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The NFL's Time Bomb

Last week my man Tebow took a brutal blow from an onrushing lineman, and, as he fell backward, got conked on the head from behind by the knee of one of his own players. He wound up at the hospital overnight with a concussion. My thought was: He better be ready for LSU in Baton Rouge. And, of course, he will be, because he's Superman! Tebow don't quit! And the game against LSU has national title implications, etc.

But there's a time bomb ticking in football, as seen in this story in The Times today [via Drudge]. Football leads to high rates of dementia, according to a new report that echoes previous studies. We all love to watch the game, but what we don't see are the downstream consequences. The crippling knee injuries that leave some great players unable to walk normally in middle age have been well documented. But if the brain damage is as bad as this study says, it raises the question of whether colleges and the NFL can keep denying that they've got a serious medical problem at the foundation of the sport.

So, um, what do you do to fix the problem? You can't, entirely: Football is a violent game. It's always going to be a violent game. People will get hurt. But you can take the concussions a lot more seriously -- and tell the Tebows of the world that they can't play in the big game even if they feel like they've fully recovered. Look, this cat is going to be governor of Florida someday. His brain will someday be more important than his throwing arm.

The NFL spokesman, meanwhile, responds to the new report with weasel words:

An N.F.L. spokesman, Greg Aiello, said in an e-mail message that the study did not formally diagnose dementia, that it was subject to shortcomings of telephone surveys and that "there are thousands of retired players who do not have memory problems."

"Memory disorders affect many people who never played football or other sports," Mr. Aiello said. "We are trying to understand it as it relates to our retired players."

So let me get this right: The NFL says that it might not be a problem since not every football player later has memory problems, and, moreover -- here's the clincher for the argument -- some people with memory problems never played football!

Where'd you get that defense -- the Redskins's playbook??


The good news: Improved recruitment of spies has enabled us to have more "precision" as we make "surgical" strikes on terrorists and "excise these problems without causing additional problems," like killing civilians. The bad news comes at the end of the story: The terrorists have figured out a new place to hide bombs. Hard to read it without flinching. (It's the Christopher Walken Method of hiding contraband -- re: "Pulp Fiction.")


Thinking out loud on Roman Polanski: Maybe he should just go with the flow and let justice take its course, counting on the fact that his victim no longer wants to see him imprisoned, etc. But wait: Even if he's got Hollywood backing him, he doesn't have the public on his side (witness the anger at his apologists), and the cable TV talkers will go into full OJ mode at the chance of endlessly discussing the rape of a 13-year-old in the Sodom that is Tinseltown (pardon the cliche gridlock). [FYI, if you're gonna defend Roman Polanski (via Memeorandum), think of an argument better than He's a Brilliant Filmmaker.]

By Joel Achenbach  |  September 30, 2009; 7:45 AM ET
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First twice in a row? :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 30, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Gawker has a good headline for the NFL/Dementia story:

NFL Treats Dementia Like the GOP Does Climate Change

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

An oh-so-brief fly-by to exult over Cassandra and the knowledge that she is well (even if her computer isn't).

Toodley Boodley

Posted by: -ftb- | September 30, 2009 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Football's looking a bit like boxing, but probably not nearly as bad, since it's taking considerable effort to find the evidence. The NFL players who have signed to donate their brains are to be commended.

Tebow's certainly got options. I suppose one of the reasons college football was revamped back in the dark ages (early 20th century) was that too many promising aristocrats were getting injured. Later on, I remember Ann Landers and/or Dear Abby carrying on about the travails of women who had managed to snag their football heroes, only to find them lame for life. Lets all be thankful for knee surgeries.

Lots of sports/leisure activities have serious risks. Remember the guy whose hand got caught between a couple of rocks, so he self-amputated and wrote a profitable book?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 30, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I expect that hiding place for bombs won't catch on, since the one example of attempted assassination with that placement was a failure, killing only the person carrying it.

I'm also looking forward to the day that improved tactics in AfPan lead to a surgical strike that takes out Bin Laden.

On football, well, duh. The NLF needs to man up, face facts, and do what's right by the injured players.

Posted by: slyness | September 30, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, all.

Couple of quick comments - I flinched when I saw Tebow get leveled the other day, and it could well be that eventually he'll end up with the Troy Aikman retirement plan. I sure hope not. Part of Tebow's success comes from the abandon with which he plays; caution to the wind, and if nobody's open downfield, he's tucking that ball under his arm and heading for the goal line -- heck, there's a lot of designed QB runs in the Gator playbook. He's big and strong enough to flatten a lot of DBs, and I notice he isn't shy about doing so. I'm sure Urban will stop calling such plays in the future, and hopefully someone will advise Tebow to remember there's a pot of #1 NFL Draft gold waiting for him come April. And to maybe up his insurance.

As far as long term NFL player dementia goes, it's clearly a problem, though it seems that the best places to deal with it are with the NFLPA and insurance companies. It's clearly a work hazard, as it is with hockey, boxing, Ultimatewhateverfighting, and several other high-contact sports.

On the other hand, there's only one Terrell Owens -- in his 14th NFL season, IIRC.

Finally, I don't know how to sniff out that terrorist bomb-placement scheme. Are security folks going to ask for people to walk - or run - through checkpoints and observe the motion? The terrorists believe we won't go there, don't they?

The whole thing is horriffic.


PS. Please note that the phrases "female terrorist" and "double trouble" were not used in the construction of the above comment. It's bad enough as it is.


Posted by: -bc- | September 30, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

You are sick, sick man. If we ever catch a terrorist with explosive tampons, I dread what is going to happen to the security lines at airports.

Yeah, I went there.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Howdy. I read a story about Tebow - the person, not football - and understand why Joel says he'll be governor of Florida. Frankly I'm not sure that having his brains scrambled by football will be a permanent disqualifier from that job. Alas.

In the "Is this study necessary" category, the NYT times reports that a study shows "women wear shoes that cause pain".

Remember, everyone, even if you don't have a comment about football or Unpleasant Bomb Hiding Places, post something anyway: Ignore the Kit and Hit "Submit".

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 30, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Thank God that Richard Reid was a shoe bomber and not an Ass bomber.

