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the force unleashed
filling the gap between star wars iii and iv
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: film
10.1.08 • CLASSIC

I know. This couldn't be more geekier if I was writing it in Klingon or Hobbit. But hear me out. This was originally intended to be a review of the new Star Wars console game, The Force Unleashed, and in some respects it still is. The topic is deserving, as this is the most anticipated video game release since... whatever the last big video game release was, either Grand Theft Auto 4 or Bubble Bobble 2, whichever. But most people see the words "video game review" and read it as "my trip to the

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afterlife of a milkshake
top 10 oscar-winning catchphrases
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: film
3.5.08 • CLASSIC

We already did milkshakes a few years ago. They brought all the boys to the yard. They were replaced by the wee-yoo from "Sweet Escape", by Rihanna's umb-a-rella-ella-ella, by the patented Winehouse no, ahno, ahno. And yet, milkshakes are back in the public eye, only this time instead of a ubiquitous pop music hook, it's a ubiquitous pop culture catchphrase. "I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!" Now, I have not yet seen There Will Be Blood, but I have no doubt that we are all sullying the

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emptying my skeptic tank
on occasion, people can surprise you
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: general
3.9.12 • CLASSIC

I like to think of myself as a skeptic. I know my British readers may be confused by this statement, but that's because they spell it "sceptic." Only part of the reason why they lost the empire.

(I'm fairly certain the rest of the reason was due primarily to a small band of teddy bears on Endor, but I might be getting a little confused myself.)

Anyway, I consider myself a skeptic, largely in contrast with being a cynic, which, while close, I generally am not. It's not that I don't see the dark side of things, as cynics are wont to do, but, rather, that I hope I'm wrong. I have more faith in people, I think, than a cynic generally would. (I also have faith that my friends will have that shield down before the rebel attack commences. If I have to listen to Admiral Akbar yell, "It's a trap" one more time....)

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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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march badness
the charity hype of women's basketball
by mike julianelle
topic: sports
3.19.10 • CLASSIC

Earlier this week, President Obama submitted his picks for the NCAA Basketball Tournament. He predicted that the overall #1 seed will win it all and it was the right call. His pick is an absolute lock to win it all. Am I crazy to be making such a definitive statement at the start of sport's most unpredictable playoffs? Not at all, because I'm not talking about anything unpredictable. I'm talking about the women's NCAA Basketball Tournament, and that's more of a coronation than a competition.

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i see you, but it doesn't matter anymore
the rise and fall of music videos
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: music
6.27.12 • CLASSIC

Recently on a Saturday morning, I spent a couple of rare hours doing nothing but watching music videos on satellite television. As a child influenced by the 1980's MTV juggernaut, this is the adult equivalent to zoning out over cartoons.

I slipped into a programming cycle that let me see highlights from:

*80 and 90s pop/rock: ("Keep it Dark"–Genesis; "Never Tear Us Apart"–INXS; "Dear God"–XTC; "Smells Like Teen Spirit"–Nirvana)

*current country: ("Good Girl"–Carrie Underwood; "Banjo"–Rascal Flatts; "Pontoon"–Little Big Town")

*and current pop/R&B: ("The One That Got Away"–Katy Perry; "That Girl Right There"–Usher; "Titanium"-David Guetta featuring Sia)

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an interview with ava duvernay
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
11.12.10 • CLASSIC

Last Friday night, I saw the marvelous I Will Follow, the narrative feature directorial debut of publicity maven Ava DuVernay. I Will Follow stars Salli Richardson-Whitfield as a grieving woman cleaning the house of her recently deceased aunt (Beverly Todd). The film won the Audience Award in its world premiere at the UrbanWorld Film Festival in New York, was showcased at the Chicago Film Festival and played to a sold out crowd at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles. Shot in 15 days on a shoestring budg

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woe the big 3
automakers want a bailout, but why should they get one?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
12.12.08 • CLASSIC

I like cars. I even like movies centered around cars, i.e.: Gone in 60 Seconds, Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, Vanishing Point, Days of Thunder and The Fast and the Furious. I also like politics. You aren't bestowed the title of "chief white house correspondent" for nothing around here. So when the Big 3 automakers are on Capital Hill, you know I'm watching. The request for money by the Big 3 was broken up into two trips, the first summarized like this: Carmakers: We need a financ

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the good (and bad) girls guide to...
getting out of the country
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
8.25.08 • CLASSIC

You need a vacation. A mini-break. A holiday. Maybe you need to step away from a high-pressure job, or take some time to think about a lovelife situation. Maybe your family is driving you crazy. Maybe you just need to get away for some "You" time. Now is the best time for you to get away from it all. I'm not being facetious, actually, this truly is the best time of year to travel -- the kids are headed back to school, the tourist season is just about over, but the weather is sti

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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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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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a full case of christmas spirits
pairing beer with your holiday treats
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
12.17.07 • CLASSIC

Beer: it's not just for breakfast, anymore. 2007 has seen a big push by craft brewers around the country, with the help and guidance of the Brewer's Association, to pair beers with food. It's treated like a crazy new concept, but it really shouldn't be. It's well known that using flavors in your refreshing alcoholic beverage to contrast and compliment the favors in your well-prepared dinner opens up an entirely new gastronomic experience. After all, wine has been paired with food for years.

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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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