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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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a tale of two hashtags
soaring and giggling on twitter
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
6.6.11 • CLASSIC

I woke up late Saturday, hoping to make progress on a boatload of writing assignments (including this one) and took a quick moment to check Twitter. If you're on Twitter, of course, you understand how "a quick moment on Twitter" oh-so-quickly turns into 15 minutes or a half-hour or more, for a number of reasons. Because it's a conversation. Depending on who you're talking to, and what they have to say, you might close the window and walk away after a moment -- or you might find yourse

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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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the seven year itch
why can't tv do right by marriage?
by michelle von euw
topic: television
10.10.08 • CLASSIC

After months of ignoring the critical buzz, I finally succumbed to the pressure, and watched the first DVD of the acclaimed drama "Mad Men". While the show certainly looked gorgeous and authentic, as much as I can judge what is authentic in terms of a 1960s Manhattan advertising firm, I had trouble warming up to the characters. The men and women who populate the show, or at least the first three episodes, are a bit too cold and distant for me to really care about their struggles. I understa

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pandora's box
blue-icidal tendencies
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
5.7.10 • CLASSIC

This past Wednesday I did something unprecedented. For the first time in my life, I got up and went for a run before work. Running through the park early in the morning on a beautiful spring day, I saw a side of it I’d never before witnessed; a quiet, peaceful side, unblemished by packs of howling children, swarms of yelping dogs and that one random guy who practices break-dancing on a piece of cardboard. Not sure the early morning, pre-work run is going to become a habit, but I think I kind o

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make a choice, not a child
open letter to teenage girls
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
6.30.08 • CLASSIC

To every teenage girl: I’m not your mother, your grandmother, an aunt, a teacher, or your boyfriend’s stepmom. You don’t know me, so you might be surprised that I care about your future and well-being. There’s a whole lotta hoopla surrounding you right now. Because of the rumors of a teen pregnancy pact. Because even with all the information and assistance available, teen pregnancy rates have gone up. Because of the constant debate over teaching simply abstinence as sex education or combini

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they shoot with film, don't they?
some thoughts on the film .vs digital civil war
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
6.6.12 • CLASSIC

Times are changing fast, with technology transforming all we see around us. Those of us alive long enough to remember cassette tapes, encyclopedias and phones that couldn't do everything for us, are often forced to adapt or be left behind. In the film and photography worlds, a civil war has emerged over the last decade or so, between those who prefer shooting film or digital, a civil war that would've been unthinkable in the past.

I remember film school like yesterday. There was an immediacy to shooting on film that made me realize how essential preparation was. When I had to pay out of my own, broke, out-of-state pockets to purchase 8mm film, and mail it to a lab in Boston where it would be developed, and, hopefully, returned, I learned quickly that I needed to know what I was doing when I filmed.

We used light meters but that didn't mean it wouldn't return under lit. I had 20/20 vision, but that didn't mean shots may not have returned out of focus. I remember sitting in dark editing rooms at the renowned Pittsburgh Filmmakers facility, splicing the tiny film with an Exacto knife and taping it back to the preferred next shot. Film editing, they called it. I have only seen my film school shorts once since I graduated in 1998. They are not good, but I can't imagine my future films without them. Shooting with film the way we did was the most difficult thing I can imagine. And that's exactly why it was essential.

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constructing the underdog, part viii: having faith
it's all about your world view
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
8.18.08 • CLASSIC

This article is part of a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See more info about the concept here. You're invited to add your two cents by joining the discussion. [[writer's note: this piece was turned in absolutely, positively, last-minute late [as my editor can tell you]. Sorry, but it was due to a recent religious experience]] I wasn't planning on address faith in this series. As you may know, I am not

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find a couch on craigslist, not a boyfriend
a horror story about internet dating
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
11.23.09 • CLASSIC

I hadn't intended to return home so soon. When I unpacked my backpack a couple of weeks ago, I found all of the cold-weather clothes that I had packed as well as summer clothes. My plans for travel were much longer than my bank account would allow though, so I'm home to work for a while and re-attack my country-hopping itinerary. Best-laid plans and all, right? I knew I'd be here for a while, and since I don't know many people in the area, I thought I'd give internet dating a try. I joined

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attack of the text-message bitch-slap
a transcript of a casual smackdown
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
2.23.07 • CLASSIC

Yesterday, a series of text messages bitch-slapped me: Me: “Hey, I was upset you flaked with no explanation last week. I may not be a friend per se, but do me the courtesy of letting me know when things fall through.” BP: “Yo Alex, d truth is I wanted 2 hook up, but I’ve been c-ing someone & felt guilty as it got closer & didn’t know what 2 say. Sorry, honestly.” Me: “Well, I wish you would have said something sooner. Right now, I feel very foolish.” BP: “Y? It’s my fault, I just didn’t know w

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the power to decide
why it’s necessary for women to control their birth control
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
3.7.12 • CLASSIC

When Sandra Fluke stood up to testify in front of Congress on February 23rd about the importance of accessible birth control for all women, she probably didn’t expect to be called a prostitute. Women probably didn’t think that, in March of 2012, we’d be defending our right to use a medicine that was approved for sale 52 years ago. And yet, here we are again having to convince people – primarily men – that women do have the right to have sex without pregnancy.

We live in a time when men are lowering or erasing the barriers that allow them to get women pregnant (see: insurance-subsidized Viagra), while making it harder and harder for women to prevent conception. While the issue is birth control, no-one is really talking about condoms in this case. Condoms are available on supermarket shelves, they cost less to buy, and they are known to prevent STIs – a definite medical benefit. They also require the consent of a man. The real subject of the conversation is the pill: the birth control method that women control and that women can practice with or without a man’s knowledge or consent.* The question then becomes not just should women use contraception, but should women be allowed to choose contraception on their own? There are many excellent reasons why the answer is – and should always be – yes.

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how to be a badass, part 2
the internet has spoken.
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: pop culture
3.19.08 • CLASSIC

It's not often that Google tells you something without you actually asking for it, but to me it has. The search engines have spoken and they have told me that the internet-using public are a sad, sad lot. As you may or may not know (but I'd wager, given what Google tells me, that the majority of you do) I wrote a column on how to be a badass in ten easy steps. What you may not know is that premium subscribers of Intrepid Media (available to you for only a few dollars a month) have this great

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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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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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