Posted by: wiredog | September 30, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

yello, that was awful. And now they'll be checking for wires leading to your Tucks, dude. And sampling ya for dielectric Prep H. Sheesh.

Ivansmom, I agree with you and JA that Tebow may in fact be headed for FL governorship. If the Dolphins (who need a healthy QB at this point -- a darn shame about Pennington. Again.) have a bad enough season, they could be in position to draft him and his FL future would be secure. He could be in line for an endorsement from Jeb Bush at some point...


Posted by: -bc- | September 30, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

The stock market this past couple of weeks is taking lots of good news and one or two little bits of bad news and going down. During the two years at the beginning of this crisis the Wall Street crowd would blithely ignore a raft of bad news and warnings and rise on one small bright report.

Both seem equally irrational to me. I don't understand the mindset of investors. Seems like pure gambling.

Nothing in the above should lead anyone to infer that I think the economy is improving, however. Until I find a job my opinion of the economy stays dismal.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | September 30, 2009 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Leave it to the terrorists to confuse IUDs with IEDs.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 30, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Good one, Mudge!

Posted by: Wheezy11 | September 30, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Please note that the phrase "Tucks rule" was not used in the construction of the comment in reference to combating football quarterback injuries or terrorists.

Though it would have been a decent double entendre if I'd had the time to work on it.


Posted by: -bc- | September 30, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I feel so old this morning. Last night I mentioned something about male anatomy in front of my teenagers and my 14 year old indignantly told me I was wrong. I stared at her. Part of me was thinking - hey, this is cool. By her wrong-headedness, she has just proved to me that she has never seen that part of any man's anatomy. Which is reassuring, though not surprising. The other part was thinking - this child thinks I am so old that basic facts of human reproduction have *evolved* since my day.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | September 30, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Reproduction *has* evolved, Wheezy. Back in our day, one usually got married first.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 30, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Mudge, I carried her on my hip during my marriage to her father. My marriage was a concession to the IRS, not to society. My parents lived together in the 1940s, though not openly. I did a little research and it's very possible that they never actually married at all.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. They lived in a state which allowed common-law marriage, so it made no practical difference.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | September 30, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Regarding the hiding of explosive devices in body cavities and security screening.

There exists a technology called "Terrahertz Scanning" that can detect pretty much anything stored anywhere. THz refers to the frequency of electromagnetic energy higher than typical radar but lower than visible light. It is a bit tricky and expensive to generate right now, but there is a lot of ongoing research to make it cheaper. THz screening is perfectly safe and would eliminate most of the intrusive techniques - like pat-downs - currently employed in security checkpoints.

But here's the thing. THz imagery can see through clothing. The process yields grayscale, or false color, images of our anatomy that are startling detailed. This is vexing to many and represents a major opposition to THz implementation.

So it comes down to a question of values. Are we willing to tolerate anonymous screeners seeing accurate representations of our jiggly bits in return for a reduced risk of being blown up?

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 30, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

In case anyone is wondering how someone with a 14 year old had parents who lived together in the 1940s, I come from a long line of late-reproducers. My grandmother was born in 1892 and had her first child, my mother, at age 32. My mother waited to reproduce until age 30, and had me at 33. I had my first at almost 35.

I may be the only parent in North America who unconsciously uses 19th century phrases (i.e. carry tales out of school) while checking for Facebook updates.

And now I must stop Boodle-hogging.

Posted by: Wheezy11 | September 30, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

That device would forever shift the Seinfeldian balance of power between Good Naked and Bad Naked irretrievably.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

All this talk of hiding things where the sun don't shine reminds me of a movie in the 1980s starring Jeff Goldblum and Michelle Pfeiffer. I don't remember much of the plot, except that everyone was looking for some jewels worth millions. Turns out Michelle had them hidden in her, um, lady parts. The viewer saw her remove her clothes and then remove the pouch. But the film never showed her hiding the pouch there. I suspect it would have been a challenge to make such a maneuver look sexy.

Posted by: newengland1 | September 30, 2009 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Dr G's work is in the area of traumatic brain injury and he's seen some troubling data about kids playing soccer and football that bothers him more than NFL players.

The pros know what they're getting into when they play (you'd think, at least, that getting hit multiple times would lead to permanent damage), but young kids don't think about the consequences--and unfortunately, neither do their parents and/or coaches.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 30, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Listening to old pro hockey player it's not hard to believe that other sports are affected by this early dementia syndrome. Now that I think of it I see Eric "Concussion" Lindros' behaviour in a totally different light. He retired about 5 years too late...

RD Padouk,

"In the United States, the Transportation Security Administration is piloting the millimetre wave technology at Los Angeles International, JFK, Baltimore-Washington, Dallas-Fort- Worth, Reagan-National, and Phoenix Sky Harbor airports."

I believe it's the sub-millimeter technology though.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | September 30, 2009 11:13 AM | Report abuse

RD, glad to hear that.

Er, I wonder how portable the THz scanning equipment is... (Almost wrote "potable")

I'm glad we didn't get into a discussion of shaped charges and fuses...

And Mudge, thank you for that quaint little comment at 10:28 there. I wonder what percentage of humanity today was born "in wedlock" (or even exactly how one defines that universally) versus not? [Not even going to guess about the entire course of human history...]

Where's Boomer to say, "C'mon, man."


Posted by: -bc- | September 30, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

None of my children were born already married.

Posted by: LostInThought | September 30, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I wasn't born in wedlock, though I was adopted into it quick enough. I've become distracted by the word "wedlock". It doesn't seem right, somehow - seems a little sterm and possibly even punitive for such a positive state. Also, the resemblance to "warlock" has slightly sinister supernatural overtones (or even Mortlake, for you Elizabethans). [And for you World of Warcraft types, or Edgar Rice Burroughs fans, it is like Morlocks (a sort of fish in WOW).] It is fun to say, though. Go ahead, mumble it out loud several times: wedlock, wedlock, wedlock.

