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24 Oct 13:30

I Require More Noms Please

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25 Oct 00:47

ACTUALLY... : Photo

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24 Oct 18:04

Oh no!

by Mark Liberman

Well, damn. Forget Earth. All of time and space is screwed. #DoctorWho has the Ebola virus. And went bowling! pic.twitter.com/aY53pNpvX5

— Chris C. (@CubedLink) October 24, 2014

[h/t Amy de Buitléir]

16 Oct 23:39

The lost cyber-crayolas of the mid-1990s

by Cory Doctorow
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Circuit board green, cyber space orange, floppy yellow, graphic green, green.com, infra red, megabyte blue, megahertz maroon, on-line orange, plug & play pink, point & click green, transistor yellow, ultra violet, web surfin' blue, world wide web yellow, www.purple. Read the rest

23 Oct 22:04

The Mission’s Lexington Club announces closure, cites ‘a neighborhood that has dramatically changed’

by Paolo Lucchesi
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Lexington Club is one of the last remaining lesbian bars in San Francsico. Photo: Kurt Rogers

Lexington Club is one of the last remaining lesbian bars in San Francisco. It has occupied the corner of 19th and Lexington for 18 years. Photo: Kurt Rogers/The Chronicle

Lexington Club. Photo: Kurt Rogers

Lexington Club. Photo: Kurt Rogers/The Chronicle

After nearly two decades of business on the corner of 19th and Lexington, in the heart of the Mission District, lesbian bar Lexington Club has been sold, according to an announcement by owner Lila Thirkield on Facebook.

According to sources at the bar, they’ve entered into a contract to sell the bar, but here is no timeline yet for a closure, only that it slated to happen sometime in 2015.

Here is Thirkield’s eloquent goodbye letter:

To My Dear Community –

It is with a heavy heart, great thought and consideration that I have made the very difficult decision to sell The Lexington Club.

Eighteen years ago I opened The Lex to create a space for the dykes, queers, artist…s, musicians and neighborhood folks who made up the community that surrounded it. Eighteen years later, I find myself struggling to run a neighborhood dyke bar in a neighborhood that has dramatically changed. A few years back my rent was raised to market rate, and though it was difficult, we seemed to weather it at first. But as the neighborhood continued to change, we began to see sales decline, and they continued to do so. We tried new concepts, different ways of doing things, but we were struggling. When a business caters to about 5% of the population, it has tremendous impact when 1% of them leave. When 3% or 4% of them can no longer afford to live in the neighborhood, or the City, it makes the business model unsustainable.

Please know that if I thought The Lexington Club could be saved, I would not be writing this. I understand what a huge loss this is to the community. It is difficult and painful to lose our queer spaces. However, my faith in queer San Francisco still runs deep. It is the best place in the world and dykes and queers are still an integral part of this city. They always will be. I have spent the better part of my adult life facilitating and creating community among dykes and queers in SF and I will not stop. The Lexington Club had an incredible eighteen-year run. It will forever live on in my heart, as I’m sure it will for many of you. To all who were a part of it – thank you for your contribution to a great chapter in San Francisco and a great chapter in my own life. And, of course, a huge thank you to my amazing staff. We made some incredible memories, and we will make more.

Lila Thirkield (Lexington)

No word yet on the identity of the buyers. Updates as warranted.

Lexington Club: 3464 19th Street, between Mission and Valencia, San Francisco. (415) 863-2052 or lexingtonclub.com

22 Oct 15:18

This is Amazing

by Josh Marshall
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does this mean that elizabeth warren gets to be governor after that?

Martha Coakley's loss to Scott Brown, bringing the accidental Senator to national prominence, almost upending Obamacare and in many ways drawing open the curtain on what would become the 2010 blow out is an almost iconic event. This year Massachusetts Dems gave her a shot at Governor. And it looks like she may be on a course to blow this one too. Check out this chart.

23 Oct 16:56

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attn #teamrum

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23 Oct 16:53

Rock On! How to Throw a Punk Rock-Inspired Party | Martha Stewart

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A full-on "nosh pit" is just what this punk party calls for. Offer a plate of Spinach Ricotta Skulls (a classically punk motif) alongside a bowl of Spinach, Bacon, and Onion Dip (for "noshing"). Lastly, mix a punch bowl of dark and delicious Spiced (and Spiked) Concord Grape Punch (sans vodka for the kids).
23 Oct 00:56

Gamer Felicia Day on Gamergate

by Xeni Jardin
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+ followup: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/oct/23/felicia-days-public-details-online-gamergate

'But just minutes after her post was made, a commenter with the username “gaimerg8” posted what they claimed was her address and personal email in the comment section below the post. The comment, and the entire comment section, have since been removed.

'Many have pointed to the immediate doxxing received by Day to underscore the differing treatment experienced by men and women who speak out against gamergate. The former NFL star Chris Kluwe, whose own post against Gamergate went viral after he called members of the group “slackjawed pickletits”, “slopebrowed weaseldicks” and a “basement-dwelling, cheetos-huffing, poopsock-sniffing douchepistol”, made the point himself.

