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As with a low sucking sound it slowly disappeared again, Starbuck still gazing at the agitated waters where it had sunk, with a wild voice exclaimed—“Almost rather I had seen Moby Dick and fought him, than to have seen thee, thou white ghost!”
      “What was it, Sir?” said Flask.
      “The great live squid, which, they say, few whale-ships ever beheld and returned to their ports to tell of it.”

Moby-Dick, 1851


3-17-09  No one reads this column
Guys, FURL sucks. It has sucked for years, and I'm sorry I've been using it. I have switched over to delicious; I would have done this much sooner, but they made it really difficult the last time I tried.

4-21-08  Archives
Uhmm, apparently archives haven't really been working since late 2006. THANX for the heads up guys! They are temporarily fixed, and will stay temporarily fixed until I migrate to new software/layout. I have said some hilarious things in the last 7 years, that future generations will feel lucky I preserved. Go check them out.

1-18-08  new iPhone icon
Woah, it's been 3 years since the last news update! Fuzzysquid now has a webclips icon for your iPhone! It'll automagically show up when you add FS to your home screen. Atom and RSS feeds have been available for a few years now, but I never made special mention of it.

1-14-05  LJ images
Since it seems to be popular, and it's been linked in a lot of different places besides here, I've decided to post the LJ Images page. At least in the news, at least for now. It's also getting some Google ads because you LiveJournal people are sucking up all my bandwidth (35% for that one page!)

4-02-04  FURL
Check out what I've been browsing: FURL.net bookmark archive. Not much commentary, relevance, or sequitur—but it's what's keeping this blog from turning into a meme dumpster.



  1. TONMO - The Octopus News Magazine Online. Invaluable.
  2. Angrywhale - Meet Leonard. He's an angry sort of whale.
  3. The Squid Blog - From the Laughing Squid people.


  4. Moxyberry - Where the cousin is at. Her bookmarks here.
  5. Cranky User - Brian's bookmarks. Updated, unlike his site.
  6. Rosenstock - Her other ride is your mom.
  7. Lauren - Wet Hot Singaporean Blogging.
  8. Universal Donor - Like the prime number shitting bear, but with terrible back pain.
  9. Olivia - Who receives special dispensation from our usual policies.
BLAG  read the archive

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
dannyboy 4:12 PM (7)



Did you see that Op-Ed in the NYTimes a week ago about abolishing tipping? It prompted some rather interesting letters to the paper.


I just found the article in the archive, but can't read it unless I pay them $3. Bah.

I've read the responses though... interesting. I'm split. On the one hand, rewarding good performance seems pretty basic, and it works. (Though what appeals to me more, is the ability to punish poor performance.)



And here is an example of excellent service that deserves a tip.


something to note...the est and west coast is totally different with wages! If anything, west coast deserves less tips. They start at normal minimum wage. My friend makes 7 something an hour as a waiter...as opposed to East coast where they make like 2 something. Point being, people need to shut it. I'm in total agreement here...if you work at Dunkin Donuts, you don't get a tip. Also agree that you don't deserve or are entitled to a tip, if you suck, you don't derserve 15%.

...and don't get my started on the places that auto add 18% for parties of 6 or more. People don't realize they don't have to pay the 18%. They can leave 0 tip if they want and just pay they check. That kind of arrogance really pisses me off.


when the post gets this long i start to think that comments should appear right under the toggle for it, and not after the post. after all, when you do turn it on you want to read it right there, right?


Fixed! But now I've noticed that Firefox "flashes" the text block whenever you hide/unhide the comment, whereas Safari and IE do not. Hrmm... any ideas?


I'm not sure what you mean by flashing. And if I weren't at work I might think of linking a dirty image.


There is a lull at work so I will pontificate about tipping and why the List of Places in San Francisco Where I'm Not Welcome grew last night.

Tipping is completely stupid. And I do it, where it is accepted practice, and in general I am generous--even when it's not particularly deserved. The only time I've left less than 15% at a table is when there was something grievously wrong with the service, and the last time I did that, I followed up with a 30 min. call to the manager. I typically give 18% for decent service and more than 20% when it's good. I understand that the waitstaff's wages are calculated to take into account their gratuities, and I know when they get tipped poorly they suffer in a very real way. Good. They are supposed to. Gratuity. You should know what this word means if you ever go into a service industry. Your income is directly proportional to how well you perform your job.

And that's my problem with people in general, how they feel entitled to what is essentially a gift. You know what? Really really good waiters, get really good tips. If you're shitty (and well I'll be damned, you are!) you ought to make a shitty wage.

BUT that whole scenario above, which I've talked about extensively in the past, doesn't even apply if you are not within a very narrow range of occupations. That is, tipping is for personal service. (GOOD personal service.) I was at the Only Decent Pizzeria in Northern California last night, where they are notorious for being complete assholes to everyone that walks in the door, to pick up a pie. This place doesn't have tables. And the guy behind the counter said to me as I pocketed my change "thanks for the no-tip." Now, can you imagine how absurd it would be if the guy working the register at McDonalds became indignant when no one tipped him? Or what if every time my manager came by with work, that is within my job description, that I am contractually paid to do, I pointed to the tip jar on my desk. The. Fuck. But somehow every fucking slacker jackass hipster with a shite job now has free reign to put out a tip jar. At least the beggars on the street know it for what it is: charity.

And the best part of it all, is that the tip jar hurts employees in the long run. If your job doesn't pay you a living wage, get a different job! By accepting a lower wage, and depending on tips to make up for it, you're lowering the market value for what you do, until the entire industry has to convert to a gratuity system--which is unsustainable as there is no personal service in standing behind the counter. I would rather pay twice as much for my food than be expected to give someone a bonus for just showing up to their job.

We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats! They put out tip jars at the movie theatre and we give in! They ask for tips at the bookstore and we give in! The line must be drawn HERE! This far and no further!!!! And I will make them pay for what they've done.

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