Almost as good as "chicken". Now there's an amusing word.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 30, 2009 11:31 AM | Report abuse

All this talk of gastro-intestinal explosions reminded me of Monty Python' immortal Mr. Creosote.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | September 30, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The concept of pregnancy being a result of rather than the cause for matrimonial attachments has always been a notion honored more in the breach. While some societies have done better than others (Victorian England and Eisenhower America come to mind) at suppressing pre-marital sexuality, it's too strong a force to keep in check.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Good point, LiT.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 30, 2009 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Ivansmom, for now until the end of time I am going to think of the phrase "World of Wedlock" every time I see reference to that videogame.

Which is pretty okay with me.

Posted by: RD_Padouk | September 30, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

My three little b@stards were born out of wedlock. I love my b@stards, but that's what they are: b@stards.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | September 30, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

It's also called the 'bonds of matrimony'. Nice set of metaphors that institution brings with it. I think marriage is a silly custom in the modern era. Just don't tell the old ball and chain I said that.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Just general FYI: The Post is running an AP story by Ken Thomas under the front page reefer headline "Report: Nearly 6,000 Deaths From Driver Distraction." The story itself can be found at

When you read the AP story, the report is only tangentially referred to, and is never actually, yanno, named or referenced. Thomas and AP just kinda assume you don't really need to know. The story refers to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, which is all fine and dandy, but it doesn't actually mention which gummint agency within DOT actually produced the report. And in fact, there is not one report, but two, in question. Just for the record, the reports are available at

One might note that both reports are quite well edited (though perhaps not "perfectly," due to the fact that the regular editor was quite busy the day these came through and they were delegated to his/her backup). (The missing hyphen on page 4 is a dead give-away, as I'm sure you all noticed.)

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 30, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

A few of you guys need to upgrade your reading comprehension skills.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 30, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Also your grasp of statistics.

Posted by: curmudgeon6 | September 30, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

"Darn the Kit! Just Hit Submit!"

Posted by: bh72 | September 30, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Mudge is right. Teen pregnancy rates were higher in the 1950s because we gave kids wedding rings instead of condoms.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Back from the doctor (miserable almost two hour trip in the morning rush) and I'm fine, x-ray was normal. They have a new, very cool x-ray machine that takes picture while you just stand there then sends the picture to the doc's computer. I'm impressed.

You can't tell me that football players can get hit hard and repeatedly without suffering some brain trauma later in life, I don't care what the NFL says.

I started the Guernsey book last night and I LOVE it! I'm going to curl up on the sofa and finish it this afternoon. A huge thank you to all who recommended it.

I'm also enjoying the Ken Burn's national park series. It does move slowly but the history it contains is fascinating to me.

Posted by: badsneakers | September 30, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

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I Mom, I tried to 'hot and submit' twice and got this nasty response. seems Wapo isn't interested in the number of posts.
Been too busy working to post. Only get to boodle early in the morning and off in the outdoors the rest of day. Then too tired to face the puter in the evening. just watch the DVD of David before retiring.

Posted by: bh72 | September 30, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

bc, from what I've read the NFLPA considers their responsibility to be to active players. Retired players trying to address the aftermath are apparently chopped liver.

shriek, the Lindros family seems to have suffered from Fragile Melon Syndrome. Remember Brett, who played in the NHL less than 2 years before having to retire due to post-concussion syndrome?

sneaks, I missed the first two parts of the Ken Burns series, but really enjoyed it last night. I knew nothing about all the disciples of John Muir who carried on his work. And I had never heard anything about the first director of the National Park Service and how much of his personal fortune he devoted to the cause. I liked it so much I only watched the last few minutes of DWTS to see who got booted.

Posted by: Raysmom | September 30, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I have long maintained that G*d is so pleased by young love, that he gives freshly-married couples a discount on the length of pregnancy for the first child.

I appreciate the availability of actual statistics, but I find it hard to understand why actual statistical evidence (well-edited or otherwise) was required to conclude that text-messaging and active driving are so incompatible as that it should be illegal to attempt them simultaneously.

After due consideration regarding the New Improved Place to Put a Bomb, I have reached the following conclusions:
(1) Current explosives-detection technologies should be perfectly adequate to find a working device inserted from the near end.
(2) A more "productive" avenue in using this method to reach the far side of a security barrier would be to swallow multiple sealed containers (e.g., balloons) containing materials that can be reconstructed to form a working device of significant capability. Consume a powerful laxative just prior to boarding the flight (viz., Dave Barry's article on getting a colonoscopy), or shortly after boarding, and wait for the delivery. This might successfully pass security screening, and permits a larger device.
(3) If you must try to use such a device "in place", I recommend using a metal tube for containment and pack the ends with BB's for a shotgun-blast effect. Turn your back and bend over to aim, then fire. Pack both ends of the tube with BB's, to ensure a terminal outcome for the operator. This is not something you would want to survive.

Regarding concussions in the NFL: I recommend placing one's brain in a "blind trust" until it is needed and can be safely recovered from storage.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 30, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Wedding rings, no job;
Parents are high-school dropouts
(Thanks, condomless lust.)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | September 30, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

The solution to anal-retentive bombers is really simple-- bomb-proof plane toilets. This might not even add to weight significantly; kevlar and silk are light and can be quite strong against explosions.

If we assume that they have to remove to ignite, there's really only a few places where they can do it unobserved.

Before boarding, all that is really needed is a gate check and periodic sweeps by dogs to stop passengers that smell like a** from boarding.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | September 30, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Comic comment on airport screening from "Brevity"

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | September 30, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon, you all. This is a "me too" post.

1. Thanks for the message from Casandra, Slyness. Haven't turned on the furnace yet, but it was cold here this morning.

2. Am enjoying the national parks series, too. Unintentional napping right along with them with the knowledge we've taped them, so can replay the missed parts.

The Lake District in England is their National Trust. We stayed in Ambleside and it had a charming beauty; not like some of our parks, with overpowering breathtaking beauty.

Just wish we hadn't been so wretched to our Native Americans. Haven't been to Yellowstone, yet.

Posted by: VintageLady | September 30, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

As a survivor of two major concussions in life I can testify they are no fun. I used to be a big fan of heavyweight boxing until the awful weight of the facts about concussion sunk in. The whole thing seems sad now, including the fact that one of my favorite sports no longer appeals to me.

