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08 Nov 2011

Broke-Ass Holiday Survival Tip: Don’t Buy Any Gifts

  Warning: I am about to sound like a cynical asshole, but maybe it’s because I’m being a cynical asshole. Or maybe I’m just being realistic. My purpose is not to judge anyone who participates in purchasing and gift-giving during the holidays. But, I know that the holidays can be

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01 Nov 2011

Just shut up and write already! – National Novel Writing Month

By reading this site, you likely are always looking for awesome ways to live your life, so you have a story that needs to be told. But maybe you never imagined writing a book, or never thought you could. Listen, if Snooki can “write” a book, so can you. It

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20 Nov 2020

100 Best Cheap Eats in the Bay Area

This list of great places to eat in the Bay Area will leave you smiling and probably drooling. All these joints are incredibly well priced, locally owned, delicious, and serving takeout in 2020. Check their links for store hours, menus, and ordering info, because things are always changing these days,

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28 Oct 2011

Broke Ass Nostalgia: You Won’t Believe That These Albums are Twenty Years Old

The 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind has been given a lot of attention in the last few months, deservedly so. It was a total game-changer; not only did it revolutionize alternative music but also the way in which people relate to music. Just listening to those opening

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18 Oct 2011

Broke-Ass Nostalgia: Swingers

 If you are in your twenties and thirties, you probably could perform Swingers movie as a one-person show. I have no need to convince you that it is a classic. It’s the film that launched Vince Vaughn and John Favreau’s careers, had bros telling each other “you’re so money and

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10 Oct 2011

F3 at the Cotton Mill: Free Art/Fashion Show in Jingletown

  You probably know the  Cotton Mill Studios as the cool building you pass on the 880 on your way to the Oakland airport with the “lofts for rent” sign that makes you think “it must be awesome to live there.” Maybe you know it because yes, people really do

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10 Oct 2011

Broke-Ass Halloween: Group Costume Ideas

Some of you are fine with slapping on some cat ears and using your eyeliner to draw on whiskers as a Halloween costume. And then, some of us have standards for our Halloween costumes. We have to be the one that people are talking about. The ones that get comments

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08 Oct 2011

Broke-Ass Nostalgia: Reality Bites

Sometimes I avoid watching movies I loved when I was younger in fear that I will realize that they are actually terrible (cough Labyrinth cough). Before Hollywood was obsessed with rebooting, sequels and movies based on stupid childhood toys, studios would take a chance on movies targeted at specific audiences,

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02 Oct 2011

The Broke-Ass List of Best Post-Apocalyptic Reads

Guys, Post-apocalyptic fiction is really hot right now. Post-apoc is the new vampires. What do you mean you haven’t read The Hunger Games yet? I will watch/read anything about the impending destruction of civilzation. Probably because I’m generally cynical and dark, but it is so fascinating to me, because it provides

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