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Photo of the Day: Harborfest

Pike Place Market and The Puget Sound

Pike Place Market and The Puget Sound

Unwelcome

Protest at 3rd & Pine

Protest at 3rd & Pine

Earlier today, I walked past 3rd & Pine with my wife (of a different race), when I encountered these fine gentleman … preaching about the evils of interracial marriage, the evils of the white man, and something about the evils of Jesus.

Being quite possibly the most determined blogger on the planet, I stopped and lined up a few shots while being mercilessly stared down.

Finally, this man had seen enough, and stepped up to prevent me from taking any more photographs.

Stop Taking Photos

A white man just can’t catch a break

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Live from the Cannabis Rally

Cannabis Freedom Rally in Volunteer Park

In Volunteer Park.

Cannabis Freedom Rally in Volunteer Park

Spectators at the Cannabis Freedom Rally

Cannabis Freedom Rally in Volunteer Park

Photos: Pine Street

Pike Street at Night

Pike Street at Night

Pike Street at Night

Pagliacci Pizza on Capitol Hill

Pagliacci's Pepperoni Pizza

I grew up eating pizza. A lot of pizza. Tons of pizza.

I also grew up on two distinct styles of the food.

Not a lot of people realize this, but “DC-style Pizza” does exist. It can be found in places like Trio Pizza at 18th Street & Columbia Road. DC-style pizza is pizza which has little or no uncovered crust at the edges, has a thin-yet-firm crust underneath, and is generally heavier on tomato sauce and toppings than other pies.

The other pizza I grew up on is NY-style pizza. We all know this one. Paper-thin, chewy crust, greasy,

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Photo of the Day: Second Avenue

2nd Avenue in Downtown Seattle

2nd Avenue in Downtown Seattle

Photo: Seattle Waterfront Panorama

Seattle Waterfront Panorama

Seattle Waterfront Panorama

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Downtown Seattle News

Screenshot of DowntownSeattleNews.com

Random photographs, observations, and 2,000 word editorials about life in general are all well and good … for an indie blog authored by one guy.

When I put up news pieces, business reviews, or announcements, however, it can be overwhelming for people who aren’t necessarily interested in opinion or “creativity”. There is a good chance that they do not want to wade through photos of my clam chowder in order to find more newsworthy information.

Because of this, we (myself and a couple of other people) are going to start a blog that is a little more “news” oriented and

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Photos: The SBX Radar in Elliott Bay

The SBX Radar in Elliott Bay

Since last night’s photo session was, how should I say this … uninspiring … I went down to the waterfront this morning to get some better images.

Since I had to zoom in through a half mile of rain this morning, the photos are still a bit blurry, but you get the gist.

The gigantic dome is quite a sight to behold. Especially when juxtaposed against the natural beauty of the Puget Sound.

The SBX Radar in Elliott Bay

The SBX Radar in Elliott Bay

The SBX Radar in Elliott Bay

The SBX Radar in Elliott

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Photo: Cruising Pike

Cruising Pike Street in Downtown Seattle

Cruising Pike Street in Downtown Seattle

The SBX Radar Arrives in Elliott Bay

Tracking the SBX Radar via Marine Traffic App

The U.S. Missile Defense Agency’s Sea-Based X-band Radar has arrived in Elliott Bay to undergo maintenance at the Vigor Shipyard in Seattle.

The SBX Radar is one of the sensors for our nation’s missile defense system. Its mission is to identify ballistic missile threats and relay that information to the battle management, command, control and communications system for missile defense.

The work will begin in mid-May and will take about three months to complete. The radar will not be based in the Seattle area, and will not operate while in the shipyard. All vessel movements and work associated with the

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Photos of the Day: May 10, 2011

Pike Place Market Wall

Now I know where Las Vegas got its slogan.

Pike Place Market Wall

Pike Place Market Wall

Photo: Victor Steinbrueck Park

Victor Steinbrueck Park

Victor Steinbrueck Park

Photo of the Day: May 9, 2011

A Mannequin in Pike Place Market

A Mannequin in Pike Place Market

Police Refuse to Rescue Everett Boy

Seattle Police Rally in Capitol Hill

This is the saddest story I have read in some time:

http://www.king5.com/news/Boy-dies-friends-disgusted-by-slow-response-121535594.html

This past weekend, an Everett boy was left under a capsized boat for 40 minutes as game wardens and police stood by and watched.

The boy has died.

Why didn’t they help him?

Because Law Enforcement was out on the water that day to do one thing and one thing only:

Write tickets and collect revenue.

Saving lives was not an option, just writing tickets. These are the people who “risk their lives for our safety”. These are the people whose wives stand on the corner

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Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle

After hanging out at the Broadway Farmer’s Market yesterday, I turned right on Pike Street and walked the short mile to my other official “home” market: Pike Place Market.

Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle

Pike Place Market Sign

Pike Place Market in Downtown Seattle

Pike Place Market – Rachel the Pig

Pike Place Market – Pigeon Cruising the Market on Foot

Pike Place Market – Rachel the Pig

Yesterday, Pike Place was hopping. It was Mother’s Day and “Flower Fest” was in full bloom (corny pun intended), and it was hard to look

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Clam Chowder at the Market Grill

Market Grill Clam Chowder

Because I am so fond of Pike Place Chowder’s clam chowder and seafood bisque, I often don’t bother to try other soup offerings in the Pike Market environs. Yesterday, however, I decided to expand my horizons a bit.

Market Grill in Pike Place Market

Market Grill in Pike Place Market

Market Grill in Pike Place Market

While walking through the market, I decided to get a 16oz cup of clam chowder ($6.50) at the Market Grill, and I am certainly glad that I did.

