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Achenblog: February 13, 2005 - February 19, 2005

Clarke's Laws etc.

Reader Dan Nowacki sends us "Clarkes' three laws": 1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. 2. The...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 17, 2005; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Solo Dad Part 5

Went to a civilized dinner with friends and left two teenagers in charge of the household, and when I came home the house was lit up like something you'd see on the Vegas Strip. They had found lights that...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 17, 2005; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Some reader rants

I've been horrible about posting reader feedback. This will change. Maybe someday we'll even open up the blog and let people slap stuff onto the page without my imperial approval. Democratize the operation. I'm not sure how to make...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 16, 2005; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Solo Dad Part 4

I am feeling behind in everything, not only because I need to report and write two columns and two long stories, grade a huge stack of papers, prepare for class, prepare for a book talk this weekend, do some...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 16, 2005; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The War on Adjectives

In my class at Georgetown we've talked about excessive use of adjectives and adverbs. The beginning writer often sprays these things all over the text, as though good writing is necessarily adjectival. The adjectives often cause both ends of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 16, 2005; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Solo Dad Part 3

Lordy. This morning the house looks like a scene from Storm Week on the Weather Channel. I need to do a forensic analysis to identify the owner of the various objects that are randomly strewn about the house. Then...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 16, 2005; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Solo Dad Part 2

Just heard from the vacationing spouse and one of the first things she said was, "Did you go to the parent-teacher conference?" The what????????...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 15, 2005; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Solo Dad Part 1

For a full week the spouse is away and I'm Solo Dad, and it's so easy! Friends rushed to help as though I were a widower or the victim of some terrible accident. Solo Dads are presumed to need...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 15, 2005; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Long Hair on Old Men

Caught some of the Grammys in betwixt grading papers. Loved all the Ray Charles stuff but wondered why they give a guy his biggest honors when he's forced to watch from that Big Piano Bench in the Sky. Loved...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 14, 2005; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Lunch from the Black Lagoon

Caught up with my old friend Andy Ferguson over lunch at a fancy downtown seafood restaurant. I ordered the super-safe, sensible, healthy filet of salmon, which is the most orderly little plate of food imaginable, with roasted potatoes and...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 14, 2005; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Coral Castle

Here is my latest column, a little tale of obsessive love....

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 13, 2005; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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