February 2005

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Blakeley Alley: the new Seattle hot spot


So I just want to go on the record saying that I think that the new cool neighborhood in Seattle is becoming "Blakeley Alley" (that's my name for it). This is the area just north of University Village Mall and East of the U-District. Here is a map

It's hard to describe what makes it cool, but here goes: It is a collection of funky, independent shops like the phenomenally good University Zoka coffee shop. It is close enough to U-Village to get the benefits of having the chain retails stores, but without having to participate in the homogenization of the outdoor mall culture. There isn't a ton there yet, but there is space to grow. But on top of that, these really cool software start-ups are emerging in the area, like Omni which makes OmniGraffle and makes Visio look like old-school WordPerfect software. Another start-up is Delicious Monster, a company with a ton of buzz because of their software, "Delicious Library". To be honest, I don't get what is so cool about Delicious Library, but I won't ask or else people will think that I don't get it. Finally there is All for kids, a kids bookstore that is funky, independent and loosely affiliated to a part-time advisor of mine. The Burke-Gilman trail runs right by it and TiCycles is right there also.

Anyway there is something bubbling there. It isn't the new clubbing district. It isn't the new art disctrict, but buy a house nearby, it's going to be the new...uh...new....well... the new cool place to actually live.

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NPR screenshot

npr.jpg You just have to laugh when something like this happens on the Internet. This was a screen shot from the NPR website taken today.

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Inaugural Bumper Sticker (update)

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Today I launch a new category on my blog: Crazy Bumper Stickers. These are photographs I have taken of bumper stickers that promote bizarre ideas or combinations of ideas that are definitely outside of the mainstream. These are ideas which really need to be discussed somewhere other than on a bumper, but which nonetheless show up on someone's car. Generally I'm not looking for *funny* sayings, but rather complicated stances on policy or unusual issue advocacy. Hence our first example: "I Brake For Nigerian Dwarf Goats".

The bumper has become everyone's little billboard to promote anything that comes to mind for (sortof) free.

Update: I was at the Woodland Park Zoo this weekend (in Seattle) and snapped a photo of some Nigerian dwarf goats. No bumper stickers on them though.

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I think the argument could easily be made that the operator of this vehicle was more for the humor than the advocacy- unless there have been a number or car/NDG accidents in the greater Seattle area lately.

Posted by: Nate at November 23, 2004 5:13 AM

I don't think so. I think this is probably a guy who is into raising NDGs as an environmentally responsible way to get meat, or as pets. Pygmy goats (are they the same as NDGs?) figure prominently in the Biosphere II story. Which goes something like: "They are great livestock for space stations because they breed fast, don't each too much compared to the meat they generate, and generate less waste"

Posted by: Don at November 23, 2004 6:25 AM

i think that you should tell these other people to shut up and not listen to them and do the oppisate .

Posted by: alex at January 18, 2006 9:25 AM

Baby's got book!


This is so hilarious. I was rolling on the floor laughing. It is a spoof of "Baby's got Back", that seminal work by Sir-Mix-A-Lot, but instead of talking about girls with big butts, it's talking about girls with big books (and in particular big Bibles). I'm still laughing...

"I like big Bibles I can not lie,
You Christian brothers can't deny,
When a girl walks in with a KJV
And a bookmark in proverbs, You get stoked."

Original-original in many formats here

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Good and Bad Companies

These are the companies that Charles and Don have opinions about:
Good Companies Bad Companies

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I'm pretty sure that McDonalds has dumped Chipotle. Starbucks is definetely lousy. Good airlines would be Jetblue and Independence Air.

Posted by: Nate at February 4, 2005 12:26 PM