatred towards perma-tanned, older women with obnoxious boob jobs. Jealousy is not a good thing to nurture in my television-watching habits. But, I can't seem to avoid watching rich reality-show train wrecks, especially of the May-December variety. This season's "Orange County" cast includes Gretchen and her fiancé Jeff. Gretchen is cute, 30, and blonde. J

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from blog to book
an interview with sarah wendell
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
7.22.09 • CLASSIC

We here at Intrepid are fans of the internet (shocking, I know). Not only has it brought us Beer Mapping and Cat Yodeling, but it has also - more than anything else - changed the relationship between readers and writers, challenging both groups to redefine themselves in terms of a new medium. With this new medium have come new opportunities for reading, writing, promoting, and interacting with other readers and writers. No-one knows the power of this new medium better than Sarah Wendell and Can

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understanding the zombie invasion
the popular culture of the undead
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
3.23.09 • CLASSIC

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the graveyard at night, it turns out there's a zombie invasion and the only thing you can think is: "Again?" Zombies are an interesting phenomenon, and not only for their keen fashion sense and their undying love of fresh brain. Whether risen from a shallow grave as a result of an ancient unholy rite, or created from the worldwide pandemic of a virus gone horribly out of control, zombies have one thing in common: they're so damned hip. Of cou

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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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future tenz
the sexier decade ahead
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
1.6.10 • CLASSIC

In The Tenz, we fly in hovercars fueled by laughter and rock n' roll. We've adopted a single global language, which is a hybrid of all known languages with a sprinkle of jazz theory. Consequently we're all getting along much better, and everybody can dance. Moral and religious disputes have gone the way of Disco, praise Gawd. World peace sets the stage for tolerance, innovation, and a new cultural renaissance. Creativity and intelligence are valued over celebrity and convenience. Our elected le

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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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