Like most Seattle offerings, the Grill’s chowder is New England-style (creamy white), and

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The Seattle Gum Wall

The Seattle Gum Wall

Market Theater on Post Alley beneath Pike Place Market

Post Alley beneath Pike Place Market

Posing in Front of the Gum Wall

Today, I visited the Seattle Gum Wall.

What is the Gum Wall?

I assure you that it is exactly what it sounds like.

On Post Alley, under Pike Place Market and next to the box office for the Market Theater, sits a wall literally covered in chewing gum.

The gum-sticking “tradition” began in the early 90’s when audiences for “Seattle Theatresports” began sticking gum and coins to the wall. Apparently, theater workers scraped the gum

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Photo: Seattleites

People of Pike/Pine

People of Pike/Pine

2011 Opening Day of Broadway Farmers Market on Capitol Hill

Shopping at Broadway Farmer's Market

First Day at the Broadway Farmer's Market on Capitol Hill

First Day at the Broadway Farmer's Market on Capitol Hill

Shopping at Broadway Farmer's Market

Located on the grounds of the Seattle Central Community College at Broadway and Pine Streets, the Broadway Farmer’s Market will run between 11am – 3pm every Sunday from today until December 18th.

True to my word, I arrived at the market this morning, and I was even there for the ringing of the opening bell which officially launched the 2011 season. As you can see, I was not alone.

I hung

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Live from Paradise City

Fact: Axl wrote the song in Seattle.

It was an homage to LA, but was conceived and penned right here.

Seattle inspires.

Photos: The Capitol Hill Subway Station

The Capitol Hill Subway Station Currently Under Construction

The Capitol Hill Subway Station Currently Under Construction

The Capitol Hill Subway Station Currently Under Construction

The Capitol Hill Subway Station Currently Under Construction

The Capitol Hill Subway Station Currently Under Construction

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Pain at the Pump

Current Gas Prices on Capitol Hill

Current Gas Prices on Capitol Hill

I sure I am glad that I don’t drive, because things are getting kind of ugly around here with regards to gasoline prices. It’s currently $4.17 to $4.57 at the Forbidden Shell in Pike/Pine. A talking head on the news this morning said that gas prices should come down 50 cents by mid-June, but I suppose I’ll believe it when I see it.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going soft on suburban commuters, but it’s much bigger than them. Gasoline prices are inflating transportation fees for materials and products, and this is

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The 2011 Seattle SlutWalk

Boobs

On June 19th, a group of self-described “sluts” and their proud supporters will take to the streets of Seattle.

Now, had I reported this story alone, I would be called an offensive sexist along with whatever else the PC crowd could find in their vocabulary.

Since the mainstream media is also calling these people “sluts”, however, I don’t think any of you have a leg to stand on:

http://www.king5.com/news/local/Seattle-SlutWalk-to-put-provocative-message-in-the-streets-121398919.html

The “SlutWalk” is a reaction to a Toronto Police Officer who opined that women might get raped less if they avoided dressing like “sluts”. Predictably, “enlightened” men and women nationwide took

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Seattle’s ‘Paragon Security’ Assaults and Kidnaps Man

A Seattle Photographer

A Seattle Photographer

A couple of years ago, I was involved in an “effort” to educate businesses about photography and the law. Specifically, I tried to educate them that photography, in almost all cases, is perfectly legal in public or in places of public accommodation (casinos, sidewalks, shopping malls, hotels, etc).

After a fellow blogger was illegally detained in some North Las Vegas hellhole, the local Las Vegas rag finally caught wind of the story and printed an article in which I made a brief cameo appearance:

http://www.lvrj.com/business/41647727.html

It looks like some things never change, though.

I direct you

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Dick Wallpaper?

dickwallpaper directory on my Android

Sometimes, I am afraid to search my Android’s SD card for fear of what I might find.

You see, programmers have a great deal of autonomy over what they wish to name data directories, and unless you are somewhat of a power user, you can be in for an embarrassing awaking when you sell your phone, give it to a family member, or turn it over to your boss.

For example, yesterday I was looking for a file on my phone, so I pulled up a third party file manager and began digging.

Imagine my shock when I learned that,

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Photo: What is this?

Gadget on Street Light in Downtown Seattle

An unidentified object on a downtown street light near the Convention Center:

Gadget on Street Light in Downtown Seattle

Gadget on Street Light in Downtown Seattle

Photo of the Day: May 5, 2011

Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle

Seattle Yellow Pages Opt-Out

Stop Phone Books

Seattle has become the first city in the country to offer its own Yellow Pages opt-out site for citizens.

If you want to stop the tree trunk from being dropped at your door, register here:

http://www.seattle.gov/stopphonebooks

Stop Phone Books

Of course, this may be redundant since you have been able to do this for some time. The YP group runs its own opt-out site at:

http://www.yellowpagesoptout.com

If the City of Seattle has taken it upon themselves to run their own registry, my speculation is that the second link may be less effective.

Personally, I haven’t used the physical Yellow Pages

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Newspaper Box Fire on Capitol Hill

Newspaper Box at Broadway & Thomas on Capitol Hill

This morning, I read on the KOMO News site that someone had set a newspaper box ablaze at Broadway & Thomas.

http://capitolhill.komonews.com/news/crime/another-newspaper-box-set-fire/639240

After reading it, I went up to get a couple of shots because, well, that’s what I do.

Newspaper Box at Broadway & Thomas on Capitol Hill

Newspaper Box at Broadway & Thomas on Capitol Hill

Supposedly, this was the second night in a row that someone had done this (they attacked a U District box the night before). I’m not sure I get the point, though. Why set a newspaper box on fire?

Oh well,

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