"If you understood everything I said, you'd be me" - Miles Davis
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." - Bertrand Russell
"Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government." - Lenny Bruce
"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" - Homer Simpson

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Thanks #sdot, for closing the Counterbalance halfway down. I love unplanned detours onto narrow, unplowed side streets in a panel truck
Thanks #sdot, for closing the Counterbalance halfway down. I love unplanned detours onto narrow, unplowed side streets in a panel truck

Twitter Fri, 20 Jan 2012 19:06:14
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Finally there's snow outside, let the mass civil panic commence. #snomg
Finally there's snow outside, let the mass civil panic commence. #snomg

Twitter Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:19:11
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RT @daviddlevine: Many Portlanders believe that the city is built on an ancient unicorn burial ground. You saw it on Twitter, so it's tr ...
RT @daviddlevine Many Portlanders believe that the city is built on an ancient unicorn burial ground. You saw it on Twitter, so it's tr ...

Twitter Mon, 10 Jan 2011 03:28:43
Tweet 24427411080749056

Seattle Nanny-state's latest target: burlesque comedy wrestling show
Seattle Nanny-state's latest target: burlesque comedy wrestling show ** Seattle tries to shut down burlesque wrestling show Lucha VaVoom **

Twitter Tue, 18 May 2010 23:16:34
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Yeah!! "Seattle is the most miserable sports city" - Another reason I like it here
Yeah!! "Seattle is the most miserable sports city" - Seattle is the most miserable sports city - - Another reason I like it here

Twitter Fri, 14 May 2010 00:14:48
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wsdot just lost all computer traffic info for downtown Seattle. This ain't good. Camera's are still up. P.S. We're having a windstorm
wsdot just lost all computer traffic info for downtown Seattle. This ain't good. Camera's are still up. P.S. We're having a windstorm

Twitter Fri, 02 Apr 2010 08:40:44
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Twitter Thu, 25 Mar 2010 08:43:33
Seattle's tallest building is underwater on it's mortgage - Columbia Tower misses mortgage payment -

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Twitter Fri, 26 Feb 2010 01:01:21
It involved a car maneuvering on the side of the road, but whatever I watched for 5 long minutes was in no sense "parking" #rtfm #ptfc

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High Weirdness

"According to a police report, a "nicely dressed" middle-aged man entered the hospital around 10:00 AM and approached a receptionist, and dropped a note on her desk.

About an hour later, the receptionist looked at the note, which was written in code, and immediately contacted hospital security. Harborview security officers were able to decipher the note and turned it over to police, who forwarded it to the bomb squad and intelligence unit for investigation."

Police Investigate Mysterious Coded Message Left At Hospital

Woopsie II

KOMO News has some great aerial shots of the scene:

Tow trucks rescue charter buses dangling over I-5

Woopsie

Seattle does not handle snow and ice well:

seattle capitol hill bus crash through guardrail i-5
(Almost) Seattle Bus Plunge - Flickr Set
Via The Slog

Perfect Timing

A massive winter storm is heading for Washington state (Seattle+Snow=APOCALYPSE) and the Official Traffic Map and Incident Report Page are FUBAR.

Update: Working Traffic Incidents Page



Mental Diet
Ladies and Gentleman, The Reverend Bruce Howard:

The Reverend was one of the high points of Seattle Cable Access TV in the 90's. He went through 3 stylistic phases: The slooooow vampiric talking head, then the giddy "Buddy Love" featuring pastel backgrounds and his nervous dog, and finally the dark cultish ranter complete with on-screen disciples. Many was the time that an innocent dive bar was terrorized by my co-workers and I demanding our friday night after-work fix of Bruce. Via MetaFilter

Gleefully Celebrating Corporate Marketing
7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
Damn right I am, because the 7-Eleven at 4th and Denny in Seattle is one of 12 stores in the US and Canada converted into a Kwik-E-mart , complete with "real" Simpsons products. No Duff Beer though-not PG-13 enough.

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
The Sandwich Rack.

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
It can't be the Simpsons without donuts.

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
I think Ralph is wondering what his popsicle would taste like if he dipped it in baking soda.

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
They were good Squishees, though I couldn't get one that was all syrup. I also left the cup at work, so the pictures of Homer being chased by a pig will have to wait.

