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intrepid media turns 11
one louder
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
9.17.10 • CLASSIC

We're so old, we have babies. No, seriously. Intrepid Media has been around since the Internet steam engine era of 1999. Back then, we were a scrappy little zine that basically existed to poke fun at pop-culture. You know, mission accomplished and all that. But as Intrepid Media grew, we began to take on more and more people who were serious about putting stuff up on the web that didn't suck. The engine, the works, the technology that makes Intrepid Media go, is still essentially the same

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five great things about bad first drafts
why writing fast makes you write better
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
11.4.11 • CLASSIC

Writers work in all sorts of ways, which is why you hear a lot of conflicting advice about how best to write. There are morning and evening writers, writers who need to put something down every single day, writers who plan and writers who don't.

But in November, you'll find a huge number of writers who all write the same way: as fast as humanly possible.

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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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christmas in boston
celebrating the holidays with cheese
by michelle von euw
topic: pop culture
12.10.08 • CLASSIC

There's nothing like Christmas in Boston. Right. The snow, the tree in the Common, skating at Frog Pond, the window decorations at Downtown Crossing, midnight mass at St. Ignatius, driving to Dedham to see that crazy house with the ten million Christmas lights... No, no, I don't mean that Christmas in Boston. I mean "Christmas in Boston", the movie starring that girl from "The Practice" and a whole bunch of people who look kind of familiar in a pretty young actor-type way, and it's truly awfu

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getting a blown job
a cautionary tale
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
2.6.08 • CLASSIC

You thought the system was flawless. You walk in and tell her exactly what you want, nothing more, nothing less, no funny stuff. She knows the rules by now. She's neither to talk to you nor look you in the eye. She's only to do what you say and keep her mouth shut while she does it. 20 minutes later you leave satisfied and she has a few extra bucks in her pocket. No one ever has to know. Fool proof. All you ask is that when you leave, you leave with your dignity and your health intact. You're

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memories of russ carr
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: general
2.27.12 • CLASSIC

I had no intention of writing about the recent death of Russ Carr, my good friend and Intrepid Media colleague, until I looked at the publish date of my next column: February 27th.

Russ' birthday.

What a cheeky monkey he is to be jumping up and down even now to get my attention.

Since we celebrated birthdays a couple of weeks apart, Russ and I often exchanged gifts. In early February of this year, I had his present ready to send: whiskey stones. Soapstone cubes he could freeze and then use to properly chill his Jameson's without diluting it.

Notice the proper spelling of whiskey, with the 'e'. Not the other way. With the 'e' is the Celtic variation, the one with which Russ and I best identified, waving the green, white, and orange of our Irish pride whenever we saw fit: exchanging Guinness Pie recipes; creating flyers to promote our Intrepid Media work at the Kansas City Irish Festival; wearing claddagh jewelry. Russ and his wife, Kathy, also chose proper Gaelic names for their sons, Brendan and Duncan. And Russ instinctively used a Warrior Pose image for the logo he designed for my business, Tracey Kelley Yoga. In Gaelic, Tracey means "warrior, more powerful". He told me later he had no idea of the connection. Of course, that was the magic of it.

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the outsiders
tyler perry, oscar micheaux, and black filmmaking outside the system
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
10.22.07 • CLASSIC

“The movies are like baseball. You know how baseball is like 20 years behind the rest of the country, in terms of dealing with the black athlete? The movie business is kind of like that with black people.” -- Chris Rock to Elvis Mitchell, March 21st, 2007 I am told constantly that international audiences will not watch or buy black films, even though they have been historically passionate consumers of art forms derived from the black community: hip-hop and jazz; writers like Himes, Baldwin an

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i'm officially out of fashion
because the next big thing is phat with a “f”
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: pop culture
8.21.09 • CLASSIC

Heidi Klum reminds us on each episode of Project Runway that, in fashion: "One day you're in, and the next day, you're out." Well if the alleged latest craze is true, then I'm out, and a lot of lazy slobs are in by default. On Thursday, August 13th, the New York Times Fashion and Style section featured a piece by Guy Trebay called "It's Hip to Be Round," which seemingly endorsed potbellies as this year's New York hipster accessory of choice. Mr. Trebay's article isn't available online

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find a couch on craigslist, not a boyfriend
a horror story about internet dating
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
11.23.09 • CLASSIC

I hadn't intended to return home so soon. When I unpacked my backpack a couple of weeks ago, I found all of the cold-weather clothes that I had packed as well as summer clothes. My plans for travel were much longer than my bank account would allow though, so I'm home to work for a while and re-attack my country-hopping itinerary. Best-laid plans and all, right? I knew I'd be here for a while, and since I don't know many people in the area, I thought I'd give internet dating a try. I joined

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a dose of post-oscar shock from the jock
of howard stern, gabourey sidibe, and the ultimate fat crack
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: pop culture
3.15.10 • CLASSIC

To hear Gabourey Sidibe's name is to connect with a current Cinderella story. Anyone familiar with the critical success of the recent film Precious can't help but feel impressed at the formerly unknown Sidibe's first-ever movie performance resulting in a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. That is, anyone except Howard Stern. The shock jock lambasted Sidibe's physical size on his satellite show, saying: "There's the most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen. She is enormous. Everyone'

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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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how to be a badass, part 2
the internet has spoken.
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
3.19.08 • CLASSIC

It's not often that Google tells you something without you actually asking for it, but to me it has. The search engines have spoken and they have told me that the internet-using public are a sad, sad lot. As you may or may not know (but I'd wager, given what Google tells me, that the majority of you do) I wrote a column on how to be a badass in ten easy steps. What you may not know is that premium subscribers of Intrepid Media (available to you for only a few dollars a month) have this great

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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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the elevator superhero
captain america goes to portland
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
4.20.12 • CLASSIC

The morning we're leaving for our family trip to Portland, Maine, my son discovers one of the hiding places where I've (obviously) failed to conceal an open Amazon box containing two kick ass 10" Marvel action figures. Through the open cardboard flap, he spies a Captain America shield, barely visible through the packaging - but it's enough to send him flying down the stairs yelling "DADDY DADDY I SEE CAPTUM ANMERICA CAN I HAVE HIM!?

He's three this month, and there's just no postponing gratification - birthday or not - when a toy of this caliber is unearthed. If he'd dug a little deeper, he would've seen the brain-melting awesomeness of the accompanying Iron Man figure. Luckily, I get to save that one for his big day.

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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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