The procrastination stories we never finished.

A brief history of wasting time.
May 15 2008 6:41 AM

The Unfinished Stories

All the stuff we never got around to including in the special issue.

Read more from Slate's special issue on procrastination.

Time for a confession: This special issue was originally planned for the week of May 5. Seriously. We'd planned to publish that Monday morning, but there was one problem: Only a handful of our writers had managed to get their work in on time.

Even after pushing everything back a week, we still couldn't get it all together. Below is a schedule for stories that we assigned, or thought about assigning, but never got around to finishing:

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Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate

 

Tuesday
"Telephones, Newspapers, and a Cup of Joe: How we wasted time before computers."

"Doing Things vs. Not Doing Them: Which is better for the environment?"

"The Four-Hour Work Week: How telecommuting changed America."

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"Secrets of the Zune: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on staying ahead in the new economy."

 

Wednesday
"Hitler, Schmitler: Neville Chamberlain and other great figures in political procrastination."

"The Procrastinating Parent: How old is too old for circumcision?"

"Slate's 2008 Oscars Preview: Will Cate Blanchett win again?"

"The Superdelegate's Dilemma: Hillary vs. Obama vs. The Hills."

Thursday
"Too Lazy To Pimp: The many distractions of Grand Theft Auto IV."

"Home Vacation: Day 3, exploring the basement."

"Slate Diary: Axl Rose."

TODAY IN SLATE

War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 11:13 AM Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

Divestment Is Fine but Mostly Symbolic. There’s a Better Way for Universities to Fight Climate Change.

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

It Is Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

How Ted Cruz and Scott Brown Misunderstand What It Means to Be an American Citizen

  News & Politics
War Stories
Sept. 23 2014 4:04 PM The Right Target Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Lead Security Engineer Had a Legacy of Sabotage
  Life
Outward
Sept. 23 2014 1:57 PM Would a Second Sarkozy Presidency End Marriage Equality in France?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 4:45 PM Why Is Autumn the Only Season With Two Names?
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 1:50 PM Oh, the Futility! Frogs Try to Catch Worms off of an iPhone Video.
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 23 2014 4:33 PM Who Deserves Those 4 Inches of Airplane Seat Space? An investigation into the economics of reclining.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.