'“None of you fucking #gamergate tools tried to dox me, even after I tore you a new one. I’m not even a tough target,” he tweeted. “Instead, you go after a woman who wrote why your movement concerns her.”'

Felicia Day. Photo: Cristina Gandolfo.


Felicia Day. Photo: Cristina Gandolfo.

Gamer and online personality Felicia Day hasn't said much about Gamergate. Today, she opened up on her blog. “Why have I remained mostly silent? Self-protection and fear.” Read the rest

23 Oct 14:57

Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – “Brando” Video

by Stereogum
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saving this for after work

The enigmatic experimental music master and human myth Scott Walker just teamed up with drone-metal wraiths Sunn O))) to release an uncompromising collaborative album called Soused. And now the choreographer Gisèle Vienne has made a “short film” to accompany its opening track, the berserk nine-minute meditation “Brando.” The icily precise, cryptic video is full of near-motionless dancing and ominous tracking shots through fog-enshrouded forests. The French writer and actress Catherine Robbe-Grillet makes an appearance. Watch this strange, intense piece of work below.

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22 Oct 21:43

Red Army soldiers in Stalingrad, 1942. 

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Red Army soldiers in Stalingrad, 1942. 

22 Oct 13:24

An elephant never forgets: Old friends trumpet arrival of Rosie, Opal in Oklahoma, says shelter director — Midcoast — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine

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This is upsetting.

“It is instinctual for elephants to help a herd member who cannot get up by using their trunk and legs,” he wrote in a statement posted on the Hope Elephants Facebook page. “Rosie weighs over 7,500 pounds so her attempts to help Jim, as he had helped her so faithfully, may have resulted in Jim’s death. … As we all work through our sadness, the Hope Elephants family and community is determined to do what Jim would certainly have wanted us to do — to take care of those without a voice and help stop the extinction of elephants. I believe that Jim gave his life for this cause.”
22 Oct 15:52

Gunfire on Parliament Hill; Canadian soldier shot at War Memorial - Yahoo News

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BREAKING: CTV Ottawa confirms there were 3 separate shootings. One on Parliament Hill, one at National War Memorial, one at Rideau Centre
21 Oct 21:24

Boston Bartenders Reflect on the First Cocktails They Learned to Make

by Rachel Leah Blumenthal
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"The first cocktail I remember making is a hard thing to answer, if we are not considering vodka and orange juice, or Long Island iced teas, which I made many of at house parties with friends many years ago. I would say the first real cocktail (or at least classic) was a French 75 with vodka, on a booze cruise. The guy who ordered it was probably someone I would now revere but at the time, I thought "Who is this guy ordering this bullshit?" He walked me through every step of the process, and I hated every minute of it." —Ezra Star, general manager at Drink

Cocktail Week continues with nostalgia about martinis made for grandfathers, ubiquitous 90s cosmos, and more.

Brittany Casos"Cosmo. This was the 90s, people!" —Brittany Casos, beverage director at Coppa


Brooke Vandecar"A Black Russian for my dad. Apparently I made it just right every time." —Brooke Vandecar, beverage director at Rosa Mexicano


Greg Neises"An espresso-based cocktail named The Chocolate Covered Cherry." —Greg Neises, bartender at Tico


Patrick Sullivan"Aviation. There was a certain amount of Indiana Jones-type of archaeology (or "al-cheology") in finding Maraschino Liqueur in the mid 90s. I remember seeing a bottle on a dusty shelf in a bar in Manhattan in 1996 or so. I asked the bartender if he had any lemons in the house. Five minutes later, I'm behind the bar squeezing lemons and making my (and the bartender's) first Aviation. A great moment in my life." —Patrick Sullivan, executive director of bar operations for the Legal Sea Foods brands

Paulo Pereira"A Sidecar. I was looking through a cocktail book at my father's home bar, and this is when I decided to make myself one. If it were today, I'd probably skip the sugared rim, though." —Paulo Pereira, beverage director at Brass Union


Nick Giannotti"Sazerac." —Nick Giannotti, bar manager of The Tip Tap Room


Rob Haberek"That same poor Old Fashioned, unfortunately." —Rob Haberek, bartender at Forum, referencing the first cocktail he remembers drinking


Katie Mae Dell Isola"A Cosmo; every bartender should know how to make a perfect one." —Katie Mae Dell Isola, bar manager at Haru


Dan Greenough"Manhattan." —Dan Greenough, food & beverage manager of all Burtons Grill locations


Kevin Murphy"Rusty nail." —Kevin Murphy, operations manager of Deuxave


Ryan Lotz"A VERY poorly-made Sazerac." —Ryan Lotz, bar manager at No. 9 Park


Vikram Hegde"When I started out at the Cheesecake Factory, it was all about the Sour Apple Martini. We sold the hell out of those; sticky sweet and neon green! It wasn’t until a few years later that I tried Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli’s Prospect Park cocktail at Eastern Standard that I realized how elegant and refined a cocktail could be and still taste good." —Vikram Hegde, bartender at Sarma

