Good bye old friend, the playlist and AP comes to its senses and much more

As a kid, I loved an old film strip I once saw of some guy strapped up in a rocket sled that was then blasted down a track at astronomical speed.  The film cut to a close up of his face unshielded by helmet or windscreen.  The skin on his face rippled back in waves from the continuous blast of air rushing past him as he accelerated towards new knowledge and a wonderment at what the hell he had gotten himself into.

I loved it until I grew up and my professional life took on uncomfortable parallels with the rocket sled guy.  That’s one reason I’ve been social-media lite in recent weeks; the keyboard shakes uncontrollably when sled chatters down the track in excess of Mach 1.

But a big factor in my only sporadic presence when it comes to blogging, Facebook, LinkedIn, Photooba, etc., has been the demise of my beloved Titanium Powerbook G4.  I bought it in 2001 when I was starting a PR agency at my kitchen counter, and it has served me faithfully ever since.  In recent years, it has semi-retired to a place next to my La-Z-Boy recliner.  There it helped give voice to every bad joke and crack-brained theory I wanted to maunder on about.  And now it’s gone.  Au revoir, ami.

So for this brief return to help me blow out the cobwebs, here’s a Coalitionist’s Saturday night playlist (with apologies to Tony) and sensible news from Associated Press.  Enjoy!

Saturday night playlist for Coalitionists

  • Let’s Stay Together, Al Green, Al Green: Greatest Hits
  • Come Together, The Beatles, Abbey Road
  • All Together Now, The Beatles, Yellow Submarine
  • We Gotta Live Together (Live at the Fillmore East), Jimi Hendrix, Live at the Fillmore East
  • Together, The Raconteurs, Broken Boy Soldiers
  • Let’s Be Together (Demo Version), Sly and the Family Stone, Who In the Funk Do You Think You Are: The Warner Bros. Recordings
  • Happy Together, The Turtles, 20 Greatest Hits Rock
  • Hope That We Can Be Together Soon [with Sharon Paige], Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes Featuring Sharon Paige, Love Train • The Sound Of Philadelphia

And the AP sees the light!

AP changes its style on website, related words

By Therese Bottomly, The Oregonian

April 17, 2010, 11:45AM

A change of style from The Associated Press, which The Oregonian largely follows in matters of usage:

The Associated Press announced it is changing its style on Web site to website to reflect increasingly common usage. It is effective at 3 a.m. EDT Saturday, April 16.

A new entry on website has been added to the AP Stylebook Online and will be included in the updated text version, the 2010 AP Stylebook, which will be published next month.

The entry says:

website: A location on the World Wide Web that maintains one or more pages at a specific address. Also, webcam, webcast andwebmaster. But as a short form and in terms with separate words,the Web, Web page and Web feed.

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2 responses to “Good bye old friend, the playlist and AP comes to its senses and much more

  1. Well, that’s a fine how-do-ya-do… as someone who has lived, loved and, yes, even marketed with the conversational, logical AP Style, I have been capitalizing Web and keeping it separate of ‘site.’ Now what shall I do: repair all my past posts? Or just go with the new? Decisions, decisions… like which new Mac Book Pro to buy? You will like the aluminum enclosure and with the processing power you’ll wonder what took you so long. Or would that be an iPad?

  2. Michael DeMent, APR

    I’m still in mourning … and the iPad seems so midlife crisisish.

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