Thursday, July 10, 2008

Just to stop the MULTI-PAGE MADNESS!!





Say it LOUD! To get all revved for the upcoming TLI (and give Kim a bit more time to craft some podcast perfection) :)

Wasn't this Aimee's new sign-out line? Maybe she'll say it again...

194 comments:

Herlihy said...

First!

Trevor McFur said...

Nice work.

PalmerEldritch said...

well done, mb.

MB said...

Ahhhh....better! :)

Just realized - where's Holli?

Alirio said...

thank god there's a new thread. My scrolling finger was about to fall off...

Alirio said...

anyone know when the official Comic-Con schedule is out?

PalmerEldritch said...

alirio, not nearly soon enough.

MB said...

mini-kablammo

PalmerEldritch said...

"The complete Programming schedule will be posted on here, approximately ten days to two weeks prior to the show."

PalmerEldritch said...

10 days out from the show is... a couple of days from now. so, soon. soon, alirio!

/twss?

[ally] said...

Poll: What should Oklahoma City's team name be?

Trevor McFur said...

Better get that down before Jordan sees it, and we get the Jordanrant to end all Jordanrants.

That being said, I vote Thundercats, if only to hear, "Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats, Ho!" every time the team needs a rally.

[ally] said...

That's what I was thinking too. I like Thundercats.


This will be a true test to see if Jordan has enough time to rant while on vacation.

PalmerEldritch said...

in light of the situation, i think that the Sooners would be a fine name.

Stephanie said...

The Office Webisodes

Stephanie said...

Burn Notice tonight, folks.

Chris JC said...

GREET

I feel I'm somewhat responsible for the length of that last thread.

And most threads.

Because I don't ever stop typing.

Chris JC said...

EVER.

Chris JC said...

I'm like the Doctor Who of typing.

t-dot kim said...

No pressure...Thanks MB! Also thanks for deleting my earlier post.

Whatever. It's OK.

Alirio, check your snail mail this week ;)

ttyl, gotta fly (literally)

Chris JC said...

Right - promise to stop now, but since Jelly referred to it on the previous thread - for those who care:

Only Fools and Horses "Batman" sequence.

As well as

the Only Fools and Horses Wiki page to explain what it is.

In short, it's probably still the best loved sitcom this country has produced, regardless of variable quality. Even more so than Fawlty Towers and The Office.

Perhaps the American remake will go down better.

Alirio said...

WOOHOO!

Canada Post, don't fail me now!

Thanks again Kim!

MB said...

Holy shit - I deleted your post Kim!?!? SO SORRY! :( How did I do that? Totally unintended - DAMMIT!

And DEFINITELY no pressure on TLI - work your magic - take your time.

MB said...

oops - belated KABLAMMO

PalmerEldritch said...

"work your magic - take your time."

twss.

Trevor McFur said...

Actually, since there's already a Sooners, they should call them the Laters.

PalmerEldritch said...

The Oklahoma City Super DUPER Sonics?

MB said...

my god, jordan is going to rant like a mofo when he reads this thread (and the end of the last one)

I cannot wait to read it :))

any guesses on HIS suggestion for a name?

PalmerEldritch said...

he'd suggest... maybe.... "the Oklahoma GoFuckYourselves?"

Anonymous said...

Fuck you guys. Seriously.

Hope you all catch some sort of disease at Comicon. And that Doctor Who gets canceled.

OKC Dustbuckets.
Jokelahoma City Cunt Rags

And those are my friendly ones. Serious. I am at the point where I am not so sure if I find Timothy McVeigh jokes offensive. I met a dude from Jokelahoma a few days back at a hostel in Croatia. I started talking to this other person as soon as I found out where he was from.

You all are lucky I'm typing this on my cell phone in this crazy 60 person hostel room in Copehagen at 2 am, otherwise I would've really gone off. Maybe next time I am at a keyboard.

And one last thing. FUCK YOU OKLAHOMA CITY! Burn in hell.

Oh yeah. Europe is great.

Alirio said...

It's posts like that one that make me grateful to be alive.

Sniff

:-p

PalmerEldritch said...

alirio, clicketh here. thursday night's schedule.

Herlihy said...

ah... i've missed Jordan.

Stephanie said...

Sunday is Smallville according to the CW crawl tonight.

Alirio said...

Oh My Fraking God!!!!

Dr Who AND Torchwood panels?!?!?!?!

I've gone to geek heaven already!

Alirio said...

Just re-checked the Comic Con hotels page.

Found a room in downtown San Diego for the same price as the one I had reserved in Chula Vista!

Score!!!

Mr. Bill said...

X-Files movie 15 days and counting!

Robert said...

"work your magic - take your time."


Hell, us old people will have completely forgotten the Finale by the time the podcast is out. :):)

Robert (kidding, as usual)

Mr. Bill said...

Does anyone know of any X-files goings on at the con?

Charith Cutestory said...

Off topic to the 'Lars. When are we gonna get another episode of the "Carl Weathers' Stage Fighting Workshop?"

C'mon!

Chris JC said...

We don't get The X Files; I Want to Believe until August 1st, but it's also the exact same day of the European release of Extreme's fifth album (13 years after the last one) - and I don't care how uncool that is: I'm proper excited for it.

