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Welcoming Winter With Shovels and Fans

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 12:29 PM

My husband and I have been bracing for winter ever since November 3rd, when we turned back the clocks in every room of the house, at the office, in our cars, on our wristwatches, egg timers and sundials. But, preparing for winter is a quandary now that the seasons are...

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Making the Earth Our BFF

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2012 | 7:53 PM

With Earth Day hurtling toward us faster than you can skin a free-range carrot, we consider our nation's progress, if any, in cleaning up the ecosystem that we've been trashing for decades like a freshman dorm room. Here at the Oh Zone, we did what any skilled researcher would do...

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GJ 581g: Cool Planets Are Hard to Find

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 3:43 PM

In a solar system far, far away, astronomers have discovered a planet with certain earth-like conditions that could sustain life. Maybe not life as we know it, a carbon-based protein with the right to remain silent. But GJ581g does have the critical temperature range to qualify as "cool." Which describes...

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Give Thanks and Please Pass the Drumstick

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 3:07 PM

As we approach the 2009 holiday season we pause to give thanks for the blessings of good friends, organic eggnog, and unemployment compensation. And we are reminded that Thanksgiving is not just about spending the day with the people and entrees we love. It's about remembering all of that tedious...

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Buddy, Can You Spare a Double Latté?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 10:55 AM

Like so many of you who are reading this column, I saw the Sam Raimi film Drag Me to Hell. Not that I'm into horror or I could have just stayed home reading my IRA statements. But I recommend this movie because it's weird enough to make us almost forget...

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The 1040 Rebellion

(14) Comments | Posted April 13, 2009 | 12:14 PM

We approach that notable time of year when the snow is melting, the sun is shining, and a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of itemizing to offset the annual looting fest by our federal and state governments. Today we band together in the spirit of survival to remember that...

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Going for the Horizontal Gold

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2008 | 2:32 PM

If you're like 66.6% of Americans, your eyeballs are glued to the NBC coverage of the Beijing Summer Olympics 2008, and you're planning to Go for the Gold and watch all 3600 hours. But even for the most seasoned horizontal channel surfer, this task demands Olympian endurance achieved only through...

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TV Watchers and the Watchers Who Watch Them

(7) Comments | Posted August 5, 2008 | 8:13 PM

If you're like me, you have spent sleepless nights wondering how the television industry calculates how many people are watching each show. When I was young, and up until last Tuesday, I assumed that my cable service transmitted a signal that could detect WHEN I was watching, WHAT I was...

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Will Work For Gas

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2008 | 4:36 PM

Just like that scene in The Graduate where Dustin Hoffman had to sprint all the way to the church to yell "ELAINE!" because his Alfa Romeo ran dry, gas is once again a priceless commodity. And as fuel prices soar, consumers are scrambling for solutions other than that puny little...

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Your Brain On Reruns: TV Viewers on Strike

(4) Comments | Posted November 18, 2007 | 9:59 PM


Like it wasn't bad enough having to reset our clocks and wake up an hour earlier. Then came the WGA strike, leaving 12,000 writers with nothing to do and plenty of time to do it. A crisis for which we're all paying dearly, in our living rooms, kitchens,...

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B00! SCARY is in the Dangling Eye of the Beholder

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2007 | 7:16 PM

October 31 lurks just around a dark and eerie corner, that happy wholesome holiday when we party hard for the dead. When we can legally send our children door-to-door to shake down the neighbors for M&Ms, Gummy Fangs, and a twelve-ounce bag of French Roast Espresso.

But where did...

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