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a year without netflix
i really just hope she's happy
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
9.7.12 • CLASSIC

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 also right about this: The price increase and the public relations dumpster-fire that followed couldn't have come at a worse time for Netflix.

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television (no longer) set
how tv watching is more, and less, than it used to be
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
9.4.09 • CLASSIC

Once upon a time, you either owned a television or you didn't. If you owned a TV, you were a TV watcher. If you didn't, it was because you either couldn't afford it, or didn't care. There were people who were adamant, proud, deliberate objectors to TV, and those people, well, didn't own TVs. The rest of us had them, and used them to varying degrees. If we didn't have pay cable and we were desperate to see something, like "Sex and the City", we'd gather somehow, and make it happen. But whether t

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somebody say ih-hih-ih-hih-ih
it's not all moonlight and midnight lakes
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: news
6.9.10 • CLASSIC

There are days that I wish I did more work for charity. But I don't. It's not for lack of caring for my fellow man. I'm not a Republican. In fact, I truly respect people who give of themselves, either donating their time or their money to the cause of helping others. Some causes are more important, in my mind, of course. The guy who works at the soup kitchen definitely gets more props than the guy who teaches the handicapped how to yodel. My friend Loni running the marathon to support our troo

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short, sweet
why the novel isn't the only form of fiction
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
3.9.07 • CLASSIC

“I never realized I liked short stories,” one of my students said to me this morning, “until I took this class.” I understood immediately what she meant. I teach an Introduction to Creative Writing course, the type of class which is well suited to (both the reading and writing of) short fiction, for reasons that are more practical than aesthetic. For many of my students, they’d never even imagined writing a story before (never mind giving it to 15 near-strangers, who’ll then talk about it in

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what i say i am
this brand is my brand
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
3.6.09 • CLASSIC

I recently jumped into the Twitter fray and immediately began asking a friend what the hell I’m supposed to do. As far as I can tell it's mostly for bored Congressmen, foolish reporters and Rainn Wilson. I am none of those things. But my friend tells me that it is for me. Well, not me, exactly, but for "Mike Julianelle". My brand. Am I a brand? Not exactly. Like just about everyone else that hasn't starred on a reality show, I am far too complicated to be distilled into a “collection of symbols

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portrait of an artist: eli lieb
an enlightened musician sharing his inner vision
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: music
1.30.12 • CLASSIC

Singer/songwriter Eli Lieb uses the ancient power of meditation to create fresh, modern music. With more than two million views on YouTube and a self-produced eponymous release, Lieb’s philosophy of total wellness helps him mine his instincts to perform with his whole self. His soaring ballads and club beat rhythms touch on everything from love and loss to the hidden potential within each of us.

Currently on his North American tour, Lieb hopes people not only relate to and embrace his music, but also appreciate its inspiration.

It's a cinematic tale: boy from a small town leaves for the bright lights of the big city to pursue fame and fortune. The twist: he comes back! Why did you believe returning home to Fairfield, Iowa, would be more conducive for your creativity?

I knew that being home was where I was the happiest, and I had reached a point in my life where that was my main priority: to be happy. I didn't have too much of a plan after that but luckily, I started to experience that when you go toward happiness, everything in your life expands. My creativity skyrocketed and I started creating the best stuff of my career so far. And nature really started heavily supporting me. It's ironic to me that the second I go home, to Iowa, nonetheless, is when my career takes off. It's pretty funny if I stop and think about it.

