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Aug 13 stirwise commented on Photo of the Week: Chicago Dogs.
@4: The toppings are fine but the dog itself and the bun are so, so wrong it makes me want to cry.

Wondering if this Matt's place y'all speak of delivers. I miss being able to hit a Vienna spot for lunch every now and again.
Aug 12 stirwise commented on A Song to Combat the Sadness Brought on by Robin Williams' Death.
Saw that it was Dolly and hoped you'd picked My Blue Tears, but then I always have been prone to wallowing.
Aug 11 stirwise commented on Jezebel: "We Have a Rape Gif Problem and Gawker Media Won't Do Anything About It".
@19: not sure about the compensation level, but I've spoken with people who work for streaming video companies and when they receive a complaint about content, there is generally a person whose job it is to view the questionable content and determine if the complaint is valid. It's a rotating position, they don't let any one person hold it for more than a few months at a time, since they recognize that having to go look at potentially nasty stuff a minimum of several times a day will eventually take its toll.
Aug 7 stirwise commented on Have Your Own Philip Seymour Hoffman Film Festival.
I really loved him in The Savages and his brief turn in The Talented Mr Ripley was pretty fantastic.
Jul 25 stirwise commented on In His Final Book, Harvey Pekar Explains Israel to You.
All of the 1-star reviews of this book on Amazon are from pro-Israel neocon nutbags calling Harvey Pekar a self-hating Jew. That's basically all the info I need to put it on my "must-read" list.
Jul 14 stirwise commented on Nipper Heard of 'Em.
Y'know, I spent most of the early 90's going to hardcore shows and those punks are the people that got me into the Smiths. One needn't be hardcore to the exclusion of everything else to be authentic.
Jul 13 stirwise commented on Dear Products: Please Stop Giving Me Unsolicited Pep Talks.
I bought a couple pairs of panties a few weeks ago and discovered when I got home that they have uplifting affirmations printed on the inside of the waistband. It's weird. I just looked at one and it says "abandon your doubts." Thanks, panties, but if I want a daily affirmation while I sit on the toilet I'll just go look at Skeletor is Love.
Jul 3 stirwise commented on The Bar Is the Thing at Elysian Bar.
I used to eat at the Capitol Hill Elysian pretty frequently, a few times a month (I lived across the street), but after about a year of never getting consistent food or service I gave up on it for everything but beer. I think I ordered the "death" wings maybe 20 times, and only once or twice were they actually spicy. Usually they were barely sauced, and generally either way overcooked or way undercooked. Maybe my standards are too high (nobody in this town seems to understand hot wings), but if a brewpub can't fry a fucking chicken wing and toss it in hot sauce, they really can't be trusted to do anything.
(Also, I once sent back a burger 3 times because they kept putting grilled onions on it, despite my polite requests to nix the onions.)
Jul 2 stirwise commented on You Better Run, You Better Take Cover: Bad Trip Australian Psychodrama Wake in Fright.
If you're watching Wake In Fright, I suggest adding Long Weekend to make it a 70's Aussie double feature. I actually cheered at the end of that one.
(ooh, just looked it up and they remade it in 2008. Don't watch that one, watch the 1978 original.)

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