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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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that ends well
best and worst tv series finales of the 2000s
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
5.5.10 • CLASSIC

A discussion of best TV series finales always turns to the whiplash classics, the ones that change everything that came before. "St. Elsewhere", for example, or "Newhart." ("It was all a dream!") A discussion of the worst ones always turns, well, to "Seinfeld." Welcome to the month of May, when we're bound to see new examples of both, the worst and the best. Expectations are riding especially high this year with the upcoming series finale of "Lost", a show that has always had a history of answ

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neo-con...dem nation!
caught between barack and a hard place
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: news
11.10.08 • CLASSIC

November 6, 2008 I can honestly say I have never been as proud to be a citizen of the United States of America as I am this week. I did not expect the outcome of this election to effect me so viscerally, but I freely admit that I have found myself choked up more often in the last two days than pretty much the entire rest of my life. It's been like watching the end of "Field of Dreams" over and over and over again. When he calls the young John Kinsella "Dad" and asks if he wants to have a catch

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open mind, closed marriage
a case against polyamory
by michelle von euw
topic: news
1.15.10 • CLASSIC

When I was home in Boston for the holidays, I spent time with my friends who are raising young daughters. I watched one three-year-old burst into tears at the prospect of sharing her favorite Christmas toy with another little girl; when she finally, reluctantly, did so, one of the moms gave her a sympathetic hug and said to her, "Sharing is the hardest thing to do." It's a lesson we all learn early on, but sometimes, there are things that should not be shared. Like a marriage. The next mornin

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beastie girls
sabotaging their sex appeal
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
6.11.10 • CLASSIC

For women, it's often back hair. It doesn’t matter how good looking a guy is, if she catches a glimpse of back hair - a tuft on the shoulders, a thin sheen along the spine, a dusting over the back-fat – it’s over. Back hair is more than a turn-off, it’s a deal-breaker. A gag-maker. It’s like one of those electronic collars you put on a dog; the sensation is so painful, she’s sure to never approach the area again. And by “the area” I mean “your balls.” It’s not exactly fair either. Having ba

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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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five easy pieces: 40 years later
a masterpiece about mid-life crisis has, ironically, aged well
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
9.13.10 • CLASSIC

Men learn differently than women. We already know that. And they accept responsibility differently as well. It has been said that for every old man, there is a younger man inside him wondering what in the hell happened. The plan is never to grow uncool or old. And even for people like me, who never were cool, or were never even young for that matter (I was shaving in 10th grade, for God's sake), there is always a sense that something was missed, that we better revert to (or unleash) our most sel

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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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flying by numbers
the digits that make up my life
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
11.24.08 • CLASSIC

Most of the time I really love my job. It's interesting, frustrating, exhilarating, irritating, awe-inspiring and downright tiring. But I think I made the right career move becoming a flight attendant. I'm a people person who doesn't want to spend time with the same people every day. I have endless patience, but I need to recharge it. I'm a fabulous hostess who likes when her guests leave. I'm cheerful, but I have no problem telling you where to stuff it if you step out of line. In short,

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no need for more sex (in my city)
why i won't be going gaga over carrie & company
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: film
4.21.10 • CLASSIC

Seven years ago, I was a devoted fan of "Sex & the City." Having read Candace Bushnell's wholly unsentimental, harshly truthful depiction of sex in New York, I followed the HBO series with gusto. At the age of twenty-seven and completely green in New York, I bit into the myth. I oohed and ahhed over spiky heeled-stilettos I couldn't possibly afford while taking quizzes to figure which of the girls I was like (Miranda). I tried to create as much time as I could for girlfriends I really didn't l

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the power to decide
why it’s necessary for women to control their birth control
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
3.7.12 • CLASSIC

When Sandra Fluke stood up to testify in front of Congress on February 23rd about the importance of accessible birth control for all women, she probably didn’t expect to be called a prostitute. Women probably didn’t think that, in March of 2012, we’d be defending our right to use a medicine that was approved for sale 52 years ago. And yet, here we are again having to convince people – primarily men – that women do have the right to have sex without pregnancy.

We live in a time when men are lowering or erasing the barriers that allow them to get women pregnant (see: insurance-subsidized Viagra), while making it harder and harder for women to prevent conception. While the issue is birth control, no-one is really talking about condoms in this case. Condoms are available on supermarket shelves, they cost less to buy, and they are known to prevent STIs – a definite medical benefit. They also require the consent of a man. The real subject of the conversation is the pill: the birth control method that women control and that women can practice with or without a man’s knowledge or consent.* The question then becomes not just should women use contraception, but should women be allowed to choose contraception on their own? There are many excellent reasons why the answer is – and should always be – yes.

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a post-technologist's early review
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: tech
7.11.11 • CLASSIC

When I heard about Google+ I was excited. Yeah, I am nerd, hear me roar. Without much to go on but a cryptic Flash movie and hear-say, I had that tingling I used to get as a kid whenever I would go out and buy a new video game. I would spend the entire trip home thinking about how I was going to waste an entire weekend playing it to death. It was the tingle of anticipation for new content, new stories, an exploratory experience, and something new to learn and become proficient at. That kind

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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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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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