I was pleased to hear Cassandra is okay. I hope she can get back online soon. I need to backboodle to see the full report. My own computer went haywire the other day; the "on" switch stopped working and the "on"switch on the monitor quit working, and then the monitor just died, and my graphics card was set such that my old spare 640x480 PS2 monitor (laugh if you will! They are apparently bomb proof!)wouldn't work. Now I have a new used 19" 1200x1600 CRT for $20. Score!

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 30, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

We're watching the National Parks series as well. Kinda disappointed it's more historical than travelogue. The closing credits are some of the best footage in each episode.

We've been dividing the parks Burns discusses into 'been there' and 'gotta go'. Except that Yosemite is in both categories. Right now Mesa Verde is on the short list.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Mesa Verde was a hoot. Fo real fun, take a quick sip of water from the seep that supplies Balcony House and see what the rangers say.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 30, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

And speaking of the 2016 Olympics, I was watching Wild Orchid the other night and remarked as to what a beautiful place Rio appears to be. That hilltop statue of Jesus, with arms spread wide and the music they played throughout the movie was remarkable. As much as I like the Obamas, I hope The Committee awards the games to Rio. I'd love to go, for sure, for sure.

Posted by: VintageLady | September 30, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Regarding national parks, I haven't been to any out west altho' I've been to Haleakala and Kenai Fjords. I would love to see Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone, I hope some day we can make the trips. There are so many beautiful places in this country - it boggles the mind. All we need is the time and the money...

Posted by: badsneakers | September 30, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

The boss had a most excellent article on Yellowstone in National Geographic recently:

Long story short: the whole place is one big honkin' volcano.

Posted by: Raysmom | September 30, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

One of my favorite things to do on tours is to ask the guide for the dumbest question they've ever been asked. Always make this the first question, so your confreres can avoid embarrassment. A top response came from a Mesa Verde ranger on the Cliff Palace tour- "Is this man made or Indian made?" Priceless.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 30, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm, guess they died laughing.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 30, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse


There are a lot of Burns documentaries available on Netflix through our TiVo box. We just watched the one on radio. Fascinating.

Those of us in DC forget that it's easy to stumble into a National Park any time just getting from here to there.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 30, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Mesa Verde is one of my favorite places. I think, ScienceTim, your success in sipping from the seep depends on how cool your guide is. We had one who didn't freak out when kids tried it.

Posted by: Ivansmom | September 30, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

The eastern national parks are kinda meh. Shenandoah Valley and Great Smokies are nice but they don't have the "Ah" factor that Badlands or Yellowstone have. We have eight months left on our annual pass, hence our desire to amortize that fifty bucks across as many parks as possible.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

First there was the porn kit. Then this NFL kit. If it looks like a death spiral and walks like a death spiral, talks like a death spiral and smells like a death spiral, OMG it's a death spiral! Last one out turn out the lights.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 30, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

The ScienceSpouse sampled the water without asking, and kinda freaked out the ranger -- who then asked how it tasted, as she had never tried it herself.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 30, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

DeathSpiral is available as a Boodling handle, BTW...

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 30, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse


I don't think I've ever watched anything by Ken Burns from start to finish. I get dizzy from hours of slow zooms onto still photos and languid narration.

The topics are interesting, the research exhaustive, and the result quite informative, but I kinda prefer books for historical texts. But that's just me.

I do like the interviews, though.


Posted by: -bc- | September 30, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The captioning up here is too wretched for me to watch. There's a book out for people like bc... and now me, I suppose.

Tell me if Voyageurs National Park makes it on the documentary.

It's beautiful and has juicy bootlegging lore too, as Rainy Lake straddles both countries.

Tons of bald eagles to see, too; it's not a problem to go by a few nests on a boat tour.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | September 30, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

This series has a park ranger from Yosemite who is a riot. But to see all that natural splendor through the filter of sepia-toned historical photos is a little unfulfilling.

Which reminds me that I have so many photos of Yellowstone to still sort through that it's overwhelming me into inaction. I'll be on my next major vacation before I get these sorted.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of Britcoms (well at least kb and I were) Lisa Moraes reports that Showtime is creating a Larry Craig like show about the fiasco of turning a brilliant British comedy into a hack US show. And in the most brilliant meta-move it's going to star Matt LeBlanc as the hammy wooden American actor in the remake.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Man's best friend, Sergeant Stubby, WWI hero.

Posted by: VintageLady | September 30, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The de Moraes article:

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Oh wow, the home page just went haywire...

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 30, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

They have a park for VOYEURS? And you can go there? And... oh, wait. Never mind.

Posted by: kguy1 | September 30, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Oh please tell me this isn't permanent, like the POS that used to be the Washington Post Magazine.

Posted by: Raysmom | September 30, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Just when I figure out where everything is, the WaPo changes it. Grrrr.

I do NOT like this local beta. Grrrrrr.

Posted by: Moose13 | September 30, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

If you click on the national section at the top left, it goes back to what we're used to seeing.

Posted by: Moose13 | September 30, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Most exceedingly strange -- the home page can't make up its mind on which format to use...

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 30, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh, it's the new "local" home page...

Although "loco" would also be descriptive.

Posted by: Scottynuke | September 30, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Well, let's look at it this way -- perhaps it's a way of WaPo to help those of us who are essentially "older than God" to keep that gray matter lubricated. You know, the more we exercise our brains, trying to work out puzzles and new languages and stuff like that, the more we can ("they" say) stave off dementia. Although, hmmm, it might be a little too late for that.

Now, what was I saying?

Sneaks -- great about your tender bones. Glad you're fine, although otherwise bruised. Is the painting all done?

Posted by: -ftb- | September 30, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I clicked on LOCAL and some woman started talking to me. Don't the folks at WaPo know people visit their site while they are AT WORK?!

Any sound = no visiting during the day.

Posted by: -TBG- | September 30, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I loved the Civil War series by Ken Burns - watched it many times and still have it on tape somewhere. His others haven't been quite as enticing, although I always look forward to them. I've caught some parts of the park series, but I've been trying to watch some of the new network shows too.

To hearken back to the previous Boodle, Simon Pegg (Scotty in the new Star Trek movie) is a very funny Brit comic. His series Spaced is quite good. It comes on 3 DVD's, so I was expecting it to be 3 "seasons" - but it's only 2, with the 3rd DVD interviews and such. Those Brits know how to stop while it's still good. Ricky Gervais in The Office is wonderful, of course, and his series Extras is really good too. It's about actors who are extras, then about what happens when he gets a cheesy TV show. Very meta, very good.

