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much higher education
a plus b no longer equals c
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: news
11.2.11 • CLASSIC

Many, many years ago, I made one of those life-altering decisions that seemed like the only option at the time, felt like giving up, and would eventually cause pangs of regret in the years to follow. But now, in full hindsight, it turns out to be the smartest decision I ever made.

After graduating from high school on the positive side of the grading curve but not necessarily smashing that curve in any notable manner, I wound up at a prestigious, private technical school in upstate New York (Go Fractals!), one that I had worked very hard to get into and to which I had even earned a partial scholarship covering a good chunk of the total cost.

But from the moment I attended orientation and got the speech about which two thirds of us nerds would not be there at the end of four years, I got the shakes. Bad.

It wasn't about the courses, or the work, or the looming social scene or complete lack thereof. It was about the money.

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basic cable turns the tables
how hbo and nbc lost their grip on good tv
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
10.3.07 • CLASSIC

Where’s the best TV on TV these days? Used to be, that wasn’t even a question. The answer was self-evident. First, the self-evident answer was “network”, because original programming was network programming, and HBO was all “Taxicab Confessions” and six-times-a-day repeat viewings of Space Camp. Then, more recently, the self-evident answer was “HBO,” because they burst out of the gate with some of the most exciting shows in years –- “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City,” “Deadwood.” And now, the

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soda cap-put: the mycokerewards.com program
$1.75 for 3 points? sign me up!
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: pop culture
12.7.11 • CLASSIC

I owe you all an apology.

I did not write a column last month. For the first time since I was hired by Intrepid Media (November 1999), I was unable to discharge my duty as a monthly columnist. Admittedly, some of you may feel I owe you an apology for writing a column all the rest of the months, and to those people I say, to quote Abraham Lincoln, "go suck an egg."

My reasons for failure were manyfold (manifold?), but essentially it came down to having nothing to write about. Not that there weren't topics out there - Occupy Wall Street, the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, how I managed to get a splinter in the side of my foot (really) - however, I did not feel as though I could have constructed anything approaching a good column based on the ideas flitting through my head. Again, some of you may be thinking, "Has he ever written a good column?" The answer is yes I have. Your job is to search my archives for it. All 12 years.

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winning isn't everything
but it's so much better than losing
by michelle von euw
topic: sports
10.12.09 • CLASSIC

It’s over. Is it over? It could be over. It’s been almost decade. Quite a decade. Six titles between 2002 and 2009, and suddenly, the world has changed. Not just for me, who began it as a consummate obsessive Boston sports fan, and is ending it as exactly that, describing myself with the same basic terms. But it’s different. It means something completely different. For me, for my hometown, for the fans of Boston teams, and, perhaps most drastically, for those of you outside Boston, looking in i

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my kind of town?
new york state of mind
by mike julianelle
topic: general
1.7.08 • CLASSIC

It hasn't even been three months since I landed in Brooklyn and I already have a new pair of glasses that makes me look like the lead singer from Barenaked Ladies. All I need now is a beret and a vegan girlfriend and it'll be like I was born here. Brooklyn and its hipsters aside, the rap on New York city is that people here are assholes. Classless, big-mouthed jerks. But I was an asshole before I even got to New York. So what does that make me now? An asshole squared? At least I'm not a New Yor

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tune out to tune in
reducing external information clutter
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
9.29.11 • CLASSIC

In the book, Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Andrew Weil promotes a news fast one day each week. The theory is when people absorb too much news, especially the kind that induces feelings of helplessness, anxiety, or rage, this impacts their health in negative ways. These emotions stay rooted in the body unless progressively moved out.

If we are constantly taking time to read the top headlines, are we also creating a balance of positive influences to offset the news impact? Because the natural news cycle is gore, injustice, corruption, repeat. If it bleeds, it leads. Good news is no news, bad news is good news, no news is bad news. Without equal scales of information, we ingest a current of despair that can, quite literally, affect our health.

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my lunch with tommy
race, cinema and economics, live from beverly hills
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
5.16.11 • CLASSIC

Every so often, when I need to remind myself how close I am (physically, at least) to the A-list crowd in Los Angeles, I treat myself to lunch at an expensive restaurant often frequented by celebrities. It was a breezy Wednesday, in the low 70s, and the Beverly Hills hotspot was buzzing. As I was being led to my seat, I passed a table with an Academy-Award winning actor, and another with a blond, bubbly reality TV star. Still, I was there with them, in the middle of a weekday, so my presence was

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gaining your perspective
what is intrepid to the reader?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: writing
3.19.12 • CLASSIC

Welcome again! You've been guided through links and posts across cyberspace to arrive at this very moment here at Intrepid Media. Thank you for making that journey! On behalf of the Intrepid Media ("IM") crew, I welcome you.

Pardon me for being presumptuous, but haven't I seen you here before? Surely I have. You're here because you're my friend/family who comes because I send you links to my stuff. And may your deity of choice love you and bless you for it.

If that's not you, perhaps you are another staff member's friend/family who reads more than just their own friend/family member's stuff. Or, you frequent IM because you posted a comment once here because something one of our staffers said touched you in a real sort of way that said to you: "hey, that's a real person over there trying to communicate something real, and I want to talk back." Or maybe you wrote a story here once, because you fancy that sort of thing, and let's face it, you were looking for a place where you could post a story of your own like a real writer, and just end up in the op-ed section of the paper, and without being a "blogger" who is just posting something on their own, and, in something a little more substantial than 140 characters.

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dating
you're doin' it wrong
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
12.30.09 • CLASSIC

Once upon a time, I was drunk and sad on a layover in Amsterdam. Anyone can be drunk in Amsterdam, but why would anyone be sad in such a beautiful place? I was on a six day trip that included two twenty-four hour layovers in Den Haag, a gorgeous seaside town forty-five minutes outside of the city proper. Flying with some super-senior women, I was the low girl on the totem pole, and they were quite frankly really mean to me. Usually, I can deal with anyone, but this trip fell just after a

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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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the way we read now
amazon's kindle, and the present and future of the digital book.
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: tech
11.30.07 • CLASSIC

On my nineteenth birthday, I fell in love with a book. The moment my fingers touched the supple, green leather cover, worn soft and smooth from age, I knew that I had to own it, so much so that I told my dad that he could send back whatever present he had bought for me because this was it - the only thing I wanted. The content of the book (it happened to be The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas) was almost immaterial. The book itself was my object, and it remains one of my most prized possessi

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every step you take
the latest in stalking technology
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: tech
7.21.08 • CLASSIC

Unless you've been under a rock for the past 10 years, you've probably heard of this series of tubes called the Internet. Chances are (unless you have particularly thoughtful friends who have printed this column out, thereby rendering any of the handy links that are to follow completely useless) you're on the Internet right now. You might even be familiar with the lovely term Web 2.0. Web 2.0 is, as briefly as possible, a term to describe websites that embrace interactivity and user-generate

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polishing up the ball and chain
do you have this in designer?
by heather m. millen
topic: general
8.29.07 • CLASSIC

When I started writing for Intrepid Media, I really used it as an outlet to air out all my dirty laundry regarding relationships, life as a single gal in the city, conquests and heartbreaks. And now I write to you just two weeks short of my nuptials, something I've mocked endlessly on these very pages (if you do your research). Ah well, tis the circle of life I guess. Now as each circle comes around, I'm wondering if we forget entirely what the last pass was like. The other day, I was wat

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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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