Stephanie said...

I wish I were going to ComicCon. I guess Morgan and I will be watching the coverage on G4 again this year.

Burn Notice is starting out pretty hot this season. Did y'all see this?

PalmerEldritch said...

how was Burn Notice? we DVRed it but havent watched it yet.

Jordan from the 206 said...

Holy shit, it's expensive in Copenhagen. Makes London look like Fucklahomo City. And I hear it's much worse in Sweden and Norway, my next stops. Yay.

While in Prague I stumbled across some pretty cool graffiti in some subway tunnels. They were Batman logos with Joker smilie faces painted in the middle. Pretty sure it was amateurs and not any sort of viral advertising. Cool to see either way.

That's sweet about the Chins book. Go Alirio, Go!

Hey Andrew, or anybody for that matter. Ever read 'Homicide' by David Simon? Reading it right now. Pretty good. Interesting seeing the background to the material for The Wire. I am going to need to watch the Homicide tv show when I get back.

Anybody tape the AG Family Fued ep for me? lol.

Alirio said...

Hey blogspotica!

Just wanted to give you all a shout out from the iPhone lineup here in Montreal.

Been here for 4.5 hours now.

MB said...

Jordan - you have misunderstood my comment - totally was not meaning to mock your pain - I'm on your side re: the team move. I just love reading your rants b/c you do it well - lol

Fucklahoma City - LMAO! Good one.


also,

DOCTOR WHO AND TORCHWOOD PANELS AT COMIC CON?!?!?! Alright Palmer and Alirio - you have your assignment - DETAILS DETAILS DETAILS!!! ......oops, I mean...please? (polite mb temporarily got stampeded by fanwank mb)

MB said...

OOH!!! The Moff's gonna be there. I am so FREAAAAKKIN' jealous! :P

PalmerEldritch said...

yeah, MB, that'll be cool. i'm too polite to ask RTD why his stories are always the season's worst. :)

watch out, alirio. you may soon be disemboweled by Mel Gibson as the Associated Press is reporting the "iPocalypse!!!!!

no, really. that's what they're calling it. no, i don't know why. i guess cuz they're douche bags.

[ally] said...

A mild Jordan rant is just what the blogspot needed to start talking (typing).

I was starting to wonder if everyone was out shopping for a new iPhone this morning. I know at least one of you was.

Alirio said...

I'm still in line. Activation system is flaking out.

I've been here for 6 hours now.

I'm posting from my first generation iPhone. We're in line to get my gf an iPhone.

Not as bad as it sounds. Making friends.

It's ironic: we are here on the first day because we can't wait, so we wait for hours and hours :-)

t-dot kim said...

Ugh, fuck the iPhone and fuck Rogers. It's the only phone carrier in Canada that uses SIM cards. Although I do have a Rogers phone plan already, it's too expensive. I think the most basic plan ends up being $70 a month! I heard a rumour they're slashing the price to $30 a month for a limited time...is that true Alirio?

PalmerEldritch said...

No S&M while the kids are home.

MB said...

re: that article -
My lord people - literally, get a room! lol

Afternoon Delight quickly turns to Afternoon Fright

PalmerEldritch said...

as part of the viral campaign for The Dark Knight, the Joker sent me an e-mail giving me a chance to enter to win free tickets to the IMAX in Boston. unfortunately, Outlook filtered it into my Junk folder and I didnt check my Junk folder until now. all the tickets seem to have been given away. blargh!!!

[ally] said...

"Mom and Daddy were involved in a romantic moment and daughter mistook them as fighting."

that's gotta be the funniest thing i've ever heard... today.

Ralph- said...

well, i have been without internet til the 22nd. I am at work right now chiming in. in the past few weeks i have been moving into my new place, buying a scion xb and going stir crazy without tv or internet.

i will be around as of the 18th, when i get all kinds of techmology in my new place.

peace and loves!!!

Stephanie said...

Sweet, ralph-. What color?
What does everyone else drive? I like my Subaru a lot.

Ralph- said...

White. 2009. Higher end Stereo with Ipod hookups includes steering wheele controls for that as well. TRD sway bar. LED Lights and it even comes with a black box!!!!

"Why didn't they make Boone out of the black box"

The car is named "The Blockade Runner" and is a manual transmission and fucking rocks your socks off!!!!!

pics will come as soon as i get the internet on the 18th!!!

Chris JC said...

Ralph! Ralph! Ralph! Ralph!

I really have nothing to say, I just want to convey The internet's excitement at seeing you!

RALPH!

[ally] said...

I drive a 2003 Chevy Cavalier. It's not much but it's the first car I've ever bought. And it's fully paid off! I never thought I'd own anything.

Alirio said...

Kim,

I'm with Fido (Rogers' subsidiary) and we can keep our existing plan if you're within 6 months of your contract's end date.

We're the store and waiting in the indoor line :-(

Chris JC said...

I drove a:

Vauxhall Cavalier (but in gold)

then a

Volkswagen Golf (but also in gold)

then a

Mini Metro (actually pretty identical to that one.)

