It’s easy to get into habits, and by doing so, failing to discover better alternatives.
Take search engines, for example.
I’ve been using Google since it was a cluster of Linux/Free-BSD boxes in the late-90′s. In those days, Google was a scrappy challenger to then-dominant Yahoo, and when I told people that I’d switched to it, I was met mostly with snickers.
Alas, history is repeating itself, as it wants to.
Google was superior to Yahoo because its algorithm was right for the times. Whereas Yahoo merely counted the number of times a search term appeared on a page,
Continue reading Duck Duck What?
That’s the number of times I submitted an appeal to Google. Twelve times.
Look, I don’t like going to court. In fact, I hate going to court. It’s extremely time-consuming, risky, and frustrating. That’s why I spent months appealing to Google a dozen times. Because I really, really, really didn’t want to go to court.
What can you do, though, when a company takes your hard-earned money, locks the things purchased with that money into a particular account, then decides somewhere along the way that they don’t like your name. That’s right, for no particular reason …
Continue reading Here We Go Again: Suing Google
A few months ago, I wrote a rant after a particularly trying day, and the replies I got to it were rather rude, if not predictable, and all of them anonymized.
They fell along the following lines of:
“Oh, that never happens”, “Why I haven’t I see it?”, “I ride the ferry all the time and I’ve never seen what you are describing once, not even once!”
That’s the thing about anonymous internet commenters. They’re all full of shit.
Skepticism in general is a good thing, though. Frankly, there should be more of it. Much more of it. I
Continue reading Tantrum on the High Seas
Well what do you know. She won. She actually won.
Frankly, I take the credit.
Just days after I wrote an article about her, Kshama Sawant became the first socialist to be elected in Seattle in 100 years.
Read it and weep:
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Is it possible that I swayed just one, two, three votes, or enough to push her over the top?
Hell yes it’s possible.
In fact, I would say it’s probable.
Okay, it’s possible. Barely. But still, possible.
So, Ms. Sawant, you’re welcome. Just remember who got you here when
Continue reading Chicken Dinner
Most days, I go through the day feeling like a floppy asshole that’s been fucked one too many times by the corporate cock. Every once in awhile, though, every now and then, I tense the sphincter of my meager existence and I snap the phallus right in half.
Today was one of those days.
It all started last Thursday when I woke up and turned on the dipshit box.
“Where’s that raving bitch M.J. McDermott?!”, I screamed, “How the fuck am I supposed to know if it’s going to be a ‘dry paws’ day or a ‘damp paws’ day goddammit??!!”
Continue reading Eh, Fuck You Comcast
2013 Seattle Election Results
Oh Mike. Mike, Mike, Mike. I tried to warn you. Really I did. You didn’t listen, though. Nobody ever listens.
The votes have been counted, and by a solid 57-43 margin, Ed Murray won the 2013 Mayoral Election. I’ll have 4 ½ years to make my opinions of Ed known, but suffice to say, I’m fairly bummed out.
Ed Murray is a fairly typical politician, with the exception that he’s fashionably gay, and supports fashionably gay causes.
Given that gay folks in Seattle are an affluent demographic, with arguably more political power than any other
Continue reading Seattle Election 2013: All Over But the Sodomy
Hilloween 2013 was held this weekend, and as usual, we could not resist attending.
I like Hilloween for a number of reasons, but perhaps my favorite event pastime is watching wayward hipsters show up.
Every year, a handful of ex-suburban dillknockers show up at Cal Anderson Park dressed up in their “sexy” costumes, and every year, I watch as a look of confusion, and then rage comes over their faces.
See, when they read the flyers proclaiming Hilloween to be child-friendly, they naturally assumed that by “child”, the organizers mean people from 21-50 years old. This is
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You claim to be alternative.
You got the nose ring.
You got the tongue ring.
You talk the talk.
Isn’t it time to walk the walk?
Last election cycle, I read with humor as The Stranger excoriated the few 3rd party candidates on the ticket for being too, well, alternative. According to The Stranger, said candidates did not … prepare for the horror show … HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO RUN FOR OFFICE!
Hey Pierced Tongue, feel like you’ve been had yet?
Cause you have been.
As the corporate ogre continues to dupe ex-suburban wannabe-alterna-kids, third party candidates continue
Continue reading A True Alternative Candidate
Westlake Park – Grocery Strike Countdown
Well, it looks like the grocery strike is going to happen not going to happen because all involved read my piece and came to their senses.
I wish I could say that I will honor would have honored the strike, but it wouldn’t make any sense for me to do so.
The standard of living for the American working class is falling, and it will only get worse as time goes on. This is not the result of some clandestine plot by Corporate America, it’s the result of policies that the people, themselves,
Continue reading The Great Seattle Grocery Store Strike
Today, I became a socialist.
That’s right, on this fine day, I got out of bed, walked over to my desk, fired up my computer, and placed the round, pink, firm nipple of the nanny state directly into my mouth … at which point, I began sucking.
Oh my. I never knew that milk could taste so sweet.
Why, oh why, did I wait so long? Why did I deprive myself for all these years?
You see, before this week, I’d never asked the government for anything. At least not directly. Sure, I’ve used public streets, I’ve benefitted from the
Continue reading Viva Obamacare!
