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Achenblog: February 26, 2006 - March 4, 2006

Gay Cowboys Galore

The hype over "Brokeback Mountain" got us talking around the house about Hollywood westerns, and specifically about John Wayne. "Who?" the kids asked. "John Wayne." Silence. To their ears, this was just a random person with two first names....

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 4, 2006; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
 
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Lauri's Oscar Picks

Movie buff and charter Obliterati member Lauri Menditto weighs in today with her Oscar picks: "The Oscars are going to rock this year. 2005 is going to go down in history as the Rock Oscars (cue B 52's). Jon...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 3, 2006; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (97)
Categories:  The Cinema  
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A Few Random Notes

It's not Global Warming Tuesday, but we can still mention GloWar, right? Check out Juliet Eilperin's story on the 36 cubic miles of ice being lost annually from the Antarctic peninsula. That's a big ice cube. "The continent holds...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 3, 2006; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
Categories:  Gibberish  
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Look Closely at Bush Katrina-Warning Video

In the video showing the president participating in a video-conference a day before Katrina's landfall, we see him in a suit and tie, in a room at his ranch that apparently has been set aside for official business. It...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 2, 2006; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (236)
Categories:  Politics  
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Your Small Thoughts

Sirin writes: I feel the underlying motive behind making the font small is to tell us, in a really underhanded, passive aggressive way, that our thoughts are "smaller" and not as significant as those who really write FOR the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 2, 2006; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Best of the Boodle  
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Civet Cat Coffee

I can't believe that the recent Rough Draft column on the perfect cup of coffee somehow left out the importance of harvesting beans that have passed through a civet cat: "Marcone found that in both cases the civets' digestive...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 2, 2006; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
 
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Everyone Please Opine On New Font Size

I talked to Hal the Schemer and, though he is sympathetic to the complaints, and is a great and godly man, he is not entirely persuaded that the smaller font size on the Boodle is bad. He points out that...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 1, 2006; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
Categories:  Navel Gazing  
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"Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity"

This spring marks the 10th anniversary of the classic academic hoax, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity," a parody written by a physicist named Allan Sokal and published (unwittingly) by the academic journal Social Text....

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 1, 2006; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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What To Give Up For Lent?

People who observe Lent (either for religious reasons or because self-denial is somehow appealing) have to come up with an overall Lent strategy. Either you can give up a single item, creating a major challenge for yourself (for example,...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 1, 2006; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (158)
Categories:  Attempted Humor  
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Boodlers Rescued From Doomed TypePad DeathStar

High drama, wailing, screaming here at the Achenblog as we make historic move from TypePad to Moveable Type. Transition made more complicated by technological backwardness of "blogger" who runs blog but still doesn't know what an "RSS feed" is....

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 28, 2006; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
Categories:  Navel Gazing  
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"Field Notes From a Catastrophe"

    It's Global Warming Tuesday! Always a fun day on the blog. This morning I started "Field Notes From a Catastrophe," by Elizabeth Kolbert. I have only read a little bit but already I have a feeling that, in...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 28, 2006; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
 
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Capote and "In Cold Blood" [Updated]

    As Bill Booth tells us, Philip Seymour Hoffman will win Best Actor on Sunday for his portrayal (more than a mere impersonation) of Truman Capote. Having three names is certainly a huge boost for Hoffman's chances -- "Heath...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 27, 2006; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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