Jake Kress"Margarita." —Jake Kress, bar Manager at Grill 23 & Bar


Michael Cottens"The first cocktails I learned to make were frozen drinks. I first bartended summers on Block Island, and Mudslides are the signature drink of the island there." —Michael Cottens, bartender at The Merchant


Moira Toomey"Manhattan." —Moira Toomey, bartender at Gather


Kaitlena Cash"The first cocktail I remember learning how to make was a pear martini. Well, professionally anyways. I've been making margaritas (tequila and juice) for years." —Kaitlena Cash, bartender at Anthem Kitchen + Bar


Sal Gesamondo"I don’t recall a specific drink; however, there is an instance that has been burned into my memory. When I was first promoted from bar-back to bartender, my general manager Shawn Ahern and director of operations Stephen Desousa pulled me into the office and handed me a two-page list of all different cocktails, shots, and martinis in addition to our house cocktails. Overwhelmed, I remember asking when I had to know all these drinks by. Without skipping a beat Shawn replied, ‘When do you need to know those drinks by? Two weeks ago and you better get studying.’" —Sal Gesamondo, operations manager of Tavern in the Square

Giulio Favuzza"A Brandy Alexander - I was just training to become a bartender, and a guest ordered a Brandy Alexander, which is an old drink that even the bartender I was training with didn't know how to make! We asked the guest and looked it up." —Giulio Favuzza, beverage manager of Red Heat Tavern

Lauren Hayes

"Honestly I can't remember. I do remember that the hardest thing for me to learn was to stir properly. For some reason I just could not hold a bar spoon correctly for an embarrassingly long time." —Lauren Hayes, head bartender at Ten Tables in Jamaica Plain

Molly Woodhouse"At [the first fine dining restaurant I bussed tables in], I began bartending there well before the legal drinking age, and I remember the owner first giving me a crash course in the difference between a well, call, and premium spirit selection. Then showing me how to make an Old Fashioned — including the maraschino cherry — and teaching me that the appropriate portions should be counted rather than measured." —Molly Woodhouse, general manager and beverage director of Vida Cantina in Portsmouth (and an alum of The Butcher Shop and Menton)

Ian Nal"Rum Punch — rum and fruit juices." —Ian Nal, general manager and beverage director of Fish Restaurant & Wine Bar in Marlborough


Jenna Pollock"A White Russian. I saw it on a diner menu and was so intrigued. I think I drank them for like two years straight. However, I learned to make my first shot prior to that, and it was a Kamikaze." —Jenna Pollock, bar director at Nebo


Augusto Lino"Caipirinha when I was in Brazil. And in high school I was known for making an amazing pineapple and malibu." —Augusto Lino, bartender at Hungry Mother


Brian Mantz"Manhattan. This is also the first cocktail I learned how to make properly, but that was several years later." —Brian Mantz, bar manager at Wink & Nod


Colin Kiley"My first bar shift was brunch, so Bloody Mary. Hardest part was to not get it all over me. I'm still working on that…" —Colin Kiley, bartender at Puritan & Company


Libby Spencer"A Manhattan. Still my favorite." —Libby Spencer, bar manager at Deep Ellum


Tom Tellier"Jack & Coke." —Tom Tellier, beverage director for Restaurant dante and both locations of il Casale


Tyler Wolters"My first bartending job was at the Oread Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas. Its bar was called The Bird Dog, and my uniform was a pair of polyester khakis and a black polo. The manager's name was Burt, and at my first interview Burt asked me — in order — my name, where I was from, and if I knew how to make a Cosmopolitan. I had no idea what a Cosmo was, so Burt proceeded to show me. ‘You think you can do that?’ Burt asked, and when I said yes, he hired me on the spot. The only cocktails I ever made at the Bird Dog were martinis, Manhattans, and of course, Cosmopolitans." —Tyler Wolters, bartender at Firebrand Saints and Brick & Mortar

Emmet Kelty"The first cocktail I really remember making is a Sazerac. I had made a gazillion shots and drinks before this, but there was something about the process of putting together a Sazerac (thank you Brendan Sweeney) that was particularly memorable." —Emmet Kelty, lead bartender at 51 Lincoln

Todd Lipman"A Negroni — and it’s still my favorite." —Todd Lipman, head sommelier at Bistro du Midi


Christine Kerow"Pearl Harbour (vodka, Midori, pineapple juice)." —Christine Gerow, director of restaurant & bar at the Westin Waltham-Boston's Seventy at Third Avenue


Sam Treadway"Lemon Drop at the Boston Bartender School of America in Nashua, NH." —Sam Treadway, bar manager at Backbar


Seth Freidus"A Cosmopolitan when I was 17." —Seth Freidus, beverage director at Alden & Harlow


