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Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 08/25/2011

Lunchline: Is the Earth talking to us?

I'd like to start out by apologizing to you all for the copy errors in yesterday's newsletter. If you're a subscriber (versus a blog reader), you may have noticed that a couple things were off. Shockingly, I don't write everything perfectly on first go, and a software glitch sent out an early draft instead of the copy-edited version. That's not cool, and as loyal and interactive readers, you deserve better. So again, apologies, and it won't happen again.

(Associated Press - Hurricane Irene pounds the Bahamas and looks like it may hit the Washington area this weekend.)
If you believe in bad weather as a sign from God that humanity is not getting it done, then we've got some work to do. A couple days after the rando earthquake that rocked the area came and went (with a solid aftershock), the area is bracing for Hurricane Irene, which appears to be no joke. It's possible that the storm could delay the dedication of the MLK Memorial, and as The Post's Michael A. Ruane reports, Saturday might really stink, Category-3 style. Also, if you were planning on hitting the beach this weekend, you might want to cancel that maneuver.

The Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. (Nikki Kahn - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Speaking of memorials, I went down to the Tidal Basin last night. I wasn't really sure what kind of vibe to expect, but the MLK Memorial is majestic and somewhat understated at the same time. Layout-wise, it feels like a mix of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean War Veterans Memorial, with a dash of something new. I took a couple pictures, if you care to look at them, and it was quite an uplifiting experience, honestly. That aside, The Post's Courtland Milloy would have rather had a black sculptor design the statue.

Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs' resignation almost caused an aftershock in itself in our newsroom yesterday. We're an Apple office — even before you get into our personal lives — so news that he was stepping down was sad, even if somewhat expected. I don't care how you compute, there's no denying that this man's inventions drastically changed America. The Post's Michael Rosenwald reports on the move, and if you click through, you get to look at a picture of Bono in a goofy cowboy hat. Also, Slate's Farhad Manjoo thinks the company will do just fine without Jobs at the helm.

Apparently, social media is ruining the youth of America. That's according to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, which recently conducted a survey in which they found that kids who use social media sites during the day are five times as likely to drink, use drugs and smoke than kids who are not as Web-active with friends. The Post's Sarah Anne Hughes reports on the survey, which details the latest reason teens are likely to use to make excuses for getting banged up.

The annual Baltimore vs. D.C. discussion has come up again, and this time I won't discredit our neighbors to the north. Tonight's preseason game offers some interesting options if you plan to watch it from your couch. Comcast Sports Net, a television station that covers both the Redskins and Ravens, has divvied up their pregame coverage county by county, meaning that you could live less than 15 minutes from FedEx Field and end up watching a purple pregame show, The Post's Dan Steinberg reports. Also, any Baltimore mention means I absolutely have to link to this song.

Extra Bites

• The dictionary is growing, and the newest terms it holds are fantastic. What would the world be if "Americana," "cougar," and "bromance" weren't officially in the English language? Sounds like a good weekend to me! Kidding. Seriously, though, "fist bump" is now a word, not two.

• Sometimes things that are very sad can make one quite happy in sort of a backwards way. This story of a dog and his master is one of those things.

• Today is the 10th anniversary of Aaliyah's death. This is my favorite song of hers, but THIS is the jam.

• Many of you have asked to see what my actual handwriting looks like. Now you know.

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