My occupation requires that I write, test & support software on a variety of different platforms, and for the past couple of years, I have been pulling this off using virtualization technology … primarily the open source VirtualBox.
A Linux user since the early 90′s, I’ve always preferred open source solutions when reasonably possible. I still use Linux on all of my servers, as well as Open Office, GIMP, Eclipse, etc on the desktop. Over the years, my bias against commercial software has only increased with Corporate America’s increasing level of hostility towards consumers, as well as a general decline
Continue reading Beware Parallels Desktop 9
The United States economy is in the midst of fascinating, yet troubling times.
In the span of roughly one and a half to two decades, United States companies have gone from a “The Customer is King” philosophy, to one of abject contempt for the customer. It’s occurred slowly enough so that most Americans have not been aware of the change, but every now and then, something reminds me of just how far we’ve slid, and how quickly it’s happened.
A couple of weeks ago, while eating at Italian Family Pizza on First Avenue, I noticed that my daughter had a
Continue reading StinkedIn
While walking to South Lake Union Park yesterday, my nine year-old daughter got annoyed by a Generation Amazing cyclist dressed in messenger gear.
The street next to us was completely clear, yet this autistic wonder was zig-zagging back and forth down the sidewalk, narrowly missing pedestrians.
“Watch out, snowflake!” my daughter admonished, “Does this look like your driveway? What kind of bike messenger rides on the sidewalk when there’s no traffic anyway?”
Poor snowflake. All that expensive spandex and messenger gear, yet still called out by a little girl. No matter how hard they try, and boy do they try
Continue reading Know Your Customers
Above from: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Seattle-team-falls-short-in-world-record-water-balloon-fight–220116031.html
Well, it serves them right … who in the hell has a water balloon fight without inviting kids?
You remember kids, don’t you Seattle? They’re the people who invented the fucking water balloon fight. The people who gave our culture all kinds of cool things, because their parents cut the umbilical cord when they were born, instead of 37 years after the fact.
A couple years ago, after covering the zombie world record attempt in Fremont, someone wrote in and asked me why so many of these childlike events happened in Seattle.
I wasn’t sure back
Continue reading I Guess They Should Have Invited Kids
Oh, King County Cops and Seattle Police Department, ya done fucked up now.
For years, you’ve been harassing average citizens for the non-crime of taking photographs, but this time, you’ve gone too far. This time, you pissed off a precious, affluent white person on the Stranger staff.
I’ve been writing about harassment at the hands of police officers and security guards for at least 5 years, and it’s always happened while taking photographs or recording videos.
Unfortunately, I’ve been far from alone. In fact, just this last month, Phil Mocek elicited this reaction from security guards at a Downtown
Continue reading Welcome to the Real World, Dominic Holden
When someone told me that The Stranger’s blogger wrote a rebuttal of my critique of their article, I was pretty stoked.
The rebuttal is here: http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/07/01/a-local-blogger-explains-why-feminists-are-the-new-nazis
Online intellectual discourse has declined in recent years, almost perfectly inverted with Facebook’s rise. Once the mainstream media began openly pandering to anonymous commenters and the social media crowd, what was left of rational debate soon disappeared, being replaced by childish name calling, schoolyard insults, and painfully predictable flame wars.
Last year, I turned off the comments on my blog. Where once my blog was a refuge from the inane blather of everyday
Continue reading Cienna Madrid, The Stranger, and a Total Fucking Idiot
“Gimme, gimme, me, me, it’s mine all mine!”
If the State of Washington had a moto, that’s what it would be.
I don’t think that any sane person would disagree that Seattleites set an unparalleled standard for self-centricity. A standard of self-centricity which is shocking. I don’t mean that lightly. The self-centered nature of the typical Seattleite shocks the conscious. I, on many occasions, stand and marvel, mouth agape, stunned by the complete and utter self-absorption that I see on a daily basis. In my mind, that the average person on the streets of Seattle feels that they are
Continue reading I Hate You
We are only six months into it, but 2013 has already been a significant year for yours truly. It’s a landmark year.
It will always be recognized as the year that, at least for the most part, I stopped giving a damn. Giving a damn about you, that is. The year that I finally succumbed. Whether it was due to apathy, futility, or just plain exhaustion … it’s hard to say … but more than a couple of people have noticed a dramatic change in my demeanor this year.
Once upon a time, when I read about foreclosures, police
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Washington basketball fans have been shitting David Stern’s semen for the last 4 years, and when it came time to man up, extend a middle finger, and send that asshole packing, what did you all do?
You got down on your hands and knees like a bunch of little bitches and took a load right in the face. Pow! Right in the kisser!
So, I have to ask … are you done yet, or are you thirsty for more?
Have you any shame, or does the sight of 10 guys in shorts simply get you
Continue reading And Stay Out!
After watching the above video, you may come to the conclusion that the answer is “yes”.
This is where we are as a society folks. A point where the guy in a superhero costume officially makes more rational, logical sense than does the Mayor, the Chief of Police, and every bobble-headed human teleprompter on every “news” station in town.
Rightly or wrongly, Phoenix Jones takes a lot of criticism from the unwashed masses and the corporate media who bottle-feed said masses their daily dose of recycled shit.
Personally, I’ve always defended the guy. Yeah, I see how the suit
Continue reading The Most Rational Man In Seattle?