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wait! don't next me girl
why chatroulette is the most awesome thing that will never work
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
6.1.12 • CLASSIC

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.

But if you're looking for a rock-solid definition of the lowest common denominator of our one-world society, or more specifically, if you're looking for an endless stream of random male junk, and who isn't, then Chatroulette is exactly what you're looking for.

Oh, by the way, this column is not for the kids. Kids, stop reading. Go read Seanbaby. Sorry to be so late with the warning.

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having the write stuff
authorship, readership, and the sacrifice that isn't
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
4.4.11 • CLASSIC

It's a very common thing these days to bemoan how writers don't get to "just write" anymore. That instead of just getting to focus on writing a fantastic novel, and having your success rise or fall on writing quality alone, writers have to do a thousand other things. Those who want to become published authors also need to be marketing geniuses, self-promoters, social networking gurus, and tireless advocates of their own brand. In a way, this is kind of true. It's also completely misleading. He

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i feel the need for feed ... back
what is the sound of one hand posting?
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
9.8.10 • CLASSIC

Around the time I first started writing this column (it'll be 11 years in November!), a discussion was initiated regarding for whom we, as writers, write. Plenty of talented friends of mine said things like, "I write for myself," or "I don't really try to tailor my stuff for the audience," or "to thine own self be true." Actually, no one said that last one; I just like to inject a little culture into these things. You know who said that? That's right: Yoda. The point is that plenty of people ma

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ticket to ride
how ticket pricing trends are hurting fans
by michelle von euw
topic: sports
9.9.09 • CLASSIC

It’s a gorgeous Labor Day weekend, and the weather is pitch perfect. The famous humidity that usually characterizes this time of year has been all but absent from the weather forecast, and there’s a light breeze that makes the low 80s temperatures ideal for soaking up a ballgame. But there’s practically no one in Camden Yards today, despite a mid-afternoon matchup between the Orioles and the Wild-Card chasing Texas Rangers. Every time the camera pans back, the screen is filled with green empt

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this changes everything
the apple of my eye
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
11.5.10 • CLASSIC

I had no idea it would be this complicated. I know, I know: I signed up for this, I should have known what I was getting into. Hell, I'd even done the research, reading up online, getting friends opinions, interacting with different kinds just to see how it felt. But when it's yours, it's a brand new ballgame. For years I railed against them. I'm older now. Things have changed. I've changed. And when it came time to take it home, I was not even close to prepared for it. I’d heard from friends

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the bad boys of television
and why we love watching them
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: television
11.30.09 • CLASSIC

Periodically, entertainment magazines float out the titillating buoy title, "Bad Boys on Television!" There's a splash pictorial of hunks, usually all under age 25, shirtless, and pouty, or with wry sideways smiles and frisky forelocks loose across their foreheads. 9021-ooohh. The summer of 2009 was no exception. BuddyTV ran a "Which TV Bad Boy is Right for You?" quiz. AOL developed a slideshow featuring everyone from Spike (James Marsters of "Buffy" and "Angel") and Dr. Christian Troy (Julia

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an interview with jaimyon parker
renaissance performer tackles faith, friendship, typecasting
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
3.14.11 • CLASSIC

Jaimyon Parker is a Houston-raised, Los Angeles-based actor who also produced, wrote and co-stars in Iris, which recently wrapped a successful four-week run at the Complex Theatre in Hollywood. Iris is a powerful, memorable tale of the damaged title character (played pitch perfectly by Lauren Elliott) who is taken through a review of the missteps of her troubled life by a sarcastic but potent demon named Bastiel (Parker). Over the next 90 minutes, abortion, drug abuse, incest, sisterhood and fai

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the race card: 2010
even if you aren't thinking you're playing it, you might be playing it
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: pop culture
1.20.10 • CLASSIC