And now I can't afford a car, an M.O.T., the tax, the insurance, the cost to park outside my house, the three-times-more-expensive-than-the-US fuel, or the charge to drive in the city I live in, so I get the bus.

[ally] said...

Jorge has posted some cool pictures from his vacations. In case anyone is interested

Jorge's Blog

[ally] said...

It looks like he's been going around Europe. I guess no one here has run into him, maybe he's Jordan's traveling buddy.

andrew. said...

- Jordan - i haven't read Homicide. it's on my list though. Thanks for the recommendation.

- i'm currently reading Jose Saramago's "Blindness" which is being released as a movie in September by the director of "City Of God" I'm not very far into it, but it's really good so far.

- lots of juicy HBO TV series news: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/37413 - lots of cool shows in the near future.

- i decided to plug ahead with Lost: Via Domus. I'm at the part where you have to get dynamite from the Black Rock but i keep making an Arzt out of myself.

- Anybody watch the Batman: Gotham Knight DVD yet?

Stephanie said...

Ally, you look like a Chevy Cavalier driver.

[ally] said...

You're not the first to say so, Steph. I remember we were once talking about what kind of car we saw other people driving and no one could think of anything other than what I drive for me. I guess I chose correctly when I bought it.

:D

PalmerEldritch said...

nice. listening to the lost podcast with jay and jack and jack made the same "jay at dominic and evangeline's wedding" joke that i made on the blogspot a week ago. woo-hoo! we're on the same horribly cheesy joke wavelength!

w00t!

great minds think alike.

"i am a bit worried that when the priest asks if anyone has reason why they shouldnt get married that Jay Glatfelter will kick down the door and accuse Dominic of playing the bass incorrectly."

[ally] said...

KABLAMO!!!

Trevor McFur said...

I used to drive a Cavalier. Then I upgraded to a Ford Mustang. I was single at the time, and wanted to find out if chicks really do dig a cool car. Turns out they do. Anyway, now I'm married, and drive an '07 Camry Hybrid. I actually love the Hybrid (unfortunately that's sounds a little distubing thanks to Clif); I'm not really being a car person, but it's neat to drive something that a lot of people don't really know much about (about half the time when I tell someone what I drive, they say, "Oh really? Do you have to plug that in?"). Plus it really appeals to my geekiness.

But sometimes my wife still pouts that I no longer have the Mustang.

Alirio said...

I drive my gf crazy with Lost and BSG.

My car is a 2002 Honda civic.

Trevor McFur said...

Andrew, I had read that Gotham Knight was actually supposed to kind of bridge 'Batman Begins' with 'Dark Knight', kind of like the Animatrix a few years ago. I had my queue all lined up to get it from Netflix when it came out last week so I could watch it before Dark Knight opens ... then I read a review on ign that said not only was it not such a hot film, but that it doesn't actually connect the two films at all. So I switched my queue at the last second to get the new Batman Begins Blu-Ray, which was also released last week, and which is awesome ... great extras, including a hi-def version of the 6 minute Dark Knight prologue that came out a few months ago. Good stuff.

Trevor McFur said...

And now Gotham Knight is listed as 'long wait', so I guess I'll be waiting until later in the summer...

Ralph- said...

i am going to get rid of netflix. they sent us an email saying that they are getting rid of Profiles. Which sucks ass cause i dont want to have to try to manage my movies and stevi's movies at the same time. i dont want to sit on Children of Men for 4 months again. UGH. i am just gonna buy blu-ray movies.

Trevor McFur said...

Ralph, that move really has put you behind the times. They announced a week or two ago that they listened to all the complaints and were keeping profiles.

PalmerEldritch said...

hrmm... so, profiles are staying?

Ralph- said...

can i still buy blu-ray movies?

Trevor McFur said...

It's kind of odd ... no one really seems to know exactly why they wanted to get rid of Profiles, but everyone raised a big stink about it, then a week later they say, "Oops, never mind, we'll keep them".

PalmerEldritch said...

ralph-, you can still buy blu-rays. did you ever get free ones for buying the PS3?

also, i don't know why Allred drew Batman doing the Batusi but it is friggin' bad ass. good stuff.

Trevor McFur said...

The Bat-Tusi!

Ralph- said...

Allred is the BEST!

I got Pirates 1, Superman: The Movie, SWAT, Flight of the Phoenix and the yet to be opened Devil's Rejects.

Trevor McFur said...

Uhh, you can get free Blu-Rays for buying a PS3? Please explain how and where.

Stephanie said...

Kevin Smith playing ralph- is the single greatest instance of casting I have ever heard. The guy who plays Chuck playing Jay is brilliant as well.

PalmerEldritch said...

trevor, clicketh here. if they're still doing it, you should be able to send in a proof of purchase or something and get some free movies.

i call shenanigans on both those casting ideas. i'll try to think up some better ones but it's 1:15 am.

elias, chris, tim, herlihy, etc... do you guys not tip bartenders over there? my friend is a bartender and has an English rugby team coming in to drink during one of his shifts and complained that none of them will tip. is this a UK thing? or a rugby player thing?

and do we Americans tip a bartender? cuz the bartenders i know sure think we should.

MB said...

