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Live at the Market: Screaming Pearl Gunhoney

Screaming Pearl Gunhoney Play Stooges Pike Market Rooftop Benefi

Oh sure, it’s been done before, from the Beatles to Bono, but it was only a matter of time before Seattle took its turn.

FREE CONCERT ON THE ROOF OF PIKE PLACE MARKET Sunday, August 23, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Music lovers will soon be able to enjoy year-round, exclusive live performances both inside and outdoors at KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center — but we’re still building it. In anticipation of the extraordinary shows to come in the New Home, on Sunday, August 23 at 7:00 p.m., KEXP hosts RAW POWER KEXP, a one-of-a-kind FREE concert at another local

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Goonies House Then & Now

Goonies House in 2015

“People aren’t getting more selfish, that’s just something everyone thinks about the people who come after them.”

This is what I’m told fairly often.

And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that the wisdom of the masses is pretty much infallible. Which is why it’s hard to figure out why one Astoria homeowner has suddenly become so hostile to outsiders.

The owners of the “Goonies House”, a formerly tourist-welcoming woman, has suddenly declared her property off-limits to out-of-town visitors. Over the last few years, tourists began leaving behind more and more beer bottles, cigarette butts, and other trash. Were this not

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Wildfire Sunset

Sunset tinted by the California wildfires

Sunset tinted by the California wildfires

The wildfires burning in California have lent themselves to some quite dramatic sunsets over the last week or so.

Occasionally-beautiful but always toxic and undesirable. That pretty much sums up everything that comes from California, doesn’t it?

Oracle’s New (but semi-hidden) Malware Opt-Out

Java Console

It’s not a good time to be a Java developer.  While the language itself is quite polished, and the speed and performance of the virtual machine has exceeded what I had at first thought probable, I increasingly have to come to terms with the fact that … in order to run the stuff I write, people have to risk infecting their computer with malware first.

Sure, the obsessively detailed can possibly avoid it (barring an errant tap of the ‘enter’ key), but the installers for most malware have been developed using psychological techniques designed to trick the user into “agreeing” to

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The Blue Angels From First Hill

Blue Angels with Queen Anne Towers

It’s that time of year again.

Since Friday morning, the Blue Angels have been intermittently screaming overhead for the annual Seafest climax, and since Friday morning, I’ve been watching them from various windows and rooftops throughout the city. Today, I even took a few pictures.

Somewhat telling is my inability to get construction cranes out of the shots.

All hail our new carpetbagging real estate overlords. May we all endeavor to make it even easier this year for multimillionaire outsiders to suck the heart and soul out of our city in the name of making it a more attractive

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The SPD: Where Officer Safety Remains Job #1

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When I saw the headline and the accompanying animated GIF yesterday, I knew.   I knew before I even checked, and I swear to you I would have bet anyone $10,000 that this incident had happened in Seattle before even taking the first peek at the article.

I knew it was Seattle, because we’re one of the few cities in the country that actively encourages the slaughter of two-wheelers through an almost complete lack of punishment for those that do.

Take a look:

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/komo/article/Cyclist-s-helmet-cam-captures-SUV-hitting-him-and-6409802.php

This occurred roughly one block from where a man was killed by a hit-and-run driver three

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Carly Simon is Kind of an Idiot

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“You’re so Vain”. It’s a fairly popular song, and one that I’ve heard, eh, 30 times in my life, usually on some Easy Listening station in a doctor’s office or something to that effect.

Today, for some odd reason, I got the song stuck in my head. I don’t know why, shit just happens sometimes.

Since it was already lodged in my cranium, I decided to pull the song up on YouTube and give it a fresh listen. While doing so, I realized that Carly Simon just might be one of the dumbest people in the entertainment industry.

Hear me

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Did You Hear the One About the Jet in Westlake Park?

Jet Airplane in Westlake Park

No, really, there was a jet in Westlake Park today. As in jet airplane, not a “how did you know, cause I never told, you found out, I got a crush on you” Jet. Not that I would have been disappointed with the latter, mind you. They are affable enough folks. Yes, I’ve met them. Seriously.

Anyway, I first spotted the Jet (plane) at about 10:30am. I don’t know how long it will be there. I also don’t know how they got the Jet (plane) into the park, or how they will get it out. I mean, I don’t

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Cotton Candy Courtesy of Climate-Change

Cotton Candy Clouds

As far as weather is concerned, Seattle has officially become Northern Southern California. I swear I saw more rain in one Las Vegas spring than I’ve seen over the past three years in Western Washington.

While we’re still not as hot as the desert, we have set a record of 14 consecutive months of above-average monthly temperatures (?!), and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a sunnier place in all of my life. We’re currently on our 9th consecutive month of summer, and there is no end in sight. In fact, the long-term projections are calling

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What a Bargain

The highlight reads: After 9/30/2016 with Sprint, pay additional $15/mo./line access charge.

The highlight reads: After 9/30/2016 with Sprint, pay additional $15/mo./line access charge.

Once upon a time, America was the envy of the world.

We built products people wanted, sold services that people wanted, and we didn’t have to resort to trickery to make them look good.

That was then. These days, I’d estimate that 50% of our economy is based on deception. Were the small print not allowed to taketh what the big print gaveth, I don’t think most of our companies would be able to remain in business.

It is for these reasons that I hate it when

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