Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, March 30, 2015 7:23 pm

Odds and ends for March 30

The Klown Kar might have to be a stretch Hummer: Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina puts her own chances of running for president at 90%. Fiorina famously crashed HP into the ground (stock price cut 50%, 30,000 workers laid off in five years), then ran an epically inept campaign for governor of California (who among us will ever forget the demon sheep?). She says Hillary Clinton has a “character problem.” Pot, kettle.

#FFS. All the crap that Indiana is getting over its so-called “religious freedom” bill in both the real and the virtual worlds notwithstanding, North Carolina now has its own version, HB 348. When the chairman of the world’s largest corporation tells you that that kind of law is bad for business, perhaps you shouldn’t take him at his word, but you at least should give his word due consideration. Heck, even Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says it isn’t needed, although I hasten to note that that’s not the same as vowing to veto it.

North Carolina’s senators, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, voted yes on same-sex marriage benefits for Social Security recipients and veterans, which sounds great until you learn that the measure was nonbinding.

At least two great Republicans think SB 36, state Sen. Trudy Wade’s hostile takeover of the Greensboro City Council, is bad for Greensboro: I and retired U.S. Rep. Howard Coble.

We have so little money that some of Guilford County’s worst-off students may get screwed. But God forbid we stand in the way of yet another $1 billion tax cut for the state’s wealthy and corporations. Jesus might love you, legislators, but I’m pretty sure he despises what you’re doing.

I have very little use for the band fun. (yes, the “f” is lower-case, and, yes, there’s a period after the name) — when their songs come on the radio, the word “lugubrious” comes to mind. But member Jack Antonoff’s solo project, Bleachers, is a lot more fun (ahem) to listen to even as the songs tackle some hard subjects.

Here’s “Rollercoaster” …

… and here’s “I Wanna Get Better” …

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Friday, June 3, 2011 7:35 pm

Band of brothers

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Thursday, December 10, 2009 8:38 pm

Sometimes even checking their homework doesn’t help

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During a recent phone conversation with Hooper’s teacher on an unrelated subject, she told me about overhearing him tell a classmate all about the two other children Ann and I had taken in, kids who had been orphaned by 9/11. My closest actual connection to 9/11 is that my former boss in New York lost a relative. Hooper has, in fact, met my former boss — when she came down for his baptism when he was still an infant. So I have no idea where this story came from.

Friday, November 21, 2008 8:15 pm

This Dr Pepper’s on … Dr Pepper

Guns N’ Roses, in its original incarnation, was one of the greatest live acts in rock ‘n’ roll history, and their 1987 debut, “Appetite for Destruction,” is one of the greatest rock records ever made. But their last studio album (a double-CD set, actually) was released in 1991.

Since 1994, lead singer Axl Rose has been working on a new album, “Chinese Democracy.” But as years passed and no “Chinese Democracy” was released, a lot of people began to bet it would never be finished, let alone released. (Background here.)

One of those, sort of, was Dr Pepper, which announced in March that if “Chinese Democracy” was released in 2008, it would give a free Dr Pepper to everybody in the country.

Well, “Chinese Democracy” goes on sale Sunday (one review here). And Dr Pepper is making good on its bet: On its Web site, beginning 12:01 a.m. Sunday and continuing for 24 hours, the soft drink maker will post a downloadable coupon good for one free 20-oz. Dr Pepper. The coupons are good through Feb. 28.

Drink up.

Monday, September 29, 2008 7:38 am

Space cool

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I’m a little bit of a geek for stuff related to space, so this XKCD cartoon has made me a very, very happy geek.

Monday, April 21, 2008 8:22 pm

OK, this is (probably) a first

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When two reporters for Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper were tossed out of a public county commissioners’ meeting for asking what one commissioner viewed as an impertinent question, the paper’s editorial board responded with a singing editorial.

Friday, April 18, 2008 11:04 pm

Want to laugh?

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Go here.

Then go here.

Then go here and here.

Oh, you will laugh. I never promise that, but I’m promising it now.

Sunday, April 6, 2008 9:19 pm

Inevitable headline: I can has book dealz?

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Why, yes. Yes, you can.

Thursday, March 27, 2008 7:40 pm

Must-see bloggage

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If you read only one political blog this election year, it should be The Situation Blog. Why? Because Mr. Sun! writes it.

Monday, January 28, 2008 7:32 am

Much more entertaining than “a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown ones taken out”

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For the non-rock ‘n’ roll among you, contract riders for touring rock bands list all the equipment, backstage facilities and miscellaneous other stuff the band members require — everything from amplifiers to foodstuffs. They can make for severe headaches for concert promoters but entertaining reading for civilians. Perhaps the most famous example, possibly apocryphal, is the Van Halen requirement that there be a bowl of M&Ms in the band’s dressing room with all the brown M&Ms picked out of the bowl.

Via Mostly Modern Media, here’s a copy of the contract rider for Iggy Pop and the Stooges. It’s 18 pages long, and whoever wrote it appears to have written it with entertainment for the reader uppermost in his mind. Good for him/her. I read a bunch of these things back in my music-bidness days, and this is easily the most entertaining I’ve ever come across.

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