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  • Looking for a lifetime guarantee on memories

    Looking for a lifetime guarantee on memories
    A few days before our recent wedding, my now-husband and I sat with a dear friend, a newly Internet-ordained minister, to nail down a few details. "The most beautiful thing," he told us, "is that, of everyone there, your kids will have the longest...
  • Give Congress a pay raise!

    Give Congress a pay raise!
    Oh. Have I got your attention now? (Apologies to Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.) This may be a case of the worst timing ever, but the question of whether Congress is underpaid actually is on the table right now. You can thank tin-eared...
  • 10 things you might not know about social media

    While some social media outlets are dealing with issues of privacy (is the government reading our timelines?), Twitter is going public (with plans for an initial public stock offering). And during the recent attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, both the...
  • Humpty Dumpty, right; Dr. Johnson, wrong

    You know the passage: There's glory for you!' 'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't — till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"' 'But...
  • A Word, Please: The nothingness of space

    This is a column about nothing. It's kind of like a show about nothing, just less entertaining — and a lot less lucrative. The nothing we're talking about is the blank space around punctuation. And for a whole lot of nothing, these blank spaces...
  • A Word, Please: A digital daisy train of drivel

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: There's a lot of bad information out there about grammar. But seldom does it come bundled in a veritable value pack of linguistic baloney like the one I found in a link on Slate.com. The link, which promised...
  • Plug-in Cars: Where Can You Buy Them?

     
    Thursday???s pricing announcement for the Chevrolet Spark EV likely piqued some interest on the West Coast, but chances are few others gave it much attention. GM will sell the all-electric hatchback only in California and Oregon; the automaker has...
  • Condi presided over a catastrophe. So why is she lecturing Obama?

    Condi presided over a catastrophe. So why is she lecturing Obama?
    WASHINGTON — To watch Condoleezza Rice, the face of George W. Bush's foreign policy, stand before a convention of cheering Republicans and condemn Barack Obama for diminishing America's standing in the world — one can only gasp at the...
  • Land of Linkin'

     
    Surf's up! "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" by Princeton Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter, reportedly the best read story in the history of the Atlantic's website. She responds here to the controversy. The history of the remote control: Why are......
  • Downton Abbey

     
    My wife gives me control of the TV remote most of the time, which is why we watch so much sports, lowbrow reality shows and old movies. But occasionally, she'll request that we DVR something loftier. That's how we happened......