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Achenblog: October 30, 2005 - November 5, 2005

Mainstream Media Not Dead Yet

    Even as self-loathing becomes institutionalized and bureaucratized in the mainstream media (witness the proliferation of ombudspersons and "public editors" and in-house critiques and all kinds of new rules about running "Corrections" even when a mistake results in no...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 4, 2005; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (161)
 
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Clif's Notes for List of Things to Do

    I slept late, until 3:15 a.m. The alarm didn't go off for some reason. I hate it when half the morning is gone, boom, lost forever, all because I couldn't stir myself. My goal every day is to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 3, 2005; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
 
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Senators to be Sealed in Chamber Pending Apology

As you know, the best thing about the autumnal time change, when we fall back one hour, is that it becomes plausible to go to bed at 9:30 p.m. You don't have to be embarrassed. You don't have to stare...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 2, 2005; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tom's Dumb Question on Dog Evolution

   From Tom Shroder, editor of the Magazine:    This is NOT an argument for Intelligent Design. If anything, it's an argument for Comedic Design:    My dog feels it is her mission in life to create an ever-growing empire...

By Joel Achenbach  |  November 1, 2005; 7:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (292)
 
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Boo! A Samuel Alito Halloween Primer

   Name: Samuel Alito    Nicknames: "Scalito," "Samito," "Dorito"    Key Halloween Morning Fact: Is not nicknamed "Scooter"    Rumor to Watch: Sleeps in coffin; has aversion to garlic and daylight; favorite party trick is transmogrifying into bat    Princeton...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 31, 2005; 7:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (238)
 
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The Strange Man in My Basement

   [From Sunday's Rough Draft column.]    George lives in my basement, amid the books, maps and tools. He's very quiet, very dignified, with an almost regal bearing. He disapproves of the chaos of the basement and the centrifugal forces...

By Joel Achenbach  |  October 30, 2005; 7:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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