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
Jasper Beardley is preserved in the freezer.

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
Internet research ("so it must be true") suggests that the sign is part of the conversion. I wasn't sure.

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
The detail is amazing. Comic guy is reading an Atomic Man comic, the no-parking signs say "violators will be executed" and the chair for the (real) security guard has a Kwik-E-Mart logo.

7-11 converted to
kwik-e mart for simpsons movie
Kwik-E-Mart (Wikipedia)

About Time
"Comcast Corp. plans to drop Microsoft Corp.'s television software and on-screen program guide from its digital cable boxes in the Seattle area and the rest of the software company's home state."
This is good news. The new system has to be better than the current dreck. One example of how fubar Microsoft's software is: "E-mail" from Comcast is hidden under the "Settings" menu.

Comcast will no longer use Microsoft's TV software



Where the Wee Folk Live
Even though I drive by it every day, I had no idea there was a Seattle neighborhood called "Tangletown"-it sounds like someplace out of a Neil Gaiman novel.

So Long, Sonics
goodbye sonics
http://FineThenLeave.com/


Holy Crap
"A gunman opened fire early Saturday in a home, killing six young partygoers and critically injuring at least one other before committing suicide when confronted by police outside.

The heavily armed shooter, dressed in black, fired repeatedly as he made his way into the house, killing four men and two women, police said. He then went upstairs and tried to get into a locked bathroom where a young couple were hiding. Unable to enter, he fired through the door before leaving the pair unharmed.
...
...the shooter left the home briefly and returned with a handgun and a 12-gauge pistol-grip shotgun, which Kerlikowske described as "a weapon not designed for hunting purposes but for hunting people." The gunman, identified only as a local man in his late 20s, also wore bandoliers of shells for the shotgun and carrying additional clips for the handgun, the chief said. In his truck, police found an assault rife and multiple "banana clips" carrying 30 bullets each. As the gunman walked the half block from his truck to the house, he spray painted the word "NOW" in orange twice on the sidewalk and once on the steps of a neighbor's home, police said."
This is unsettling. I've been to parties just like this, though not usually till 7am, and not on Capitol Hill. No angry voices, no fighting, no warning. The shooter doesn't sound like somebody who just lost it-he had stocked up. I wonder if we'll ever know what the orange "Now" was all about.
Gunman Kills Six, Self in Seattle Home

Under My Feet
artistic seattle manhole
I had no idea that Seattle has artistic manhole covers
Via Extreme Craft

Mass Hysteria
"Attention citizens the Greater Seattle Metropolitan Area. As we have received 1/16th of an inch of show municipal code N-774290.4.c is now in effect, requiring all drivers currently on the roads to drive their vehicle into a ditch at the earliest convenient moment. If you are unable to do so because your nearest ditch is already filled with vehicles, you may instead precipitate either a rear-ender or a fender-bender. Your compliance will ensure that local news stations have no difficulty obtaining footage for their "BlizzardWatch '05!!" coverage, which will begin immediately and continue until the last sludgy lump of ice has melted from the median of I-5.

Residents should also be aware that all chit-chat, small talk, and informal shit shooting must, by law, be confined exclusively to weather-related topics for the next 48 hours. We thank you for your cooperation."
Snow Advisory From Defective Yeti

Great Sneezing Buddha, tell me about it. I had to drive around King County all day today and people were driving like it was raining blood and frogs. The snow was melting as soon as it hit the ground (40 degree weather will do that) so what we had today was a classic "Seattle Snow Panic" only without the snow.

Aha
The Badhill route generator (King County only) is intended for bicyclists, but I can see putting it to use the next time Seattle suffers one of it's rare snowstorms.
Via robot wisdom weblog

Googling "seattle snow panic" revealed this gem:

"As soon as Seattlites see this unnatural white substance falling from the heavens, they shriek and gibber and panic and fear the wrath of their heathen gods. I can only conclude that Seattlites are a soft and weak people, ripe for conquest by the nomadic warrior tribes that stalk the frozen corn-tundra of my native Iowa.

