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health reasons
we're all calling in stressed
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
1.1.10 • CLASSIC

On the day after Christmas, Urban Meyer took the most coveted job in college football, or for that matter, academia, and one at which he had done better than any other coach at any other school in the top echelon of the top tier in college sports, and, remarkably, shoved it. For health reasons. Within minutes, symptoms began flying around the sports media universe like alternative uses for a golf club. "Chest pains" remains right there at the top, and any man who has reached a certain age will

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six wrongs, half a dozen rights
taking a look at pop culture hindsight
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
9.3.08 • CLASSIC

In entertainment, as in so many other things, hindsight is 20/20. And it’s often worth it to take a look back and congratulate yourself on the things you got right, as well as slapping yourself on the wrist for the things you got wrong. Although I’m still waiting for New York Magazine to apologize for summing up The English Patient in its Fall 1996 Movie Preview issue as (I’m paraphrasing since it’s been a while, but it was something along these lines) "a little movie likely to get overshadowed

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listen, i'm not joking. this is my job!
dammit, jim, i'm an editor, not a monkey
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
12.5.08 • CLASSIC

For those of you who don't know, I started a new job a couple of months ago. (cue cheers, applause, streamers, live animal sacrifices) After a brief sojourn into the exciting world of copying and pasting, I am once again a copy editor, this time correcting style and grammar for a pharmaceutical advertising agency. This means that I've started to return to the "notice every typo all the time" mindset. Which, last time around, really annoyed my friends when they sent me e-mails. Or it might jus

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short, sweet
why the novel isn't the only form of fiction
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
3.9.07 • CLASSIC

“I never realized I liked short stories,” one of my students said to me this morning, “until I took this class.” I understood immediately what she meant. I teach an Introduction to Creative Writing course, the type of class which is well suited to (both the reading and writing of) short fiction, for reasons that are more practical than aesthetic. For many of my students, they’d never even imagined writing a story before (never mind giving it to 15 near-strangers, who’ll then talk about it in

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exercising my demons
that's why they call me the working (out) man
by mike julianelle
topic: general
4.9.07 • CLASSIC

Exercising sucks. Going to the gym sucks. Watching what you eat sucks. The exercise I usually partake in doesn't amount to much. It mostly consists of running around my neighborhood, for 3 to 4 miles, 3 to 5 times a week. And only when it's warm. I don't go to the gym because I hate the gym. I hate people who like the gym and I hate the older men at the gym who inexplicably enjoy being nude in a crowd as much as they possibly can. They walk around, hold conversations, shave, style their hai

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create the happy
words=action=reality
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: general
8.31.09 • CLASSIC

I stepped onto an elevator the other day and recognized a woman who works in my building. We don’t work together, but I see her often enough that it was the polite gesture to say, “Good morning, how are you?” For the next minute and a half, as well as a few moments while I hovered outside the elevator so she could complete her ramble of sentences, I was silent as she delivered the litany of just foul her morning had been. The doors shut, and her negativity hung in the air, thick, black, and oo

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the year of parenting dangerously
amina's daddy states his case
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: general
8.18.11 • CLASSIC

It will go so fast.

That’s what everyone tells you when you have a child, when you’re about to have a child, when you think you want to have a child, when you even look at a child -- enjoy each moment because they go fast. I didn’t really believe it. I was a child once, and, for me, those years weren’t fast at all. 4th Grade: Crawling. 7th grade: Sluggish. High school? So ponderous, I thought we were moving backwards on some Benjamin Button ish.

But I felt that way because I was the kid. The one with no job, bills or serious responsibilities. The one whose greatest contribution to the world was that I more or less single handedly introduced N.W.A. and Public Enemy to my junior high school. (You're welcome.) So, of course time felt slothful, elastic, listless... I had nothing to compare it to.

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will 'obamacare' make your doctor quit?
or, did u.s. doctors take the hypocritical oath?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
4.18.11 • CLASSIC

Reports suggest that between 40% and 45% of our nation's doctors are planning to either quit or downscale their medical practices because of "Obamacare." Of course, some reports have edged that up to 74%: I think it's funny that Fox news presented the most liberal interpretation of this story. That's irony. But despite the reports, I still don't believe it. Seriously? A legislative change is going to make 40% + of a whole workforce voluntarily quit? Few people (doctors included) can r

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you weren't born in two pieces
why are you still looking for your other half?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
2.24.12 • CLASSIC

It's a social construct, this idea that we aren't complete until we are part of a couple. It is an ancient concept, depending on the literature you read. When prehistoric humans were part of hunter-gatherer tribes, grouping together enabled each person to contribute their strengths and shore up their weaknesses as part of a cohesive and survival-oriented group. It wasn't until humans started living in agricultural societies, raising domesticated animals and farming, that there were recorded male-female partnerships. It has even been argued that marriage was an institution formed by the Church as a form of control. 

Regardless of the history of matrimony, it is still a widely accepted practice. Expected by most and avidly sought out by many. I've written a number of articles (and a book!) about it myself. But when you look at the divorce rate for nearly every first world country (all between 42-51%) and the hideous and brutal treatment of women and unwanted wives in other countries, it should make you wonder why we reach for the hand of a Life Partner at all. 

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conqueror, thy name is apple
how i got an i-life
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: tech
5.25.07 • CLASSIC

I am hooked on Apple. No day goes by without quality time spent with my iMac and iPod; I can’t picture a day where I don’t spend some time tinkering with an iTunes playlist or listening to a podcast. But I didn’t consciously know how much of a habitual iNerd I was till I downloaded an iTunes upgrade. The page greeted me boldly with an 18-point font: “Welcome to the entertainment center of your world.” At that, I thought, "YES." My computer and iPod are indeed the gatekeepers of my entertain

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loving
a part of our speech
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
4.16.12 • CLASSIC

Loving: Noun
Loving begins as a noun, but not just any noun. Loving is a personal noun; it is something we experience only through the prism of ourselves. We can’t point to the source of love, diagram its location, or dissect it from our body, and yet it is there. Loving is also a noun in the stricter sense: Richard Loving, a white man born in Caroline County, Virginia, in 1933.

Loving: Verb
Loving may begin as a noun, but we know it best as a verb. We recognize love only because we see it in action: caring, sharing, laughing, kissing, touching, soothing, healing, helping, grieving. These actions can shape our lives, yet we can’t trace them to a source. Love – of nature, of creatures, of music – is a mystery in the abstract, but vibrant in reality. Something happens in your spirit, your physical heart might thump, your nerves might jitter, and suddenly that potential for love comes out into the open. That kind of spark caught Richard Loving (noun: white) and Mildred Jeter (noun: black) and whirled them into action. They were loving each other, and – as it always does – that love was shaping their lives.

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civil services
a case for gay marriage
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: news
5.19.08 • CLASSIC

In the wake of last week's California Supreme Court ruling that struck down a law outlawing gay marriage, during an election year, there is sure to be a renewed and heated national debate on the subject. There really shouldn't be. In general, I dislike writing about political issues. Statements can easily be taken out of context and misconstrued on purpose. I also really hate committing my political views to any sort of trackable media -- i.e., the internet. Politics are too volati

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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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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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