Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, October 7, 2013 7:31 am

Happy birthday …

Filed under: Salute! — Lex @ 7:31 am

… to my best friend and a great American, Tony Plutonium!


Friday, September 10, 2010 8:44 pm

Musicrit, Plutonium edition

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 8:44 pm
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Tony Plutonium: I don’t care what you say, scat singing is not jazz.

Me: Why not?

TP: If it has vocals of any kind, it’s pop.

Me: What about Ella Fitzgerald in Radio City Music Hall?

TP: That’s … very good pop. But it’s still pop.

Me: What?

TP: Hey, they’re only my rules, but they’re very strict.

Me: That seems —

TP: And if it has vocals, it’s not bluegrass, it’s country.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 5:05 am

“Why I hate Apple”

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“Macland just feels more and more like some combination of Oceania and the tightly controlled simulated reality of The Matrix and no, the irony of the first half of that equation is hardly lost on me.”


I don’t hate Apple. In fact, I created my first resume on an Apple IIe, back in the day, and a key aspect of my current job relies heavily on Apple. But the truth is that the only reason I don’t hate it is that it has never mattered enough to me for me to form much of an opinion one way or the other.

When I got into database journalism about 20 years ago — which, other than the aforementioned Apple IIe, was my first step away from mainframe dumb terminals — there was simply no Mac software capable of doing the heavy database lifting I had to do, so I was Wintel from the git. With rare, design-related exceptions at my various jobs, I have stayed Wintel ever since.

I have an iPod Shuffle and manage its contents with iTunes, but neither cost me anything. I can’t afford an iPhone (and sure as hell can’t afford the required AT&T mobile service that goes with it), and an iPad with no ‘Net connectivity just puzzles me.

Before Apple can piss me off, it’s first going to have to matter. And while I could be wrong, I just don’t see that happening anytime soon.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 8:16 pm

3 chords and the truth

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I didn’t get to see the English Beat in Chapel Hill because I suck, but not only did Tony get to, he got some darned good hand-held video. Here’s probably my favorite EB song, “Save It For Later”:

Sunday, July 27, 2008 11:29 am

Take his comic books. Please.

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 11:29 am
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Tony is getting rid of thousands of his old vintage comic books for the cost of shipping (or, if you’re local to him, the cost of buying him a beer). Some might be valuable as comic books go, although he’s offering no guarantees on that point. You can find out more at Take My Comic Books! Offer good while supplies last. Void where prohibited. Over 18 only (actually, I’m not sure about that part).

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 6:51 pm

Quote of the day

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 6:51 pm

From Tony Plutonium, on all the folderol about what Wes Clark said about John McCain’s being shot down vs. his qualifications to run the country: “Does that imply that if I get sideswiped while riding the Suzuki, I’m qualified to be a county commissioner?”

Friday, April 25, 2008 7:05 pm


Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 7:05 pm
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Not much to say right now, really. I’m meeting Tony for lunch tomorrow and looking forward to that.

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