Seattle Space Needle Reflection at Night

Smashing Pumpkins at the Paramount Theater

The Smashing Pumpkins played the Paramount last Wednesday night. After opener Liz Phair did her thing, Corgan began the show with a string of mostly-acoustic-ish (solo acoustic through a fairly large PA system) songs, then segued into some fully-electric songs, back to acoustic-ish, back to electric, back to acoustic-ish, etc, etc. The rest of the band came and went throughout the gig, depending on whether the song was a band or solo number.

When all was said and done, it was maybe 40% traditional rock, 60% quasi-acoustic, all kind of mixed together. I’ve never seen anything completely like it,

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Only in Seattle …….. aaaand Maybe West Virginia

Rare are the times one glances out the window of a city bus and spots a goat on the hood of a Ford Minivan. Unless that bus happens to be meandering through the backroads of West by-God Virginia, or, apparently, Seattle, Washington.

The goat was on the sidewalk when I first spotted him, and he jumped on the minivan as the bus rumbled by. I sure hope it was his van.

I use the male pronoun for the goat only because it had relatively large horns. Everyone knows that gender is a societal construct, though, at least everyone in

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Sequoia Sitta

Since about 11:00 today, a man has been sitting near the top of the Macy’s Giant Sequoia at 4th and Stewart/Olive.

For the majority of the day, helicopters have been hovering overhead, and dozens of police officers with assault-rifles have been standing at the base of the tree.

Assault rifles.

For a man in a tree.

Allow me to repeat …

Assault rifles.

For a man in a tree.

For a man in a tree.

As you might expect, this spectacle has drawn a fair number of onlookers, as well it’s cost the city a small fortune in “law

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What the Bloody Hell is This?

Strange Dome Under Construction

Life on the Cutting Edge

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Some people buy the best, most powerful technology that money can buy … then proceed to spend the day posting to Facebook.

I, on the other hand, am an innovator; a creator; and I need the best technology that money can buy, because my creative aspirations already exceed what can be accomplished by modern technology.

For instance, when most people sit on the crapper at midnight, they check Twitter, or Instagram, or some other me-too social media ghetto.

Not me.

Oh no.

See, even when I’m just killing time, I am pushing the envelope of what’s possible …

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Picture: Pine Street

Isn’t Technology Wonderful?

Even though it’s 2016, I still spend a significant portion of my day in the terminal, going back and forth between OS X and 1,000+ Linux machines.

When I open a new window, it’s more likely to be a Tmux window than one in a GUI program, and when it comes to managing packages, I either compile them myself, or install them via Apt-Get, Yum, or my current go-to package manager on OSX … Homebrew.

As far as package managers go, Homebrew is pretty cool, and it’s exposed me to a fair amount of software that I wasn’t even

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Dude Looks Like a ………… Dude?

I made a resolution at the beginning of 2016. I decided to make an effort, a real effort, to just ignore the insanity around me. After all, what can I do? What can one person do when the masses have collectively gone insane? What can you do when tens of thousands of people around you start saying provably irrational things? Things like “gender is 100% determined by society, and has no basis whatsoever in biology”?

“What about chromosomes?”, you wonder, “I thought chromosomes determined ones gender? I thought XX equaled female and XY equaled male? How does society determine

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Blame it on the Rain

 

I’m an avid reader of local meteorologist Cliff Mass’ Blog. It’s an interesting mixture of weather information and brothel reviews which I find both fascinating and arousing.

Upon checking out Cliff’s place today, I learned something new. I learned that happy endings have returned to local massage parlors. Yay! I also learned that this past winter was the wettest winter on record in Seattle.

No, really, I’m not kidding. This past October – February was the wettest on record. This means that every winter people have whined about up until now, have all had less rain than this

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