That BatTusi is fucking high-larioso! and the first time I think I've ever seen a "TOUCHÉ" and a "KAYO" in the "action" graphics. excellent - lol

What's this talk of casting parts of members our podcasting community? Love the concept - but did I miss something on the Dharmalars?

So since it was an irresistable urge - I did the research and apparently, according to My Heritage.com, Ben must be played by Russell Crowe :)

Chris JC said...

Bartenders - I don't believe I ever have. I get a mental list going on in my mind of people I should tip and people I shouldn't and you're right: bartenders aren't on it even though they actually probably should be.

The main difference, though, is that I go to proper pubs where the bloke pouring your drink is the guy who runs the place and is already doing all right from the profit margin of your drink.

I haven't done it for a while since smoking was banned - I'm not really a smoker but I used to do it in pubs (same way as I don't really drink at home either) as it felt like it was part of the atmosphere. Smokeless pubs are a bit weird to me.

That got away from me somewhere - anyway: next time I'm in a bar where the lifeless zitty moron pouring my overpriced pint (about $6 and counting) is clearly a wage slave zombie, I'll chuck even more money their way.

Even though they will not have done anything to deserve it beyond getting a job whose wage isn't enough by itself.

Sorry, guys, sour grapes and all but I used to be a cleaner on housing estates. Shit pay and totally essential service and all I got from the public was hassle and disdain - not a word of thanks let alone anything else.

MB said...

re: my last post

"parts of members of our podcasting community"?!?! (or at least that's how I meant to type it)

What the hell am i on about anyway?

definitely a TWSS- lol

Herlihy said...

I generally go to bars, not really pubs... i never really tip... I say really, i mean ever.

I don't really see the point in tipping... It's not as if they're doing anything that strenuous... Plus, i'm a student (always a good getout clause) and most of the bar(wo)men are students too... I ain't giving them any of my student loan...

Stephanie said...

mb, check this out.

Chris JC said...

The tipping culture is nowhere near as ingrained here as it is in the US. Things cost as much as they cost.

We have very little desire to fork out extra above stuff we know is too expensive to start with - I certainly don't do it as a matter of course, but will do for particularly helpful/speedy service etc.

Also, for all the price problems we have here, our minimum wage is much higher than US minimum wage so they are less essential to some workers.

Herlihy said...

The only people i seem to tip are Taxi drivers... and that's usually if they've been nice and not spoken to me or if they've been unusally helpful... But other than that... I agree with Chris... as ever.

PalmerEldritch said...

you don't tip waiters? not even hot ones?!

here's a cool tipping story. prolly told it before.

out for lunch with some co-workers. left a large tip (maybe four or five bucks on an eleven dollar or so order) for the waitress who had a big belly.

my co-worker said "wow. that's a big tip. that's really generous."

and i, convinced she was pregnant, said "yeah, well. she's about to have a baby so i thought i'd leave a bigger tip than normal."

"no, dude. she's not pregnant."

"oh... well... uh... now she has extra money to spend on a diet?"



anyhow, Americanos, you tip bartenders?

Stephanie said...

I try my best to tip. If I see a tip jar/cup I have huge guilt. It's getting to the point it's for me as with the British- the product is expensive enough without the tip.

Trevor McFur said...

I always tip the bartender ... never even considered not tipping. I have to admit, it does irritate me a bit when I see the tip jar at a place like Starbucks or someplace where the person is working behind the counter. What's next, tipping the guy at McDonalds?

There's a really nice carwash service not far from here. You take the car through the wash, then you get out of the car, and they vacuum it out, polish, whatever. While you're waiting, they have free coffee, soda, etc, and old fashioned rocking chairs on their porch; or, you can watch them work on your car. All in all, actually kind of a pleasant 15 minutes or so, and you don't even mind tipping. But, even if you want to tip, they don't accept them. Very very cool.

andrew. said...

- I'm pretty against the concept of tipping but i still tip 20%+ every time. It's just a fact of life in the states that somehow restaurants & bars get away with paying shitty wages because tipping practices are in place. I'm just glad that cost of living in Pittsburgh is relatively low. Tipping in cities like New York, San Francisco or London would suck.
You know you're "supposed" to tip your tattoo artist?
i'm going to go ahead and start a rumor that you're "supposed" to tip your graphic designer & i'm definitely going to put a tip jar in the record store.

- finished Lost: Via Domus. pretty dumb game. What's amazing is that nothing in the game would make any sense if you weren't really familiar with LOST.

- "Generation Kill" from David Simon ("The Wire") starts tonight on HBO. I feel bad saying that i'm not really that interested in the subject matter while US soldiers are deployed on 2 fronts, but i've seen 5 or 6 shows & movies that have purported to show the reality of the wars.

- robble robble

MB said...

our minimum wage is much higher than US minimum wage so they are less essential to some workers

That's really the main issue right there Chris. Andrew's right restaurants (for the most part) and a lot of service jobs (not all) get away with paying shit wages.

