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hot dad
a fashion primer for the pater familias
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
2.1.08 • CLASSIC

January is a cruel month. Right now, we all need a good laugh. You don't see me talk about my family much in this mag. I'm more apt to dabble in that kind of thing on some of my other bylines, because they're more suited for it. I like to think that Intrepid is a little more hip, a little more underground, and I know it skews childless. If you're reading this and you have kids, you're in the minority. However, let me go out of my way to commend you for reaching this life-plateau and still wanti

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new year's revolution
suggestions for pop culture improvement in 2010
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
1.4.10 • CLASSIC

You know what I loved about TV, movies, magazines, and the interwebs in 2009? Not much. Yes, of course, I am a shameless, whole-hearted consumer of all that is Pop, and I'm not saying there was nothing worth consuming. I consumed. I consumed "Top Chef" and "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Mad Men" episodes by the bucketful, and (500) Days of Summer +1 day after its premiere, and all the Entertainment Weekly I could get my hands on. But all in all, it left me somehow disappointed. And I know

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every pitcher sells astoria, don't it?
a mini-guide to bars i can walk to from my apartment
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
6.10.09 • CLASSIC

Those of you who know me are probably aware that when I go out, it's usually in Manhattan. This is not because, as many of my friends may believe, my neighborhood has no watering holes, pubs, bars, clubs, speakeasies, dives, cantinas, lounges, etc. In truth, the Ditmars section of Astoria boasts a wide variety of locales at which to purchase a libation. I just don't like most of them. However, in the interest of potentially enticing my nearest and dearest to make the 15-minute subway ride from

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the seven year itch
why can't tv do right by marriage?
by michelle von euw
topic: television
10.10.08 • CLASSIC

After months of ignoring the critical buzz, I finally succumbed to the pressure, and watched the first DVD of the acclaimed drama "Mad Men". While the show certainly looked gorgeous and authentic, as much as I can judge what is authentic in terms of a 1960s Manhattan advertising firm, I had trouble warming up to the characters. The men and women who populate the show, or at least the first three episodes, are a bit too cold and distant for me to really care about their struggles. I understa

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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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tune out to tune in
reducing external information clutter
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
9.29.11 • CLASSIC

In the book, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Andrew Weil promotes a news fast one day each week. The theory is when people absorb too much news, especially the kind that induces feelings of helplessness, anxiety, or rage, this impacts their health in negative ways. These emotions stay rooted in the body unless progressively moved out.

If we are constantly taking time to read the top headlines, are we also creating a balance of positive influences to offset the news impact? Because the natural news cycle is gore, injustice, corruption, repeat. If it bleeds, it leads. Good news is no news, bad news is good news, no news is bad news. Without equal scales of information, we ingest a current of despair that can, quite literally, affect our health.

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so many tears
15 years to the week, looking back at tupac's masterpiece, me against the world
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: music
3.17.10 • CLASSIC

If we really are saying rap is an art form, then we got to be true to it and be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you saying, it don't matter that you didn't make them die, it just matters that you didn't save them. TUPAC SHAKUR was in trouble. His childhood and adolescence had been one extreme to another: he was the child of a Black Panther and had their sense of uplifting the black community and distrust of the government. He was also the only son of

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open letter to mitt romney - what you need to do to win
will the old mitt romney please stand up
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
5.14.12 • CLASSIC

I am a 37 year old registered Republican living in New York State. I am also the chief political correspondant and commentator for Intrepid Media. We might not be a large outfit that you are familiar with, but don't judge us by our underexposure - judge after considering the following suggestions about your upcoming election.

To sum it all up, Governor, if you want to win, you need to be the Mitt Romney you used to be.

You once were a man of bold initiative. Your career highlights are smart, aggressive decisions made for the greater good. As a management consultant, your firm entrenched itself into each business you became affiliated with, forcing them to make the hard decisions they needed to ensure long-term success.

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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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is enough indeed enough?
an open letter to roman polanski
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: news
5.21.10 • CLASSIC

Dear Mr. Polanski, Although I haven't seen most of your movies, you had me at Death and the Maiden. You made a huge impression on my then-eighteen year-old mind, for I've never forgotten the intense, confrontational tone of your film. However, with how I generally remember your name, I think you would have liked me better if I was underage- then and now. Though your 1977 transgression occurred long, long ago, your name is back in the news because of a freshly revealed instance of past misc

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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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mutual animosity
why you hate your it department, and why it hates you
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: tech
4.18.08 • CLASSIC

Confession time: I'm a recovering IT Support Staff Person. I have been off the wagon for 1 year, 8 months, 22 days and 4 hours. I think I cried with happiness the day that I stopped doing tech support. I was great tech support. I'm not shy about it. I know that I was and I know why: Not only do I know my way around the guts of a computer, I can teach myself how to use pieces of software with relative ease, and on top of all that I have actual communication skills. I can speak to people

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a diamond in the rough
the rules of engagement
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.27.07 • CLASSIC

When I announced my engagement in September of 2006, I had many visions of what the following year would entail. What I pictured was an endless year of one champagne-drenched celebration after another, all held in my honor. Red carpets rolled out at any available opportunity! And, heck, I didn't even necessarily need parties thrown for me, I'd create them wherever I went, celebrating the engagement until it was no more. I'd have to invest in a tractor trailer to haul all of my fabulous new p

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possible ride effects
a blog at best
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: advertising
9.28.07 • CLASSIC

It's Wednesday again, and I'm not impressed. Another ride to work on my aging Trek mountain bike, which has been modified only slightly with "hybrid" tires that make riding on the pavement a little less sluggish, but will explode if you hit a sharp curb. Fortunately, like most of the commuters you encounter in Boston, curbs in this teenytiny city are worn, dull, and slowly eroding into forms barely distinguishable from the street itself. As I ride in, I listening to yet another podcast. This t

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