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1. one state, two state, red state, blue state
politics, the way i see it
news - discussion
8.27.12 : feature column!

It's true what they say – a bar is no place to talk politics or religion. Actually, I have no idea if they say that, but should it become a saying, feel free to attribute it to the Irish. It sounds like their sort of thing. The reason I bring it up is that I got into a bit of a tiff, albeit a civil tiff, with a friend of mine this past weekend regarding his belief that I'm embarrassingly politically naïve and my belief that his candidates are trying to return this country to the point in time ...
2. short and sweet
in defense of dating the shorter man
humor - lifestyle
6.4.12 : feature column!

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 th...
3. making the cut
like pulling the plug, but with less government interference
music - appreciation
5.9.12 : feature column!

This past weekend, I was forced to make one of the hardest decisions any of us will ever have to make in our lifetimes. I had to delete about 100 songs from my mp3 player. Well, that's not entirely true. I had to replace my mp3 player (a Sony), which died on Friday, and it turned out that the new one, while technically holding the same capacity as the old one (8 gigs), held about 100 fewer songs. I think this is because the new player is bluetooth compatible while the old one was not, but it c...
4. suppose they gave a party and nobody clicked 'yes'
répondez s'il vous plaît
pop culture - lifestyle
4.6.12 : feature column!

I don't think it will come as a shock to anyone who knows what I'm talking about that it occasionally surprises me when I receive an e-mail from Friendster. "Friendster? I'm still on that thing?" (Actually, I just tried to log on. I remember neither my login name nor my password. So there's that.) However, I do remember, back before Facebook had become the ridiculously dominant stand-out in the social networking milieu, being a member of Friendster. Because why not? It was legit at one point....
5. emptying my skeptic tank
on occasion, people can surprise you
general - lifestyle
3.9.12 : feature column!

I like to think of myself as a skeptic. I know my British readers may be confused by this statement, but that's because they spell it "sceptic." Only part of the reason why they lost the empire. (I'm fairly certain the rest of the reason was due primarily to a small band of teddy bears on Endor, but I might be getting a little confused myself.) Anyway, I consider myself a skeptic, largely in contrast with being a cynic, which, while close, I generally am not. It's not that I don't see the dark...
6. how do i love and insult thee?
let me sing it in a couple different ways...
music - process
2.13.12 : feature column!

So, this is February. A surprisingly warm February. I say "surprisingly" because I mentioned global climate change in my last column and don't want to sound like a broken record. Broken record. Broken record. Broken record. (No, I can't imitate the sound of a broken CD.) February, for those of us old enough to remember last year, is usually fraught with much more peril - snow, wind, sleet, sub-zero temperatures. In addition, there are so many pitfalls awaiting us, in the form of holidays, holid...
7. the shore thing
losing a house; gaining a hand lamp
general - lifestyle
1.9.12 : feature column!

It’s January! It’s cold! It’s warming up this week because Al Gore said it would! Okay, I’ll admit I did not see, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Largely because I already believed that climate change was a real thing and didn’t want to get depressed at being right. It’s sort of the same reason I’ve never watched any of Michael Moore’s films: I already know that people, especially the Republican leadership, can be real asshats. I don’t need a liberal asshat to tell me that conservative asshats are ass...
8. soda cap-put: the mycokerewards.com program
$1.75 for 3 points? sign me up!
pop culture - lifestyle
12.7.11 : feature column!

I owe you all an apology. I did not write a column last month. For the first time since I was hired by Intrepid Media (November 1999), I was unable to discharge my duty as a monthly columnist. Admittedly, some of you may feel I instead owe you an apology for writing a column all the rest of these months, and to those people I say, to quote Abraham Lincoln, "go suck an egg." My reasons for failure were manyfold (manifold?), but essentially it came down to having nothing to write about. Not that...
9. occam's aftershave
when the simplest solution is just to cut it all away
humor - lifestyle
10.7.11 : feature column!

Happy Birthday to me! I live in a tree! I smell like fresh cupcakes and I don't look like Smee. That's right, boys and girls. This week is my birthday (10/10, for those who can only remember one double-digit number at a time). I'm turning the big three-seven (for those of you who are quadri-digited). Yeah. Not really a landmark birthday. It's not like 25, when people stop saying, "Oh, you're still a baby." Or 30, when people stop saying, "I remember when I turned 25." Or 35, when people stop s...
10. constant comment
how to guarantee feedback on a column, maybe
writing - process
9.8.11 : feature column!

I blame Facebook. And Gmail. And, to a lesser extent, Twitter. Used to be, back in the day, everything I wrote on here got talked about. And it wasn't just my stuff. We all got talked about. Even Matt Morin got talked about. It was simply golden. And then, overnight, it all changed. People stopped posting in that big blank space you see to the right of the columns. It wasn't that they had less to say; it was that they had other outlets through which to say it. They could e-mail me their thoug...
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re: one state, two state, red state, blue state

Bravo. Love to see you write this way.

re: short and sweet

Hilarious and awesome and endearing.

re: constant comment

Nice job!

re: and to think that i heard it on mulberry street

I love N Y too.

re: yo! i got some weight for you to watch

Absolutely one of the best columns you've written. I actually laughed....which I don't do very often. Your sintax and paragraph structure is still a little choppy, but this topic goes well with that.

re: how to lose a girl in one date

Wry, sarcastic and totally dead on.

re: sharp dressed plan

Great job on this column, Adam.

re: behind the times

Very cohesive and timely! Well written. Your tongue-in-cheek is getting much better.

re: wherefore art thou joey jo-jo junior shabadoo?

Love the fun asides and the voice is indelibly YOU.

re: wherefore art thou joey jo-jo junior shabadoo?

so how about "akaliaskraemer"

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