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Achenblog: January 16, 2005 - January 22, 2005

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I have all kinds of opinions about Bush's speech but whenever I write them up they sound too "Op-eddy," if you know what I mean. I have to learn to stop saying "notwithstanding" and "incontrovertibly." Basically my point was...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 21, 2005; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Joel's Story

Here is Joel's story. Some day soon, with proper training, he'll be able to do this on his own. -- Hal...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 21, 2005; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Why I hate the blog

I hate the blog because there are strange symbols appearing in the text now. It's like discovering a weird rash on your body, or breaking out in pox. Also I hate the blog because I can't find that little icon...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 21, 2005; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Inauguration Story

I didn't quit the blog yesterday, I just worked. Did the old media thing. Wrote a story. I am at Georgetown and can't figure out why this Typepad blogging tool won't let me create a link. It is very irritating...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 21, 2005; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Capitol Hill Security

Just went to the Hill, got a congressional credential, noticed that they're really cracking down on the jaywalkers. Hill cop shouted, "That is completely against the law!" at a man in a suit who looked so deflated and sheepish...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 19, 2005; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Can't Stop Blogging

Not sure I love blogging. Have had numerous moments of blogger neurosis. This morning worried about disappearance of blog from home page. When that got fixed quite nicely (it's in the online columns section), I had a flash of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 19, 2005; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bush: Freedom is Powerful

What a strange thing a second-term inauguration is. It's a huge, nervous party, a kind of constitutionally mandated traffic jam, with obligatory bad entertainment (see Sean Daly's piece today in the Style section) and a profusion of Texans. I...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 19, 2005; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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New Column

My new Sunday magazine column began a couple days ago. Now I can walk tall again. May actually start swaggering. Having Richard Thompson do the illustrations for the column is the best thing that's happened to me since ... well,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2005; 4:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mammals Eating Dinosaurs

If you're a mammal and want to feel better about yourself, read this story on mammals and dinosaurs that ran a few days ago. If you're a reptile, this blog isn't for you....

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2005; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Today's Chat

Here's the link to today's chat.  People were overly kind. Focused and cogent debate was not a prominent feature of this week's discussion. I enjoyed the brief exchanges about Titan and dinosaurs.     Incidentally, I am hoping that this...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2005; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Blog Bugs

    Good news is, at noon I checked the Achenblog dropbox, and we had an email! Our very first! True, it was from a friend who I'd emailed earlier, and who simply hit the "Reply" button, but still, even...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2005; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Marjorie

I see Marjorie Williams smiling. She's laughing, she's heard some delicious gossip. She's smart and poised and -- it's an unfashionable word, but applies -- sophisticated. She's also gorgeous, and literally attractive, in the sense that, without treally trying to,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 18, 2005; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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About the Achenblog

     The Achenblog will focus on science, history, sports, journalism, cool stuff that's in the news, and my own inexorable psychological disintegration.      Also there will be some politics, but in measured doses, as that blogging niche is...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2005; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Two Great Post Stories

    The Post brought out some big lumber today with a front-page piece on a grieving father by David Finkel,  and a magazine cover story on Red America by David Von Drehle. I am teaching Finkel and Von Drehle...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2005; 2:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sirens of Titan

     The Huygens probe is a phenomenal success. To land a spacecraft on a moon 900 million miles away is an achievement that momentarily redeems the human species. Sure, we blow each other up and destroy our own environment...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2005; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Nothing Intermediate Here

     Taught my first class last night at Georgetown. It's "Intermediate Journalism," but that title must be shunned. "Intermediate" is such a lame word. I don't want these students to do intermediate work. They should do great work. They...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2005; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Total Freedom

     Will start teaching this week at Georgetown, and in preparation glanced through some student publications. It's funny how novice journalists as well as many pros have a hard time figuring out where to put the "said yesterday" and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2005; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wireless

    The very exciting news is that Comcast got rid of the wall garden and now I have wireless broadband on my laptop, and it even works in the garage, a separate structure back by my alleyway, a refuge...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2005; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Blogging Tool

     Jim, the new guy at dot.com, says we may already have the new blogging tool in house, which is a huge thrill. I don't know what a blogging tool is but it's probably really nifty. Every person should...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2005; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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