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them snookered youngsters
can rock age gracefully?
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: music
8.2.10 • CLASSIC

Last Saturday night, in a moment of what can only be called discount enlightenment, I happened to watch the DVD version of The Runaways and then turn the DVD player off just in time to see a rerun of Ashton Kutcher introducing Them Crooked Vultures on SNL. Who promptly rocked all you kids off of their lawn. For the record, The Runaways was awful, save for a scarily spot-on performance by Kristen Stewart. But beyond that it just piled one rock cliche on top of another overdramatized moment from

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channeling the cooking channel
a new network of old favorites
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
7.5.10 • CLASSIC

When I heard that Food Network was spinning off a new sister network called the Cooking Channel, I was pretty thrilled. Cooking! Isn’t that the missing ingredient, if you will, in the Food Network’s recipe these days? Once jam-packed with how-to instruction, the network now gives over its prime time hours mostly to competition shows, ranging from the reasonably entertaining (Iron Chef) to the absurdly specific (who can make the best cake featuring a Disney princess playing water polo and/or crib

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resume, resumbe, resumsee
some little-known (and big-known) dos and don't's of job interviewing
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
7.9.10 • CLASSIC

About a month ago, I celebrated my year anniversary at my current position. Yes, I brought in bagels. Did you even have to ask? A year was a good milestone, though, especially in this economy. I know this firsthand, since my last job abruptly ceased to be after 7 months, due to an inability to pay me and a bunch of other people. Luckily for me, 7 months has been my shortest tenure anywhere since moving up from "temp," with 7 years being my longest. It turns out that technically, there's no itc

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yes, we can (watch it from the couch)
why to avoid the inauguration madness
by michelle von euw
topic: news
1.9.09 • CLASSIC

If you’re reading this outside the nation’s capital, I have some advice for you: stay there. I don’t mean always. Of course we would love to have you visit, and if you’re a Red Sox fan, we’ll happily welcome you to Washington on June 23, 24, or 25 for Boston’s first-ever series here against the Nationals, but it's best not to be here for the Presidential Inauguration. Seriously. Stay home. I promise you, you’ll have a much better view of President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama and

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the season of the watch
my nightmare before christmas
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
12.7.09 • CLASSIC

Lately, seasons have lost their meaning. Winter is warm, summer is barely 3 months long, spring doesn't even exist anymore, etc. But it's not just the weather that's different. TV seasons have spread through the once barren summer months, and cable shows, DVD and DVR have made almost all scheduling pointless. It's infected sports as well: baseball has spread to November, arena football keeps creeping up at us, and I don't know what's more surprising, that the NHL still exists or that it seems to

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kids need to read
a progressive nonprofit inspiring imagination
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
10.27.11 • CLASSIC

The next time you pick up a book to read, hold on to that feeling of anticipation for a moment.

Then imagine what it would be like to not experience that sensation. Close your eyes to the characters who speak to you, make you cry, force you to think. Try to forget the story that leaves you with a "book hangover" the next day because you stayed up much too late into the night to finish it. Ignore the destinations you've visited, cultures you've explored, theories you've tested.

With one click, you know you can order any book you want. Children should also have such easy access to books. Unfortunately, some don't.

The charitable organization Kids Need to Read (KNTR) opens up a world of endless possibilities to children through literacy. Founded by author PJ Haarsma, actor Nathan Fillion, and executive director Denise Gary, KNTR provides children with books through school and community programs. In this extensive interview, Gary details why the demand is so great, how the program works, and the many ways we can help.

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10 things most don't know about martin luther king
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: news
1.14.11 • CLASSIC

Sometimes, becoming a legend can be the worst thing to happen to your mission. Since his assassination in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. has become deified and simplified to the point, that, for several generations, the complexity and depth of his life and commission has been neutered. Yes, okay, he did the "I Have A Dream" speech, and it was a great speech, but if that's all you really know about him, you missed the point. (And if you think that he freed the slaves, as I heard a young black kid

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we got five years, what a surprise
rocko dorsey ends; or, why parting is such sweet sorrow
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: music
11.15.10 • CLASSIC

When Rocko and Dave told me they were moving to Nashville, I knew it would be hard. I wished them the best of luck, of course; but knowing I was not going to follow meant that my stint as the bass player for Rocko Dorsey was over. Since their announcement, through our last show in September, and up to their departure last week, I've crossed a wave of emotions. In Shakespeare's, "Romeo and Juliet", Juliet describes parting from Romeo as "such sweet sorrow." This phrase succinctly captures the

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me-conomics part 2 of 2: education experimentation
build a better society by bettering yourself
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: news
4.25.11 • CLASSIC

In last month’s column, I sketched out the basics of the various ways in which “America Has Built and Maintains Disposable Lower Classes”. Immediately after publishing, it felt like I had set almost too grand a goal for myself though I was writing about something I was passionate about and interested in. In struggling to find the right tone for a follow up column, however, I realized I was getting bogged down in information overload and possibly in over my head – I did mention my lack of for

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memoirs of a sober addict
a cautionary cocaine tale
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: general
1.18.10 • CLASSIC

White lines. Colombian marching powder. Nose candy. Devil dust. Blow. You've heard all the names for it, the whole reason why Tony Montana was cranked enough to tell people to say hello to his little friend. Just about everywhere, there's a cocaine culture. In New York, you really got to know it. But you weren't originally introduced to it in the Big Apple; a few years ago overseas, you remember your first line. Even now, you can still picture it perfectly cut from the ID card with the currenc

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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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occupational profiling
is this because i'm an irish guy in a police uniform?
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
7.23.09 • CLASSIC

When Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested at his Cambridge home this week I was struck by something. Clearly, most of the media attention focused on the possible racial profiling involved in the case. Did this ludicrous situation arise just because Gates is a black man? I found myself poring over the police report thinking to myself: I can't even trust this report. This could totally be a cop who knows he's going to be in trouble trying to cover his tracks. Slimy bastard. Later, upon refle

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longhair tv
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
2.24.10 • CLASSIC

My hair used to be REALLY long. Cliff Burton long. Conan the Barbarian long. Born-in-the70's-hit-puberty-in-the-80's long. There was nothing ironic or unusual about this. In my day - and at a burly 38, I feel entitled to an occasional in my day - if you were a young man who knew how to rock and roll all night and party every day, this was barely a choice at all. Growing your hair was as much a conscious decision as wearing jeans or eating fast food. It wasn't a question of should I grow it out

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