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Goodbye Piecora’s

Piecora's Website Farewell Screenshot

 

A longtime Seattle restaurant will serve its final meal this week, after the owners sold their property to one of the largest apartment ownership groups in the country.

Piecora’s pizza, at 1401 E Madison St., closes Tuesday night after 32 years on Capitol Hill. The restaurant opened in 1982, serving New York-style pizza to a west coast crowd.

“It’s very surreal,” said restaurant manager Tim DiJulio, after letting in a crowd of people who had lined up outside the restaurant before opening. “There’s a family atmosphere here that you can’t put a finger on. It’s hard to put

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Measles Alert on the Washington State Ferries

Ferry Measles Alert

 

Wonderful.

Seattle. We Do Passive-Aggressive Like Nobody’s Business.

Thief!

Is this badass?

Is it a hissy-fit?

Is it a “This ain’t the suburbs, welcome to the real world” rite of post-collegiate passage through which all affluent white people must pass?

I submit that it’s all three.

Most urban natives learn around age 9 that anything not fully secured has a pretty good chance of being gone when you get back. Hell, my daughter has had two cellphones stolen in the last 6 months, and has already developed a paranoia that these precious folks three times her age have yet to cultivate.

That said, it’s stuff like this

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Holding Out for a Miracle

Comcast Blows

As one who depends on a stable Internet connection for his occupation, I have a huge stake in the state of Seattle’s Internet infrastructure.

As you can imagine, it’s been a rather disappointing paradigm. I pay over $100/monthly for the fastest connection that Comcast offers, and that connection is throttled liberally to prevent Comcast from having to invest in their infrastructure.

In the past 4 years, my Comcast Internet connection was down dozens of times. That I live in Downtown Seattle, the most tech literate city in the U.S., makes this a disgrace. It is, however, status-quo.

Each time

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WHAT THE FUCKING FUCK?!!!

Monster Seagull

 

Kickin’ It Old-School

Justin Timberlake on the cover of GQ

Once upon a time, I had Google Adsense ads on my site, and in those days, I enjoyed a Page Rank of 5-6, which was fairly high for a blog. As one of the few websites on the Internet with 95%+ unique content, I suppose it made sense on some level.

One day, I happened to be surfing my own site, when I noticed that my homepage was serving as a billboard for scores of fly-by-night businesses from whom I received nothing. Here their names were, displayed beside mine, yet, I received nothing from them. Only when someone clicked did

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Birdnado

Birdnado

With the exception of the obvious; namely the watermark and jpg compression; this photograph was not post-processed in any way.   I didn’t even adjust the colors or exposure.

Even though it looks like a green-screen capture, it’s simply an out-of-the-can picture I made about 6 hours ago.

Won’t Get Fooled Again

Mozilla CEO

On Thursday, Mozilla, the company behind the web-browser Firefox, forced CEO Brendan Eich to resign over private contributions he made in 2008 to California’s Prop 8, which stated that marriage was between a man and a woman.

The action comes on the heels of a protest against Mozilla by the dating website OkCupid, which blocked users of Firefox from accessing their website. OkCupid released a statement saying, “Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.”

You know, I don’t oppose gay marriage. In fact,

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Naked Lady on Pike Street???

Seattle - Walking Nude in Rain

Seattle – Walking Nude in Rain

I just got back home from a foray up to Broadway Optical, and along the way, I snapped some shots of the throngs of people carrying umbrellas for yet another “nobody carries an umbrella in Seattle” post.

As I was cropping the photo, I noticed a lady toward the center-top. If my eyes do not deceive me, this lady is not wearing any clothes.

I’m not sure if it was a movie shoot, an art piece, or what, but I wish I would have seen her sooner so I could have gotten a

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The Wenatchee

The Wenatchee

The Wenatchee

Every day, twice a day.

1/10th of my waking life.

That’s how often, and how much time, respectively, I spend on this aging thing.

Well, either this, or its brother The Tacoma.

Coming Up Short

Bald Eagle and Space Needle

For the last month, I’ve been putting off buying a new zoom lens.  My inner-conflict sounded a little bit like this:

“A thousand dollar zoom lens, or a ho of solid Seattle 9 (LA 6) quality?”

“A thousand dollar zoom lens, or ten minutes of face-time with a Seattle politician?”

“A thousand dollar zoom lens, or an ounce of the pinkest biker crank that money can buy?”

While I would really value a new zoom lens, as you can see, there is a lot of competition for the roughly $1,200 it will cost. That said, I may have to switch

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Deep Thoughts by Seattle Rex

Rainbow Over Seahawks Stadium

Long weeks seem a little less stressful when this is how they end.  With a double rainbow just before sunset while arriving home.  It’s almost as if God is saying, “Yo Rex, I know I’ve been a little hard on you lately, what with the crappy week and the whole hipster thing and all … so here’s  a little sump’n sump’n from the heavenly art department because I know you’re all into visuals and shit.  You still my nigga, dawg.”

Well, God, thank you.  You still my nigga too.

As are the rest of you.

That’s right, all of

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New Photos: Reflections

Warped Seattle Skyline

New Photo: A Hipster and His Mother

Space Needle and Helicopter

New Photo: Pine Street

Pine Street, Seattle

Pine Street, Seattle

Ban Bossy

Feminist Hate Propaganda

Yes, folks, between elementary and high school, girls’ self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys … yet somehow, some inexplicable way, some un-specified way … young males commit suicide 8 times more often than females.