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norah jones -- not too late (review)
the pride of grapevine, texas dips into the blues
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: music
3.14.07 • CLASSIC

3 out of 4 stars Artists usually prove their growth in one of two ways. Some make a new album and need to show you their range on each song. So we get R&B singers (among the 5 who are actually left) who record a song in waltz time, or rockers who surprise with a sensitive ballad, or rappers who do a collaboration with somebody decidedly un hip-hop. (Like Tim McGraw, for example.) Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. But it’s all the artist’s prerogative. At least they’re not just making

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what's smarter than a smartphone?
having all the fun, getting more options, paying less
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: pop culture
2.18.11 • CLASSIC

A hand held device that can do practically everything used to be reserved for people like Dr. McCoy and Dr. Who. But these days, smartphones bring science fiction to life. I've been slow to bite. Sure, I've been envious every time one of my friends on AT&T publicly diddled their iPhone in front of me. I've tried not to drool, and reminded myself that I was a happy Verizon customer who couldn't have such things anyway (sure, there were other options, but the iPhone was the Apple of my eye

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should have, would have, could have
how to set and reach goals
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
11.21.11 • CLASSIC

“Should have, Would have, Could have.”

It’s a phrase tossed out when your dad has nothing better to say and you’ve been whining at him about something in life not going your way. Your dad has the perspective of time and distance. Whatever you’re whining about is probably something he has already dealt with and moved on from. You, on the other hand, are frustrated and irritated because whatever it is you’re whining about is fresh, recent and intensely personal.

You would have bought stock in Apple long ago had you known it was going to go big. You should have finished your degree a decade ago, now you’re settled in a career where you can’t advance unless you have one. You could have invented that pasta pot with the draining lid, you thought of it way before that commercial was so prevalent on late-night infomercials.

Did you, though?

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all about my mother(s)
13 moms with meditations i've come to love and understand
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
5.15.09 • CLASSIC

May is, as we all know, the Month of Mom. Aside from her birthday, Mother's Day is that time of the month my mom expects us to celebrate her; to neglect her is The Wrath of Khan personified in tiny little Asian lady form. Trust me, it's more terrifying. However, Mother's Day isn't just a question of my mom. I am who I am courtesy of all my mothers. They remind me of what they've passed my way— and, in a few cases, what I learned about them from other family connections that I'm still not su

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from blog to book
an interview with sarah wendell
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
7.22.09 • CLASSIC

We here at Intrepid are fans of the internet (shocking, I know). Not only has it brought us Beer Mapping and Cat Yodeling, but it has also - more than anything else - changed the relationship between readers and writers, challenging both groups to redefine themselves in terms of a new medium. With this new medium have come new opportunities for reading, writing, promoting, and interacting with other readers and writers. No-one knows the power of this new medium better than Sarah Wendell and Can

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the greens party
exploring the hot lettuce of politics
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
9.15.08 • CLASSIC

The U.S. is often referred to as a melting pot -- a steamy fondue of colorful cultural mixes that, through their ubiquitous individuality, make our country strong. I disagree. I think we're more like a salad. Sort of your ordinary house salad at a roadside restaurant: mixed greens, maybe a couple of croutons, some shredded carrot, a couple of slices of red onion, one whole cherry tomato, dressing on the side in a little plastic cup with "SOLO" printed on the lid. I'm not alone. T

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constant craving
*the secret* to success
by heather m. millen
topic: humor
8.27.08 • CLASSIC

The other day I was sitting at my desk. It was about 4:00 in the afternoon, the day had been a bit stressful and I was greatly in need of a tiny token of relief. Suddenly, I realized that all my soul craved was a cookie. I don't eat cookies very often but who am I to judge what my soul desires? My husband happened to call and I said aloud and with conviction: "I really want a cookie." Ask. Cookies are good. I used to make cookies with my grandmother. She made these amazing little thumbp

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possible ride effects
a blog at best
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: advertising
9.28.07 • CLASSIC

It's Wednesday again, and I'm not impressed. Another ride to work on my aging Trek mountain bike, which has been modified only slightly with "hybrid" tires that make riding on the pavement a little less sluggish, but will explode if you hit a sharp curb. Fortunately, like most of the commuters you encounter in Boston, curbs in this teenytiny city are worn, dull, and slowly eroding into forms barely distinguishable from the street itself. As I ride in, I listening to yet another podcast. This t

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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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