Seattle Space Needle Reflection at Night

The Seattle Aquarium

Goldfish Swimming with Sea Anemone

The Seattle Aquarium

As a season pass-holder to the Seattle Aquarium, I spend quite a bit of time at this attraction.

For a city of “only” 600,000 people, ours is an aquarium befitting a significantly larger city. For the most part, we have it all.

We’ve got touch tanks, seals, sea otters, an octopus, and all kinds of weird things I wouldn’t even try to pronounce.

I took a few photos on my last visit, the results of which are on this page. (photos from a previous visit are here)

The Seattle Aquarium is open from 9:30am – 6pm

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Metro to Cut Bus Service by 16%

King County Metro Bus

“Seattle traffic is so bad! Somebody needs to do something about it! Why is traffic so bad? Why? Why? Why?”

Well, the people have spoken, and when you find yourself sitting in gridlock this summer … enjoy it. You earned it.

King County Metro officials say the voters have spoken with the failure of Prop 1 and cuts will be deep. Total, 16 percent of bus service will be cut, including the elimination 72 routes and the reduction 84 more.

Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond said cost cutting measures over the last five or six years and have

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Sakura-Con 2014

Sakura-Con 2014: Madonna

Sakura-Con 2014: Main Hall

I don’t understand white people. Seriously. I am to white people what Tiger Woods is to black people.

For instance, I’ve never been camping. I’ve been invited, but I never wanted anything to do with it. Trust me, if you’ve ever spent a night sleeping on the New York City Subway because you didn’t have a place to go home to, you thank your lucky stars each and every day you have a king-sized bed, five computers, a quiet place to shit, and a door that locks. You sure as hell don’t leave it all

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Orca in Elliott Bay

Orca Swimming in Elliott Bay, Seattle

Orca Swimming in Elliott Bay, Seattle

I first caught glimpse of it just south of the ferry terminal at 9:36am this morning.

From there, the orca began swimming along the Seattle waterfront, about 100 yard from shore, until I lost sight of it somewhere around Interbay.

These shots were taken between 9:40am – 9:42am.

Unfortunately, I shot most of it through a filthy window, so the pictures aren’t good as they could have been … but when you spot a killer whale in Elliott Bay, you take when you can get.

Orca Swimming in Elliott Bay, Seattle

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Goodbye Piecora’s

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

 

Wonderful.

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

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

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

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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