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the importance of writing good
it has nothing to do with writing
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: writing
5.2.07 • CLASSIC

Before you automatically dismiss this as a grammar toss-off about the difference between using it's and its, please remember that I wouldn't do that to you. Are we straight? Good. At the beginning of April, I ran the following ad on Craigslist. --- For Sale: Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo. 1 Owner. Very well maintained. Great family car. Dark Green. 6 Cyl. 4.0 Liter, Automatic, 2WD, 139K miles. Air, Power Steering, Power Windows, Power Locks. Recent routine maintenance. Never had mechanical prob

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disgust under discussion
is television going too far?
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
12.4.06 • CLASSIC

Most of the time, I think any kind of kerfuffle about what's on television is silly. The whole Janet Jackson thing? Pointless. Angry letter campaigns about flashbacks to a teen orgy on "Without a Trace"? Overblown. People who turn away when a camera pretends to zoom down a throat or inside a wound on "CSI" or "House"? Overly sensitive. Seven-second delays to keep popstars from letting a swear word slip at the Grammys? Probably doomed to failure, and besides, who cares, right? And then they anno

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ten years after
was it all worth it?
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
11.9.09 • CLASSIC

Thursday at Aspen, it turns out, is gay night. This is what we were told at the bar yesterday evening, as the last vestiges of the happy hour crowd finished up their libations and the bartender began to hang on the walls "artwork" featuring muscular men in skimpy clothing. "Really? It's gay night?" someone asks. Point to picture. "You tell me." Ironically, we were there to celebrate a friend's birthday - two weeks after it - because he'd requested that his coworkers take him somewhere other t

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the worst show you can't stop watching
by michelle von euw
topic: music
10.11.10 • CLASSIC

Despite what the Emmy voters and popular press may tell you, Glee is not a good television show. I know; I’ve watched every episode. I am a connoisseur of TV. I appreciate and celebrate television shows as an art form. I champion the creativity and the intellect it takes to achieve a good series. I will talk to you about the brilliance of The Wire and Everwood; I will describe in great detail the perfect arcs of season one Veronica Mars and season two Buffy the Vampire Slayer; I will tell y

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making some short lists
check this twice!
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
12.13.06 • CLASSIC

Isn't it strange that around Christmas time - Jesus' Birthday! - more focus seems to be put on Santa Claus and his naughty/nice list than on Jesus and his heaven/hell list? Held hostage and forced to watch a landslide of holiday-themed dreck this December, the overlap between Jesus and Santa Claus has never been more apparent to me, and it's kind of strange. All that we need for Santa to take over as Supreme God of All Creation is for Mel Gibson to film a scathing, first-person, brutally realis

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begging for horses
and other wishes i’d like
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: humor
3.30.07 • CLASSIC

This monthly column slot of mine was originally scheduled to be a literary review of such Parisian salon caliber, my colleagues with high degrees would fawn and faint. And the Intrepid community, inspired by said missive, would discuss societal revolution and expound upon ideas for positive change instead of ranting about basketball and Anna Nicole Smith and wine-soaked cheese and "Battlestar Galactica." But, I simply ran out of time. Look at that -– I even wrote the above in passive voice. N

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tebow, christianity and american sports
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: sports
1.11.12 • CLASSIC

What's that you say? God wouldn't communicate to the world through a football player? Well, if you believe in God, and not just some vague metaphysical entity, but the God of the Bible, then you know He can communicate however He sees fit. (Talking donkey, anyone? A burning bush, perhaps?) And when you think about it, communicating through a sport that commands millions of eyeballs weekly and has the nerve to play it's games on the Lord's day, actually sounds like the way to go.

Do I believe God is using Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to force us to think about Him? To confront how far a so-called “Christian nation” has turned from our creator? I do. But I also think He’s using me, and millions of other believers. Some of us just have bigger platforms.

And what a platform! Tim Tebow is currently the most polarizing figure in American sports, even more than Michael Vick, Kobe Bryant or Tiger Woods. He is easily the most criticized & idolized young quarterback to ever start an NFL game. Even before he’d played an NFL game, they couldn’t keep Tebow Bronco jerseys on the shelf. And it is that, not his devout faith, many of his critics say, that they can’t stand about him.

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constructing the underdog, part ix: space
or, if the space program isn't your bag, there's a bit about foreign policy at the end
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
9.17.08 • CLASSIC

This article is part of a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See more info about the concept here. You're invited to add your two cents by joining the discussion. And in case you might be wondering, I'm saying nothing about the vice-president could-bes. It's the first name on the ticket who'll do the job, so stay focused. I wanted to be an astronaut as kid. Of course, I thought it would be more like Star War

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dating is different these days
for one thing, more penis pictures
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
6.22.11 • CLASSIC

Dating, for me at least, only really began about a decade ago. Unlike a lot of girls, my dating career didn't start in High School (a fact that can be chalked up to having just about the same personality then as I do now, and not having the social status or looks to confidently revel in it, resulting in an awkwardness which didn't endear me to any of the boys my age). The one date I can really remember from being fifteen was with a red-headed soccer player named David who came over to my hou

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you could be sookie, or lafayette
the astrological guide to true blood's season 2
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
8.17.09 • CLASSIC

Face it. You're a "True Blood" junkie. You want a Fangtasia T-shirt. You've taken a dive into Charlaine Harris's writing, even though you don't actually read. What you really want to know is if the new Tru-Blood drink will be worth serving at your viewing parties. Especially with vodka. Plenty of vodka. But, what really makes you a "True Blood" devotee is how well you know the crazy little backwater that is Bon Temps. You've already picked which vampire you'd like relations and a bite mark fro

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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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the 2008 beer in review
a look at the year in suds
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
12.22.08 • CLASSIC

What a year for beer. Both the business and the beverage have seen spectacular things happen in 2008, from the birth of the world's largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, to the death of Zima and one of craft beer's evangelists. Beer has watched the economy tank around it and proved itself to be recession-proof. Finally, with the holidays only days away, beer has shown that it really is for every time of year. Big Brew Stop me if you've heard this one: Q: Why is American beer like making l

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a diamond in the rough
the rules of engagement
by heather m. millen
topic: general
4.27.07 • CLASSIC

When I announced my engagement in September of 2006, I had many visions of what the following year would entail. What I pictured was an endless year of one champagne-drenched celebration after another, all held in my honor. Red carpets rolled out at any available opportunity! And, heck, I didn't even necessarily need parties thrown for me, I'd create them wherever I went, celebrating the engagement until it was no more. I'd have to invest in a tractor trailer to haul all of my fabulous new p

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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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