Now I'll be the absolute first to admit when someone does NOT deserve my extra $$, but in general I STRONGLY believe in making tipping the default action when you go out and have someone serve you. Especially in restaurants, as it seems to me that ESSENTIALLY I was too lazy (or didn't plan well) to prepare food for myself so I am asking someone else to make food and serve it to me - so since the wages are generally shite, they deserve at LEAST 15% (I only go down to 10% or below if it's been so bad that a statement needs to be made - & sometimes that does mean no tip).

I'll admit that some of this comes from working in the service industry and having people generally take it for granted in this over-consumptive society we live in. You look back over the last 50 years or so and you realize how much less we do for ourselves now. Certainly people are busier, more 2 income families (like ours) which makes dependence on the service industry much more inevitable - but I think a little perspective when going out is a good thing.

OK - semi-rant over (steps off soapbox)

Stephanie said...

You should tip your respiratory therapist. I can accept anything up to 20 bucks. After that, it's unethical. Just offer me one of those juicy-looking apples from your fruit basket.

MB said...

Kind of on that 'over-consumptive' note - going to go see WALL-E for a second time this afternoon with the wife and the Ace (the Deuce will probably be fine right? joke).

Have I mentioned that I highly recommend this movie?

Oh - and forgot to say - thanks Steph for filling me in on The Buzz - haven't listened to that episode yet.

Herlihy said...

I don't know about what happens with you yanks, but in England, we generally go to restaurants that have chefs and the waiters do nothing more than ferry the food around... The waiters get the tips, not the people who actually prepare the food. So for me, tipping seems incredibly superfluous (big word :)).

Pfft. what am i on about, all the restaurants i seem to go to add an obligatory Service Charge, which i am dead against. :(

Chris JC said...

MB: That's really the main issue right there Chris. Andrew's right restaurants (for the most part) and a lot of service jobs (not all) get away with paying shit wages.

But actually, since everything costs at least double the difference in minimum wage between US and UK is actually minor, or even non existent.

I'm actually referring to the federal minimum wage - the ones per state or city (San Francisco $9.36, Massachusetts $8 etc) leave those in receipt of them MUCH more well off than our National Minimum Wage of £5.52. At today's rate, that translates as $10.98. That seems high but since this is a country where a small bottle of Coke costs about $2 and petrol is (at my local station) over $9 a gallon then it doesn't really hold up.

What I'm saying is - I'm a cheapskate and you are all better than me.

Plus I'm so very tired.

LOVE YOU!

memphish said...

Shit! A new post with 100 comments. I'll try to catch up by Wednesday.

Vacation -- priceless; Vacation with your father-in-law who insists on leaving the TV on Fox News loud so he doesn't have to put in his hearing aid and your mother-in-law who moves at the pace of a snail both physically and in talking -- not so much.

Holli

Jordan from the 206 said...

Andrew, I've heard good things about Generation Kill. A couple tv critics whose opinions I hold in high regard have given it high marks. I am sorta with you that the subject matter doesn't really do it for me. But I am such a ginormous David Simon fan due to The Wire, that I am looking forward to this one.

It's always annoyed me that certain jobs are deemed tip worthy by our culture, yet other jobs that pay just as crappy are not. Oh yeah, the hot waitress girl at the fancy restaurant, who's parents bought her that mercedes, she deserves some extra cash. But that ugly girl who is forced to go home smelling like big macs and fries, that bitch should be thankful to get her minimum wage and that her unattractive ass even has a job.

Stephanie said...

"We are in trouble...
The population of this country is 300 million.

160 million are retired.


That leaves 140 million to do the work.


There are 85 million in school.


Which leaves 55 million to do the work.


Of this there are 35 million employed by the federal government.


Leaving 15 million to do the work.



2.8 million are in the armed forces preoccupied with killing Osama Bin-Laden.



Which leaves 12.2 million to do the work.


Take from that total the 10.8 million people who work for state and city Governments. And that leaves 1.4 million to do the work.


At any given time there are 188,000 people in hospitals.


Leaving 1,212,000 to do the work.


Now, there are 1,211,998 people in prisons.


That leaves just two people to do the work.


You and me.


And there you are,
Sitting on your ass
At your computer, reading jokes.
Nice. Real nice."

My mom just send this email to me. I thought of you. I wanted to share it with you. Not the Brits. Just the Americans. Because it doesn't pertain to you. Although I'm sure a fair number of you waste your employers time too.

Chris JC said...

Pah - this IS my work :)

PalmerEldritch said...

good morning, blogspotica. what's new?

memphish said...

Final opening round of Gladiators tonight! But it doesn't look like we're getting The Beast yet. For the record Steel and Hurricane are my 2 least favorite gladiators.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

where's the beast?

/old lady in 80s commercials

Trevor McFur said...

kablamo!!!!!!

Mike Campbell said...
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PalmerEldritch said...

is tonight another gimmick episode of AG? or is it, finally, a regular episode?

Trevor McFur said...

If they keep doing gimmicks, does the gimmick episode become regular and a regular episode the gimmick?

MB said...

Chris - indeed State minimum wages, do offset the miserable Fed minimus wage.
I was mainly referring to restaurants in particular b/c (someone correct me if I'm wrong), restaurants often get away with paying less than minimum wage. Now that is not to say that many waiters don't make a very comfortable living (largely b/c of tips), but I have had many a discussion with people/friends who are under the impression that tips are pure gravy.

