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21. civil services
a case for gay marriage
news - discussion
5.19.08 : feature column!

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...
22. mutual animosity
why you hate your it department, and why it hates you
tech - discussion
4.18.08 : feature column!

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...
23. how to be a badass, part 2
the internet has spoken.
pop culture - criticism
3.19.08 : feature column!

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 ...
24. the coulter report
the original pseudo-conservative
pop culture - discussion
2.18.08 : feature column!

Coulter is the legal correspondent for Human Events and writes a popular syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate. She is a frequent guest on many TV shows, including Hannity and Colmes, Wolf Blitzer Reports, At Large With Geraldo Rivera, Scarborough Country, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher, The O'Reilly Factor, Good Morning America and has been profiled in numerous publications, including TV Guide, the Guardian (UK), the New York Observer, National Journal, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle maga...
25. a full case of christmas spirits
pairing beer with your holiday treats
pop culture - general
12.17.07 : feature column!

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. ...
26. fifty-thousand words
nanowrimo in full effect
writing - discussion
11.16.07 : feature column!

This month, I, along with 90,000 others, including a few of the awesome members of Intrepid Media, am over-using commas in the name of National Novel Writing Month. The goal? Write a 50,000-word novel between 12:00 AM, November 1 and 11:59 PM, November 30. 50,000 words. 1667 words per day. 70 words per hour. Or, if you prefer only counting the hours you're not working, eating, sleeping, or driving somewhere, 417 words per hour. That's 7 words per minute. Even the worst hunt-and-peckers...
27. tragicomedy
death in the funny pages
pop culture - criticism
10.17.07 : feature column!

So here you are, a couple of Wednesdays ago. You sit down in the morning, pour a cup of coffee, and wait for your faithful hound to retrieve the morning paper from the driveway. Before heading to the stock pages to find out how your immense fortune is doing, you do what most human beings do and head to the funny pages. You open them up and scan through for your morning dose of humor... and that's when you get to tragedy and death. There's a lot to dislike about the funny pages. It's a tangl...
28. star wars: the next generation
in need of an intervention
television - criticism
9.17.07 : feature column!

It's not often that I say things like this. I'm normally a fairly peaceful person, most especially when it involves fantasy. But without even thinking about what kind of horrible atrocities might be hiding in a last will and testament, I will say this: George Lucas needs to die. At the very least, he needs to be stopped. I'll settle for amnesia, or even dementia. Or maybe just a surgical removal of a battalion of yes-men. It's interesting, really. The man created one of the most belove...
29. 756*
an open letter to barry bonds
sports - criticism
8.15.07 : feature column!

Dear Mr. Bonds, I suppose congratulations are in order. You've accomplished an amazing feat. You've made baseball a household topic. You've become the object of endless national debate. And I suppose you broke the home run record, as well. Welcome to infamy, Mr. Bonds. Your world will never look the same way again. I can't pretend I'm not a little disenchanted and disappointed. Perhaps it's because I feel like the most important player on the field is the pitcher, followed closely by ...
30. words, words, words
how you keep where you keep them
tech - appreciation
7.16.07 : feature column!

When I was a little kid, maybe 6 or 7 years old, I taught myself the Dewey Decimal System and spent an enormous amount of time cataloging every book in my house. It was probably a day, but in my memory it seems like weeks. To what was most likely the abject horror of my parents, I cut out little slips of paper, wrote the DDC number on each one and taped them to the spine of the book with scotch tape to create my own library. 25 years later, I still have books with these tags taped on the si...
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re: the great american sameness

Erik, this is by far your best piece you've written! I love the descriptions along your road trip. They remind me of the many road trips I've taken from Phoenix, AZ to Seattle and back. Or last summer when we drove from Phoenix through Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana to Glacier National Park. What I like best about this piece, is that it flows so naturally. You weave your point in about "sameness" subtly with diplomacy. And your point is something EVERY person living in America needs to be more open to. I agree that the very "sameness" you speak of is killing our ability to "think" in this country. I applaud your efforts in opening up the topic for discussion.

re: google+

You are exactly right and you beat me to this point. It's missing the integration. Well done.

re: where have all the bad guys gone?

A very good perspective on why it's never easy nowadays to just pick a side & stick with it at the movies.

re: occupational profiling

It's all very confusing!

re: love a fair

Sorry I'm so late. I'm way behind with my email.

re: how the privileged get more privileges


re: how to be on the internet

This advise applies to many things, not just Internet postings. Well done.

re: how to be on the internet

Such wisdom!

re: understanding the zombie invasion


re: understanding the zombie invasion

Mucho entertaining. Time wasted/well-spend reading this.

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