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Elisabeth "Lis" Riba is an infovore with an MLS. This is her place to share whatever's on her mind, on topics both personal and political. [more]
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Saturday, May 09, 2009
M is for meshuga, which she made me...
Posted by Lis Riba at 11:11 PM

According to BoingBoing, mom-sourcing.co.in "actually hired call-center workers in India to place Mother's Day calls for people who sign up."

MomSourcing

It seems like a great lark, except I don't see any way to indicate what time to call.

Maybe next year...

Instead, I'll let SomeEcards say it for me:

Mom, thanks for bringing me into a world where love can be expressed electronically
Well-done burgers
Posted by Lis Riba at 10:35 PM

This afternoon in Harvard Square, I saw Mrs. Bartley sitting outside their namesake institution.

So I asked her whether they were going to update their menu to account for the President's preferences in burgers.

She said they had no plans to, noting that Obama "changes his mind more than we do."

Friday, May 08, 2009
MASH note
Posted by Lis Riba at 8:08 AM

David Ogden Stiers explains his reasons for coming out of the closet:

I could claim noble reasons as coming out in order to move gay rights forward, but I must admit it is for far more selfish reasons. Now is the time I wish to find someone and I do not desire to force any potential partner to live a life of extreme discretion with me.

In the words of Inigo Montoya,

True love! You heard him! You could not ask for a more noble cause than that.

Thursday, May 07, 2009
Where's the beef?
Posted by Lis Riba at 10:00 PM

According to the current menu at Bartley's Burgers in Harvard Square, if you order The Barack Obama, you'll get a feta cheese burger with lettuce, tomato, and red onion.

But, as our diligent news media has revealed, our president prefers "just your basic cheddar cheeseburger, medium well.... mustard, no ketchup.... like a spicy mustard or something like a Dijon mustard, something like that."*

That's not on Bartley's menu -- they have cheddar burgers with bacon or mushroom or BBQ, but a plain cheddar burger would require a special order.

Likewise, Bartley's Joe Biden is Bacon cheese & BBQ sauce -- a far cry from the Vice President's actual order, of a Swiss cheeseburger with jalapeño peppers.


Think Bartley's will change their menu to match?

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* Apparently, reporters had trouble hearing the President's order, and some claimed he got a Swiss mushroom burger (what Bartley calls "The John Kerry"), but USA Today went to the source: "Obama ordered a basic cheeseburger, according to Ray's owner, Michael Landrum" and photos bear this out.

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