Welcome to the 21st century, where being good at Wikipedia can get you a job at one of the most exclusive schools in the world. Plus, find out how one Starbucks barista used to deal with rude customers and join Georgetown’s modernity vs. history fight in today’s Blog Log, your source for all things clickable on the Web.
“Do you like Wikipedia? Are you a fan of obscenely wealthy educational institutions with unspeakable power? Then you’ll love the job listing that just went up at Harvard.” — Adam Clark Estes at gizmodo.com mocks a job opening at Harvard University — “Wikipedian-in-Residence.” The job is less silly than it sounds: It’s an assistant archival position for the school’s early modern books and manuscripts collection. It pays $16 per hour.
“If a customer was particularly bad we exercised one of the only powers we possessed and ‘decafed’ them.” — Molly Osberg at theawl.com recounts her time as a barista at Starbucks, where she says she retaliated against rude costumers by substituting regular coffee with decaffeinated. “To covertly rob a caffeine-addicted a–hole of their morning jolt was truly one of the sweetest pleasures of baristahood,” Osberg writes.
“Georgetown is a historic district, not a museum dedicated to colonial architecture.” — commenter Alex at dc.urbanturf.com stands up for the Exxon condo project’s modern design this week after the Old Georgetown Board and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission rejected it last week. Among the OGB and ANC’s criticism of the futuristic form was that there was not enough brick. “It’s back to the drawing board,” ANC 2E Commissioner Tom Birch tells UrbanTurf.
“While the drizzle was fairly accurate to cream cheese frosting, the donut tasted more like chapstick than the dessert.” — Blogger Mandy at sogoodblog.com reviews Dunkin’ Donuts’ Red Velvet Drizzle doughnut this week as its seasonal stint at the fast-food chain comes to its end. “I wanted to like it, I love red velvet treats, but it was too crayon-tasting and not enough donut or dessert,” Mandy says.
“[The] rough-and-tumble German Bulldog was eventually bred into oblivion to create the Boxer.” — Nick Greene at mentalfloss.com recalls the Bullenbeisser (not shown), a breed of dog that no longer exists. Greene points out 10 other extinct breeds, including the fluffy Coton de Reunions, the 100-pound Russian Tracker and the vicious Cordoba fighting dog, which was bred a little too well — they preferred mauling to mating.