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Achenblog: June 18, 2006 - June 24, 2006

My House

Spouse is out of town for a few days, so the house is mine. MINE. I am the master of all I survey, including all of the internal airspace, the surfaces, the furniture, the electronics, and each and every...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 23, 2006; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (192)
 
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Good Stuff

Gosh I wish I'd written this, by Louis Menand in The New Yorker: "The public concern over natural hearing loss--the Times explains that the medical term is 'presbycusis'--is part of a trend that started when Bob Dole told the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 22, 2006; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (248)
 
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Inventing Internet Journalism

Washingtonpost.com is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and has posted a history of itself, which tragically but predictably fails to mention me, or my heroic efforts to invent Internet journalism as we know it. The phrase "glaring omission" comes to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 20, 2006; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (266)
 
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Spontaneous Parthenogenesis

Yesterday I went on a hike on the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee, and, after much huffing and puffing up the mountain, came across some wild blueberries. Having failed to bring food or water, I availed myself of nature's bounty....

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 19, 2006; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
 
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Crash Course on Computers

[My column in the Sunday magazine.] In science fiction movies, computers always become smarter and smarter, until they achieve consciousness, at which point they get the bright idea of exterminating the human race. No one's ever invented a fully functioning...

By Joel Achenbach  |  June 18, 2006; 8:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
 
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