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Achenblog: March 7, 2010 - March 13, 2010

NASA's narrative problem

Here's an excellent summary from blogger Jeff Foust of the botched roll-out of NASA's new strategy (he and I were on a panel yesterday at the NASA Goddard symposium). Foust explains that NASA bosses didn't see the Constellation-killing White...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 12, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (208)
 
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Elmore Leonard's Writing Tips

Love these writing tips from Elmore Leonard and a bunch of other scribblers. Some favorites: Elmore Leonard: 'Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue. The line of dialogue belongs to the character; the verb is the...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 11, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (178)
 
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Porch Season 2010!!!!!

I do declare it: Porch Season opens today. Obviously this is controversial. There will be snipes that Porch Season actually opened several days ago, what with the balmy temperatures and sunshine, to which I must point out that I...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 10, 2010; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (193)
 
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Bad to the bone in Miami

So you know I went to Miami on vacation. Here I am on a little treasure hunt on the beach behind the Delano. I'm scoring bracelets, earrings, coins, pet ID tags, bullets, orthodontic fixtures, medical instruments, artificial limbs, all...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 9, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (150)
 
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Love those unscripted Oscar moments!

Gosh that was a boring Oscar telecast. Turned it off before it was over. Sorry to disagree with my friend Hank: This one stunk. They're usually disappointing and tedious, to be sure, but the production numbers and montages didn't...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 8, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
 
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Oscar! Oscar!

I'm in Miami where everyone looks like a movie star, or at least a movie star's stylist, or an extra on the set. Even I can dream of being mistaken for a Best Boy. Or: "I think he's with...

By Joel Achenbach  |  March 7, 2010; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (213)
 
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