Posted by: seasea1 | September 30, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

yello, surely you mean Larry David-like and not Larry Craig-like. A Larry Craig-like sitcom would star janitors at an under-visited US airport that nevertheless manages to get a perennially rotating cast of guest stars playing "foreigners" and nationally-prominent in-the-closet politicians. David Cross would play the clueless janitorial manager, source of an endless stream of unintentional humor as a source of weirdly homo-erotic and occasionally explosives-related spoonerisms and flubbed words of wisdom. Kelsey Grammer would play the airport manager, perennially protesting that he is not a British upper-class twit, he is an American, by Gadfrey! Frank Bonner would come out of retirement to play the aging Herb Tarlek in his last grasp for greateness as the marketing manager for the airport, with all sorts of unfortunate promotions involving containers of fluid, shoes, toy guns, and so forth. WKRP posters would be seen on the walls of his office.

Actually, that show could be pretty good.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 30, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Yes... bald eagle voyeurs, Kguy.

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | September 30, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

And when do we get the wide stance episode, SciTim?

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | September 30, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

You can't mention Simon Pegg without talking about "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz"- the are the apex of his oeuvre! (And if I'm not mistaken, Apex of the Oeuvre is available as a Boodle handle.)

Posted by: kguy1 | September 30, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

TBG, that woman talked for about two minutes! But....she has a sound rollover activation feature, so you can tiptoe past her.

Posted by: VintageLady | September 30, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

You are correct, Sci Tim!

I have Shaun of the Dead on order from the library, not sure if they have Hot Fuzz. Glad they've got the kguy endorsement.

Posted by: seasea1 | September 30, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

My Wapo page hasn't changed, is it just a local thing?

ftb, still painting, or I should say "S" is still painting as we're at the high part and tall ladders aren't my cup of tea. He painted the bedrooms windows and I do mean he painted the windows - he's not neat but they need to be scraped anyway so it doesn't matter. I need to decide what my next project will be. I could start by visiting the granddaughters - haven't seen much of them since all this painting started. I heard from their mother that while she was trying to choose a book for the little one to read and being told they were all boring, my lovely granddaughter said, "speaking of boring, I haven't seen Granny in a while." Now I prefer to think that the connection isn't that I'm boring but that I always ask her if she's bored when she's here because she gets that way very quickly. I hope I'm not kidding myself!

Posted by: badsneakers | September 30, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Over here, the Washington Post is no longer coming with purple diagonal stripes. Good.

I assume Homeland Security is moving as fast as possible to install imaging devices at all airports. I assume internal detonating devices should be detectable. Diamonds and emeralds, too. Dunno about cocaine, explosives. Might some terrorist sympathizers swallow sausages just to make things more difficult for security?

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 30, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

In Ft. Pierce, Heathcote Botanical Garden is reporting lots of warblers plus a redstart and scarlet tanager. If the birds are migrating, fall must be upon us.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

We all know you are the cool grandmother, badsneakers.

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it's a local thing for now, badsneakers. If you change your home page to the local one instead of the national one, you'll probably see what we are talking about.

I don't see an easy way to get to the Achenblog from the new local page.

Posted by: -pj- | September 30, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

How good are those scanners RD, I might be willing to expose my jiggly bits if say the scanner could perform a double a scan of my colon thus saving myself a colonoscopy. Since I am quickly approaching the age for such a procedure I am hoping for rapid advancements in technology. Might be worth a flight somewhere. :-)

Badsneaks the other day eldest and I were talking about take your kids to work day, eldest asked who she would go with, then paused and thought and commented "you really do work don't you - think I will go with dad then I can just sit in an office all day". So much for the dream of bringing my daughter to work!

Posted by: dmd3 | September 30, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Good afternoon boodle. After too many very early mornings and late nights in a row I have called out of a meeting tonight and already have my nightclothes on. Granted, it is cool enough that this outfit looks only slightly different from day garb- the phrase "need coffee" scrolls lazily through pink and green coffee cups on my fleece pants-but tonight I will watch Gleek on an actual television at its regularly scheduled time.

Wilbrod-according to MPR the National Park series does not cover Voyageurs. A shame if they don't address the creation of newer parks like Voyageurs and Prince William Forest Park in NoVA. It's never been simple or easy, but it was simpler and easier in the early days.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 30, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse


I remember camping in Prince William Forest when I was a Cub Scout! I think Burns has his hands full just covering the National Parks without getting very far, so to speak, in the National Forests.

I'm enjoying the series. I like the historical perspective and, from what I recall from my history courses, he's done it well.

There's a local connection to it as well. The acoustic guitar music that you hear is written and performed by Al Petteway, who grew up in this area, although he now lives in North Carolina. Durham, I think.

Posted by: -pj- | September 30, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I got Larry David and Daniel Craig mixed up, but as you surmised, that is a very bad combination. But your sitcom sounds really hilarious. We just need to throw in a few whacky neighbors and a smart-mouthed kid.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

pj-precisely why it needs to be included-Prince William Forest Park is a park, not a national forest, in spite of the name and the forested acreage.

SciTim-You should look for an agent for that sitcom pitch.

Yello-can Glee survive without a whacky neighbor and a wisecracking kid (I mean of the conventional sort)?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 30, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The whacky neighbors would be the ones complaining about the rude neighbors who keep flying airplanes over their house. After the flight patterns are changed, they would complain about the perfectly silent aircraft that the CIA now fly over their house in the dark, necessitating an extravagant expenditure for aluminum foil to cover the roof -- on the good side, it will really lower their AC bills in the summertime.

No wisecracking kids! I hate wisecracking kids! There will, however, be an episode in which a shark will be transshipped through the airport on its way to an aquarium. Henry Winkler, in a guest appearance as himself, will be running through obscure parts of the airport to try to make a flight and get out of this horrible place. In a weird mishmash of iconic imagery, he will be wearing a leather jacket and running through the airport in a parody of OJ's old advertisements, when he will be forced to attempt a leap from one balcony to another. As he goes up for the leap, he will hook his toe on the railing, flip over and fall between the balconies -- directly into the shark's enclosure. We will switch to the gate as the attendants call repeatedly for Mr. Winkler, then they will offer a free first-class upgrade to a long-suffering passenger and call another from the standby list. As the screen fades out, white letters will appear on the black: In memoriam, Arthur Fonzarelli, 1942-2009.

