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fake vegas
busting myths in atlantic city
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
11.1.10 • CLASSIC

When my friend Scott and I booked ourselves a quick 36-hour Atlantic City slingshot off of a business trip I'd be taking, we knew what we were getting into. Sort of. We're both huge Vegas guys. Over the years and years (and years), we've graduated from the Tropicana to Caesar's, from free beer to free suites, and from multi-deck to single-deck. We'd been to several casinos outside of Vegas, from carbon-copies like Foxwoods to the somewhat terrifying international waters cruises to the sketch

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channeling the cooking channel
a new network of old favorites
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: television
7.5.10 • CLASSIC

When I heard that Food Network was spinning off a new sister network called the Cooking Channel, I was pretty thrilled. Cooking! Isn’t that the missing ingredient, if you will, in the Food Network’s recipe these days? Once jam-packed with how-to instruction, the network now gives over its prime time hours mostly to competition shows, ranging from the reasonably entertaining (Iron Chef) to the absurdly specific (who can make the best cake featuring a Disney princess playing water polo and/or crib

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listen, i'm not joking. this is my job!
dammit, jim, i'm an editor, not a monkey
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: writing
12.5.08 • CLASSIC

For those of you who don't know, I started a new job a couple of months ago. (cue cheers, applause, streamers, live animal sacrifices) After a brief sojourn into the exciting world of copying and pasting, I am once again a copy editor, this time correcting style and grammar for a pharmaceutical advertising agency. This means that I've started to return to the "notice every typo all the time" mindset. Which, last time around, really annoyed my friends when they sent me e-mails. Or it might jus

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beware the blues of february
the shortest month is short on inspiration
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
2.11.08 • CLASSIC

Is there a month worse than February? Every other month that graces the calendar has something to recommend it: March Madness, the start of baseball season, Memorial Day weekend, all the way through the sultry days of summer, the crisp weekends of fall, the cold nights of the winter holidays, culminating in January, a month packed full of long weekends, birthday celebrations, and good football. And with them? Good column topics. Just last February I complained about the overabundance of

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i am the decider
unless i'm not
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
12.8.08 • CLASSIC

I often have a difficult time pulling the trigger. Unlike Plaxico Burress! BOO YA! I'm obviously not talking about literal triggers; I've never fired off much more than a BB gun (and some sick ass one-liners). I'm not some anti-gun nut, though. Guns don't kill people, being shot kills people. So relax. The triggers I can't seem to pull are purely figurative. The whole phrase is just a metaphor for my indecisiveness! I'm not as bad as some people I know. For instance, I don't need to consult

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are you dead, ma'am?
living it up as a zombie extra
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: film
10.30.06 • CLASSIC

1 EXT. WINDSOR HEIGHTS FIRE STATION Armed civilians spray the parking lot with gunfire as bodies emerge from the shadows. The civilians are surrounded by moans and snarls. They try to aim higher, at the heads of those approaching, and their targets contort and stagger to the ground. CIVILIAN ONE (yelling, waving automatic machine gun around) Dammit! We’ve got to get out of here! CIVILIAN TWO But I can’t find Jim -– where’d he go? CIVILIAN ONE I thought –- oh my God! He’s surrounded! They

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so many tears
15 years to the week, looking back at tupac's masterpiece, me against the world
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: music
3.17.10 • CLASSIC

If we really are saying rap is an art form, then we got to be true to it and be more responsible for our lyrics. If you see everybody dying because of what you saying, it don't matter that you didn't make them die, it just matters that you didn't save them. TUPAC SHAKUR was in trouble. His childhood and adolescence had been one extreme to another: he was the child of a Black Panther and had their sense of uplifting the black community and distrust of the government. He was also the only son of

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woe the big 3
automakers want a bailout, but why should they get one?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
12.12.08 • CLASSIC

I like cars. I even like movies centered around cars, i.e.: Gone in 60 Seconds, Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run, Vanishing Point, Days of Thunder and The Fast and the Furious. I also like politics. You aren't bestowed the title of "chief white house correspondent" for nothing around here. So when the Big 3 automakers are on Capital Hill, you know I'm watching. The request for money by the Big 3 was broken up into two trips, the first summarized like this: Carmakers: We need a financ

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should have, would have, could have
how to set and reach goals
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
11.21.11 • CLASSIC

“Should have, Would have, Could have.”

It’s a phrase tossed out when your dad has nothing better to say and you’ve been whining at him about something in life not going your way. Your dad has the perspective of time and distance. Whatever you’re whining about is probably something he has already dealt with and moved on from. You, on the other hand, are frustrated and irritated because whatever it is you’re whining about is fresh, recent and intensely personal.

You would have bought stock in Apple long ago had you known it was going to go big. You should have finished your degree a decade ago, now you’re settled in a career where you can’t advance unless you have one. You could have invented that pasta pot with the draining lid, you thought of it way before that commercial was so prevalent on late-night infomercials.

Did you, though?

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hot, bothered, and wanting more
a firsthand account of a first-time lap dance
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
8.13.08 • CLASSIC

Happy Birthday to you. Your friends have been saying that to you all night. They said it at the restaurant, and said so at the bar. Next thing you know, they're attempting to make themselves heard over the loud, thumping house beats you're all jamming to in the strip club. And you're all so close to the speakers that you can feel the bartop reverbate underneath your elbows and cigarettes. However, at that moment, you don't really care if your hearing will require an earpiece when you return

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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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where have all the bad guys gone?
i miss the days when they just wanted to take over the world
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: film
5.31.10 • CLASSIC

I noticed it first in one of the worst movies I've ever seen: G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra. I'm actually ashamed to admit that I watched it, a little more ashamed to say that I actually took guilty pleasure in it, and I should probably be punished for actually using it as the basis of film critique, but here we are! Let me see if I can sum up the relationships in this movie correctly: The protagonist (Duke) is the ex-fiance of one of the primary antagonists (the Baroness). She works for an or

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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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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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re: irrussistible
I am not going to read it this time. I do and I just cannot pull myself together to comment. It is a beautiful tribute. I am very glad that you wro...

re: guns don't kill people....
Can we please find a way to heal and protect? I NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man opened fire Friday inside two classrooms at the Connecticut elementary sc...

re: a year without netflix
I would expect that and especially Netflix. Marketing, baby. They're spending zillions to get new subscribers....

re: everybody poops
What a bunch of crap! :-D Sorry. I tried to let it pass. Butt I'm weak. [edited]...

re: you are on your own heroes journey
Too short. Sigh. Thanks Maigen. I just miss him. I am glad that I can find people who cared deeply for him here. He had such good friends here!...


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