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end it
why bin laden's demise is only the beginning
by joe procopio (@jproco)
topic: news
5.2.11 • CLASSIC

I had something else planned for this space today, something a lot more funnier, but a very bad man met his end a few hours ago. And while I don't celebrate the death of anyone, I also don't need a whole chunk of time to analyze or reminisce. When Twitter blew up with the news that Usama Bin Laden had died, then been killed, then been killed by American forces, then in a ground battle, and then when it was revealed that it was a proactive strike that had been in the works for months, a couple o

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the reason for the season
is meaninglessness the meaning of summer?
by jael mchenry (@JaelMcHenry)
topic: general
7.4.11 • CLASSIC

Somehow, somewhere, summer became the season of sloth. It's ironic, in a way. School only used to break for the summer because kids were needed in the fields; no time could be spared for fancy book-learnin' when there were crops to bring in. So instead of going to class, children went to work, and when the cold rolled around again and the fields were bare, back to school they went. And the no-school period has held on, even though there's no longer a need for it, and the only real reason not t

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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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william wants a doll
how does a feminist mom raise her son to be the same?
by michelle von euw
topic: general
12.10.10 • CLASSIC

As I turned the corner in the upscale independent toy store full of handcrafted puzzles and games well beyond my price range, an item caught my attention. It was an adorable baby doll sitting high up on the shelf, nestled in a box that touted lifelike toes and a removable diaper. The doll, dressed in a blue striped onesie with only a patch of light brown hair on a pale pink head, reminded me immediately of my son. Certainly, the pacifier attached to the baby doll’s mouth by a magnet mirrored

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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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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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gaining your perspective
what is intrepid to the reader?
by jeffrey d. walker
topic: writing
3.19.12 • CLASSIC

Welcome again! You've been guided through links and posts across cyberspace to arrive at this very moment here at Intrepid Media. Thank you for making that journey! On behalf of the Intrepid Media ("IM") crew, I welcome you.

Pardon me for being presumptuous, but haven't I seen you here before? Surely I have. You're here because you're my friend/family who comes because I send you links to my stuff. And may your deity of choice love you and bless you for it.

If that's not you, perhaps you are another staff member's friend/family who reads more than just their own friend/family member's stuff. Or, you frequent IM because you posted a comment once here because something one of our staffers said touched you in a real sort of way that said to you: "hey, that's a real person over there trying to communicate something real, and I want to talk back." Or maybe you wrote a story here once, because you fancy that sort of thing, and let's face it, you were looking for a place where you could post a story of your own like a real writer, and just end up in the op-ed section of the paper, and without being a "blogger" who is just posting something on their own, and, in something a little more substantial than 140 characters.

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trust your own judgment
but ask questions, and listen to the answers
by maigen thomas (@Maigen)
topic: general
10.24.11 • CLASSIC

"Your number is four, right now," the psychic says to me. I nod as if I know what she's talking about. I want this small, calm woman to continue speaking, but I'm not sure if she needs verbal feedback of my understanding.

She doesn't. "In four months, you will experience a shocking turnover in your life. An upheaval."

"Four months?" I scribble on my piece of paper, leaving out vowels in my haste to record this important statement.

Staring at my hands, her own patiently crossed, waiting for my pen to stop flickering across the paper. "Four months. And in four years, you will no longer recognize your life as it is."

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how do i mourn a villain?
processing the passing of a polarizing relative
by alex b (@Lexistential)
topic: writing
3.17.11 • CLASSIC

At this moment, I'm horrified. This past evening, my father told me that my aunt— my mother's sister— is dead. She didn't die of natural causes or any accidental circumstance, but chose to kill herself by jumping off her balcony from the 17th floor of her posh Manila condo. I am speechless. As I try to come to grips with the news of my aunt's suicide, I am stunted. In life, my aunt was a polarizing figure. Over the years, she successively acquired a slew of negative identities: the wife who

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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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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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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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