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1. a year without netflix
i really just hope she's happy
pop culture - business
9.7.12 : feature column!

It was almost exactly one year ago that I gave Netflix the heave-ho, the 86, the Heisman. Having been told my $9.99-a-month deal was going to soar to $15.98 and include a reported massive cut in streaming selection, I really didn't hesitate. My belief, and this holds true today, is that Netflix is a luxury service, even for an entertainment junkie like me (and my wife) with three kids who, through no fault of my own, can sing every Fresh Beat Band song there is. God save us all. And I was al...
2. wait! don't next me girl
why chatroulette is the most awesome thing that will never work
pop culture - general
6.1.12 : feature column!

If you're looking for one of the most ingenious uses for the Interwebs that's come along in the last three years, look no further than Chatroulette (Caution: do not go look at Chatroulette). This video chat service that allows users to spin a virtual wheel and connect with a random stranger anywhere in the world with the ability to instantly spin said wheel again to leave them behind should, theoretically, be a fascinating way to connect, learn, and discover new people, places, and cultures. Bu...
3. burn this office to the ground
all it takes is horrible writing
television - criticism
5.2.12 : feature column!

I can't understand how something could go so bad in such a short amount of time. Don't get me wrong. I've been in relationships with seemingly unpsychotic women, I've had an eighth or ninth drink that I felt pretty good about before it delivered poison into my bloodstream, I've left milk out on the kitchen counter on a hot day. So I know how something can go from dream to nightmare within an extremely small window. But what the shark has happened to The Office? The Office wasn't always a grea...
4. girls rock
an open letter to my daughters as they approach their tweens
music - criticism
4.2.12 : feature column!

Mighty Mites, I know you're only seven and I know you've got plenty going on what with the first grade and the Jonas Brothers and the constant barrage of Barbies and unicorns trying to pry away your hard earned lemonade profits. I get that. Not that I relate perfectly. When I was seven it was all Star Wars. It was easy. I had Han Solo as my guide. But it isn't just the nostalgia for the olden days that makes my upbringing seem so radically different from yours. Let's face it. I'm a boy. And t...
5. van halen: a different kind of review
ranking the tracks from super incredibly awesome to not as awesome
music - criticism
3.2.12 : feature column!

Very quickly. This is not Van Hagar. There is no Love Walks In. If you had been waiting for that to happen, it is safe to buy this album and you totally should. There. I just gave you the sum total of every navel-gazing "where-does-this-fit-in-the-history-of-Van-Halen" review I've read about this album. No one cares about the feud anymore. It's been too long. I wish Sammy and Michael the best, even though I never really cared for the direction, especially after the first three songs on OU812. ...
6. why the movies almost broke the internet
chris dodd, the mpaa, and pirates
pop culture - business
2.1.12 : feature column!

Man, now I got a new hate. I thought it couldn't possibly get any worse than the music industry, a cadre of corrupt suits and ever-willing lackey artists who, in the name of stopping piracy which they sort of disguised as an effort of saving art for the entire universe, resorted to suing housewives they caught downloading free mp3s onto a home computer. I mean, it wasn't bribery, but that's still some kind of new record for douchbaggery. Some ten years after it all stated, the Motion Picture ...
7. it's the most horrible time of the year
how to beat post holiday stress disorder
general - lifestyle
1.2.12 : feature column!

I don't know about you, but when I woke up on 1/1/12, I felt awful. My head was splitting, my kids were missing, and my body was screaming with pain that, on a lesser man, probably would have meant a series of bruises. I don't bruise. I internalize. Oh, and I found the kids. They were at Grandma's for the night. Just forgot. Man, that was a relief. The cops had a good laugh too. But as I rolled out of bed at the crack of noon, I felt pretty good about the 2012. See, long ago, I discovered tha...
8. five holiday films for your inner scrooge
immunize yourself against the douchebaggery
pop culture - criticism
12.2.11 : feature column!

I'm constantly surprised at the amount of people who lament the ushering in of the holiday season immediately after Halloween. To me, it's not the season itself that's the issue. After all, what is it encroaching on really? Are we being distracted from fully enjoying shitty weather? The all-important first 10% of the NHL season? Have our fast-food and beer commercials gone all sellout trying to capture some of those Santa dollars? "Aw man! Now there's a stupid polar bear on my can of Coke!" ...
9. much higher education
a plus b no longer equals c
news - discussion
11.2.11 : feature column!

Many, many years ago, I made one of those life-altering decisions that seemed like the only option at the time, felt like giving up, and would eventually cause pangs of regret in the years to follow. But now, in full hindsight, it turns out to be the smartest decision I ever made. After graduating from high school on the positive side of the grading curve but not necessarily smashing that curve in any notable manner, I wound up at a prestigious, private technical school in upstate New York (Go ...
10. laughing in the face of death
potentially stupid, definitely necessary
pop culture - criticism
10.3.11 : feature column!

After an exhausting four-day combination conference/lost-weekend, one that required a lot of driving, I returned home, crashed, and woke the next morning to the news that my Grandmother had passed away a few hours earlier. This was not unexpected. In fact, I had packed a suit on the trip just in case I got the call. She was 93, she had been ill, and although she was lucid, she was ready to go. Oh, and everyone claims their Grandmother is a saint, but mine was indeed a saint. Saint Grandma. ...


re: wait! don't next me girl

Thank you for your courage in testing this. I never thought if trying it, and now I know not to, thanks to this awesomely written, hilarious piece.

re: burn this office to the ground

Awe-some. Again, Awe-some. Great writing, spot-on observations, and fuck Nellie.

re: why i broke up with netflix

Well stated and entertaining.

re: risk

Read this on a right moment where I needed to remind myself about risk. Absolutely enjoyed it.

re: end it

A piece that echoes truth and class.

re: intrepid oscar picks ii the streets

When there is a discussion about films,I can't remain silent or indifferent,this is my favorite field of study.As for the oscar winning films,I agree,they are not always attracting my attention,but this time if I was among the jury members,I would vote definitely for 'Black Swan'.This film has impressed me so strongly that I'm about writing an article about the 'Perfection Syndrome',inspired essencially by this movie.

re: intrepid oscar picks ii the streets

Funny and timely. Takes a lot of the pomp out of a normally pompous process and winks at the fact that the real Oscar voting process itself is highly subjective. Who can really say that one film or performance is better than another?

re: fake vegas

Real Vegas doesn't have Lucy the Elephant.
Very nice column, nonetheless. Keeping in mind that AC caters basically to those who can't afford to travel to Vegas, but still want to lose what money they do have.
And Vegas doesn't have the Monopoly board designed around it.

re: intrepid media turns 11

nice one. Like the "11" logo

re: wanted: chick

yes yes, this is great.

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