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humblebrag
yeah, you do it too
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: pop culture
6.1.11 • CLASSIC

When you waste as much time as I do staying on top of social and popular culture, there are certain trends you can't ignore, even if they do kind of stab you in the eye once in a while. For example, I recently discovered, through the painful task of reviewing the long public history of my own writing, that I was one of the first to start using the now pedestrian "Did that just happen?" (1995) and "I know. Right?" (2005). This culminated recently in the totally immature prospect of sneaking in

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there's a word for it
the art of the title
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: writing
2.3.10 • CLASSIC

So, my first novel is coming out next spring. A year and change from now. I would like you to buy it, of course. I would like you to buy many many copies and give them to everyone you've ever met and organize book club discussions around them. Also parties. And parades. And over-the-top festivities of all sorts. To that end, I would also like to tell you what the novel is called, but: right now, I can't. It's an occupational hazard of publishing, this. (Of course publishing has SO many occupat

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clear and presents danger
musings on holiday gifting
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
12.8.10 • CLASSIC

“What do you want for Chanukah next week?” my mom asked me. “Peace on Earth; good will towards men,” I answered. “Please pass the turkey and cranberry sauce.” For those of you who don’t know, The Jewish Festival of Gifts Lights came strikingly early this year. Usually, it’s somewhere around Christmas, largely because they both started as Pagan holidays for the Winter Solstice. Semantically speaking. Except that for one of the holidays we symbolically light up a multi-branched ornamental symbo

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do what i say, not what i do
advice from the queen of all things procrastination
by michelle von euw
topic: writing
6.5.09 • CLASSIC

“Dear Professor,” the email reads. “I started to write my poetry collection, but after 2 poems, I came up with a bad case of writer’s block. I really love this class, and I’m really excited about this assignment, but I have to let you know that the ten page poetry assignment that’s due in five minutes will only be a page and a half. I hope you understand.” One part of me – the one that meticulously creates assignment sheets and spends entire class periods explaining exactly how writing is wo

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quality control
parental guidance is required
by mike julianelle
topic: pop culture
1.12.11 • CLASSIC

One of my friends sent me an amazing Christmas gift – an Omar bib. It’s ostensibly for my baby, but since my ignorant son has no awareness of the “The Wire," let alone any idea who Omar is, the gift was clearly more for me. Besides, a piece of art like this is not meant to mop up drool. But I did hazard a few pictures of my son wearing it. The soon-to-be-framed bib got me thinking. One of the aspects of being a dad that I’m most excited about is the opportunity to share my favorite things wi

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operation sunbeam
cassie and marlo listen in
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: writing
6.29.09 • CLASSIC

"The guys were bragging about bringing showgirls up to their rooms, getting them super drunk, and then trying to score with them right when the bombs went off. Typical Vegas-guy-weekend stuff. They were well into their 70s, though, so it was odd to hear their bravado." Here she goes again. I've noticed lately I don't even need to ask questions she will just tell me anything, anything at all, barely taking a breath, like there's an hourglass only she can see with a ribbon of sand left to drop a

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jason point
the ups and downs of creating an amusement park in your front yard
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: humor
9.14.09 • CLASSIC

As a child, I adored Cedar Point, our local amusement park, and eagerly awaited my trip there each summer. I could think of no better place in the world. On the way there, I aggravated my parents the entire hour-long drive from Toledo to Sandusky. “Are we there yet?” I asked, every ten seconds. “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” Once inside the park, I floated, transfixed by its exhilarating rides and kaleidoscopic arcades, by the soft cotton candy that warmed in my mouth on the way to t

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make a homeless dog your dog
i bet you'll say life is better
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: general
10.21.09 • CLASSIC

I love my adopted dogs. Every dog I've had was a rescue dog, or some sort of unwanted give-away dog. This October, the ASPCA "invites you to celebrate the fabulous canine!"; it's Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month. And so, I'm sharing my dog stories. First the bad: not every adoption experience was great. I had a beagle with a metal hip who was equally likely to attack or urinate on strangers if startled (or for whatever other reason, frankly). He was pretty loyal to me, but temperamental. There

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hey you, go home!
how to avoid messing up a one night stand.
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: humor
5.27.09 • CLASSIC

We've all been there. A night out, you've been drinking, you're horny and the person you've been flirting with seems really receptive...so you take them home. Or you go to their place. It's all giggles and kissing in the cab, groping in the stairwell, fumbling for the keys. Finally you're inside and clothes start flying off, chairs are bumped into, maybe a roommate is woken up. Things get hot and sweaty and... And it can all go horribly wrong at any time. I want to help you, though, so he

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rock on, robin
the top chef: las vegas cheftestant shares a few of her own personal ingredients
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: television
10.19.09 • CLASSIC

Fans and viewers of Bravo's "Top Chef: Las Vegas", take note: Chef Robin Leventhal is a survivor. Currently competing in the hit show's sixth season, the feisty cheftestant has become one of the top eight contenders for the "Top Chef" title. In addition to impressing culinary star Michelle Bernstein and showing a younger generation of peers that she's no old lady to underestimate at 43, she has also squared off against two types of lymphoma— and won. As "Top Chef: Las Vegas" prepares to a

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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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google+
a post-technologist's early review
by erik lars myers (@TopFermented)
topic: tech
7.11.11 • CLASSIC

When I heard about Google+ I was excited. Yeah, I am nerd, hear me roar. Without much to go on but a cryptic Flash movie and hear-say, I had that tingling I used to get as a kid whenever I would go out and buy a new video game. I would spend the entire trip home thinking about how I was going to waste an entire weekend playing it to death. It was the tingle of anticipation for new content, new stories, an exploratory experience, and something new to learn and become proficient at. That kind

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future tenz
the sexier decade ahead
by jeff miller (@jmillerboston)
topic: pop culture
1.6.10 • CLASSIC

In The Tenz, we fly in hovercars fueled by laughter and rock n' roll. We've adopted a single global language, which is a hybrid of all known languages with a sprinkle of jazz theory. Consequently we're all getting along much better, and everybody can dance. Moral and religious disputes have gone the way of Disco, praise Gawd. World peace sets the stage for tolerance, innovation, and a new cultural renaissance. Creativity and intelligence are valued over celebrity and convenience. Our elected le

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