This stuff just writes itself. It must, because no human would take credit for it.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 30, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

The shark, having been gainfully employed for years in the pool over which various characters symbolically jump, has reached retirement. Free from the pool, he takes a part time job delivering pizzas, but is occasionally troubled by remoras, on water skis, leaping over him when he least expects it, on the beach, over a game of pool, riding in the red Cadillac, coming out of nowhere, on camera, on a remote feed, some media stunt he's not plugged into, without an agent, no warning, no phone calls, no residuals.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 30, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

The airport needs to be Springfield Regional Airport. It needs to be regional so that wackiness can ensue when international flights are inadvertently rerouted there. It needs to be Springfield so that it can be in no fixed state and make lost of Simpsons-related jokes. It has to be live-action in order for the Simpsons jokes to be the most odd.

Dan Castellaneta must make occasional appearances as an airline mechanic.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 30, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

"Darn the Kit! Just Hit Submit!"

I Mom, the count hasn't yet broke 100

Back from a busy day grocery shopping and getting the scoop on my duties starting at 5:00 AM friday at a local elementary school for a week. No boddling for the next ten days.

Sci Tim, you are in the wrong profession. Big money in TV.

Posted by: bh72 | September 30, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

yello... Daniel Craig? Really?

Posted by: -TBG- | September 30, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Always nice to have a television show that jumps the shark in its first episode.

Prince William is quite pretty. I'm not sure it's dramatic enough to make it in the Burns series. The NPS Web site places it in a category called Other, along with the White House. Don't quite know what that means, but it's nice company.

Posted by: -pj- | September 30, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Boodle boodle boodle! I close on the condo tomorrow, move in Tuesday. I'm rather excited.

Tonight, having just received notice that the rental property manager is showing my apartment to a prospective tenant tomorrow and Friday, I shall be madly cleaning instead of listening to music or reading. I'm thrilled to think they might actually rent it and not make me pay the extra three months.

Sorry, I got nothin' on kit.

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Hurray for Yoki!

Posted by: -TBG- | September 30, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

That's very good news, Yoki! Even sweeter if your place gets rented.

Posted by: -pj- | September 30, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Listen to music while you clean Yoki, good luck with the closing and the move.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 30, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

As a tip, my high school used to play the William Tell overture in between the end of one class and the start of our home room, the idea was to speed us through the halls to our classes so announcements etc could start on time. Sometimes they used Flight of the Bumblebee but that got too annoying. Might help you race through the cleaning :-).

Posted by: dmd3 | September 30, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

dmd, we think alike. God gave us the Ipod Touch and ear buds so that we could listen to Green Day and vacuum at the same time. Remember trying to vacuum to CDs on the big stereo? The noise just escalated!

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I think I saw that episode of Arrested Development.

Daniel Craig, Craig Daniel, Larry David, Larry Craig. All those hunks look alike to to me.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

That's not very gay of you, yello.

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Hugh Jackman, Hugh Grant, Hugh Laurie, Laurie Metcalf. All the same to me.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

It's Glee/Top Chef night. That'll recharge me.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I just had this for dinner, and it was outstanding. From Mark Bittman's blog at in early September. Just awesome.

Arepas With Cheese and Corn Time: 40 minutes

1 cup yellow cornmeal, finely ground

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter, more for serving, optional

1/2 cup fresh sweet corn kernels, or frozen kernels, thawed

1/4 cup chopped scallion

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 small serrano or jalapeño chili, seeded and minced, optional

3 tablespoons corn, canola, grapeseed or other neutral oil

Cooked black beans or vegetables or sour cream for stuffing, optional.

1. Put cornmeal in a large bowl with salt and cheese. Put milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until steam rises, then add butter and stir until melted. Remove from heat and stir into cornmeal mixture until a thick batter is formed. Fold in the corn kernels, scallion, cilantro and chili if using.

2. Let batter rest until it thickens into a soft dough, about 15 minutes. Gently form 3- to 4-inch balls from mixture and flatten with palm of your hand to a 1/2-inch-thick disk. (You can cover and refrigerate disks for a few hours if you like.)

3. Heat oil in a large skillet and cook arepas, working in batches, until golden brown, about 5 minutes, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes on other side. When all arepas are cooked and cool enough to handle, carefully slice them through the middle. If desired, serve with butter or stuff with beans, vegetables or sour cream.

Yield: 8 to 12 arepas.

Yoki again: I won't tell you what I did with the black beans, unless you ask. But I had beans *and* sour cream!

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Pork tenderloin with a crust of fresh rosemary, sage, pepper, olive oil, fenugreek, and fennel seeds. Baked potato with sour cream. Cold black eyed pea salad with tiny bits of tomato, red bell pepper, onion, and a dressing made of cider vinegar, touch of molasses, garlic, olive oil, and hint of oregano.

Posted by: Jumper1 | September 30, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse


Is it Mark Pollan who says, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants?" We both did, Jumper.

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Jumper can you fax some leftovers, you just prepared my favorite meal.

Yoki, yours sounds great as well.

Posted by: dmd3 | September 30, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Yoki, that sounds tasty, do wish it could be made without cheese-- do you think it would do as well?

I like cheese as a condiment, not as an ingredient, and cheese and sour cream, well... that would make even sawdust taste great. (Black beans help even more.)

Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | September 30, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm having a hard time caring what ultimately happens with Polanski's case. I don't like the idea of letting fugitives from justice (particularly for heinous offenses like forcible sodomy with underage children) off the hook merely because they stayed out of sight long enough. But in this particular case, given that the victim (largely because of Polanski's fame) has had to deal with it being brought up over, and over, and over, and has made it clear that she's tired of the whole thing, I guess I don't much care one way or another. There's a lot of posturing involved.

