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great job! you're fired!
how lonelygirl15 got jets coach eric mangini canned
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
1.2.09 • CLASSIC

I'll kick off 2009 with a confession. At this point in my career, I don't have a whole lot of fans. Those fans I do have, I've probably eaten lunch with at some point in 2008. This is not due to a populist streak in my genetic celebrity makeup, but more likely the fact that I'm still at the point where fan = aunt, or somewhere in that relative intimacy of previously established relationship. The ones who don't fall into that category are probably more like "appreciators." They don't dictate my m

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the you show, starring you
where new graduates are going from here
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
5.4.09 • CLASSIC

School’s almost out. If you’re graduating, from high school or college or grad school, you’re going to feel a strong obligation to get sentimental. Resist. But! But! You say. This is the last time we’ll X! Never again will we Y! OMG I can’t believe a month from now we all won’t be here in this room learning/eating/drinking/smoking/mocking/dodging Z! Resist. Rise above. Don’t give in to the urge to get weepy about the olden golden days of three-and-a-half months ago. Your friends and paren

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shut up! sit down!
sometimes sharing is not caring
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: pop culture
1.12.09 • CLASSIC

As I was reading the latest issue of Time Out New York (thanks, mom!) on the subway this morning, I turned to an article called something like, "What Your Trainer Is Really Thinking." It was basically the results of a poll the TONY people took among personal trainers in NYC. I won't not bore you with the details, but I did notice one question regarding what people tell their trainers (similar, they said, to what people tell their bartenders or hairdressers). And I quote: That their balls were t

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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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jukebox zero
putting a ceiling on the dancing
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
9.7.07 • CLASSIC

My fiance won't let me use the Guns 'n Roses song "Get In The Ring" for our first dance at our wedding. Maybe she's right. Maybe a song in with the lyric "I don't like you, I just hate you, I'm gonna kick your ass!" and in which the lead singer demands his antagonists "suck [his] fucking dick!" isn't quite wedding material. But goddammit, neither is Moulin Rouge! I'm realistic. I know that I can't have the DJ play all my favorite tunes during my wedding reception. I'm a rock guy, not a dance

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monkey me, monkey you
the serious matter of bad manners
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: general
9.29.08 • CLASSIC

The rabbi at the deli said, “You know what’s wrong with our world today? It’s all about me. Not you -- me. We’ve become too self-absorbed and we will suffer because of this.” I paid extra for a side of potato salad with my turkey and veggies on pumpernickel, but this insightful perspective was bechinam. There's real truth to his observation. Every day, I see examples of one-man-kind, not humankind. Few things spark my anger more quickly than someone berating a child in public, a

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an interview with charles burnett
talking with an african-american cinema icon
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: film
4.11.08 • CLASSIC

1988 MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Charles Burnett was born in 1944 and raised in Los Angeles. While a student at UCLA Film School, he directed the masterpiece Killer of Sheep (1977), which details a poor, black South Central L.A. man's emotional struggles in the face of his brutal day job. The film was later named one of the "100 Most Influential Films of All Time" by the National Society of Film Critics and was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress. Despite the obstacles

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cleaning a dirty mouth
quitting cursing cold turkey
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: humor
10.10.11 • CLASSIC

This article is about foul language and is not appropriate for children.

For as long as I’ve been old enough to use curse words, I have. Living in New York City from 2002-2005 did little to curb this behavior. I also had one work situation that featured cursing on an often and loud basis. Overall, since my mid-twenties especially, I’ve had little need, desire, nor encouragement to curb my foul-mouthed behavior.

Fact: I have been known to shout offensive words in public places just to cause a rise, because I think it’s funny, and especially after a few drinks. Fact: Cursing earned me a awesome rear corner office at my law firm, because people in the waiting room could overhear my cursing from my original smaller office. True story. The word mentioned was fuck, by the way. Just think about that when you want your corner office.

And now, after thirty-six years, I am changing my behavior. Kind-of, sort of.

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sir, you have entirely too much baggage
either pack your therapist or learn to pack light.
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
9.26.11 • CLASSIC

On a recent transcontinental flight, in between offering First Class a pre-departure beverage and greeting the shuffling masses, I had to keep one eye open for people and their drama. I mean baggage.

I shouldn't have to be the Bag Nazi. I'd much rather be nice to you, I truly would. It gives me wrinkles when I have to frown at you, admonish you, tell you to turn your phone off for the seventh time, ask you to please bring your seat up, request that you please hurry up and step out of the aisle, etc. I'd like to avoid that additional early aging if I could.

But the bag situation, well, it's getting out of hand.

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the good, the bling, and the ugly
gawking at the real housewives of atlanta
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: television
11.14.08 • CLASSIC

At this precise moment in time, I'm bitter. I'm annoyed that I'm not black, married to a celebrity athlete, divorcing a celebrity athlete, or just plain subsidized by some anonymous figure who calls himself Big Poppa. I'm likewise pissed off that I don't have a lifestyle that involves a 15,000-square foot house, a thousand pairs of designer shoes, or the ability to mooch a $68,000 gas-guzzling Cadillac Escalade that could hog a lane and a half. And, I would love to have a big fat box full of Chr

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from blog to book
an interview with sarah wendell
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: writing
7.22.09 • CLASSIC

We here at Intrepid are fans of the internet (shocking, I know). Not only has it brought us Beer Mapping and Cat Yodeling, but it has also - more than anything else - changed the relationship between readers and writers, challenging both groups to redefine themselves in terms of a new medium. With this new medium have come new opportunities for reading, writing, promoting, and interacting with other readers and writers. No-one knows the power of this new medium better than Sarah Wendell and Can

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love a fair
why i love typos
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: writing
6.22.09 • CLASSIC

Confession time: I love typos and misspellings. Don't get me wrong. They have no place in the real written word. They don't belong in books, newspapers, blogs, news articles, or any place where the author wants to be taken even halfway seriously. But, oh, thank god for the internet. Facebook and Twitter, those two magical huge social networking devices, provide me with an endless supply all on their own. The internet and cell phones with their infuriating number-pad, "Just press 5556665551

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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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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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