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Achenblog: March 5, 2006 - March 11, 2006

Official Opening of Porch Season

Every year there is controversy and acrimony about the official start of Porch Season. So many people try to jump the gun. Many a time I've seen someone sitting on his porch, quaffing a brew, waving a cigar, announcing...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 10, 2006; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Bulletin From Easter Island

It's Science Thursday Afternoon! Boodler bc has already provided the link to the breaking Enceladus news, about geysers of water on that Saturnine moon. And then Boodler ScienceTim, dumping cold water all over the story, says it's overhyped: "I...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 9, 2006; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Barry Bonds and Athletic Greed

The new book on Barry Bonds isn't a hatchet job. The authors used a surgical knife, except where they used a chain saw. The excerpt in Sports Illustrated is as brutal as anything you'll ever see on The Sopranos....

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 9, 2006; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (107)
 
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Nick and Jessica, Brad and Angie, and Writing Books

Patti writes: "You indicated not knowing much about Nick and Jessica - in some circles, keeping current with cultural knowledge is of value." And yellojkt seconds that: "Don't be so obtuse. There are thing that just suffuse the zeitgeist...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 8, 2006; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Attention Deficit Reading

There's been some chatter here on the blog about starting a book club, but that might require a convulsion of orderliness and that thing people call "planning ahead." I find that anarchy fits better into my schedule. Also, I...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 7, 2006; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (259)
 
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"Crash": Unusual Recipe for Best Picture

It didn't have the best director. It didn't have the best actor. It didn't have the best actress. It didn't have the best supporting actor or actress. It didn't have the best musical score, or the best cinematography, or...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 6, 2006; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
 
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Oscar Night: Bring on the Catty Comments

Some gals are gathering over here to make catty comments during the Oscars and bat their eyelashes at Jon Stewart. They all love Jon Stewart and will probably rave about his performance even if he pulls a Letterman. Mostly...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 5, 2006; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (236)
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