Gina Richard"I think it was an Old Fashioned." —Gina Richard, head bartender at Island Creek Oyster Bar


Will Isaza"A gin martini (Temple Bar, Cambridge, MA)." —Will Isaza, bartender at Fairsted Kitchen


Sean Woods"The Screwdriver." —Sean Woods, bar manager at Ribelle


Ian Strickland"The first cocktail I learned to make is also the first one I always teach, the Manhattan. One of my heroes, a Mr. Josh Childs, always said EVERY cocktail is a just a play on a Manhattan, and I have always agreed." —Ian Strickland, head bartender at Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar

Naomi Levy"It wasn't the first I learned to make, but it was the first that took me outside of the world of sour mix and Island Oasis machines, and that was a Caipirinha." —Naomi Levy, bar manager at Eastern Standard


Katie Emmerson"Margarita [working at a restaurant in Manhattan]. I think the first time I tried I forgot the lime juice." —Katie Emmerson, bar manager at The Hawthorne


Ezra Star"The first cocktail I remember making is a hard thing to answer, if we are not considering vodka and orange juice, or Long Island iced teas, which I made many of at house parties with friends many years ago. I would say the first real cocktail (or at least classic) was a French 75 with vodka, on a booze cruise. The guy who ordered it was probably someone I would now revere but at the time, I thought "Who is this guy ordering this bullshit?" He walked me through every step of the process, and I hated every minute of it." —Ezra Star, general manager at Drink

Paul Manzelli"Beefeater Martinis on the rocks for my dad and Southern Comfort Highballs for my grandpa." —Paul Manzelli, bartender at Bergamot


Jared Sadoian"The first house party we threw had a Jack Rose on our menu. That was eye-opening. And eye-closing, when my shaker tins separated and turned my white shirt a lovely shade of blotchy pink." —Jared Sadoian, head bartender and beverage director of Craigie on Main and The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

Evan Kelly"A Rye Manhattan, and it tasted terrible." —Evan Kenney, head bartender at West Side Lounge


Jonathan Mendez"Hurricane…and I still love trashy blender drinks. #notsorry #theblenderisbroken" —Jonathan Mendez, beverage director and bartender at TRADE


Tenzin Samdo"Margarita." —Tenzin Konchok Samdo, head barman at TRADE


Michael Florence"My first real bar job was at a piano bar in a Leona Helmsley hotel in Lexington, Kentucky. Our most prominent libations were of course frozen strawberry "daiquiris," Grasshoppers, and Brandy Alexander. Mercifully a couple times a year big business horse dealers would take over my bar, and thanks to one of those guests, a fellow named John from London, in between multi-million dollar horse sales he taught me how to make a proper Manhattan & Old Fashioned." — Michael Florence, bar manager at Ole

"It was either a Sazerac or a Jack Rose. Jackson Cannon taught me how to make a Jack Rose through a video I found online. I remember being so amazed that grenadine was made from pomegranates and not cherries that I went out and made a gallon. He might have also made a video about Sazeracs because I can clearly remember an empty bottle of Sazerac 6yr rye and my Peychaud-stained fingertips." —Tyler Wang, bartender at Audubon

"The first cocktail I learned to make was a Kamikaze. We made them with my roommates in my early twenties long before I got behind a bar. We had them frozen or in shots at numerous parties and gatherings. It is a very simple blend of vodka, lime juice and triple sec." —Rob Dunn, bar manager at Lineage

"White Russian." —Taso Papatsoris, bartender at Casa B

"A Cosmopolitan." —Ashish Mitra, bar manager at Russell House Tavern

"Absolut Cosmo during the Sex and the City craze." —Erica Petersiel, general manager at No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits

"Manhattan." —Ryan McGrale, beverage director at Tavern Road

"A Cape Codder." —Tom Dargon, assistant general manager of BOKX 109

"The first time I went to Eastern Standard in 2007 and had a Sazerac, I had to learn all about what I had just drank and how to make it. They were even kind enough to sell me a bottle of Peychaud's to take home." —Alex Howell, bar manager of Bondir

21 Oct 13:00

Boston Bartenders on the Things People Steal

by Rachel Leah Blumenthal
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1. "...One lady, many years my senior and wearing a wedding ring, once stuck a bar spoon in her cleavage and dared me to take it back. I produced a new spoon from storage and her check." —Augusto Lino, bartender at Hungry Mother

2. "When Drink first opened, we had a large array of vintage glassware, including Moscow Mule mugs (all of which were stolen). My favorite incident was on a busy Saturday night. I watched a woman take a vintage tiki mug into the bathroom. When she left, I looked in to see if she left the mug behind and saw that she hadn't. I ran behind the bar and grabbed the matching glass, wrapped it up as a gift and walked up to the woman and offered it to her. She turned bright red. I told her in the future all she has to do is ask." —Ezra Star, general manager at Drink

3. god, what is up with the nested bullshit in this feed

From metal straws and vintage glassware to artwork and soap dispensers, a lot of things have a tendency to disappear. For Cocktail Week, area bartenders enumerate their losses.

