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Achenblog: August 20, 2006 - August 26, 2006

Our Lives Are Insane

First of 37 parts. The other day on the airplane I read more of The Omnivore's Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, and when I next saw my kids I gave them an epochal lecture on how we are going to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 25, 2006; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
 
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Using Metric For Body Mass Index

Here's a tip for all of you who, having read the frightening story this morning about the dangers of being even a wee bit overweight, decided to calculate your body mass index. There's a simple formula that involves height...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 23, 2006; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Show Me the Matter

Like every other normal person you've been popping champagne to celebrate the big news about Dark Matter. But there's a lingering question that hasn't gone away: What is it? Neutrinos? Higgs bosons? Positrons? Ring-dings? High-fructose corn syrup? Or is...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 22, 2006; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Orson Welles: What Went Wrong

Orson Welles, as you may know, lacked discipline. He's kind of the poster boy for lack of discipline in the creative arts. He wasn't good at finishing things. Didn't like the messy details. According to Richard Schickel in The...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 21, 2006; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Searching for WeeFee in Paree

[Another dispatch from my vacation in Paris.] In Paris, we look at beautiful buildings, beautiful paintings, beautiful sculptures, but mostly we search for the very beautiful shade. Like vampires, we view the sun as lethal. The temperature has routinely reached...

By Joel Achenbach  |  August 20, 2006; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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