You know what this means don’t you?

The people behind this campaign are a bunch of evil misogynist assholes who are trying to increase the female suicide rate!

How, exactly, does one measure self-esteem anyway?

And, if we call “assertive” boys leaders, why are one in five … ONE IN FIVE … little boys on medication, often at the demands of their female teachers, to

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Condolences to KOMO News

Helicopter Crash

This morning, a KOMO/King 5 helicopter crashed next to the Space Needle, and two lives were lost.  Both casualties were employees of KOMO News.

A third man, struck in his car by the helicopter, is in critical condition at Harborview.

Details: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/News-helicopter-crashes-burns-beside-Space-Needle-250790281.html

New Photo: The Financial District

Seattle Financial District Before Sunset

Seattle Financial District Before Sunset

The Fourth Estate

Seattle PI Homepage

Earlier this year, a Federal Court ruled that bloggers have the same First Amendment rights that journalists have. Believe it or not, the issue was actually up for debate.

Unfortunately, some states still only afford full protection, such as shield laws, to journalists working for mainstream news outlets.

This is frightening, and today’s front page of the Seattle PI remind us why.

Folks, I am not joking, that is the true and present homepage of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.  Remember that the next time you hear the phrase “reputable media outlet”.  Remember that the next time politicians argue for special

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Heroes

firefighter_statue

Three people – including two off-duty Seattle firefighters – are being investigated for an assault on a homeless man Saturday night.

Police say a woman and the two firefighters were walking through Pioneer Square when they came upon the victim, who was sleeping under the Fallen Firefighter Memorial near 1st Ave. S. and S. Main St.

Witnesses said the woman yelled at the man for sleeping on the memorial, then kicked him. One of her companions hit the victim with a stick and the third suspect joined in.

A man who says he witnessed the incident said he heard

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Ladies and Gentlemen, I Give You … The Internet

Wiki Circumcision

On circumcision …

Updated: Amazon and Adorama: Life in a Third-World Consumerist Shithole

Amazon Cornholes Seattle Rex

Being an American consumer is a lot like being anally violated on a daily basis.

Strike that.

Being an American consumer is EXACTLY like being anally violated on a daily basis.

If the past two years have taught me anything, it’s that America’s glory days are so far behind us that not even the Hubble Telescope could see the last of them.

There used to be a saying, “You Get What You Pay For”, but no longer is that saying even remotely true.  Instead, no matter what you pay, what you almost always get, is shit.

Folks, without the

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The Upside to Air Pollution

Puget Sound Sunset

 

 

Sunsets like this.

Still The Worst Drivers in America

Bad Driver in Downtown Seattle

Back in 2012, I wrote an article about the absolute atrociousness of the average Seattle tourist driver.

In case you missed it, here it is:

http://www.seattlerex.com/the-worst-drivers-in-america-a-dissertation/

Two years have passed since that post, and as hard as it is to believe, the drivers in this town have actually gotten worse.

Much worse.

Much, much worse.

The only reason I haven’t revisited the subject in the past couple of years, is because there simply are no words to describe the dearth of driving skill and the immense sucktitude of the average Seattle podunk tourist-turned-wannabe-urban-driver.

I’ve often thought of updating my

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Sunset

Sunset on the Puget Sound

 

It’s the first time in 5 months I still see the sun upon arriving home.

Just barely, though.

The Mother Street

Pike Street

Pike Street.

Carrier of cars. Route of buses. Giver of life. Thrower of fish. Locale of glory holes for the procurement of anonymous gay sex which Rex has never availed himself of at least that is his official position.

While New York has Broadway, 5th Avenue, and Wall Street … and Los Angeles has Sunset, Hollywood Boulevard, and Wilshire Blvd. … there is only one Seattle street which is known worldwide.

I just finished taking a walk on the aforementioned street in the rain, or as I call it, californian repellant, almost getting hit while taking the picture above.

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Photos: Night Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel at Night

But, But, Greed Spurs Innovation!

Why is American internet so slow?

According to a recent study by Ookla Speedtest, the U.S. ranks a shocking 31st in the world in terms of average download speeds. The leaders in the world are Hong Kong at 72.49 Mbps and Singapore on 58.84 Mbps. And America? Averaging speeds of 20.77 Mbps, it falls behind countries like Estonia, Hungary, Slovakia, and Uruguay.

Its upload speeds are even worse. Globally, the U.S. ranks 42nd with an average upload speed of 6.31 Mbps, behind Lesotho, Belarus, Slovenia, and other countries you only hear mentioned on Jeopardy.

So how did America fall behind?

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Am Too a Computer Technician!

No Linux Here Either

The University Street Gondola?

Artist rendition of the Seattle Gondola.

Badass.  Just … badass.

“Promise me something”, I remind my daughter nearly every week, “when you become Mayor of this town 20 years from now, you’ll install an escalator on Pike Street, and name it after me … the Rex is a Lazy Ass Memorial Escalator … or something to that effect.”

She always agrees, but between you and me, I think she’s just humoring me.

Fortunately, the point may be moot.

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/transportation/article/Gondola-would-carry-tourists-from-Convention-5288852.php

Matthew Roewe, of Via Architecture, said the demolition of the viaduct will take out about 1,200 waterfront parking spaces. But the Convention Center has 1,200 parking

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