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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I was walking home from work on Tuesday night when some guy sauntered up beside me and said “Pssst, you need tickets?”
“No”, I replied, before looking up at the nearby Paramount Theater marquee to see who I was being offered tickets to see. Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider, David Spade, Norm McDonald (and Tim Meadows and Nick Swardson, I would find out once in the venue).
The show was starting in a half-hour, and I didn’t hold out much hope for ticket availability, so imagine my surprise when I walked up to the box office and learned that they
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A couple of weeks ago, we went to Pike Place Market to grab some food from the Market Galbee Korean place. When we got there, we were suprised to find that it was no more. In its place was a new food stand called “Pike’s Pit BBQ”.
“What is this?! I don’t like change!!”, I called out, at which point I closed my eyes and held my breath until the gods or whoever put things back the way I had grown accustomed to them. When I opened my eyes, everything was restored to its previous state, so we got
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General Porpoise Donuts
Extended adolescence. It’s all the rage these days. And instead of shaking my fist at the infantile suburban tourists who pass through Seattle on their post-collegiate staycations, I’ve finally accepted the fact that, short of hiring a few black guys to move to the neighborhood (Sticky Fingaz from Onyx “black”, not suburban-friendly Obama “black”) I can’t do anything to make them leave. That’s right, 2016 will be the year when I finally try to live in harmony with the attention-starved kidults. After all, it’s not their fault that they’re 35 year-old soul-less blank slates, void of
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The Crocodile Cafe’s, uh, excuse me, The Crocodile’s (because “cafe” is passe’) lighting technician claimed another victim on Friday night.
Cracker had just taken the stage after opening act Camper Van Beethoven’s set, when without warning, the tech aimed not one, but two high-powered spotlights at the guitarist, instantly vaporizing him.
As the panic-stricken crowd raced for the door, front man David Lowery, summoning nearly 30 years of audience-savvy, declared “damn the set list, we must play a hit to regain control of the crowd!”, at which point, he launched into the opening bars of 1993’s “Low”.
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New Amazon Tower on Westlake Avenue (taken 9/4/2015)
So, I’ve had a lot of people ask about my Amazon lawsuit, and I’ve been meaning to get around to posting an update, but things have just been to hectic.
First, I offered to settle for nothing. Nothing for me, at least. Amazon declined my offer to help the homeless, though.
Then, about a week before trial, over two months after the initial order, I was contacted by Amazon with an offer to settle.
I was very much against settling up until that point, the problem was (according to legal advice
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It’s not a good time to be a Java developer. While the language itself is quite polished, and the speed and performance of the virtual machine has exceeded what I had at first thought probable, I increasingly have to come to terms with the fact that … in order to run the stuff I write, people have to risk infecting their computer with malware first.
Sure, the obsessively detailed can possibly avoid it (barring an errant tap of the ‘enter’ key), but the installers for most malware have been developed using psychological techniques designed to trick the user into “agreeing”
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The last article maybe wasn’t exactly the last Amazon update for awhile. It was close, though. I just found something out, so bear with me …
So, when Amazon cancelled my order, I figured it was a ploy to reneg on my compensation. After all, I’d already conceded to wait, how hard would it have been to stick my order in another box and ship it back out? Or just let the order that was on its way, continue? Just why, exactly, did I need to start over from square one, and take time out of my day to
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After ignoring my emails all day yesterday, Amazon finally agreed to make my order good this morning.
Since my deadline for the gift orders were actually tomorrow, they told me to re-place the order with overnight shipping, send them the order number, and they would credit me for the shipping.
I went back to the website to do exactly that, except oh no, what’s this, there was no overnight shipping available for my order.
I replied to the service agent to explain this development, and ….
“Wait, are you saying that after all you went through, they
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• I placed an order and paid extra for, and I quote, “Guaranteed Two-Day Shipping”. (I’ve never had anything arrive in 2 days from Amazon via second day shipping, but I guess I’m an optimist. Plus I got tired of waiting two weeks for deliveries, a time artificially extended to extract $99 more from customers.)
• 3 days later, it had not arrived as usual, so I contacted Amazon. After a couple of bad interactions, I also left negative feedback.
• “For my inconvenience”, Amazon apologized profusely and seemingly sincerely (they weren’t), and they agreed to compensate me.
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