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stop blaming bush
let's talk about the real problem
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: sports
10.1.10 • CLASSIC

What I did to you just now was wrong, and I admit that. And even though I usually can't stand this excuse, it wasn't my fault. Blame it on the system. If I have to bend the rules and use subterfuge to get ahead in this sea of Internet noise, then so be it, because everyone else is doing it. Sure, I can be expected to operate at a huge disadvantage under rules that no one else is following and ultimately put everything I've got out there for the satisfaction of everyone except me. I can do tha

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must-see, but not on tv
should tv lovers switch off the set?
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
8.4.10 • CLASSIC

Around this time last year, I mused about watching TV not on TV, all the ways we can see television shows via Hulu and Netflix-streaming and DVD. This year, I'm taking it to the next level. TV off the TV set isn't just an alternative to following the old one-episode-a-week-during-the-season pattern. It's better. We're overwhelmed with entertainment options, aren't we? Books and movies, TV and music, in the house and in the theatre and on our iPad/phone/Wii/whatever. While I don't automatical

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smokin'
we're gonna play you a song, a little bit of rock-n-roll
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: music
5.10.10 • CLASSIC

“I have to tell you, I’m kind of nervous,” he confided to his friend. “I get that.” “I practiced, like, two hours a night every night for the last week.” “I get that, too.” “This beer is helping.” “I get that.” He ran through the music once more in his head. Da-ta da-ta d-d-d-da-ta… The band on before them was just finishing up. “I need another beer.” “I’ll get that.” Thanks. He looked around for the rest of the guys he was playing with, most of whom spent a lot of time on stage, in

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do what i say, not what i do
advice from the queen of all things procrastination
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
6.5.09 • CLASSIC

“Dear Professor,” the email reads. “I started to write my poetry collection, but after 2 poems, I came up with a bad case of writer’s block. I really love this class, and I’m really excited about this assignment, but I have to let you know that the ten page poetry assignment that’s due in five minutes will only be a page and a half. I hope you understand.” One part of me – the one that meticulously creates assignment sheets and spends entire class periods explaining exactly how writing is wo

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baby stakes
a change is gonna come
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
4.23.10 • CLASSIC

Being tired sucks. Being exhausted is worse. And being awake for 36 hours while taking a red-eye flight across the country and going straight to work is just plain hell on earth. Can anyone sleep on an airplane? Can anyone even take a nap while sitting in a middle seat, sandwiched between a late-boarding meat-head with bruised knuckles who falls asleep to “Born To Run” (really?!) and a crazy sleep-mask-wearing pregnant lady who lays her head on your shoulder the whole seven hours from Seattle t

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yes, yes, you were bitchin’
now go away
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: pop culture
11.29.10 • CLASSIC

Friends, an epidemic is sweeping our nation, threatening our moral fiber with false promises, cult of personality, and quirky catchphrases. No, I’m not talking about Sarah Palin. The circumstances are far more heinous than even she could present. The great threat to us now is 80s nostalgia. I am a child of the 80s. I had the bleached-blonde rattail, the multiple ear piercings, and the linebacker shoulder pads. With a delicate balance, my musical tastes switched between the grand despair of M

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requiem for a heavyweight
remembering the late, great heavy d
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: music
11.11.11 • CLASSIC

If you had asked me, earlier in the week, to name my favorite five or ten or twenty rappers of that golden time of hip-hop between 1986 and 1993, I would not have mentioned Heavy D. He created gems with seemingly so little effort that it was easy to take him for granted. But more so than many of the rappers I would have named, were it not for Heavy D, that era would look very different.

He was a part of an interesting chapter of the genre, guys like Kid N’ Play, Redhead Kingpin, etc., that mixed playful raps with sing along hooks and sampled songs that your parents could easily identify. But aside from the hits (and there were many), Heavy’s influence over hip-hop really cannot be overstated: He was the first rap star to preside over a major music label (Uptown Records, in ’96, a decade before Jay-Z’s more ballyhooed turn at Def Jam.) He gave a 19-year-old Howard University student named Sean “Puffy” Combs the internship that would prove to be his big break. And he introduced the world to his soon to be legendary cousin, DJ/producer Pete Rock, and his neighbor, R&B pretty boy Al B. Sure, all part of the Mount Vernon posse that had a mini full nelson on the urban music scene in the late 1980s/early 90s.

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it's getting pretty hot here
an interview with tash bennett
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
5.17.10 • CLASSIC

Unless you're a firefighter, odds are you'll probably never find yourself aiming a hose at a tree burning dangerously close to an apartment building. And even if you did find yourself in this situation, odds are that you wouldn't be half naked. But that's exactly the situation 27 year-old fitness instructor, Tash Bennett, of Darwin, Australia, found herself in last week. First reported by the Northern Territory News, Bennett was tanning by the pool and listening to her iPod when, according

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basic human rights
where do you draw the line?
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: news
3.25.09 • CLASSIC

We've all read about the "Octomom", an extreme example of the baby-manufacturing industry gone wrong. This woman, a single mother on welfare living in California who already had six children, just gave birth to eight more. All fourteen of them were conceived with the assistance of in-vitro fertilization. I know I'm not the only person who's quite shocked and not just a bit outraged by this situation -- the country-wide backlash was matched only by the positive outpouring of support

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the aftermath of suicide
reaching acceptance, little by little
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
5.20.11 • CLASSIC

As I sit down, I take note of time passed. It's been two months since my aunt chose to kill herself, an eight-week span that's shaken me and my family to our core. Two months is a pretty decent chunk of time. My day-to-day life is easy to go about once again, and I can sleep without rewinding the details of her death in my head. But, her story still makes me shiver. In the time that's passed, I also discovered relevant details that colored my aunt's mindset in her last days. My cousins told

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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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oktoberfest
a primer
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
9.23.09 • CLASSIC

This past Saturday marked the beginning of Oktoberfest 2009. For the next 2-ish weeks, it'll be nothing but polka, sausages, and tasty, tasty Oktoberfest beer, no matter where you turn. What's that I hear you say? It's only September? Why so it is! It so happens that Oktoberfest begins in September and didn't even originally involve binge drinking. A quick dive into history The first Oktoberfest wasn't a beer festival at all. It was a commemoration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig

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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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