We posed the question with a focus on glassware, but it turns out that a lot of other things find their way out of bars.

Greg Neises"I remember a night where this guy got up from the bar, went to the bathroom, and walked out carrying a statue of a giraffe (not glass, but to each his own I suppose) that belonged to the restaurant. Pretty random!" —Greg Neises, bartender at Tico


Paulo Pereira"I've seen quite a few items taken over the years. Everything from mule mugs and glassware to posters off a wall. Have to say one of the strangest things I've seen taken would have to be an empty bottle of Tabasco. Still haven't been able to wrap my head around that one." —Paulo Pereira, beverage director at Brass Union

Dan Greenough"We are currently featuring a Moscow Mule served in expensive copper mugs. There have been a few isolated incidents of them 'disappearing,'but overall no real theft issues." —Dan Greenough, food & beverage manager of all Burtons Grill locations


Kevin Murphy"People steal things...everything. Cups, glasses, wine glasses, salt & pepper mills, cutlery, soap dispensers, flowers, you name it. If it isn’t bolted down, it may disappear." —Kevin Murphy, operations manager of Deuxave


Ryan Lotz"It definitely happens, but it's not usually anything major — stuff like metal straws, the occasional tiki mug. Once at The Hawthorne someone tried to steal the art from above the men's room urinals! They are these really cool super hero illustrations of them using the bathroom that the Sheffields found." —Ryan Lotz, bar manager at No. 9 Park

Kaitlena CashMaybe Mai Tai glasses make it easier for toddlers to stomach Pedialyte."Glassware theft is commonplace at Anthem. We have these lovely Mai Tai glasses that resemble the Easter Island statues and are about as annoying as they are desirable. We lose at least one a weekend. Surprisingly enough, it's generally middle-aged women with kids that end up snagging themselves a tiki mug. Maybe Mai Tai glasses make it easier for toddlers to stomach Pedialyte." —Kaitlena Cash, bartender at Anthem Kitchen + Bar

Sal Gesamondo"Of course! From logo’d beer glasses to our big fish bowls. I could talk all day, but one of my favorite stories wasn’t even from the typical group of college kids. There was a table of adults (probably ranging from early 50s to early 60s). They were very polite, had multiple courses, and nothing extreme as far as drinks go. They asked for to-go boxes to wrap up their food (nothing unusual), but when they were leaving one of the women dropped her to-go box, and it made a loud smash. She had roamed the dining room and filled her to-go with our prism shot glasses…there had to be at least 20 of them." —Sal Gesamondo, operations manager of Tavern in the Square

Giulio Favuzza"Throughout the years, I can't tell you the amount of theft that goes on in the restaurant industry. I've caught a few in my day, but I can't imagine the amount that I haven't caught. Guests love to collect things. I had a guest try to steal a wine glass from a previous restaurant I worked at because she loved the logo. I noticed that she wrapped the dirty glassware in a napkin and put it in her purse. I went over with two new, clean wine glasses wrapped up in a to-go bag and told her she didn't have to take the dirty one. She was embarrassed at first but left extremely appreciative. I would have to say over the years that the estimated value of stolen glassware is in the high hundreds to low thousands." —Giulio Favuzza, beverage manager of Red Heat Tavern

Molly Woodhouse"I worked in a bar located in St. Louis early on, and we could never keep the Delirium Tremens Noel glasses in house. They have elephants in Santa hats on them, and every year our entire collection would be gone." —Molly Woodhouse, general manager and beverage director of Vida Cantina in Portsmouth (and an alum of The Butcher Shop and Menton)

Jenna Pollock"I know those mule cups disappear because frankly we will open 12 new ones and somehow always go back to six oxidized ones. Haven’t caught anyone red-handed yet, though." —Jenna Pollock, bar director at Nebo


One lady, many years my senior and wearing a wedding ring, once stuck a bar spoon in her cleavage and dared me to take it back.

Augusto Lino"Not glassware but some of the gear is always disappearing. I was downstairs saying goodbye to guests departing the upstairs dining room (at UpStairs on the Square) when an absinthe spoon popped out from under a couple that was walking down towards me and the exit (couldn't tell if it came from him or her). It landed right in front of my feet. As they sped up their pace with a fair amount of shame and terror in their faces, I picked it up and said something like ‘How curious to find this here! How do you think it got here?’ They basically ran away. Also, one lady, many years my senior and wearing a wedding ring, once stuck a bar spoon in her cleavage and dared me to take it back. I produced a new spoon from storage and her check." —Augusto Lino, bartender at Hungry Mother

Brian Mantz"We had a problem with Tiki mugs constantly being taken, so we made them available to purchase. This pretty much solved the problem. I think people take stuff like that because it's usually the only option for acquiring them." —Brian Mantz, bar manager at Wink & Nod

