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the guy that hates me
a lesson in showmanship
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: general
11.1.06 • CLASSIC

If I've learned anything over the last seven years, it's how to put myself out there. And I'll share a little secret with you. It's not rocket science. Being a published writer brings with it a certain amount of Q-Score, not the "What did you just say about the Jews?" kind, more of a "Your name sounds familiar -- are you by any chance an airline pilot or town alderman?" kind. For most of my life I've been the kind of personality that loves attention but hates going after it. Just admitting t

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the five minute column
consciousness it streams
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
6.4.07 • CLASSIC

start your stopwatches so there is a point to this column though of course you may have to work a little harder to find it than usual given that its hard to read the stream of consciousness stuff i mean pure stream of consciousness not the stuff where we go back and add in parentheses and places to breathe and yes id really like to breathe right now and so would you so periodically i will pause a bit so we can all go ah and here it is like this ah the idea is that youre getting a direct look

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turnstyles
how do i edit thee? let me count the ways.
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
11.8.10 • CLASSIC

Eleven years ago, to the week, I wrote my first column for Intrepid Media. (In my head right now you're all applauding. It's like when you come in 1st in Mario Kart.) It was called "Decisions, Decisions" and it had to do with whether I'd made the right call in choosing to go to grad school for journalism. Last year, for my 10th anniversary column, I revisited that question and came away still not 100% certain. However, as I look back on where I was in November 1999, there is one definite conclu

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tv wrongs and rights
a spring roundup of dolls, teens, and love gods
by michelle von euw
topic: pop culture
4.8.09 • CLASSIC

After watching yet another lackluster episode of “Dollhouse,” a show I've stuck with only because of banked goodwill by Joss Whedon, Eliza Dushku, and anyone even tangentially involved with “Battlestar Galactica” (in this case, Tahmoh Penikett), I suddenly realized why it is destined to fail. We don’t like our dramatic main characters stupid. Sidekicks can be silly. Comedic leads can be goofy, or oblivious, or clueless. Love interests can be vapid, and there’s always the airhead blonde ste

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slang played
the birth of phrasation
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
7.6.09 • CLASSIC

Let's not get into etymology, here. I'm no scientist. But I do want to talk about language, about slang. And the way certain pieces of it become ubiquitous, while others die awkward deaths, flailing for traction outside of the small cliques of wanna-be trendsetters and would-be linguists where they were birthed. Birthed by people like me. Doubt my credentials? I not only have a way with words, I'm desperate for people to recognize it. I'll never forget the day I saw this magazine cover and imm

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psssst…i have your secret
a negative view of shilling the positive
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: pop culture
5.28.07 • CLASSIC

Napoleon Hill suggested that you Think and Grow Rich. Norman Vincent Peale coined The Power of Positive Thinking. Professor Harold Hill called it The Think System. La de da, la de da. Rhonda Byrne is the creator of the new thought phenomenon, The Secret, the principles of which suggest that all your troubles will fade away and what you most desire will come to you after you master the “law of attraction.” The concept is that your thoughts are magnetic and create your future, so what you thi

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katrina's aftershocks
where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: news
12.20.06 • CLASSIC

Sixteen months have passed and there's been hardly a word. The war's still going on in Iraq, and hardly a word. They've refurbished the Superdome, the Saints are playing well, and still, hardly a word. Our administration's failure -- from the Oval Office, down through state and local officials, down to everyone's favorite whipping boys, FEMA -- have been indicted by everyone from CNN to Spike Lee, and now, 1 1/3 years later, it is both the most recent and quickly forgotten tragedy in America

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the van smells like a**!
self-promoted touring. rocko dorsey, spring 2009 (part ii)
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: music
4.15.09 • CLASSIC

Last month, I brought you a shameless self-promotional piece about my band going on tour. Despite hope, I'm not following up with a piece about getting signed. And despite popular demand, I'm not following up with my tales of debauchery. The antics, the nonsense, the essence of the rock and roll experience, I'm not giving away those stories away for free. If you're interested in buying the rights to the Jeff Walker and /or the Rocko Dorsey biography, please have your people call my people. I

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how to be happy
a simple quest with humble results
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
3.22.10 • CLASSIC

I took six months off from work to figure out why I was so unhappy, even though life appeared to be going well. I was making money, I was finished with a relationship that was unhealthy for me, I was busy and had many friends…why would I be unhappy? So I, after some great advice came from many different quarters, I took some time for me and I went to India. During my tour of India I had many amazing experiences, but I have to say the moments that stick with me the most are four conversation

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talk nerdy to me
appreciating today's nerdy man
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: humor
7.16.08 • CLASSIC

Ladies and gays, listen up. That preppy-looking GQ cutie? Bo-ring. The brooding guy mentally undressing you in the biker jacket? Pass. That gym baby you kind of suspect has bigger hots for Milo Ventimiglia than he does for you? Ignore. You can do way, way better than those guys — who, incidentally, all look alike when you're beer-goggled and in the dark. Instead, think Revenge of the Nerds' Lewis or Gilbert, "Buffy"'s Xander, or even "Heroes"'s Masi Oka. Think NERD. Now, before you associat

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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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understanding the zombie invasion
the popular culture of the undead
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
3.23.09 • CLASSIC

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the graveyard at night, it turns out there's a zombie invasion and the only thing you can think is: "Again?" Zombies are an interesting phenomenon, and not only for their keen fashion sense and their undying love of fresh brain. Whether risen from a shallow grave as a result of an ancient unholy rite, or created from the worldwide pandemic of a virus gone horribly out of control, zombies have one thing in common: they're so damned hip. Of cou

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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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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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