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November 28, 2009
YOU SHOULD ALL BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY!!!!!
Vadim Ponorovsky, owner of New York restaurant Paradou, wants his customers emails for his newsletter. When the waitstaff failed to collect them he fired off a nasty email to motivate them.

Somebody sent it Gawker.

Ponorovsky explains what he was thinking to Grubstreet and Black Book Magazine.

The Waiter over at Waiter Rant weighs in.
posted by Bonzai at 9:03 PM PST - 152 comments

And the Pursuit of Happiness
Back to the Land — an illustrated essay about giving thanks and food and joy and life and things to ponder and such by Maira Kalman. [more inside]
posted by netbros at 9:01 PM PST - 16 comments

OW!!!1!!
The 10 Most Horrific Sports Injuries Ever WARNINGS: Some of the videos/images are rough to look at (breaking limbs, one bloody hockey accident, nude Steve Yeager) and it's clearly US-centric (it doesn't mention that Rugby League dude who was jamming his finger in his opponents anuses).
posted by Mayor Curley at 6:47 PM PST - 84 comments

Those feet of a wench in her wimple...
Viking love poems (not to be confused with Vogon poetry). 200 years before medieval troubadours "created" romantic poetry, skalds such as Gunnlaug Snaketongue, Hallfred the Troublesome Poet and Kormak Ogmundarson told of their hearts' ecstasies and despairs. [more inside]
posted by msalt at 4:14 PM PST - 46 comments

1960s Marvel cartoon theme songs
The best thing about those Marvel Comics cartoons from the 1960s? The theme music.
posted by the_bone at 3:32 PM PST - 26 comments

The tomato/lettuce issue has not been resolved.
Four letters of complaint written to the Mayor of NYC. Excerpted from a book.
posted by prefpara at 2:19 PM PST - 34 comments

A Crash in Shanghai raises questions about an airline...
A Zimbabwean cargo aircraft crashed earlier today at Shanghai-Pudong airport, killing three and seriously injuring four. It is not yet known why the aircraft, an ex Varig MD-11F (pic) operated by an airline called Avient, failed to become airborne, but the airline itself has received quite some attention recently. Headquartered in Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, they almost went bankrupt, leaving behind massive debts in France, only to almost out of nowhere get this MD-11F, which crashed within a week of being acquired. (pprune, reg req) But that's not the only shady thing about this airline... [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:38 PM PST - 32 comments

where books come to life
A beautiful ad for the New Zealand Book Council. (SLYT, via)
posted by lalex at 12:10 PM PST - 28 comments

Doing the robot
Please enjoy a video of a robot breakdancing. [more inside]
posted by empath at 10:05 AM PST - 39 comments

"WTF?" by OK Go
“The relativity of simultaneity in modern physics favors the philosophical view known as eternalism or four dimensionalism, in which physical objects are either temporally extended space-time worms, or space-time worm stages, and this view would be favored further by the possibility of time travel.” —from the Wikipedia article on time travel
posted by kipmanley at 8:03 AM PST - 45 comments

"Repoman, who is Emilio Estevez's doppelgänger, teaches #34 how to slimjim & hotwire a car."
Roger Avary, Oscar-winning screenwriter for Pulp Fiction and many other films, pled guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving, following a crash that killed a passenger in his car in 2008. This September, he began to serve his sentence of one year in jail (followed by five years of probation). Naturally, he also began tweeting about it. The bleak literary quality of his tweets (in which he refers to himself only as "#34") caught the attention of Mark Millan at the LA Times -- and shortly thereafter, of the authorities. [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena at 6:00 AM PST - 150 comments

The Keyboard Piano
Sure, the site around it is not in English but since Music is a language we can all appreciate, the Keyboard Piano is a ton of fun. (Requires Silverlight) [more inside]
posted by empatterson at 4:16 AM PST - 26 comments

This is what Democracy looks like, ten years later
I think that ten years from now, the thing that's going to be written about Seattle, is not what tear gas bomb went off on what street corner, but that the WTO in 1999 was the first of a global citizens movement for a democratic global economy (This is What Democracy Looks Like). Ten years ago tomorrow, diverse activist groups appeared in Seattle to protest perceived globalization/corporatization exemplified by the World Trade Organization. (Wiki) Some more anniversary stuff from KPLU in Seattle, Real Change, and maybe the Teabaggers. Previously: One year after.
posted by twoleftfeet at 3:54 AM PST - 53 comments

Big kids Hotwheels loop-the-loop
Fifth Gear Loop the Loop. (SLYT, in the interest of science) prev 5th gear
posted by allkindsoftime at 3:09 AM PST - 40 comments

Inconceivable!
WANTED: EDITOR OF A SUCCESSFUL LIB-LEANING BLOG AND NEWS ORGANIZATION LOOKS TO HIRE A PUBLISHER. Say what you will about the relative merits of Talking Points Memo or whether or not it's the triumphant example of why we don't need "real" newspapers or journalists any longer (previously on Mefi [1] [2]), but it does seem we've turned a corner (or perhaps jumped the shark?) when editors hire publishers instead of the other way around.
posted by bardic at 12:34 AM PST - 36 comments