Colin Kiley"I haven't had to deal with glassware theft in a long time. I know that's a huge concern in beer bars that use a ton of branded glassware. I will say that if the glassware is really cool (speaking as a former craft beer sales rep), your first biggest round of theft is going to be from the staff! Ha! There, I said it." —Colin Kiley, bartender at Puritan & Company

Libby Spencer"Pretty Things Meadowlark boots! I don't know how they get away with it, but those boots get stolen all the time. They are adorable, so I get it, but come on... We don't have Moscow Mule mugs anymore, and I've had people order one and then be extremely disappointed when it doesn't come in a mug. One of my favorite customers brings in his own — and I'm always psyched to serve him." —Libby Spencer, bar manager at Deep Ellum

Tom Tellier"Every year we pour Sam Adams 26.2 for the marathon runners with matching glassware. We try to save the glasses to give to those that run in it. The first year we did this Sam Adams used an actual 26.2 ounce mug that had a handle. A lady went to grab her wallet out of her purse, but instead pulled a handle out. She then asked for another one to replace the one she just broke. (She wasn't even here for the marathon!)" —Tom Tellier, beverage director for Restaurant dante and both locations of il Casale

Todd Lipman"Metal stirrer/straws certainly have a habit of disappearing quite readily. I am sure glassware, particularly if it has a logo of some sort, is an attractive item to pilfer. You have to anticipate some level of loss through breakage and/or theft. It’s an unfortunate reality. One evening, when we were featuring raw Nantucket Bay scallops served in their half-shell as a special, I was pouring wine at a table and saw a woman in her 70s taking the adorable little shells off of her plate and stuffing them in her purse one at a time. I was overwhelmingly amused but said nothing. I may have done the same thing — if I was seven years old…and at the beach. Clearly, there is no limit to what people are willing to claim as their own." —Todd Lipman, head sommelier at Bistro du Midi

Davide Crusoe"People will steal anything that isn’t nailed down, glassware included. I worked in Hawaii and would literally see people put their tiki glasses in their bags right in front of me with not even a blink, always made me laugh!!" —Davide Crusoe, general manager at Chopps in Burlington

Christine Kerow"Yes, every time you have a cool-looking glass (especially when they are from a trendy distributor), people will always take them." —Christine Gerow, director of restaurant & bar at the Westin Waltham-Boston's Seventy at Third Avenue


Sam Treadway"People steal anything they can get away with. Moscow Mule mugs are the worst, but julep cups, novelty Star Wars cups, our soap dispenser, our magnetic door front sign…" —Sam Treadway, bar manager at Backbar


Seth Freidus"So far we have had no glassware stolen, but our guests in Harvard Square are generally amazing people that I don’t see doing that...knock on wood." —Seth Freidus, beverage director at Alden & Harlow


A few weeks ago, this guy grabbed an orange and started eating it like an apple. He didn't even peel it. It was weird.

Gina Richard"People steal glassware constantly, especially the branded stuff. I've definitely watched people put them in their purses, up their sleeves, etc. People have been stealing citrus fruit out of the baskets on the bar top lately as well. A few weeks ago, this guy grabbed an orange and started eating it like an apple. He didn't even peel it. It was weird." —Gina Richard, head bartender at Island Creek Oyster Bar

Ezra Star"When Drink first opened, we had a large array of vintage glassware, including Moscow Mule mugs (all of which were stolen). My favorite incident was on a busy Saturday night. I watched a woman take a vintage tiki mug into the bathroom. When she left, I looked in to see if she left the mug behind and saw that she hadn't. I ran behind the bar and grabbed the matching glass, wrapped it up as a gift and walked up to the woman and offered it to her. She turned bright red. I told her in the future all she has to do is ask." —Ezra Star, general manager at Drink

Paul Manzelli"Someone stole a large ice tray once, but never glassware." —Paul Manzelli, bartender at Bergamot


Jared Sadoian"The only glassware thief at Craigie, it seems, is 'the floor,' who strikes often when you least expect it. One thing we do lose often are our coasters. They have old maps of Cambridge printed on them and are quite cool-looking. We buy a bunch of them at a time, and they just seem to disappear! Our red beverage napkins don't seem to be as popular..." —Jared Sadoian, head bartender and beverage director of Craigie on Main and The Kirkland Tap & Trotter

Jonathan Mendez"Too many to list. Let’s just say that 99% of the time, I will gladly give you the branded glassware you covet; just ASK." —Jonathan Mendez, beverage director and bartender at TRADE


Tyler Wolters"One day at Brick & Mortar, Kenny Belanger from Kirkland Tap & Trotter came and stole our favorite punch bowl that we called 'Ponies in the Surf' and started posting ransom notices on social media. So then we stole Tyler Wang's (currently of Audubon) blue blazer cups as payback. Then Shahir Masif of Highball Lounge started stealing everything from us. The guy was like a ninja. Nobody knew how he got behind the bar, but he stole almost all our fake trophies, which ended up behind the bar at Highball. Finally our owner, Gary Strack, had to go straighten it all out and get our trophies back. In the end it was all in good fun, like a band of brothers...I think?" —Tyler Wolters, bartender at Firebrand Saints and Brick & Mortar

A pony was involved.