I can't bring myself to care too much about who becomes the Virginia governor, either, and yet am expected to vote upon it soon. I can't quite imagine voting for someone who's expressed some of Mcdonnell's social views, and my man Creigh has not exactly impressed me with his, "Well, at least I'm not Bob McDonnell!" campaign. Sigh. I'll have a few drinks the night before the election and think about it.

Posted by: bobsewell | September 30, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

The latest research peer reviewed by the Academy of Sports Dentistry and a Harvard MGH specialist, suggests a retainer like Mouth guard used in the NFL and with such programs as the University of Texas, should be considered as part of a return to play protocol. One concussion and your six times more likely to have another, this protocol identifies and corrects a known link to the concussion origin.

Posted by: Mahercor061 | September 30, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

*Michael* Pollan

Deeds' campaigning may be uninspiring, but it's true: he's *not* Bob McDonnell, and that's got to count for something.

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 30, 2009 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Wilbrod, I think if you stirred an egg-yolk (you OK with egg?) into the corn-meal mixture once it has thickened and cooled, you could easily eliminate the cheese.

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks SciTim (and I loved the resurrection of StorytellerTim tonight); Michael it is.

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I don't know, which position is the Mouth guard? Is he the one just in front of or behind (or to one side... ick!) the Nose guard? And are you allowed to just keep them on retainer as needed, or do you actually have to assign them to the roster?

Posted by: bobsewell | September 30, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Loving the Wicked-Spring Awakening smack-down.

Posted by: yellojkt | September 30, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Don't we need to get Joel to zap that 9:48??

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | September 30, 2009 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Mudge - Somehow, I doubt they'll be back. And if he zaps that, my already silly 9:59 will look positively goofy-stupid!

Posted by: bobsewell | September 30, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

♪ ♫ Got no feel, I got no rhythm
I just keep losing my beat ♪ ♫
♪ ♫ I'm ok, I'm alright
Ain't gonna face no defeat
I just gotta get out of this prison cell
Someday I'm gonna be free, Lord!

♪ ♫ Find me somebody to love
Can anybody find me somebody to love? ♪ ♫

Posted by: -TBG- | September 30, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Why? Is there a double-entendre I missed (I mostly miss them)? If I follow the link will I be disgusted?

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

No--it's just a post for a commercial product, posted by the company itself.

Methinks TBG has a bad case of gleecoma. Pretty good one tonight, eh? Loved the "Maybe This Time" number.

My name is Curmudgeon and I am a Gleek.

Posted by: curmudgeon-1 | September 30, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

(grinning) Nope, Yoki, it was just spam promoting a product, and I made a silly football joke about their silly spam.

Posted by: bobsewell | September 30, 2009 10:12 PM | Report abuse

damn you're good, TBG!

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

♪ ♫ ♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫
♪ ♫ ♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫
♪ ♫ ♪ ♫♪ ♫♪ ♫

TBG -- I adore your graphical dexterity

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | September 30, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Cheat sheet for unicode:

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | September 30, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

It must be nice not to have a tin ear. I watched Glee 2 miutes and almost puke on my shoes.

My name is shrieking denizen and I'm not a gleek. But there is nothing wrong about being one.

Posted by: shrieking_denizen | September 30, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

A Gleeking wonderful evening.

Best of luck on getting out of those rent payments Yoki.

SciTim-I so want to see that show. Will there be musical numbers?

Finn looked a lot smarter than usual tonight. How long before he wises up about his not impending fatherhood?

Posted by: frostbitten1 | September 30, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Musical numbers in Craigland Regional? For you, frosti -- of course!

I liked the idea of Springfield Regional -- but how could I pass up Craigland?

Posted by: ScienceTim | September 30, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

There are also zillions of Riverviews (more common than Springfield even)


Posted by: Wilbrod_Gnome | September 30, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Good evening, all.

Didn't watch Glee tonight, and I'm not sure I ever will, but TBG -- lord, that's one of by favorite Queen songs.

Heck, even Anne Hathaway's take on it in "Ella Enchanted" is pretty good, though I gotta admit to feeling fortunate that I got to see Freddy Mercury hizownself belt it out. Not with the gospel choir that George Michael had in '92, but I think I did my part, including the clapping.


Posted by: -bc- | September 30, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Well! I'm sort of sad and grand at the same time.

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | September 30, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

That would be the hands of time. Here is a scribing hand: ✍

A peace sign or V-Day sign: ✌

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | September 30, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Happy condo, Yoki!

My picture framer thinks people moving into new homes are a smaller part of his business than those who are redecorating, for what that's worth. My latest project was the result of seeing something in the Art Institute of Chicago's catalog:

I already had the tile, picked up cheap at the closing of a Met Museum store in Orlando. The framer found a black walnut veneer frame that looks great with the tile's plummy colors (solid walnut's affordable when used in slender moldings--bunch of that around the house).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | September 30, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Beautiful, DotC.

Posted by: Yoki | September 30, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Jumper1 | October 1, 2009 5:31 AM | Report abuse

Good morning, you all.

Coffee's ready, hot oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar on this chilly, chilly morn.

Virginia to receive it's ration of H1N1 next week. My doctor doesn't know how much his office will receive. I think I may be a second tier candidate. I'm not even sure I want the shot, I've had the annual flu shot and last year the pneumonia shot.

Gorgeous day promised to us, rise and shine, you all....

Posted by: VintageLady | October 1, 2009 6:02 AM | Report abuse

Finally got around to yesterday's paper. WaPo did **not** like Jackman/Craig in "A Steady Rain". The review was like a drive-by shooting:

I doubt it will affect the box office though.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 1, 2009 7:27 AM | Report abuse

Bueno Queso, all!

Yoki has a gas-powered vacuum? What??? :-)

"Somebody to Love" is one of my Queen faves, too. Although "Dont' Stop Me Now" is also pretty dang good.

I think someone backBoodling would understand what happened once JA Zaps the 9:48, which I agree is the proper course of action.

And our buddy George Will is opining on climate change... You've been warned.

*thinking-the-approaching-weekend-is-helping-my-mood-greatly Grover waves* :-)

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 1, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Georgie got his wrist slapped so bad the last time he misinterpreted scientific studies on climate change that it looks like he write this column with a brick taped to the quote key. I still haven't figured out what axe he is grinding other than he just can't let go that 1970s era Newsweek story where he was promised an ice age.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 1, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Wow, CqP... my Google ads are for Hebrew and Arabic studies. I guess our unicode did that.

