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Tara Dublin

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How Twitter Has Made the Tape-Delay Obsolete

(8) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 5:49 PM

Last night during the Grammy Awards, one thing became abundantly clear to me: I don't have to watch awards shows anymore. I can just read Twitter.

Because I live on the West Coast and the telecast wasn't being shown live here, the East Coasters in my Twitter feed told me...

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A Day in the Life of an Unemployed Writer Person

(49) Comments | Posted February 6, 2011 | 6:01 PM

8:36 am: Get woken out of dead sleep by cats begging for breakfast. Nudge partner to get out of bed to do it since they have to get up for work in 20 minutes and you don't. Go back to sleep.

9:43 am: Open eyes, see time on the clock,...

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It's All in the Trailer: A Guide to Saving Your Money on Movies

(139) Comments | Posted December 15, 2010 | 3:51 PM

I recently returned from a glorious trip to Los Angeles. The weather was stunningly perfect, the people I spent time with were lovely, and it was a nice recharge of my inner batteries (as well as the ideal escape from record rainfall in Portland). During a stroll through the Grove,...

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I Tweet, Therefore I Am

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 11:41 PM

On Nov. 11, 2010, I hit 2,000 followers on Twitter.

This is an arbitrary number, of course; some of the people hooked onto my stream may actually be bots from somewhere out there in the interverse. Some deeper down the list, who've been following me for a while, may have...

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How to Succeed in America Without Really Trying

(2) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 4:26 PM

I'm not famous enough, dammit. It's not for lack of trying, although I'm pretty sure I've been going about it the wrong way. I think the problem stems from my incredibly strong work ethic. See, I've been working real jobs since I was 15 (save for the stay-at-home mom years,...

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The Things We Think But Should Not Say

(11) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 12:36 PM

Just when I think we've made strides as a society, being more accepting of others' differences and whatnot, along come two new egregious examples of Open Mouth, Insert Foot Syndrome.

First, we had the Juan Williams debacle, where he openly admitted, in front of a camera that...

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An Open Letter to Hollywood

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2010 | 3:26 PM

Dear People Who Make Movies,

You don't know me, but I'm a person who loves movies. I mean, I love them. Nothing makes me happier than a rainy day with no plans and a great Blu-Ray/DVD library at my disposal. Used to be, a rainy day meant actually going out...

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A Survivor of Bullying Speaks Out

(24) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 3:10 PM

My heart is breaking for parents all over this country. For Hope Witsell's parents, for Asher Brown's, for Tyler Clementi's, and so many more whose names we don't know.

Bullying has always existed. We know this. It's Darwinian: survival of the fittest. But high...

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The Matter of Manners

(8) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 6:37 AM

My older son started sixth grade last week, at a new school where he knew no one. Coming from the cocoon of his former school, a private Montessori where he was well-known and loved (and where his younger brother, Ben, is in second grade), Jack knew he was in for...

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In Defense of My Crushes

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 4:12 PM

I'm 41 years old, and I totally have a crush on the president of the United States.

He's just the latest in a line of tall, dark, handsome, talented, intelligent men on whom I've doted. A child of the 70's and 80's, I began early with David...

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I Am the Anti-Snooki

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 12:33 PM

Oh, American pop culture... how you never cease to amaze and mortify me on a daily basis.

I can try to duck you by not watching any reality shows or reading tabloids, but then you rear your ugly head on The Soup anyway. I know the names...

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I Got Tattooed Today (OH BOY)!

(5) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 7:00 AM

There are two kinds of people in this world: those with tattoos, and those without.

I fall into the former category. We who get inked cannot fully explain why we do so. The things we choose to mark on our bodies having meaning to us (well, most of us:...

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Radio, Someone (That Would Be Me) Still Loves You

(27) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 3:07 PM

My last blog was (hopefully) a humorous essay about which songs radio shouldn't play anymore. There was a hearty response to that one. Not just about the music, but about radio itself. People are passionate about their tunes and the delivery system by which they receive them, always making for...

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Ten Songs Radio Never Should Play Again

(69) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 10:49 AM

Since I used to work in radio, and I still love music, I'm often asked about what would make radio better. I have lots of opinions on that (including, you know, me getting a job on the radio again, but I digress), but for now, let's focus on the music...

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Of Unemployment and Cats

(2) Comments | Posted July 20, 2010 | 1:31 PM

I have a confession to make: I'm a statistic. I am part of a very special minority group: "Unemployed Single Moms." Yes, folks, it's true -- your new girl blogger is lacking in one of those things most people have, where you get up and leave your house every day...

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The Short and the Short of It

(13) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 1:42 PM

If there was a game show called "Are You Shorter Than a 5th Grader?" I would so totally win.

I stand exactly five feet tall. "Only sixty inches high," as the song from "South Pacific" goes. You hear all about the issues men have when their height begins...

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