"Guests generally don't take much. And if they show interest I'm more likely to just hand it over rather than let them feel guilty later, but there was a theft war at Kirkland while I was there. Our bar team at Kirkland Tap & Trotter and the team at Brick & Mortar pillaged each others bars for goodies. A pony was involved." —Tyler Wang, bartender at Audubon

"Tiki mugs and special straws." —Tenzin Konchok Samdo, head barman at TRADE

"No, but we do get requests from guests to purchase our Estrella beer pint glasses. They're pretty special. Our problem has been art theft, though. Two prints have been stolen from the ladies bathroom (one of Richard Dawson!), and one from the vestibule." —Lara Egger, co-owner of Estragon Tapas Bar, and Sahil Mehta, bartender and server

"Glassware theft is something every bar faces at one time or another. I would suspect if you looked in any kitchen set of any person between the ages of 21-35, you will find at least one piece or another from a bar." —Tom Dargon, assistant general manager of BOKX 109

"We never know until the end of the night. People have become tricky and devious when they’re drunk." —Jake Kress, bar Manager at Grill 23 & Bar

"Not really here in Boston, though a barrel for our barrel-aged cocktail program went ‘missing’ last Friday night. Luckily, it was empty. At a different establishment where I once worked, tiki mugs and spoon straws went missing all the time. I was ordering the glassware more than the product. And yes, at another place, 24 copper mule mugs were gone within a week." —Ashish Mitra, bar manager at Russell House Tavern

"I will never forget seeing a guest walk off with a large Marilyn Monroe print from the men's room under his arm. We chased after him down the street and got it back eventually." —Erica Petersiel, general manager at No. 8 Kitchen & Spirits

"Anything that isn’t nailed to the ground! Humans will steal anything they are not supposed to take. I have had many mule cups stolen in my career. Total has to be several hundred dollars. I caught a woman with a cup in her purse. Called her out on it. She denied. Her husband yelled at me for the accusation. In the end I got it from her. They looked like fools, and I told them to never return." —Ryan McGrale, beverage director at Tavern Road

"We have a number of unique and rare antique glassware that we use to serve sherry, amaro, and sipping rums. There was a group of six celebrating something, and at the end of their stay they ordered a round of Pedro Ximenez sherry. When we served it, one of the people on the party commented on how nice the glasses were, and sure enough there were only five on the table after they left! Value? Priceless! Will never be able to replace that glass." —Taso Papatsoris, bartender at Casa B

"I have never experienced glassware theft from any of the bars I have worked at. I did, however — a very long time ago at a co-worker’s house party — notice there was a whole kitchen full of wine glasses, martini glasses, and plates with what was a very familiar fish image that resembled the logo of a very familiar seafood restaurant chain." —Rob Dunn, bar manager at Lineage

21 Oct 16:00

Plucky journalist climbs to top of Dorchester gas tank; looks down

by adamg

Dan McCarthy at the Dig reports on an expedition to the top of the Tank along with a couple of the union guys repainting the iconic structure:

On our climb from the base to the 140-foot summit we pass several gruff painters. Some are rappelling from safety harnesses, dangling on ropes at precarious angles over the edge while stroking Kent’s masterwork down to the controversial crevices.

21 Oct 16:23

Councilor: Buildings occupied by libraries too valuable to just be used as libraries

by adamg

UPDATE: The Dorchester Reporter reports Baker doesn't want to rent out space in libraries but instead wants to look at how to include libraries in new mixed-use developments, such as the one that will eventually replace the Globe complex on Morrissey Boulevard.

City Councilor Frank Baker (Dorchester) will ask his fellow counselors tomorrow to consider the idea of turning some branch libraries into revenue generators by renting out space in them.

20 Oct 14:00

The Internet: A Glossary

by Mallory Ortberg

greatest American hero = I like her

garbage = not very good

I love you = we are both on the Internet, and we agree about something

shut it all down = I'm going to stay right here and not leave the Internet and keep reading this

NSFW = this is a picture of food

#tcot = I have not talked to an actual conservative since high school

essential reading = you will have forgotten this by next week at the latest

#FF = here are a list of people I am hoping will eventually notice and follow me back

Read more The Internet: A Glossary at The Toast.

20 Oct 13:20

Listen to the New Song From a Reunited Sleater-Kinney

by Gilbert Cruz

It's been eight years since Sleater-Kinney played their farewell show in August 2006. And after side projects (Wild Flag, which featured two of the band's three members) and television shows (hello, Portlandia), the band's getting back together. They've announced a U.S. tour, which starts next February, and a new album, No Cities to Love, out January 20, 2015. Here's the first song off that record, "Bury Your Friends."

