“What the fuck is that?” is not my usual refrain when I look out the window during sunset, but on this day it made sense.
At first, I thought Bainbridge Island had been nuked, but then I realized that nuking Bainbridge Island would actually improve the place, so why would anyone waste a nuclear warhead on it?
Am I right or am I right?
As it turned out, it was just a weird optical illusion caused by the clouds, the sun, and a metric assload of pollution caused by famously “green” Washingtonians.
“Everyone else but me is using too
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I just stumbled onto my phone shots from the Walking Papers gig at the Croc last Friday.
Hell of a band. If you have the chance to see them, I recommend doing so. Opening band “The Mothership” was pretty badass too.
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I passed the Bauhaus block today, and while passing by, I couldn’t help but note the irony.
Newcomers move to Capitol Hill because of places like Bauhaus. Yet, by moving here, they dramatically increase the odds of places like Bauhaus going away. This part of the city has officially reached a point where, in order to absorb more people, existing things have to be traded away.
It’s easy to sort of dismiss anti-growth neighborhood residents as misguided curmudgeons, but there is a very real tradeoff being made these days. The city is undergoing a rapid transformation, and unless the transplant brings
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It’s not often that large corporations do something that I appreciate, in fact, I’m not sure that I can remember a time before this one.
That said, if I’m going to criticize, I have to also give credit where it’s due, and this time, Apple deserves some aforementioned credit.
Last week, Apple decided not to build backdoors into the encryption for its iPhone products beginning with the iPhone 6, and following suit, Google did the same.
Of course, none of this is the result of altruism. Both Apple and Google would re-instate the Holocaust if they thought it would add
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It’s a Seattle right of passage.
The bridge in South Lake Union Park.
Cherries popped in 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 …
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Alright ya pussies, you got marijuana legalized, but weed is for children. Amateurs. Precious suburban kids who, months prior, were sniffing glue. That’s why it was legalized. The suburban white people of the State of Washington just couldn’t in good conscience keep arresting suburban white kids. If the decision to legalize it was purely ethics-based, they would have legalized all drugs.
Yes, pot is about as white suburban as a drug can be. I know, I know, your favorite studio gangsta talks about smoking indo all the time, and you think it’s badass.
No, no wait … aren’t the G’s
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They’re mad as hell and they’re not, well, okay, they’ll keep taking it, but they’re soo gonna make some more signs.
Ah, climate change. Single-most fashionable cause of the last decade. It’s still going strong, and unlike that “human trafficking” thing that Ashton and Demi got white people worked up about a few years ago, shows no sign of fading out.
By the way, did you ever notice that black people don’t seem to care about global warming?
In fact, it’s sort of intriguing, but much like those other periodic causes, the aforementioned “human trafficking”, “girl’s self-esteem”,
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I could start, author, and maintain an entire blog about shitty Seattle-tourist drivers, and have enough material for multiple articles daily. Hell, sometimes it feels like that’s exactly what I’m doing now.
It’s difficult to explain to non-Seattleites why the topic of our drivers is such a passionate topic. You just sort of have to live here to understand.
The photos on this page are courtesy of a friend of mine that lives on Bainbridge Island. One of his family members is in Harborview, which means that for the past week, he’s had to commute back and forth through Downtown
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The 2nd Avenue Bike Lanes arrived last week, and so far, from what I’ve seen, they’re getting decent usage. Especially for being so new.
It’s just too bad another cyclist had to die before they appeared.
A couple of years ago, when Mike McGinn proposed putting more bicycle lanes on Seattle streets, news website comment sections erupted with anger. People who don’t live in Seattle, and almost exclusively people who don’t live in Seattle, feel very strongly about Seattle having bike lanes.
“If they paint more bike lanes, that’s it! I’m not going to Seattle anymore!”,
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I’ve been around the block a few times, but I can say without exaggeration, that I have never in my life seen as much construction as I have seen in Seattle, Washington in 2014.
Look left, there are cranes. Look right, there are cranes. Look at the Space Needle, cranes. The mountains, cranes. Cranes, cranes, cranes, cranes, cranes. When one disappears, two more take its place. It’s overwhelming. It’s absolutely incredible.
What does it mean for Seattleites, though?
Is this crane business good? Is it bad?
It depends on who you are. I’m less than thrilled
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Seattle. The world’s largest Monopoly board. Magnet for every greedy real estate developer in the good old US of A.
“Well, that’s the price of progress, Rex. It’s a free market.”
Yeah, the “capitalist” mantra. That is, until it’s time for the little guy to bail out the banks that make the loans for these properties. We only care about capitalism when it’s time for the tenant to get her cut. Rent control is evil only when it’s time to pay the people back.
In any event, bend over, First Hill, this one’s going to hurt a little. It’s time
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Prior to the mid-90’s, it was the gateway to Seattle for many of us. Now, after 75 years, Seattle’s Greyhound Bus Station has moved out of downtown, and back to SoDo.
Since only poor people ride the bus these days, scoring this prime real estate was, I’m sure, half as difficult for the developers as taking candy from a baby. (see the plans for this location below)
If the start of the next recession stays on schedule, the new development should be completed just in time for financing to run out. Don’t worry about the developers, though, as
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“Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kirkland anymore … there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home …”
“Bicyclists should be licensed and required to carry insurance!”, squawked the friend of a friend.
It’s an argument I’ve had an unbelievable number of times, always with a suburban resident, always with a sports fan. Not that I have anything against sports fans, I’ve just come to realize over time that they tend to be loyal to things and ideas which may or may not be supportable with a logical argument.
