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lulu partners with intrepid media
this is what intrepid media is built for
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: news
6.9.09 • CLASSIC

World Domination! Maybe that's a little too much. Massive outright dominance of the secondary publishing market? You bet! Celebrate with me. Today marks the official launch of the partnership between Intrepid Media and Lulu. Help us welcome them by going to lulu.intrepidmedia.com and registering with them. Then, if you have it in you, write a blockbuster novel or a hands-on guide to getting rich or your memoirs and then publish it and sell a million copies. It won't cost you a thing. This is

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march away from madness
when bracketology goes wrong
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: sports
4.4.08 • CLASSIC

I don't care about sports, except once a year for a few weeks, when I become dangerously overinvested in men's college basketball. I research every team in the tournament, from Siena to St. Joe's, the Hilltoppers to the Zags. I make my picks, obsess over my bracket, glue my ear to the local sports radio station. (Note: local Philly sports radio doesn't actually broadcast the tournament but does comment on it nonstop, with a strikingly frequent use of the word "fazool.") Over a small contribution

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short and sweet
in defense of dating the shorter man
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
6.4.12 • CLASSIC

Some of you may be aware that I've been ridiculously adamant over the years that what I write for Intrepid Media (you're reading it right now) is not a blog, but a column. I've made the argument that it publishes on a set schedule. I've made the argument that I wouldn't be able to get away with just posting something like, "I've been thinking about ninjas a lot. Discuss." I've made the argument that in no way have I ever referred to something I wrote here as an "entry." I've made the argument that if you insist on calling it a blog, I will punch you in the arm.

This is why it's maybe slightly ironic that based party on my Intrepid Media columns, I've been tapped to write a blog for the Weight Watchers Web site. It's true. Through a sort of roundabout route, the editor of the site offered me the job last month. I've got about 10 entries (I know) so far. I've been tasked with writing at least 2 per week, so if you find yourself going through me withdrawal before my next month's Intrepid Media column, you can get your fix early. First taste is free.

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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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this book is a movie
strike that, reverse it
by mike julianelle
topic: film
2.6.09 • CLASSIC

Whenever I make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - which is more and more often these days as my household feels the economic crunch - I make sure to spread the jelly first. And thank God I do. If I dip the knife into the peanut butter BEFORE I spread the jelly on, it's a lot harder to remove the residue that remains after I put the peanut butter on the bread. I need to either get a new knife, take a minute to clean the old knife, or - and this is what typically happens when you're lazy - p

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kids need to read
a progressive nonprofit inspiring imagination
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
10.27.11 • CLASSIC

The next time you pick up a book to read, hold on to that feeling of anticipation for a moment.

Then imagine what it would be like to not experience that sensation. Close your eyes to the characters who speak to you, make you cry, force you to think. Try to forget the story that leaves you with a "book hangover" the next day because you stayed up much too late into the night to finish it. Ignore the destinations you've visited, cultures you've explored, theories you've tested.

With one click, you know you can order any book you want. Children should also have such easy access to books. Unfortunately, some don't.

The charitable organization Kids Need to Read (KNTR) opens up a world of endless possibilities to children through literacy. Founded by author PJ Haarsma, actor Nathan Fillion, and executive director Denise Gary, KNTR provides children with books through school and community programs. In this extensive interview, Gary details why the demand is so great, how the program works, and the many ways we can help.

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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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constructing the underdog, part iii: iraq policy
why are we even bothering to save iraq?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: news
3.26.08 • CLASSIC

This article is part a series intended to foster open discussions on the issues as we get set to elect the next President of the United States. See here for more info on the concept, and here for the piece on immigration. You're invited to add your two-cents by joining the discussion. This month, I'm taking on the war in Iraq. THE ISSUE : Ongoing U.S. troop involvement in Iraq. I'm not going to replay the how and why we're there; the focus of this piece is to discuss what the next President

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it's never too early to get started
the rest of my life starts today
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
1.13.10 • CLASSIC

I made a Life List. I'm still not entirely certain what sparked the desire to list all of the things I'd like to do before I die. I saw The Bucket List. I read GQ's "75 Things Every Man Should Do" (I know I'm a girl, but why should guys get all the fun!?). Online, I randomly wandered across awesome lists of things that awesome people do and thought to myself "I'd like to do those one day". The thought that immediately followed was: why wait? Why wait until I think I'm going to die? Why

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please don't whip my annie's hair
how will smith is ruining my pop culture with his children
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: pop culture
2.16.11 • CLASSIC

Somebody stop Will Smith. Though I've liked him since lip-synching "Parents Just Don't Understand" at my seventh-grade talent show, I believe Will Smith is on the verge of committing a second pop culture atrocity. Already guilty of purposely retooling The Karate Kid as a star vehicle to launch his son Jaden with, Smith is angling to remake the classic musical "Annie" for his daughter Willow- who hasn't got any proven acting skills past smiling. ("Whip My Hair" does not count as actual trainin

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loving
a part of our speech
by sarah ficke (@DameMystery)
topic: news
4.16.12 • CLASSIC

Loving: Noun
Loving begins as a noun, but not just any noun. Loving is a personal noun; it is something we experience only through the prism of ourselves. We can’t point to the source of love, diagram its location, or dissect it from our body, and yet it is there. Loving is also a noun in the stricter sense: Richard Loving, a white man born in Caroline County, Virginia, in 1933.

Loving: Verb
Loving may begin as a noun, but we know it best as a verb. We recognize love only because we see it in action: caring, sharing, laughing, kissing, touching, soothing, healing, helping, grieving. These actions can shape our lives, yet we can’t trace them to a source. Love – of nature, of creatures, of music – is a mystery in the abstract, but vibrant in reality. Something happens in your spirit, your physical heart might thump, your nerves might jitter, and suddenly that potential for love comes out into the open. That kind of spark caught Richard Loving (noun: white) and Mildred Jeter (noun: black) and whirled them into action. They were loving each other, and – as it always does – that love was shaping their lives.

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a guide to guide books
on writing episodical non-fiction
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: writing
9.21.11 • CLASSIC

Funny story. When I got this contract to write a book about North Carolina Beer and Breweries I foolishly thought that it would be a relatively easy assignment. I mean, you're talking a couple of 6x9 pages per brewery, including photos and a profile. What's that, like... 1,000 words per brewery? 1,500? How hard could that be? I can probably bang through that in a weekend.

I mean, how hard can it be to gather a little bit of fact about each place and summarize it?

It turns out this is hard work.

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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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socialgeist
slimed by digital ectoplasm
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
3.14.12 • CLASSIC

Man, I've worked with some really fantastic people. People I'm proud to call friends 20 years later; folks I hope to know for many years to come. Others, despite our natural chemistry and the sharing of a thousand pizzas and coffees and cigarettes (I've since quit), I keep only in my memory, for whatever inexplicable reasons people have for maintaining distance in the face of friendship.

But then sometimes – and it's a fortunate rarity – there are people I just want to forget completely. Inevitable adversaries that've had such an ill effect on my psyche, I not only want them out of my life, I want any residual smears of negative energy they’ve left in my airspace GONE. FOREVER. The idea that they might irrevocably occupy some part of my brain is not only depressing, it’s offensive. All I want is for their memory to just...peter away, down the drain of my subconscious, and with any luck...poof! Gone.

“TOO BAD!” say Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

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