They're called plows, people. They aren't rocket science. Jesus H. Balls!"
Absolutely true. One bright side is seeing all the expensive SUVs in automotively compromising positions. 4-wheel-drive doesn't help you stop.
Snowjob

Comcast Follies
" Comcast, the top U.S. cable TV network operator, is being sued by a Seattle-area woman for disclosing her name and contact information, court records showed Thursday.

In a lawsuit filed in King County, Wash., Dawnell Leadbetter said that she was contacted by a debt collection agency in January and told to pay a $4,500 for downloading copyright-protected music or face a lawsuit for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Leadbetter, a mother of two teenage children, was a customer of Comcast's high-speed Internet access service.

The company, Settlement Support Center, based in Washington state, was using information that the Recording Industry of Association of America had obtained in a Philadelphia lawsuit over the illegal sharing of digital music files, said Lory Lybeck, the lawyer representing Leadbetter.

But no court authorized Comcast to release names and addresses of its customers, or notified his client that her information had been given to an outside party, Lybeck said.

"Comcast should respect the rights of privacy who pay them monthly bills," Lybeck said."
I'm no fan of the phone company, but I think I'll be choosing DSL when circumstances allow me to get broadband.
Link
Via Boing Boing

Another Brush W/Celebrity
I met J.P. Patches today. I moved about 600 pounds of stuff into his garage and he gave me a t-shirt. Nice guy, the Patchster is.

Here We Go Again
Winter begins in Western Washington state and that can only mean one thing: Flood alerts. Every year we are treated to rivers with funny names running over their banks and TV reporters in raincoats standing around in the dark looking worried. I'm just amazed that nobody ever says "Hey, do these damn rivers have to flood year in and year out? Is there anything we could be doing to stop or lessen all the damage these annual floods cause?". But no, the subject never even comes up.

More Cold Killr Sightings
Buffoonery.org on the case

Beware Of The Walls
coldk graffiti 1

coldk graffiti 2

I've learned more about the enigmatic graffiti mentioned in an earlier post.
The artist is "Cold Killer" aka "ColdK" and he's part of the "BOTW" or "Beware of the walls" crew. And they aren't paintings of evil pac-men, they're ghosts.
Stranger Article
Tom Harpel's coldk photos
Beans for Breakfast Blog has pics.
Murmur Blog has more pics

Pictures
pac man graffiti 1
I've spotted quite a few of these around town.
I don't know if they're evil Pac-Men or what.
This one is by Seahawk Stadium.

pac man graffiti 2
Capitol Hill

pac man graffiti 3
U-district: this might be unrelated to the first two.

scuba graffiti 1

kerry lemonade stand
Lemonade stand for Kerry

sidewalk sale
Somebody doesn't get the concept.

News Flash: High School still sucks
BELLEVUE (WA)-- Starting Monday, students are barred from wearing hats and hoods at Interlake High School, reinforcing a school prohibition against gang-related clothing.

The prohibition on headgear was announced to students Friday afternoon.

No gang incidents have occurred on the northeast Bellevue campus this year, but Assistant Principal Lynn Gill said Interlake is taking preventive measures to keep students focused on academics.

``There's stuff (about gangs) in the news, there's stuff in the community,'' Gill said. ``It's been an issue at other schools.''

I'm obviously a stone original gangsta, because I wear both hat and hood. Of course I belong to the notorious Brotherhood of White Delivery Vans: We Are Everywhere. Why do we bother putting people in jail when all we need to do is take away their hats and hoodies and presto-law abiding citizen!
Link
Via Metafilter

Larva "Live" at the Cedar Stump Theater
bug band
Cool mural on the side of "The Trading Musician" on Roosevelt.
Picture 1
Picture 2
Picture 3
Link

Various Chuckleheads
illegal turn
Here we have a buttmunch holding up about 5 cars while attempting to make an illegal turn across 2 lanes of busy traffic into a line of 10 cars waiting for a light. I really wish I was the car behind them so I could use my horn.

illegal turn
This is classic. Not 1, not 2, but 3 cars parked in a load/unload zone while they busily load/unload what-lattes? Actually the last car in the line is parked in a bus stop.

benz
One of the things I miss about my last job was the ability to have non-customers towed out of our lot. The nicer the car, the better. This arrogant jerk hasn't even fed the meter. Oh yea, I miss having cars towed.