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Charlie My Boy

So Much More Than Just a Dog
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There was no traffic at 3am. That’s good in one respect as I needed to get my dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital and it’s horrible in another respect in that I knew what would happen when we got there. There was a little more traffic at 4:30am, when I drove back to my house [&hellip
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The Snap: As the end of 2013 draws nigh, let’s stroll through the year in jackassery. From Syria to North Korea, from Canada to right here in the good old US of A, this year produced vast swaths of jackassery. If we ...
Congrats 2013 For Making Us Wish the World Had Ended in 2012!

THIS YEAR IN JACKASSERY: 2013

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The Snap: As the end of 2013 draws nigh, let’s stroll through the year in jackassery. From Syria to North Korea, from Canada to right here in the good old US of A, this year produced vast swaths of jackassery. If we could find a way to convert it into fuel, we’d solve the world’s [&hellip
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The Snap: There was a lot of really good (and really bad) music released in 2013. Long-awaited albums from bands like The National, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire and MGMT sold well and thrilled fans of alternative and ...
Most-Read of 2013

BEST OF 2013: MUSIC + ENTERTAINMENT

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The Snap: There was a lot of really good (and really bad) music released in 2013. Long-awaited albums from bands like The National, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire and MGMT sold well and thrilled fans of alternative and indie music. But there were also some under-the-radar gems in 2013 from the likes of Jake Bugg, Parquet [&hellip
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The Snap: It is approaching the end of the year. Now is the time that people who are not me tend to start thinking about new year resolutions. The most common resolution is to annoy me at the gym. The Download: Last ...
How did last year's resolution go?

THIS YEARS REOLUTION — THE SAME AS LAST YEARS — ANNOY THE SHIT OUT OF MATT HEALEY

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The Snap: It is approaching the end of the year. Now is the time that people who are not me tend to start thinking about new year resolutions. The most common resolution is to annoy me at the gym. The Download: Last year I wrote about the train wreck that is January at the gym. [&hellip
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The Snap: Young the Giant - the genre-breaking indie group that gave us Cough Syrup -- announced that their upcoming album, Mind Over Matter, will be available on January 21st. Two tracks from the LP -- "Crystallized" and ...
Young the Giant is so over that soft-sounding bullshit.

YOUNG THE GIANT — “CRYSTALLIZED” AND “IT’S ABOUT TIME” SINGLES AVAILABLE

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The Snap: Young the Giant – the genre-breaking indie group that gave us Cough Syrup — announced that their upcoming album, Mind Over Matter, will be available on January 21st. Two tracks from the LP — “Crystallized” and “It’s About Time” — are currently available for download, and are al
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The Snap: I think I did a year in review last year. I think I did because I seem to remember trying to figure out a way to get a Babylon 5 quote into the review. Something about "it was the year everything changed." Not ...
A good year?

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW

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The Snap: I think I did a year in review last year. I think I did because I seem to remember trying to figure out a way to get a Babylon 5 quote into the review. Something about “it was the year everything changed.” Not sure if I did or not and right now I [&hellip
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The Snap: Fine. So I took a bit of a break from the income inequality discussion. Well, I said it would be a multi-part series and I intend to continue with it. All be it a bit later than I would have wanted. Today’s ...
IT COULD, BUT DON'T WORRY, THE VESTED INTERESTS WILL STOP PROGRESS

EDUCATION WILL NOT HELP CORRECT INCOME INEQUALITY

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The Snap: Fine. So I took a bit of a break from the income inequality discussion. Well, I said it would be a multi-part series and I intend to continue with it. All be it a bit later than I would have wanted. Today’s segment will focus on education. The Download: We have already covered [&hellip
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The Snap: Phase one of holiday week of doom complete and marked in the record books as a success. No fistfights, no prolonged guilt trips, nobody stomped out of the house, and no one curled up in the fetal position ...
The hap-hap-happiest Xmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye!

FRUITCAKES AND PANIC ATTACKS

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The Snap: Phase one of holiday week of doom complete and marked in the record books as a success. No fistfights, no prolonged guilt trips, nobody stomped out of the house, and no one curled up in the fetal position sobbing. All in all, a pretty damn good Christmas. A few weeks ago, it didn’t [&hellip
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The Snap: I live in New Hampshire (NH) now. NH is north, which means it snows. A lot. This year has been no exception. We have already had a few days of snow. Now, when I lived in Washington DC, I knew that the drives ...
WTF NH

JUST BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN A STATE WITH SNOW DOESN’T MEAN YOU KNOW HOW TO DRIVE IN THE SNOW

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The Snap: I live in New Hampshire (NH) now. NH is north, which means it snows. A lot. This year has been no exception. We have already had a few days of snow. Now, when I lived in Washington DC, I knew that the drives would be a disaster in the snow. But I figured [&hellip
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The Snap: I can't decide whether we love or hate politicians here at TSD. On one hand, many of them are terrible at what they do. The 113th Congress, for example, is on track to be the least productive one in history, and ...
You Guys Picked 'Em

BEST OF 2013: POLITICS + NEWS

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The Snap: I can’t decide whether we love or hate politicians here at TSD. On one hand, many of them are terrible at what they do. The 113th Congress, for example, is on track to be the least productive one in history, and as a result, they rank below both hemorrhoids and cockroaches in terms of [&hellip
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The Snap: This Christmas I really must do something about the help. I've told them repeatedly to breathe less frequently so they don’t inhale too much of the air I've imported from Tibet. And really, if they can’t ...
The More Expensive the Gift, The More You Love The Person

MORE DOLLARS THAN SENSE: GIFTS FOR THE RICH AND CRAZY

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The Snap: This Christmas I really must do something about the help. I’ve told them repeatedly to breathe less frequently so they don’t inhale too much of the air I’ve imported from Tibet. And really, if they can’t find a way to quietly declaw the civet cats I’ve purchased to poop coffee I may have [&hellip
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The Snap: It was a great year for music, wasn't it? Following up Part One, take a look at the other notable tunes of 2013. The Download: “Fitzpleasure” – Alt. J Alt. J thrives on contradictions. Their songs ...
TSD loves these musicians. End of story.

THE BEST SONGS OF 2013 (PART TWO)

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The Snap: It was a great year for music, wasn’t it? Following up Part One, take a look at the other notable tunes of 2013. The Download: “Fitzpleasure” – Alt. J Alt. J thrives on contradictions. Their songs are sensual, but they also bring a hard edge into each piece that makes it feel just [&hellip
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The Snap: It's been quite a year for music. And while it's tricky to pick the definitive "best" songs of 2013, these are the tracks that I just couldn't seem to stop playing. The Download: "Birmingham" - Shovels and ...
2013, you were (musically, at least) kind to us all.

THE BEST SONGS OF 2013 (PART ONE)

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The Snap: It’s been quite a year for music. And while it’s tricky to pick the definitive “best” songs of 2013, these are the tracks that I just couldn’t seem to stop playing. The Download: “Birmingham” – Shovels and Rope I’m not going to reveal how many times I’ve listened to thi
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The Snap: What do you get for the pope who has everything? Or to be more precise, what do you get for the pope who is winning awards and hearts left and right (or at least left), and eschews material possessions? It is a ...
I Can't Imagine the Last Pope Taking a Selfie or Washing a Muslim's Feet

CONFESSIONS OF A POPE FANGIRL

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The Snap: What do you get for the pope who has everything? Or to be more precise, what do you get for the pope who is winning awards and hearts left and right (or at least left), and eschews material possessions? It is a toughie. He already has his own used car and he spent [&hellip
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