Will The Tonga Room Be a Casualty of The Fairmont’s Condo Plans?

From LaughingSquid:

An alarm is going up amongst tiki-lovers and all those who appreciate San Francisco’s eclectic (hic!) history! The Tonga Room, the much loved tacky tiki bar in the Fairmont Hotel’s basement (California @ Mason in Nob Hill), is at great risk due to its owner’s plan to convert a large portion of the hotel into condominiums.

The plan would replace the existing Fairmont Hotel Tower with a new Residential Tower and in the process convert 226 hotel rooms into 160 condos. The Tonga Room is at the base of the existing tower.

NY governor proposes Internet tax on downloads

From Physorg:

New York Gov. David A. Paterson speaks during a press conference after a lunch meeting with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in January in New York City. Paterson has proposed a tax on Internet downloads in a move that has raised eyebrows because it could apply to everything from software to pornography.

At Work

Another great one from The Big Picture:

When the economy makes big news, many photographs of people at work come across the wires, usually to help illustrate a particular story or event. By collecting these disparate photos over the past few months, I found that a global portrait emerged of we humans producing things. People assembling, generating, and building items small and large, mundane and expensive, trivial and important. I hope you enjoy this look into some people’s work lives around the world.

Phrase of the Day

Love bombing:

Love bombing is the deliberate show of affection or friendship by an individual or a group of people toward another individual. Critics have asserted that this action may be motivated in part by the desire to recruit, convert or otherwise influence.

As of 2005, the phrase can be used in two slightly different ways.

* Members of the Unification Church, and perhaps members of other groups, use or have used the phrase themselves to mean a genuine expression of friendship, fellowship, interest, or concern.

* Critics of cults use the phrase with the implication that the “love” is feigned and the practice is manipulative. “Love bombing” is often cited by critics as one of the methods used by some cults and religions to recruit and retain members.

Meeting “The Real Shaq” Through Twitter

From A foot and a half:

“You realize that ‘The Real Shaq’ is probably a 5’4 White, 14 year old emo kid who’s getting his jolly’s from the attention, right?” I asked him.

“I don’t know. I think it’s really him”

Today Sean and I were discussing rumored trade situations over IM, and the possibility of Shaq being traded to Cleveland.

“Well, I just got a twitter from The Real Shaq, and he’s at 5 & Diner right now,” Sean informed me.

“Let’s go then” I said, assuming that I’d finally put this “Real Shaq” crap to rest.

Twenty minutes later we were pulling up to the restaurant and looking for the big black truck that he’s rumored to drive around town. “Maybe that’s it” Sean said, pointing at an older, but nice Van and laughing. As we pulled up I saw the Superman symbol on the grill.

Maybe that is it?

We went in, and to my surprise the MDE(Most Dominant Ever) was sitting in the corner booth by himself. We gave the man a nod and “Hey” as we walked to our table and were soon whispering back and forth like 12 year old girls at the 7th grade dance.

“You go talk to him” I said, while tugging nervously on my dress.

“No, you go talk to him” Sean replied while flipping his hair.

We placed our order, and spent 10 minutes trying to work up the sack to go say something.

“Should I tell him I’m glad he’s sticking around?”

“Go tell him you’re his twitter buddy”

“Should I ask for a picture?”

Given another 2-3 years, I’m sure we would have worked up the nerve to go talk to him, but before that could happen Sean’s iPhone buzzed with a “tweet” from Shaq.

I feel twitterers around me, r there any twitterers in 5 n diner wit me, say somethin