Seattle Space Needle Reflection at Night

Resolution #1: Complete

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I may be many things, but a procrastinator is not one of them.

Twelve hours before 2013 even starts, and I’ve already taken care of my first resolution … a resolution which was the lead entry in my “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” category:

I’ve been meaning to leave Facebook for awhile, I just never got around to spending the time to do so. Until today.

I’ve also been meaning to write my own Terms of Service. After all, it’s about time I tried to leverage some of America’s new court rulings for my own benefit. All

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Do As We Say, Not As We Do

Terminator

Earlier this year, Christine Gregoire, bowing to Hollywood interests, took a page out of the Ronald Reagan playbook, and instituted trickle-down economics for moneyed filmmakers in the State of Washington.

You know, the very same moneyed filmmakers who declared Republicans to be evil for advocating trickle-down economics.

See, according to Democrats, tax cuts are evil, except when the beneficiaries of the tax cuts donate to Democratic causes, in which case, tax breaks are just fucking great!

Of course, never ones to let hypocrisy slide, once the filmmaker tax-breaks were passed, Capitol Hill residents immediately took to the streets to

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A Comcast Christmas Carol

Comcast: Comcast technical support, may I help you? Me: Good evening, my cable modem has lost sync. Comcast: What’s your phone number? Me: 2-0-6-8-6-7-5-3-0-9 Comcast: Give me just a minute. Me: No problem. (a minute later) Comcast: And what operating system are you using? Me: It doesn’t matter. Comcast: Well, we only support Windows and Mac at this time … Me: Understood, but I’m not asking for PC support. Comcast: But you said … Me: I said my modem lost sync, my computer is just fine. Comcast: Okay, but … Me: I’m asking for an IP address for my

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Christmas Eve Smackdown: Candy Cane Lane vs. Olympic Manor

Olympic Manor - Christmas Lights

Olympic Manor – Christmas Lights

What better way to celebrate the birth of HeyZeus than going to Seattle’s north side to look at Christmas lights? Why, it’s a Seattle Christmas tradition.

Our first stop tonight was Candy Cane Lane in Ravenna, perhaps the best-known of all Seattle Christmas streets.

As usual, the lights at CCL were quite engaging. I just wish it was possible to go somewhere in Seattle without being the perpetual protagonist in a game of Human Frogger.

Even though Candy Cane Lane is only .1 miles long, 90% of my fellow gawkers drove their automobiles through

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Farewell Android, Farewell

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It’s a tough time to be an American consumer.

It’s a tough time to be an American.

I always knew it would come to this, but being the Pollyanna that I am, I was hoping that it wouldn’t.

Two and a half years ago, I bought my first Android device, an HTC EVO, and even though it was a battery-draining, unstable mess … I sung its praises.

Why?

Because I saw great potential. A true multi-tasking kernel on a Linux core, open source code, a generous development platform, the ability to run non-pre-approved apps … the possibilities were infinite, and

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A Ride on The Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel

The Seattle Great Wheel

After an aborted attempt to ride the new Seattle Ferris Wheel (or The Seattle Great Wheel as it’s officially called), in late October, we finally headed down to Pier 57 for another attempt. A slightly more successful attempt.

As the sun was hanging low over Elliott Bay, about 45 minutes before it officially set, we walked up to the ticket booth and considered our options … $13 each to ride in a regular gondola, $50 each to ride in a VIP gondola.

You know, I may be anti-consumerist, but I’m

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The Neptune

University District - The Neptune Theatre

University District – The Neptune Theatre

Last night, I saw Sunn O))) and Earth at the Neptune, along with opening bands Lioncloth and Dead in the Dirt.

I went primarily to see Dylan’s band … and they didn’t disappoint. I just wish they’d been able to play for a little longer.

Shortly after Earth’s set, Sunn O))) took the stage, and I instantly had my scalp peeled back by bone-crushing Drop-A-or-possibly-lower chords. For the next 20 minutes, I literally felt like I was getting a hummer from God himself. It was my first time seeing this group, and I

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Homeland Insecurity

SPD and Crowd at Westlake Center

Shock.

When a colleague came into my office yesterday and told me to read the news, that was my reaction, along with disgust, disbelief, anger, sadness, and sympathy.

The intellectual side of my brain realized that I was being a hypocrite. After all, I’d read about the deaths of innocent civilians, including children, at the hands of our troops, on many occasions. Where was my outrage then?

The emotional side didn’t care, however. I was still stunned.

When I got home, I checked in with the news again, and predictably, instead of grief, I saw news reporters being assholes

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Figgy Pudding

Macy's Star and Westlake Center Christmas Tree

Westlake Park Area Holiday Lights

Macy’s Star and Westlake Center Christmas Tree

Downtown Seattle is a much more pleasant place in the fall than it is in the summer. Less traffic, less heat, more lights, fewer bopo boys with skateboards and pit bills, fewer homeless people, fewer tourists, fewer homeless tourists … from the perspective of a resident, it’s just better in every way.

Last night, it was even better than usual.

On Friday, roughly between the hours of 5pm and 8:30pm, Pine Street was closed from 4th Street to 7th Street for the 26th Annual “Figgy

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Christmas at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market Seattle Christmas Lights