On Creating Good Restaurant Websites

One of my pet peeves about restaurant websites is that a) I can never find the hours or address without seriously searching and b) the menu will be some stupid pdf divided by category e.g. Appetizers, Desserts, Wine List , Blah Blah Blah.

Here’s a little website that addresses those very issues.

First, the snarky bitching:


Then, the solution:




Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.

On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.

Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.

Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.
All from Martin Luther King, Jr, 1929 – 1968

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,

begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.

Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.

Through violence you may murder the liar,

but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.

Through violence you may murder the hater,

but you do not murder hate.

In fact, violence merely increases hate.

So it goes.

Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,

adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness:

only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

[update:  An interesting note:  Last year, the number of accusations of employer retaliation (retaliation against an employee for complaining internally or with the EEOC) outnumbered racial-discrimination charges for the first time since the EEOC started operating in 1965. Retaliation lawsuits tend to fare better with juries (are easier to prove) and get higher settlements. ]

On doing what it takes, and then some

Wednesday Geek Woman: Pancho Barnes

Posted: 12 Jan 2011 08:00 AM PST

This is a guest post by Kelly Seiler, who blogs at Undercover Feminist. She is an electrical engineer working on the avionics for an unmanned airplane.

I heard about Pancho Barnes when the documentary, “The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club” was screened at an after work event. As an engineer working in aerospace, I was definitely the target audience! I was extremely impressed by this woman, a legend of the Golden Age of Flight, who I had never heard anything about before. The Golden Age of Flight was the period between the two world wars that saw airplanes go from fabric and wood to metal structure. Flight records were set for what today are everyday occurrences (think: transatlantic flights).

When Pancho heard that pilot licenses weren’t being given to women, she dressed as a man for the picture on her license and sent in the paperwork using her initials. She flew as a stunt pilot for Hollywood films and was Lockheed’s first female test pilot. As times changed Pancho sold her Hollywood apartment and bought land in the desert near Edwards Air Force Base which she used to create the Happy Bottom Riding Club. The club featured a FAA approved runway, bar, restaurant, dude ranch, and a dance hall. Test pilots, aviation legends, and even heads of state were known to frequent the club which had over 9,000 members worldwide at its peak.

If your interested in some of the other female flying legends, check out The Ninety-Nines — a woman’s flying club that was founded by 99 licensed female pilots in 1929. Amelia Earhart was its first president.

Wikipedia: Pancho Barnes

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top 5 – oldie but goodie

I think I will need to quiz my son and his baby mama on this.
Today’s list was originally published on June 6, 2005.

The Top 16 Signs You’re Not Cut Out for Parenthood

16> You’re really, really, REALLY into sex, sleep and money.

15> Your plan for paying for braces revolves around something
called a “trifecta.”

14> You show your kids how to give back to the community —
by the side of the freeway in an orange jumpsuit.

13> You walk into the baby store and ask for the “crib with
the most bling, yo.”

12> Other parents: getting on wait lists for all the right schools.
You: getting on the wait list for the Neverland Ranch.

11> The four basic food groups at your house: Licorice, Jim Beam,
Suzy Qs and Pall Malls.

10> “Breast pumps are expensive, honey. That thing we use on
the bike tires will work just fine.”

9> The Gerber-filled dog dish is in the crib and the lullaby
CD is programmed on a loop — you and the Mrs. are ready
for the Crue concert!

8> Other dads play baseball with their sons. You simply teach
Junior how to purchase and inject steroids.

7> You’re the founder and sole proprietor of Dingoland.

6> You get tongue-tied when you try to say “For the love of
God, be quiet for 30 seconds while I take a crap!”

5> “It’s all right, Honey, I washed her on the ‘delicate’ cycle!”

4> You really enjoy watching the birthing film — backwards!

3> You’re embarrassed to be seen with your 2-year-old daughter
because those designer diapers make her ass look fat.

2> Rather than shell out for toys, you told kids Santa
intentionally flew sleigh into skyscraper.

and Topfive.com’s Number 1 Sign
You’re Not Cut Out for Parenthood…

1> “Make a poo-poo, do a shot!”

[ The Top 5 List http://www.topfive.com ]
[ Copyright 2005 by Chris White ]


Most people seek after what they do not possess and are enslaved by the very things they want to acquire. – Anwar el-Sadat, 1918 – 1981

The creative impulses of man are always at war with the possessive impulses. – Van Wyck Brooks, 1886 – 1963

Earthly possessions dazzle our eyes and delude us into thinking that they can provide security and freedom from anxiety. Yet all the time they are the very source of anxiety. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906 – 1945

Naught is possessed, neither gold, nor land nor love, nor life, nor peace, nor even sorrow nor death, nor yet salvation. Say of nothing: It is mine. Say only: It is with me. – D. H. Lawrence, 1885 – 1930

I am but a gatherer and disposer of other men’s stuff. – Sir Henry Wotton, 1568 – 1639

Stuffwise we are not a lean operation. We’re the kind of people who, if we were deciding what absolute minimum essential items we’d need to carry in our backpacks for the final, treacherous ascent to the summit of Mount Everest, would take along aquarium filters, just in case. – Dave Barry
(Kathy, that last one is for you and Sandy 🙂 )

How Do You Shape Your Life?

Every now and again Az comes up with these quizzes and I’m compelled to take them.  I like them when they seem to match what I think about myself. It’s validating.  Or something.   I am extremely wishywashy this morning, can you tell?  No coffee yet.

.How Do You Shape Your Life?

You Are Flexible

You crave self-sufficiency and independence. You’re ready to break out on your own.

You working on sharing with and listening to those closest to you. Your relationships are undergoing rejuvenation.

Your past has motivated you to work as hard as you can right now. You are staying focused.

The key to improving your life right now is consistency. You need to get into a routine.