I'm leaving work early today to catch the train for Pittsburgh. Daughter isn't going with us because she has the homecoming dance to attend this weekend, but Son of G is driving straight up north to join us tonight. We're calling it the G3 meeting (ha ha.. get it?).

Dr G is already attending a conference there; we're just taking advantage of a free hotel room and very cheap train fare.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 1, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Retweeting @maddow: Being inundated with congratulations for the NRCC calling me a "left-wing lunatic" in a new blast email. I love my job.

Posted by: -TBG- | October 1, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

And I hope rainforest avoided the effects of the earthquake... :-O

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 1, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Meta-tweet of the day from Howie Kurtz:

Posted by: yellojkt | October 1, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Yello, that made me LOL.

So I had to call Time Warner at 6:55 ayem because I had no Internet service. The modem's ready light was blinking rapidly. After half an hour, he says the modem needs to be replaced, so I said I'd take it by the office later in the morning. I get back from the walk and look at the modem. Lo and behold, the ready light is on and steady and the Internet comes right up.

Ain't technology grand?

I love that tile, DofC, and I say that as someone who isn't a fan of modern art. I have a Wright sprite statue in my yard, a replica of those at the Biltmore in Phoenix, which were copied from ones in a park in Chicago. She's so serene and lovely.

Posted by: slyness | October 1, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Check out story starting 1 minute 40 seconds into the clip

pretty funny. amazing.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 1, 2009 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Slyness, frenvy on the Wright-Sprite. Coming to visit and I might pinch it. Warned! You. Are.

Was offered the creepy stature from in the garden of good and evil...politely declined.

Posted by: CollegeQuaParkian1 | October 1, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Stay at home moms are disproportionately young, poor and Hispanic.

Do not even wade into the comments.

Posted by: yellojkt | October 1, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the dealership:

Posted by: Scottynuke | October 1, 2009 9:24 AM | Report abuse

rt-loved it. The best part was at the end when she says "every detail of that prediction correct, just like Nate Silver."

Windy but not too cold here so the cosmos continue to wave. The tomatoes at the after-school garden did not get destroyed by frost these last two nights so we might get a couple dozen more before they give up. Pumpkin leaves were nipped, but we'll have more than enough fruit for carving. We only bought 4 last year and carved in teams. This year we may have enough for solo carving or at worst no more than 2 to a pumpkin.

Meatless Thursday. Hmmm, seems like great soup weather.

Later gators.

Posted by: frostbitten1 | October 1, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Frosty, the ball didn't make the upper deck, but still it was hysterical.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 1, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Seriously on topic

Is this the reaction to which you refer. The most important factor in this article is that Dr. Perfetto is not only a wife of a former player, but also an exert in health research.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 1, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

CqP, you make me laugh. The sprites are commercially available, Mr. T gave it to me for Christmas a couple of years ago. If you come, you have to help me design a garden to go around it; I haven't been successful with the plantings I've tried. It's a difficult place, in the shade most of the day but gets brutal the late afternoon summer sun.

Here she is:

Posted by: slyness | October 1, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

I recently emailed a climate scientist about this very issue. I said, "I am of the view that polar ice melting will tend to MASK the immediate impact of global atmospheric warming and cause the deniers to cry 'see, it's not so hot this year.' ('Because a huge amount of ice just melted, you idiots,' I would be tempted to shout at them.)"

Georgie started working at Newsweek about the same time as that nonsense in the'70s...

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 1, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

They've found a new human ancestor. Actually a very old human ancestor. Ardipithecus ramidus. Remember that name.

I'm at the AAAS auditorium for the big announcement.

Posted by: joelache | October 1, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I am figuring that Ardipithecus must be Robert Byrd's grandfather.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 1, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

One key thing is that Ardipithecus was a clamberer, not a swinger. The swinging-from-branches thing -- suspension -- holding on with one limb and chilling out -- was a derived trait among chimps.

More on this after the news conference.

Posted by: joelache | October 1, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Is that the little primate found in Germany, Joel? In the Messel Pit? I saw a bit on TV about it this week.

Posted by: Yoki | October 1, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Yoki, Ethiopia.

Posted by: russianthistle | October 1, 2009 10:50 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Yoki | October 1, 2009 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I had missed this Krugman column. Joel brought the concept to my attention before Kr's column was written

Posted by: Jumper1 | October 1, 2009 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Nice to know that the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) has an auditorium. I figured their Washington headquarters must be fairly nice, but it's one of these organizations that I know only from magazine and website. They aren't exactly on the Washington top 10 sightseeing list.

I like the way humans are turning out to be fairly "primitive" in everything but brains and our rather odd means of walking.

Tim White, the University of California at Berkeley paleoanthropologist who heads the research team, must already have been tenured when work on "Ardi" started back in the mid 1990s. It's astounding to have gone so long without publishing, at least in science. The Dead Sea Scrolls are another matter. Some of those researchers seemingly wanted to publish posthumously.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 1, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

russianthistle, you are far better than me at finding things at

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 1, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Here's Joel's piece in the post on Ardi:

Presumably the embargo's been lifted.

Now, off to a mtg.


Posted by: -bc- | October 1, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Someone in Germany should find Aldipithecus. The Brits will find Asdapithecus, ancestor to paleohumans of Iberia (Brits have always liked warmer climates, especially when their own island was covered by ice).

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | October 1, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Joel already has an article posted:

The man is fast!

Posted by: ScienceTim | October 1, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

And it's up as a new kit!

Posted by: slyness | October 1, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

BTW, all -- there's a new Kit, and I'm already first! nanananana

Posted by: -ftb- | October 1, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Re: NFL injuries. Tebow's injury was unlucky - the real problem is those nutjobs using their helmets as weapons. For a couple of seasons some Buffalo Bills players were wearing foam caps over the helmets; I don't know why that didn't catch on (by they way,that was back when the Bills were good. Coincidence?). Perhaps we should go back to banning helmets and teaching shoulder tackling.

Posted by: minntexian | October 2, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

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