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18 Oct 14:00

arsvitaest: Charles Baudelaire, Les fleurs du mal, Paris:...

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this fucking binding



arsvitaest:

Charles Baudelaire, Les fleurs du mal, Paris: Michel Lévy frères, 1868–69;
painted cuir-ciselé panel inset on upper cover based on frontispiece by Félicien
Rops for Les épaves.

19 Oct 13:32

Gamergate Is Running Out of Heroes - Waxy.org

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Their best hope is that the silent are secretly on their side, since nobody else creating stuff seems to be.
17 Oct 21:27

Pope Francis Allows Sistine Chapel To Be Rented Out For Private Corporate Event

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Private corporate event run by Porsche to be held amid Michelangelo's frescoes for first time.
19 Oct 13:59

/gg/ - Tweets you've been disappointed in

by russiansledges
I've actually blocked the domains of places that have come out as blatantly anti-GG on my router, including media. It's a great conversation piece at the LAN parties I have here.
20 Oct 00:12

Conservative US cardinal demoted by pope, he tells Buzzfeed | World news | theguardian.com

by russiansledges
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1. cool
2. overbey, this is the guy who wears the lacy capes and shit, right?
3. "...he tells Buzzfeed"

Cardinal Raymond Burke, the conservative American who holds the top position in the Vatican’s justice system, on Friday told BuzzFeed he was being demoted. Burke, a former archbishop of St Louis, has publicly challenged Pope Francis on issues including abortion and homosexuality.
18 Oct 21:00

I met this albino Raven named Pearl today. It is only one of...

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I met this albino Raven named Pearl today. It is only one of four known albino Ravens in the whole world.

Pearl lives in this woman’s house. The handler has a permit, and the bird is property of the government (like hawks and falcons). She is affiliated with the California Wildlife Center. Every time the handler stopped petting Pearl she started cawing. She really likes affection.

19 Oct 05:27

sicksugar: onelifeonedeath

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17 Oct 21:24

/gg/ - GamerGate

by gguillotte
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"Fuck. Fuck. Fucking hell. What of my literature idols has gone the way of the SJW. William Gibson. I have been waiting for his new book forever but now I dont even want to buy it. He has retweeted some anti-gamergate stuff, some known feminist "writers", the beginning of his new book mentions "cultural appropriation". I feel devastated." // "You would think someone as smart as him, that has written about dystopian societies would be against censorship, groupthink…I dont even know anymore." // "What the shit. This can't be fucking true. Not fucking Gibson. Please tell me he's just been bluepilled by SJWs. Please tell me we can still save him. Please. ;_;" // "Fuck. Fuckitty fuck fuck fuck. Fucker. Really liked your stuff too, Mr. Gibson." // "Thing is though, once they're bluepilled there is literally no way to turn them back. They're gone forever. That's why these mainstream media hit pieces are so devastating to GG, it's just that on a massive scale." // "yep, I am a convert extremely SJW, then went full Conservative. now I'm more of a moderate Libertarian." // "Anyway, fuck him. Who cares what he thinks. He's as relevant to the internet as BoingBoing is." // "Just gotta watch some more Captain Picard to get a proper method of thinking and a moral approach to problems back on track." // "Looking at his feed, he retweets quite a lot of stupid leftist shit. No surprise he'd be anti-GG. That and he also wrote one of the worst X-files scripts ever, about VR gaming, called First Person Shooter. (To be fair, he also wrote one of the better ones, Kill Switch.)" // ">Tim Schafer >Arin Hanson >Barry Kramer >Raspberry Pi Those are the only four that really make me feel bad." // "Regained respect for: Jontron"
19 Oct 13:56

Boston Restaurant Jobs - - BostonChefs.com's Industry Insider, jobs at Boston's top restaurants

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"Central Bottle - Retail Sales Human"

Central Bottle Wine + Provisions, a beautiful, yet modest wine shop in Central Square. They focus on local cheeses, salume, a small yet thoughtful collection of beer, and organic/small production wines. They love the offbeat in general, but especially when it comes to wine. They’re looking for fiercely energetic and shamelessly interested people to talk and live food and wine. It’s busy, face paced and demanding at times, but rewarding, fun and, well, funny too. Working at Central Bottle also provides a beautiful opportunity for education, as they hold weekly classes for the staff about wine (cheese, provisions, and hospitality sneak in there too…) Shifts available are mostly evenings. In addition to a good working knowledge of wine and a desire to sell it, they value the following traits from their team members: · Thoughtfulness in Co-worker and Guest Interactions · Accountability and Trustworthiness · Urgency, Intention and a Vibrant Work Ethic · Integrity If interested, send your resume and a cover letter to the email address provided.
18 Oct 04:00

rhopography, n.

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"Chiefly in painting: a depiction of subject matter considered insignificant or trivial, as still life, the domestic interior, animals, etc."

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yfawam

18 Oct 21:33

my grandma got an iPad and only uses it to take pictures of church on TV

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