Daily Archives: August 1, 2011

12 posts

This NFL Season is Gonna Be Bananas (and Goobye Randy)

This NFL off-season is only five days old and it’s already been crazier than an Al Davis press conference/embalming. There have been about a billion trades and free agent signings.

One player that won’t be re-signed is Randy Moss. Moss retired today as one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game. He’s also known for pretending to moon the Green Bay fans during a game, spraying a referee in the face with a water bottle, referring to himself in the third-person singular and selectively deciding to take plays (and entire games) off.

But despite the mercurial behavior, Moss was one of the most talented athletes in NFL history and whether you were rooting for him or against him, he made Sundays a lot more fun.

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The Scariest Thing You’ll See All Day!

I thoroughly enjoy sci-fi. Seriously. Give me action and adventure, throw in some aliens and unspeakable monsters, and I’m a happy woman. I could watch this all day, every day. I could, really. However, there are exceptions to this rule and several instances where I’d like my movies and television to be singular events and not bleed into my actual real life — especially those times when you feel the most vulnerable.

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Ramadan Kareem

Today is the first day of Ramadan, which celebrates the revelation of the Koran to the Prophet Muhammad. It is a time of fasting and reflection for Muslims throughout the world. This year there is some sadness as Ramadan starts. There is continuing violence in Syria, and a very bleak situation in Somalia (caution, article is heart-breaking). Nonetheless, Muslims throughout the world are participating in fasting and reflection.

Here is a handy guide from the Washington Post for non-Muslims about Ramadan. Mideast Post has a nice piece on what to do if you attend an iftar, which is the evening meal that breaks the daily Ramadan Fast. Continue reading

Enough with the Corporate Speak!

English is a magnificent language. It bends. It twists. It tries on different costumes, different hairstyles, different shoes, different ties, different glasses – and yet we always are speaking English.

There are so many different, unique, ear-bending ways to say something. There are so many ways to reach out via the word – be that word be sent to an audience through broadcast channels, over social media, or in print. Each requires a different way of communicating. Yet, for the last decade and a half, I’ve noticed we seem hell-bent on making things as cold and as sterile and as uniform as possible. Continue reading

Travel Guide to Burlington, Vermont

I only lived in downtown Burlington for about 6 years, but it’s one of those small cities where even if you move a little bit north or a little bit south, once you hit the intersection of North Winooski and College Street, you know you’re home.

A friend of mine once summed up the reason that he lived in Burlington like this: “It’s the only town I’ve ever seen that has two sunsets. One over the lake, and one reflected over the mountains.”

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What is Spotify?

Free. Legal. On Demand.

Remember a long, long time ago when if you wanted a song from a band or singer you had to buy the whole album? Then Napster came along and you didn’t have to. Well, legally anyways. (Even though I know you’re all upstanding citizens and would never consider illegally downloading music.) Then iTunes came out and you didn’t have to buy the whole album if you didn’t want to, but you had to buy the single before being able to listen to the whole thing. And then Pandora came out and you could tell it what you liked and it would play similar music, but you couldn’t tell it what song you wanted to listen to, you just had to hope that it got played while you were listening to a station? Continue reading

Story Ideas Board

This post is a way for people to exchange story ideas. Feel free to post ideas you have, and if you are a writer, feel free to use any of these ideas for your own articles. If you have used an idea please strike through the text, but don’t erase it. Example. Try to keep the list orderly so The Grand Inquisitor doesn’t have to keep cleaning it up. Don’t forget to hit update if you add or take away a post idea. This post is solely for listing article suggestions. Please don’t use it for other issues. Don’t forget to book mark this page, and I will drop the link into the writer’s guide as well. Happy posting!