“Actually, motorcyclists aren’t even required to carry insurance in
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Just before 5pm yesterday, I spotted a small protest march making its way up Pike Street.
As they got closer, I could see that they were protesting the state of law enforcement in the USA. They were a diverse mix of protestors, black, white, hipster, suburbanite, middle-eastern, and I was very heartened to see that … even in the absence of a media circus … a small group of people still took time out of their day to stand behind their positions.
I stopped, held out an outstretched thumb pointing upward, and nodded approvingly to each passing protestor. It
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Seattle Waterfront Arcade set to close in September
Add it to the list of changes you’ll soon see at Seattle’s waterfront: the family-owned arcade that’s long called Pier 57 home is leaving, and not by choice.
The arcade owner had been operating under a month to month lease at Miner’s Landing, and says he knew the closure would happen eventually, he just didn’t think it would happen so soon.
“We thought we had a little bit more time than we do now, but we were given 30 days notice and will be closing on September 22nd,” said Mike Cichy.
The guy who is responsible for serving dead animals to millions of people … abused a dog.
The guy whose company buys products from slaughterhouses, cooks the carcasses of animals which are kept in inhumane conditions, then serves them to you, which you then eat … was mean. To an animal.
And … if I’m reading the headlines correctly … you’re outraged.
Basically what you’re all saying, is that non-video-recorded abuse is not only okay, it’s something that you will gladly pay for so that you can personally enjoy it, and also so that the practice may continue. If it’s caught on
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(oh, uh, that was me dropping my keyboard intentionally after winning the Internet)
Apparently Soundgarden is playing during the NFL’s Xbox Verizon kickoff on September 4th.
I’m not quite sure what this means, but the pigeons seem to like it.
I hope to figure this all out before the appointed date.
During yesterday evening’s commute, I noticed a commotion at the ferry dock. When I looked over to see what was going on, it appeared that a half-dozen or so uniformed “agents” had two or three people surrounded. The agents appeared to be Homeland Security, possibly part of the VIPR team, and I believe a State Patrolman was in the mix as well.
“Must be serious”, I thought.
One of the evildoers appeared to be a older woman in a tie-dyed t-shirt, another, a man in only his socks, the third, a middle-aged man.
When I queried one of the dock
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I’ve been busy and therefore somewhat off of the ether. I like to think that this one makes up for 8 post-free days, though.
Too bad I shot it with a cellphone.
Then again, it’s still way better than the bikini shots I got to look at when I first discovered the Internet.
Zoomed in a tiny bit.
Last night was the peak of the August 2014 “Supermoon”.
A supermoon occurs when the moon makes its closest pass to Earth on its elliptical orbit, while it also happens to be full.
Since these two things have to coincide at just the right time, the supermoon is not a super-common phenomenon.
While it’s really not all that impressive to the casual observer (it only appears to be 14% larger and 30% brighter to the naked eye), to the somewhat more committed observer, it is kind of cool.
I took the above
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This is a fascinating time in American history. We’re actually watching a culture commit suicide before our very eyes.
The hypocritical speech codes which ensure that only corporate-approved speech can be uttered over public airwaves, as the people who claim to support free speech stand around chanting “It’s not the government restricting speech, it’s the corporations!” … oblivious to the realization that they are one and the same, but not really caring because one-sided have already been passed prohibiting said corporations from restricting their free speech. (how’s that for a run-on sentence?)
Case in point, ESPN has suspended its third host
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“You know, I like Seattle”, I overheard someone telling a companion, “but I’ve never seen such pedestrian-hostile drivers in my life!”
A friend of mine moved here about two years ago, and shortly after arriving, he made a similar observation. “I’ve never seen anything like this”, he said while motioning to the crosswalk in front of us, “I’ve never seen so many drivers stop in the crosswalk.”
On the way home yesterday, I stopped on Pike Street next to a car which was blatantly parked in the crosswalk.
“What are these white line thingies?”
“Perhaps the car behind them
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It was time for my annual refresh of Gum Wall photos.
Because I’m a reasonably nice human being, I’m posting some here for your viewing pleasure.
You have no idea how hard some of these were to take.
I suffer for my art.
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It’s that time of year again. The time when buildings shake and car alarms are triggered by the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squad, The Blue Angels.
While some people are annoyed by the annual Seafair arial display, I actually think it’s kind of cool.
Sure, it makes me wince when I look up and see thousands of dollars of jet fuel being burned, then look down and see a mentally ill guy asleep in his own vomit. Yes, it bothers me that the money for this stuff gets forcibly yanked from me each paycheck. You can’t mentally fight
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“They aren’t growing up with a back yarrrd! Won’t they miss not having a back yarrrrd?”
They have one.
As far as my kids are concerned, Lake Union is their personal over-sized swimming pool, complete with a diving board shaped like a bridge. Not to mention, a lawn sprinkler on crack.
On a different note … it’s a shame, but ever since this incident, I’ve been paranoid to take photographs with kids in them. I guess that’s the whole point, though. Fear.
Stay scared, everyone. Your country depends on it.
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Seattle. A city comprised of 600,000 transplanted suburbanites. More passive-aggressive notes per square mile than all other cities in the USA combined.
I encountered the above notes today while walking on the same block. The same block!
It looks like it’s time for another installment of “Seattle Rex’s Suburbanite Education Series”. This one will be brief.
Dear Neighbors from Outer Culdesacia, I have a few tips to make your staycation more enjoyable, not just for yourself, but for everyone.
One note is passive-aggressive. Two notes is obsessive-compulsive. That was a comment, not a tip. Here we
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