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smug, fearless, and what all the hoopla was about
in memory of leslie harpold
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
12.15.06 • CLASSIC

I still have the email I got back in 1997. "hey. you can write. welcome aboard." I don't keep all my emails. But this one was one in a million. I had followed the first few issues of Smug after finding it via a link on the site of my favorite band -- the guitarist wrote a column there. Pop culture heaven. Smug wasn't snarky, it wasn't attitude, it wasn't loud. It was just brilliant and cool. I read every piece, every month. Then one day I got the courage to send the publisher an email. It s

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the reason for the season
is meaninglessness the meaning of summer?
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: general
7.4.11 • CLASSIC

Somehow, somewhere, summer became the season of sloth. It's ironic, in a way. School only used to break for the summer because kids were needed in the fields; no time could be spared for fancy book-learnin' when there were crops to bring in. So instead of going to class, children went to work, and when the cold rolled around again and the fields were bare, back to school they went. And the no-school period has held on, even though there's no longer a need for it, and the only real reason not t

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short and sweet
in defense of dating the shorter man
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
6.4.12 • CLASSIC

Some of you may be aware that I've been ridiculously adamant over the years that what I write for Intrepid Media (you're reading it right now) is not a blog, but a column. I've made the argument that it publishes on a set schedule. I've made the argument that I wouldn't be able to get away with just posting something like, "I've been thinking about ninjas a lot. Discuss." I've made the argument that in no way have I ever referred to something I wrote here as an "entry." I've made the argument that if you insist on calling it a blog, I will punch you in the arm.

This is why it's maybe slightly ironic that based party on my Intrepid Media columns, I've been tapped to write a blog for the Weight Watchers Web site. It's true. Through a sort of roundabout route, the editor of the site offered me the job last month. I've got about 10 entries (I know) so far. I've been tasked with writing at least 2 per week, so if you find yourself going through me withdrawal before my next month's Intrepid Media column, you can get your fix early. First taste is free.

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write now
why the strike that hurts tv hurts us
by michelle von euw
topic: television
11.12.07 • CLASSIC

After I’d temporarily neglected my Netflix queue, two unexpected discs recently showed up in my mailbox: one, the first four episodes of a highly recommended television show; one a ten-year-old movie that I’m still not sure exactly how it made its way onto my list at all. The TV show was “Friday Night Lights,” and after ignoring it for several days, I finally popped in the pilot, and was utterly transfixed by a near-perfect composition of beauty, drama, pathos, and representation of the human s

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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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identity crisis
a tale of starstruck lovers
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: pop culture
3.31.08 • CLASSIC

He said he didn’t know who she was anymore. She refused to believe that was true, thinking he was looking for an excuse, any excuse at all, to leave. He told her to get a life, and slammed the door. She kicked off her Carlos Santana heels as she locked the front door behind him. Get a life. There wasn’t anything wrong with her life. He’s the one who needs to find himself. As she wandered down the hall to the bathroom, she tripped over his forgotten Bob Geldolf man bag, nicking her toe in t

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the don of slurs
another talk radio legend goes too far
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: news
4.13.07 • CLASSIC

It was just a game. A championship game, but still, just a game. The fate had been long decided and the victor -- Tennessee’s storied women’s team -- and their victim, their counterparts from Rutgers, had returned to their respective campuses to commemorate their successful seasons. The sudden act of bigotry came without warning, without provocation, as sudden acts of bigotry usually do. Another group of white dudes primarily acclaimed for saying any crazy thing that enters their heads. In the

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cleaning a dirty mouth
quitting cursing cold turkey
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: humor
10.10.11 • CLASSIC

This article is about foul language and is not appropriate for children.

For as long as I’ve been old enough to use curse words, I have. Living in New York City from 2002-2005 did little to curb this behavior. I also had one work situation that featured cursing on an often and loud basis. Overall, since my mid-twenties especially, I’ve had little need, desire, nor encouragement to curb my foul-mouthed behavior.

Fact: I have been known to shout offensive words in public places just to cause a rise, because I think it’s funny, and especially after a few drinks. Fact: Cursing earned me a awesome rear corner office at my law firm, because people in the waiting room could overhear my cursing from my original smaller office. True story. The word mentioned was fuck, by the way. Just think about that when you want your corner office.

And now, after thirty-six years, I am changing my behavior. Kind-of, sort of.

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this is my last peeve, people
and y'all are stepping all over it
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
1.25.08 • CLASSIC

It's been a while since I've been home to Charlotte, North Carolina. Since I've been happily living in the lovely Vancouver, BC, I wouldn't say I've missed my hometown, except that almost all of my family lives here... Surprisingly, this isn't about my family. This is about all the REST of the people in ever-expanding, ever-swelling gem of a city. The people who are getting on my nerves. The first ones to go in the event that I ever got my wish and were able to blink people out of existence

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aksing questions in new york
figuring out a rough, tough, and wrongly pronounced expression
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: general
6.16.08 • CLASSIC

I have a confession to make. No, it doesn't involve rug burns, a hot tub, or a West Point linebacker. Nor is it about boozing weirdoes, plus-one nooky politics, misspelled text messages, or black latex. Next to all that, it's quite boring. Here it is: I'm a stickler for proper and authentic pronunciation. One of the things that I happen to love beyond whips and Anthony Bourdain soundbites is the English language, and I enjoy seeing how it works from state to state and in different countries.

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they can do it! and so can you.
6 tips for successful blogging
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
8.24.09 • CLASSIC

Have you read a blog today? I don't know you (unless I do. Hi!), but I'm going to guess that you have. If fact, you might have read several. Even with the up-and-coming competition of Twitter, blogs are holding strong. The best ones are supplying readers with the news and views they used to get from newspapers or the television, and even the worst are catering to someone out there with a passion for... armadillos in socks, say, who doesn't care if said blogger knows a preposition from a peanut.

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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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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 cult of eff
bearing facebook's existential weight
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
11.7.11 • CLASSIC


It's two in the morning. My 5-year-old daughter has been in school exactly one week, and she's already brought home a lovely collection of drawings, handwriting worksheets, and the requisite headcold, which is now keeping me awake, along with the surprisingly annoying pitterpat of rain on asphalt and a Sudafed-induced psychedelia of voices and images swirling 'round my poor, stuffy skull.

I'm a bit of a worrier, and at my age and life stage (the two aren't exactly in sync thanks to my spending all of my twenties and, yes, even some of my thirties trying to be a professional musician) there's plenty of nourishment for the big green monster loving in Binkley's Anxiety Closet.

Still, I was somewhat shocked - enough so to prop myself up and subject my watery eyes to the microwave blaze of the iPad - to discover I was not only lying awake, suffering the indignities of late-night snot and Psuedoephedrine night terrors, I was also sweating the increasing burden and exponential, existential complexity of Facebook.

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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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