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Achenblog: February 1, 2009 - February 7, 2009

Creeping Surrealism Part 397

Great piece in the WSJ by my neighbor Eric Felten on the lip-synched Super Bowl national anthem and the Yo Yo Milli Vanilli situation at the inauguration: 'Whatever the motivation, the fear of risking mistakes has led musicians to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 7, 2009; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (252)
 
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That Obama Op-Ed

Although I'm thrilled that President Obama is now writing for our Op-Ed page, this was not his finest literary hour. My favorite line was the italic thing at the end saying, "The writer is president of the United States." It...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 5, 2009; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (261)
 
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Hard Times at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Reading this morning's dispatches from the scene of the Daschle crash -- everyone gingerly stepping through the wreckage, trying to comprehend the forces that generated such a highlight-reel wipeout -- it seems obvious that it had to end this...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 4, 2009; 7:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (252)
 
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Inventing the Future

That Seattle trip I took a while back: It was to write this piece for my alumni magazine, on Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft executive who has started an outfit called Intellectual Ventures. Here's the top of the piece:...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 3, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
 
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A Smashing Super Bowl

The problem with the Super Bowl is that's it's just too violent. Not the game, mind you - that was filled with athletic grace, with courage and pluck, with wowzer plays and a final fingertip-and-tippy-toe catch in the corner...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 2, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (243)
 
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Super Bowl XLIII

Can I just say that I hate Roman numerals. I'm so glad Obama isn't our XLIVth president. My money is on the Cardinals (taking the points of course). Though the Achenbro is highly skeptical. He told me, "When your...

By Joel Achenbach  |  February 1, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (311)
 
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