Jordan's point is also a good one - when we talk of tipping - we're only talking about a small sector of the service industry.

I just can't shut up - sorry folks

elias said...
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elias said...

I don't recall ever tipping the bar staff over here. Nor do I recall getting a tip working at my local in 1999 - other than the ones we gave ourselves on the customers' credit cards ;)

andrew. said...

- there is a waitstaff minimum wage which is lower than regular minimum wage. i think it's around $3/hour now.
- waitstaff are taxed on their tips. i think the way it is calculated is that they are individually taxed 7% on the food they serve.
- all of these practices seem to be in place to lower the cost of operating a restaurant & artificially keep the advertised price of the food down.

t-dot kim said...
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t-dot kim said...

I was a server and a bartender in an Italian restaurant for 5 years. People don't tip as much as you'd think. The average is somewhere around 10%. People brag at how they tip 15-20%--when they don't. We also got paid less than minimum wage--AND 3.5% off our tips went back into the house. Sooo...if you had a shitty tip, or NO tip--sometimes you ended up actually paying out of your own pocket.

Although with that being said, from working in that restaurant, I did well for myself. I paid for school and got a car. I wish I was back in that restaurant--because now I'm broke :(

PalmerEldritch said...

so, waitresses enjoy a large tip?

memphish said...

TWSS.

Holli
/your welcome Palmer

memphish said...

I mean you're.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

thanks!!!

ah, the wonders of twitter.

[ally] said...

i turn away for a minute and miss the biggest twss in blogspot history.

memphish said...

Check out this commercial that's just dying for a TWSS.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

huh.

that's a weird commercial.

memphish said...

Act I of Dr. Horrible is up.

Holli

memphish said...

This sounds disgusting.

Good to see we'll get the Beast and a new event when the semifinals start on AG next week. Also good the figure skater didn't advance. Those women were totally underwhelming. I hope they'll be able to show all the events during the semi-finals. I hate the recap of events even when it is the ever so boring Skytrack. I was also sad Brick got eliminated. But for the dislocated shoulder he would have finished 20 seconds faster.

Holli

memphish said...

Fringe, the next LOST for Dummies.

"There will be a story every week as well as the overarching story," JJ Abrams said. "So you won't have to have insane devotion to follow it. You won't have to watch episodes one, two and three to understand episode four."

Holli
/procrastinating with serial posts

PalmerEldritch said...

AG was a heck of a lot of fun.

Wolf is a crazy bastard. Where does he come up with his weird tirades?

memphish said...

I assume Wolf must write his own material and they let him run with it. No one else has clever repartee.

Kiddo though did last night. After they introduced the NYPD cop, Kiddo said: "Follow the clues detective, you're about to be big time bashed." Now if I could just get AG to hire him.

Holli

Stephanie said...

lol, Holli. The trash talking on AG is more than I can stand. So scripted. Morgan is now hooked.

PalmerEldritch said...

the contestants' trash talk is AWFUL. but Wolf usually has something hilarious to say.

and Militia was saved by Marines at sea? must google!

PalmerEldritch said...

Militia rescued at sea.

Redrabbitblue said...

Im Johnsen for some Lars/TlI love! podcast wise, I'd say TLI is up for some new UNEDITED content I sure as hell don't need any kind of perfection, your eaither worth listening to or not.. And you all could talk about cleaning your shower and I'd listen! But Ralph please no more dentist storys...ever..
A polite rant, I'd hope it was? Last sentence was a little,, Yoda? .

PalmerEldritch said...

i'm just hoping for some TLI before Comic-Con. :)

memphish said...

I don't think I'd ever heard Militia speak until last night. In fact you barely ever see the guy. Worst performance of the night last night was the cheerleading figure skater falling off the rings. I can't imagine Uncle Robin (Yount) was very pleased with that.

Holli

memphish said...

Oh, and Marines are the bomb! We spent a year with them on Okinawa (they have Navy docs) and 2 years at Pendleton. Nuts, but go to guys.

Holli

memphish said...

We haven't had animal photos in a while, try these.

Holli

Anonymous said...

where Dharmalars?

Robert said...

For any 'Diggnation' fans out there, they discussed "Lost" on their most recent show and Kevin Rose agreed with me that the finale was S-T-U-P-I-D!! :)

Robert

PalmerEldritch said...

if it is a matter of relativity, and maybe it's not, i've seen some REALLY bad finales.

oh geez... just remembered Heroes' first finale.

[ally] said...

those are some sexy beasts, holli. thanks for bringing scantily clad animals into our lives.

memphish said...

You are welcome Ally!

Holli

Trevor McFur said...

Finally saw Cloverfield last night. It was really pretty good and creepy. And I only got slightly motion sick! Didn't even take any dramamine. Hud was a nitwit, though.

Alirio said...

Hey Blogspotica!

Long time no write.

Good news!

The Chins Book has arrived.

Thanks Kim!

I'm at the post-office now. Will open it when I get home.

Can anyone confirm that Bruce Campbell will be at Comic-Con?
I don't see his name on the autographers list.

