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James Joyner

How do we reconcile the vast body of literature showing that having kids makes people less happy with the fact that most parents don’t believe said literature?

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TweetMost people who work out are doing it wrong, argues former Marine turned fitness guru J.D. Johannes. BIG WEIGHTS, BIG GAINS, BIG FAT LOSS Numerous university studies have found that the optimal amount of weight a person should use is between 65% and 80% of what is called One Repetition Maximum. Other studies have found [...]

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TweetVia Radley Balko, an illustration of why men shouldn’t write advice columns: I dunno, this seems like very good advice to me.

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Sports Drunks

by James Joyner on 20 November 2009

Making close-enough alcoholic cocktails with nothing but sports drinks. And some booze.

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President Obama shouldn’t apologize for spending time hanging out with the guys. It’s a sign of weakness.

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The key to drinking like one of the “Mad Men” is to be a man. And to pace yourself.

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TweetThe 1959 Chevy Bel Air, while not quite the iconic classic of its 1955-1957 forebears, is nonetheless a large, muscular vehicle from the Golden Age of the American automobile. The 2009 Chevy Malibu, by contrast, is a wimpy, nondescript midsize sedan that provides basic transportation but not much more. Which would you rather crash in? [...]

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Football 1959

by James Joyner on 16 September 2009

TweetIn an otherwise rather lackluster attempt at a “throwback” football column designed to offer a humorous take on the 50th anniversary of the American Football League, Gregg Easterbrook captures beautifully how much our choices have expanded: In vacuum-tube news, have you heard the big story? ABC will televise the new upstart American Football League. With [...]

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Fixing College Football Alabama-Virginia Tech Kickoff Classic

Fixing College Football

by James Joyner on 9 September 2009

Most of the first weekend’s college football games are a joke that make a mockery of sportsmanship and competition.

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Mad Men Jumping the Shark?

by James Joyner on 9 September 2009

TweetThree weeks ago, I wrote “Mad About Mad Men,” explaining why the AMC series was the hottest show on television.  So far though, both my wife and I have thought season three has pretty much sucked. The new English overlords at Sterling-Cooper?   Boring. Don Draper as Ward Cleaver?  Boring. Betty’s dad?  Boring. Roger and the [...]

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Tip of the Day: Spare Tie

by James Joyner on 3 September 2009

Tweet Spencer Ackerman is learning this one the hard way, after having stained his tie ahead of his Al Jazeera English TV appearance: always keep a spare necktie at the office.  Preferably, one that goes with anything.  (Mine’s solid red with a subtle textured pattern.) For good measure, I keep an old navy blazer and [...]

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