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fake vegas 2
the apology
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
3.2.11 • CLASSIC

Dear Atlantic City, I'm sorry. Keep the money. Love, Joe I know. Not only is this my second sequel in a row, it's also my second column on Atlantic City in four months. To make it up to you, I spent dozens of hours embedding 21 separate instances in this column where you can add "That's what she said." Fun game? Or cheap gimmick? Yes. As for the AC, I'm just glad I didn't go too hard on the girl the first time around, and that I ended that column on a positive note -- that as s

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eleven ways to make 2011 pop
making more, and less, of the coming year
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: pop culture
1.5.11 • CLASSIC

On one hand, there's nothing we can do about the pop culture we've got coming up. The year will be what the year will be. Movie trailers will give too much of the plot away, the Oscar nominations will be somehow both rote and infuriating, TV will have too many shows we don't like and not enough shows we do, music will be a whole lot like TV, and heaven only knows what's going to happen in publishing. But still. We can dream. So here's what I'd like to see more of -- and less of -

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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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what a difference a decade makes
by michelle von euw
topic: general
12.11.09 • CLASSIC

A lot can change in a decade. As this one draws to a close, it's impossible for me not to look back at the last ten years and consider where we were when we started this millennium mired in Y2K fears, terrified that computers wouldn't be able to handle the switch from our short-sighted two-digit shorthand and consider a world beyond the 19-something-somethings. Two years later, we were dealing with a different type of fear, one that to most of us, felt much more real than the theoretical sc

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poker face
lady gaga's image control
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
8.6.10 • CLASSIC

A few months ago I wrote a hilarious column about the ways in which women inadvertently make themselves less attractive to the very men they are attempting to attract. And it got me thinking about appearances and superficiality and celebrity culture. And even though my column was about ugly girls and not ugly guys, I couldn’t help thinking about Lady Gaga. Unfortunately, that was a column in which I encouraged girls to sublimate any and all ambitions beyond procreation and therefore concentrat

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the bad boys of television
and why we love watching them
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: television
11.30.09 • CLASSIC

Periodically, entertainment magazines float out the titillating buoy title, "Bad Boys on Television!" There's a splash pictorial of hunks, usually all under age 25, shirtless, and pouty, or with wry sideways smiles and frisky forelocks loose across their foreheads. 9021-ooohh. The summer of 2009 was no exception. BuddyTV ran a "Which TV Bad Boy is Right for You?" quiz. AOL developed a slideshow featuring everyone from Spike (James Marsters of "Buffy" and "Angel") and Dr. Christian Troy (Julia

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tebow, christianity and american sports
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: sports
1.11.12 • CLASSIC

What's that you say? God wouldn't communicate to the world through a football player? Well, if you believe in God, and not just some vague metaphysical entity, but the God of the Bible, then you know He can communicate however He sees fit. (Talking donkey, anyone? A burning bush, perhaps?) And when you think about it, communicating through a sport that commands millions of eyeballs weekly and has the nerve to play it's games on the Lord's day, actually sounds like the way to go.

Do I believe God is using Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow to force us to think about Him? To confront how far a so-called “Christian nation” has turned from our creator? I do. But I also think He’s using me, and millions of other believers. Some of us just have bigger platforms.

And what a platform! Tim Tebow is currently the most polarizing figure in American sports, even more than Michael Vick, Kobe Bryant or Tiger Woods. He is easily the most criticized & idolized young quarterback to ever start an NFL game. Even before he’d played an NFL game, they couldn’t keep Tebow Bronco jerseys on the shelf. And it is that, not his devout faith, many of his critics say, that they can’t stand about him.

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getting in the van ii
my second tour
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: music
3.12.10 • CLASSIC

March 12, 2010: And so it begins, the Rocko Dorsey Spring tour. Last year, when I wrote about going on the Rocko Dorsey Texas run, I was totally psyched. I re-read that column from last year just before starting this one, and couldn't help but laugh. The prophetic moments were: (1) my use of some tense of the word "dream" three times, and (2) the culminating sentence towards the end: "If you see me in the next few days, I'll be the rock star that I always wanted to be." Before that first tou

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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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does this make me a mistress?
the socially gray place of being close friends with a childhood sweetheart
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
3.21.12 • CLASSIC

It's 2007. You're on the New York subway with your mother, and straining for a conversation topic that won't result in any telenovela-style fights. You write off money (those unpaid student loans), and also know mentioning God is a no-no unless you'd like to discuss going to Mass again. Therefore, you blurt out your childhood sweetheart's first name. Surely, your mom would be okay at hearing how he's doing, and the train ride to Little Italy won't feel so claustrophobic.

No such luck.

To your surprise, your mother arches her eyebrow and fixes you with the same gaze she used when you were in trouble. And, she tells you right then and there that you shouldn't talk to him anymore. After all, he's married.

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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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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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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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