PalmerEldritch said...

alirio, i couldnt find anything either. but the Chin's website says he is.

http://www.bruce-campbell.com/events.asp?specific=8

maybe he'll be at the Dark Horse booth? a booth isn't necessarily a "booth." it can be a store with an autograph table and tvs set up and stuff.

[ally] said...

Maybe you'll have to hunt him down, Alrio! Tackle him to the ground and then ask him politely to sign the book.


That's cool, Trev. I didn't know you hadn't seen it before. I'm sure the motion sickness isn't as bad on a little screen as it is in a BAT screen*


(BAT screen> Big Ass Theater screen)

Ralph- said...

kevin smith playing ralph-? what does that mean? also,.. if anyone is gonna play Jay it is the dude from Reaper

Ralph- said...

Ben was Silent Bob for Halloween once. he looks more like kevin smith. I look like George Duran from food network!

MB said...

Ralph - apparently Metrobuzz were talking about "casting 'MetroBuzz: The Movie'". I haven't heard the episode yet.

I posted above that Ben could be played by Russell Crowe...but....he's not part of Metrobuzz...so DHARMALARS: THE MOVIE?
I like it.

Emmy said...

I'm a new poster, and I have to say that if this thread is this long in just 5 days, y'all have a lot to say! Especially in the off-season. Good on ya!

Jimmy said...

Shit Ralph, you really do look like George Duran...

No Need to Cast "Dharmalars: The Movie" when the real deal are altogether next week! I'll bring my vid :)

Ralph- said...

AWESOME! i was hoping to get my hands on a video camera. YAY JIMMY!

FYI: The Dharmalars will return to the all new "Studio" Tomorrow night!!!!

We will be doing our 2008 Comic Con Survival Guide and it will be up some time on Thursday!!!!

KEEP YOUR SHIT REFRESHED BLOGSPOTTERS!!!

MB said...

Jimmy - you going to Comic Con?! NICE! Wow - the Dharmalars will be in full force - can't wait to see the vid!

MB said...

Welcome Emmy!

Yes - we like the sound of our own typing :)

Trevor McFur said...

Alirio, he's promoting 'My Name is Bruce', so at the very least, he should be doing a panel. He's also had his appearance listed on his website for at least 2-3 months now, so there's no reason to think that he won't be there. Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and reception of the book constitutes acceptance), is to get that book -- which has all of our signatures in it -- autographed by the man himself. Then take pictures of it and post 'em for all your blogspot buddies. :)

Trevor McFur said...

So who's all going to Con? I know that the Dharmalars are going in force, and Alirio is going ... anyone else? Palmer, you went last year, are you going back?

PalmerEldritch said...

i'm just there for the Little Lulu fan meeting.

Ralph- said...

saw campbell my first year. it was a blast, even got him to sign my limited edition anchor bay 2 disc Army of Darkness DVD.. he's a cool dood.

I know jay jack colleen john and Ryan and Jenn are going. i cant wait to meet Ryan and Jenn. wonder if they listen to our potty mouthes?

PalmerEldritch said...

ok, and maybe the rest of Comic Con too.

i'm not looking forward to the huge lines. but i am looking forward to running into the Dharmalars again. although, i think a few more people will recognize them this year...

Stephanie said...

Alirio, you must take the chins book to Comic Con and have the Man sign it.

Ralph- said...

hey palmer. are we doing burgers on friday or what?!

Ralph- said...

hey palmer. are we doing burgers on friday or what?!

Alirio said...

I dutifully accept my mission!

I just can't wait. It was awesome to we people's signatures and each person's little note to the next in line.

I will go to any lengths necessary to get him to sign it.

Can't wait to see blogspotters there.

Ralph- said...

do i count as a blogspotter?

memphish said...

Heck Ralph, you're a blogspot.

Holli

Herlihy said...

I'M NOT INEBRIATED AT ALL.

OMG CAPS.

sprry. Alcomojhol and phones do not mix... i may have mase a proper asre of meslef..

Sorry!!

Herlihy said...

time and time again, i have to remind myself, that alcohol and internets don't mix!

sorry...

PalmerEldritch said...

'salright.

what's up, blogspotica?

[ally] said...

sounds like it'll be an exciting visit to comic con this year.

i'm curious to see how many notes are in the book now. when i saw it i think it had like 3.

welcome emmy! good to have a newbie on board.

MB said...

Amy Pohler in the Office spinoff?

I'd watch that

PalmerEldritch said...

anyone know what's going on with Octagon Global Recruiting at Comic-Con this year?

PalmerEldritch said...

http://www.lostpedia.com/wiki/Octagon

interesting...

MB said...

I believe they are recruiting....

globally....

;)

The only info I know of is that email that they sent out if you registered on their website

I'd assume you would get further instructions from Cuselof at the Lost panel or there'll be a desk or something. Anyone know anything else?


Also - anotheer small bit at the SPLOG

Benjamin said...

Hey guys. Ralph and I are getting ready to do our Comic-Con preview show tonight, and I don't know ANYTHING about Octagon Recruiting, so I was wondering if there's been any advancements in the game that let you know what to do at the convention. E-mail us or write back here if there's anything you think we should mention. Thanks, everybody.