In terms of race relations in the United States, some imagined that President Obama's election was proof positive that "change" had indeed come. But a recent Pew Research Center poll indicates that confidence in race relations has been declining. Further, a recent Washington Post / ABC news poll shows that "African Americans' views on achieving racial equality have become more pessimistic" since Obama's inauguration. One need not seek counsel of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Al Sharpton or Jess

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you are on your own heroes journey
how does your protagonist find his faith?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
6.18.12 • CLASSIC

As an avid reader, I tend to develop love for certain genres, certain books, certain characters, certain details. About once a year I read books by my favourite authors, and I don't feel like I've completed a year properly without reading all of my favourites. Fortunately, the urge to reread those books I hold dear tends to wax and wane along with the seasons or my moods. There's always a reason to read something you love.

A lot of the books I read over and over again are, in a way, theological in nature. I would almost venture to say that they speak to me in the way I feel the Bible or Koran might speak to those people with far more specifically defined faiths. The stories I reach for repeatedly have within them the ideals I want to live my life by.

The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran, is almost a meditation for me. Heartbroken or crying, I can feel the words soothing my pain. “When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”

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revisiting fatal attraction
understanding alex forrest, 23 years later
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: film
11.17.10 • CLASSIC

When I first watched Fatal Attraction, I was twelve or thirteen. While I'm not about to ever let my prospective tween progeny sit down to see it, my mother chose to rent it for my whole family, and even invited my fourteen-year-old brother's friend Tim to join us. Two hours, one hastily departing Tim, and a dead Glenn Close later, I sat petrified. Apart from feeling like my mother had left a bitter, indelible dent in my adolescence (yeah, thanks MOM), I vowed that I would never, ever be Alex F

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loving
a part of our speech
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
4.16.12 • CLASSIC

Loving: Noun
Loving begins as a noun, but not just any noun. Loving is a personal noun; it is something we experience only through the prism of ourselves. We can’t point to the source of love, diagram its location, or dissect it from our body, and yet it is there. Loving is also a noun in the stricter sense: Richard Loving, a white man born in Caroline County, Virginia, in 1933.

Loving: Verb
Loving may begin as a noun, but we know it best as a verb. We recognize love only because we see it in action: caring, sharing, laughing, kissing, touching, soothing, healing, helping, grieving. These actions can shape our lives, yet we can’t trace them to a source. Love – of nature, of creatures, of music – is a mystery in the abstract, but vibrant in reality. Something happens in your spirit, your physical heart might thump, your nerves might jitter, and suddenly that potential for love comes out into the open. That kind of spark caught Richard Loving (noun: white) and Mildred Jeter (noun: black) and whirled them into action. They were loving each other, and – as it always does – that love was shaping their lives.

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where have all the bad guys gone?
i miss the days when they just wanted to take over the world
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: film
5.31.10 • CLASSIC

I noticed it first in one of the worst movies I've ever seen: G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra. I'm actually ashamed to admit that I watched it, a little more ashamed to say that I actually took guilty pleasure in it, and I should probably be punished for actually using it as the basis of film critique, but here we are! Let me see if I can sum up the relationships in this movie correctly: The protagonist (Duke) is the ex-fiance of one of the primary antagonists (the Baroness). She works for an or

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socialgeist
slimed by digital ectoplasm
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
3.14.12 • CLASSIC

Man, I've worked with some really fantastic people. People I'm proud to call friends 20 years later; folks I hope to know for many years to come. Others, despite our natural chemistry and the sharing of a thousand pizzas and coffees and cigarettes (I've since quit), I keep only in my memory, for whatever inexplicable reasons people have for maintaining distance in the face of friendship.

But then sometimes – and it's a fortunate rarity – there are people I just want to forget completely. Inevitable adversaries that've had such an ill effect on my psyche, I not only want them out of my life, I want any residual smears of negative energy they’ve left in my airspace GONE. FOREVER. The idea that they might irrevocably occupy some part of my brain is not only depressing, it’s offensive. All I want is for their memory to just...peter away, down the drain of my subconscious, and with any luck...poof! Gone.

“TOO BAD!” say Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

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