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5 things you must do to quit being such a douche
social media and writer laziness are killing quality content
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: writing
8.1.11 • CLASSIC

I know. You see a title like that and there's a little part of you, no matter how savvy you are, that thinks: "Jeezus, I'd better read that and make sure I'm not doing and/or won't do one of those potential things. And thank God somebody distilled it down to five, so I can check them off my list quickly, before I have another chance to exhibit any douchiness in public." Or some variation of that. I'm also pretty confident that you'll forgive me for that ruse of a title. First of all, you ought

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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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and to think that i heard it on mulberry street
well, i started out on mulberry street, anyway
by adam kraemer (@DryWryBred)
topic: humor
7.7.11 • CLASSIC

So this Weight Watchers thing that I'm on, see.... No, just kidding. I promise not to write three columns in a row about my weight loss. I mean, seriously. Unless the Weight Watchers people ask me to. Or even better, pay me to. But they haven't asked. Despite the fact that I'm pretty much keeping their entire operation afloat, based on the amount of money I spend each week on their frozen dinners (tonight: Chicken Enchiladas Monterey. Whee doggie). Anyway, no, I'm not writing about them agai

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the worst show you can't stop watching
by michelle von euw
topic: music
10.11.10 • CLASSIC

Despite what the Emmy voters and popular press may tell you, Glee is not a good television show. I know; I’ve watched every episode. I am a connoisseur of TV. I appreciate and celebrate television shows as an art form. I champion the creativity and the intellect it takes to achieve a good series. I will talk to you about the brilliance of The Wire and Everwood; I will describe in great detail the perfect arcs of season one Veronica Mars and season two Buffy the Vampire Slayer; I will tell y

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baby stakes
a change is gonna come
by mike julianelle
topic: humor
4.23.10 • CLASSIC

Being tired sucks. Being exhausted is worse. And being awake for 36 hours while taking a red-eye flight across the country and going straight to work is just plain hell on earth. Can anyone sleep on an airplane? Can anyone even take a nap while sitting in a middle seat, sandwiched between a late-boarding meat-head with bruised knuckles who falls asleep to “Born To Run” (really?!) and a crazy sleep-mask-wearing pregnant lady who lays her head on your shoulder the whole seven hours from Seattle t

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don't dare spotlight the dark corners
what the glaring focus of political satire can reveal
by tracey l. kelley (@TraceyLKelley)
topic: news
11.28.11 • CLASSIC

I am no fan of Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann's perspective or posturing. My personal opinion is she appears to be an individual with myopic, bigoted views and sketchy credentials who adds quicksand to the current political quagmire. But Bachmann hasn't done anything to me directly. Nor am I a political satirist. Thus, if I met her at a rally or fundraiser, or interviewed her for this column, I would treat her with the common decency one human being extends to another.

The hoopla surrounding Bachmann's recent appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" is an interesting study of the trials of a public figure. Bachmann is willing to do everything she has to in order to gain publicity for her book, her candidacy, and her various interests. There's a certain aspect of give and take celebrities or politicos have to put up with if they want such attention.

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on meeting adam yauch, who had nothing to lose
by jason gilmore (@JasonGilmore77)
topic: pop culture
5.7.12 • CLASSIC

It doesn’t even matter what happens after this: One of the best summers of my life will always be the summer of 1997, when I, fresh off my junior year of film school, found myself in New York City interning at the now defunct October Films. It was a sweltering trimester of script coverage and flirting with fellow interns from Hampton or the University of Wisconsin and wandering aimlessly through Manhattan most evenings, eventually emerging at my friends’ brownstone in Newark.

Headed home one of those early evenings, I passed a park and glanced over to see three white adult men skateboarding. Not a noteworthy vision in and of itself, except that one of the three men kind of looked kind of like one third of a rap group that had dominated my preteen years in Toledo, except that it couldn’t be him because of OH MY GOD IS THAT MCA FROM THE BEASTIE BOYS???

I had learned that summer that I was not normally the starstruck type, as a casual jaunt through the streets of Manhattan will almost certainly find one face to face with all manner of celebrity. None had so much as provoked a second look from me, prior to that moment. Another thing I learned about myself that summer is that if you were big to me in junior high, you will always be big to me. Before I knew it, I was approaching him.

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if you’re an artist, when is enough enough?
somewhere between a calling and a curse
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: music
8.8.11 • CLASSIC

In breaking from traditional article norms, I’m going to answer the question posed in the title of this article right now instead of making you read the whole thing to find out. The answer is: it’s never enough.

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be an artist lately. You are an artist, or you are not an artist. You either create, or you are not creating. If you are no longer creating, for all purposes, you cease to exist as an artist.

This is where I find myself. I figure there’s no way you don’t know by now that I am a musician. What with scatterings of my escapades splashed across the feature page of Intrepid Media for over 10 years now, all laws of probability are against you being here reading this feature without some knowledge of my musical past.

But, in case you did happen upon this story with no understanding of my musical past, or, if you simply missed the article from last November, I semi-retired from playing in bands last year to prepare to become a new dad.

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it's not censored, you just can't read it.
exploring brave new worlds of censorship in education
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: pop culture
11.22.10 • CLASSIC

It’s August, 1995. I’m just barely into high school, but in rural North Carolina, 9th grade was still at the local middle school, but located right beside the local high school; which, in turn, was right beside the local elementary school. I’ve decided Doc Martens are the coolest shoes ever and I wear them with everything. I have a pliable metal cuff I wear as an earring sometimes and as a nose ring sometimes. I’m a new girl at a new school, and I want to be liked, but I don’t realize yet t

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the extra notch on the cheating curve
factoring weiner's impact on fidelity
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: news
6.20.11 • CLASSIC

These days, everyone knows Anthony Weiner's name. Thanks to Twitter, Andrew Breitbart, and Opie & Anthony, any news-savvy person has their very own two-cent penile crack to make about the newly resigned Congressman. Is he hard-pressed for answers? Maybe he's not meant to last more than his near-twenty years in political life, and can try again in half an hour. Everyone's had a laugh at Weiner's expense, even as the jokes are wearing thinner than luxury brand lambskin condoms. Everyone except

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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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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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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: 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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