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Achenblog: April 8, 2007 - April 14, 2007

Very Large Experiment Goes Boom

This weekend I'm in Jacksonville at the April Meeting of the American Physical Society. The April Meeting is an annual event, known commonly as "the April Meeting." There's also a March Meeting. That's known as "the March Meeting." I'm...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 14, 2007; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (159)
 
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Kurt Vonnegut

Why did we love him so? Because Kurt Vonnegut told us the truth about living in a world gone mad. And he somehow made us laugh along the way. That's winning the perfecta. Vonnegut surely reminds many of us...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 12, 2007; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McCain, Bush, Reed On Iraq; Plus Imus, etc.

In his campaign trail stump speeches [um, is that a mixed metaphor? No: He stops along the trail and gets atop a stump -- thank you], McCain has been focusing on three major topics: Iraq, Immigration and Global Warming....

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 11, 2007; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tony Grafton's Reading Wheel, etc.

It's conceivable you haven't heard of Anthony Grafton. He's a Princeton professor who made his reputation with the two-volume intellectual biography of Joseph Justus Scaliger (oh, THAT Anthony Grafton). He's also written a book on Leon Battista Alberti. Also...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 10, 2007; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Two Years, 100,000 Comments and Counting

Happy Easter, everyone. May the Easter Bunny come hopping down your particular bunny trail. Two years ago we turned on the Comments function and unleashed upon an unsuspecting world the phenomenon known as "the Boodle." For the etymology of...

By Joel Achenbach  |  April 8, 2007; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (374)
 
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