Trevor McFur said...

Ben, here's a cut and paste of the email I received from Octagon Global Recruiting about 3 weeks ago. It's the only info that I've gotten from them since initially signing up.



Octagon Global Recruiting, on behalf of the Dharma Initiative, would like to thank you for registering your expression of interest in our latest volunteer recruitment drive.


We will be launching in San Diego on July 24th at Comic-Con International offering select registrants the opportunity to take an exciting aptitude test that will give applicants the chance to demonstrate their unique talents.


The Dharma Initiative hopes you will be able to join us to find out more about their ground-breaking new research project. We will contact you closer to the date with more information.


For those not able to join us in San Diego, Dharma's full recruitment program will be made available online to registered recruits after July 27th.


In the meantime, the Dharma Initiative urges you to spread the word. Invite your colleagues to join the team at www.octagonglobalrecruiting.com and take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity.


If you can't view the images in this email please click here


THIS IS AN OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION OF THE DHARMA INITIATIVE:
This message and its attachments are confidential and may contain information which is protected by copyright. It is intended solely for the named addressee. If you are not the authorised recipient (or responsible for delivery of the message to the authorised recipient), you must not use, disclose, print, copy or deliver this message or its attachments to anyone. If you receive this email in error, please contact the sender immediately and permanently delete this message and its attachments from your system. Any content of this message and its attachments that does not relate to the official business of the Dharma Initiative or its subsidiaries must be taken not to have been sent or endorsed by any of them. No representation is made that this email or its attachments are without defect or that the contents express views other than those of the sender.

Trevor McFur said...

Or, uhhh, you could just click plamer's lostpedia link.

Trevor McFur said...

Here's a really in-depth Guide to Comic-Con that would probably be really interesting reading, if I was going.

PalmerEldritch said...

yeah, ben, someone may have called from california asking about octagon global recruiting thinking you weren't gunna do any research... :)

of course, when tasked to find out, both of our first instincts were to just go ask at the blogspot and see if anyone else would do all the legwork for us. fantastic!

nothing wrong with being lazy as long as you get results.

andrew. said...

i think i want to work at the Flame station. It looked pretty comfy.

The Pearl seemed kind of dank and i know that all of my work filling those composition books would be futile.

PalmerEldritch said...

"24" telemovie trailers, versions 1 through 6...

some with prerequisite Requiem for a Dream soundtrack!

http://b2-studios.com/cuts/FOX/24TCA_v1.html

http://b2-studios.com/cuts/FOX/24TCA_v2.html

http://b2-studios.com/cuts/FOX/24TCA_v3.html

http://b2-studios.com/cuts/FOX/24TCA_v4.html

http://b2-studios.com/cuts/FOX/24TCA_v5.html

http://b2-studios.com/cuts/FOX/24TCA_v6.html


pick one at random or watch 'em all and catalog the differences!

PalmerEldritch said...

and... if you wanted 10 seasons (200 something episodes) of Stargate SG-1 for only $117, today is the day for you!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/goldbox



oh. and my girlfriend demands credit for sending me the 24 trailer.

Trevor McFur said...

That's a good woman you got there p.

PalmerEldritch said...

yeah, i'm awfully fond of her.

i'm also awfully fond of new episodes of The Lars/The Dharmalars...

/please?

Trevor McFur said...

Not to mention TLIs...

Chris JC said...

Just had a leaflet come through the door for our new local McDonalds. It has a voucher on to allow us to get a Big Mac and what we refer to as "medium" fries for the equivalent of $3.98.

Is that good?

It's a cheap voucher price so it must be, right?

memphish said...

Lost got a best drama Emmy Nomination. No major acting noms, but I haven't seen the supporting list yet.

Holli

memphish said...

Michael Emerson is the only actor with a nomination. Actually Juliet Burke's bus hit ex-husband does too, but for Damages.

Giacchino got a nomination and they got several other editing, etc. type awards, but amazingly not a nomination for best hair.

Holli

Stephanie said...

Here's a list.

memphish said...

Here's an even longer list.

Holli

PalmerEldritch said...

thanks, ladies. jacob likes lists.

/creepy cabin

Redrabbitblue said...

Get rid of spam on Forum does this HELP?

Trevor McFur said...

Glad to see Lost getting a Best Drama nom again. Boston Legal up for Best Drama again ... probably said this last year, but I've never met anyone who watches that show. But year after year, there it is. I was hoping to see Jorge get rocognized for Best Supporting.

Good to see Pushing Daisies get some recognition, too ... but it looks like they got a nom in every comedy category EXCEPT Best Comedy!

I didn't see one nom for Heroes.

Not sure if that forum list would help or not ... our spammers don't even have to register. Don't know if an admin can block IP addresses from posting or not.

Benjamin said...

Trevor, Palmer, thanks for the info. We may have recorded a show last night...

I'm pretty juzzed for Comic-con, I must admit. And stressed.

And good for Lost and Emerson.

Alirio said...

Hey Blogspotica!

Just saw on the comic Con Web site that they're going to have FREE WiFi this year!

Apparently it won't cove the exhibit hall...

Latah!
Alirio