I recently reactivated my OK Cupid profile after a hiatus from the site while I was in a relationship. The good news is that since going back my profile had been getting lots of attention and I've been able to make a few dates. The problem is that I setup dates with two different women and only after making the plans did I discover that they both teach in the same small department at the same small university here in town. The dates are on different days, but the same weekend.
What's the etiquette here? Since they're first dates and the assumption with internet dating is that you're probably seeing other people until you have a conversation about doing otherwise, my inclination would normally be to not say anything. My hesitancy is that I stand out like a sore thumb in the community where we all live and I feel like it would be pretty obvious that they were talking about the same person if they turn out to be friends and have a simple conversation about the dates they went on this weekend.
Should I cancel one of the dates or at least postpone it further out? Is it appropriate to disclose or should I just see how it plays out?
My response after the jump…
The search for a new police chief will begin in earnest next year, and the city council is proposing a rule change designed to attract stronger candidates. A bill from Council Member Bruce Harrell first heard in his public safety committee today would allow a new chief to hire some of his senior command staff from outside the Seattle Police Department.
Which makes sense, right? The federal police monitor overseeing SPD's compliance with a consent decree has said that at least some of the current command staff is actually contributing to the department's problems.
But the move doesn't come without controversy—among cops and council members.
Thanks to a rule passed by the council in the 1970s, anyone hired for a position above captain in the Seattle Police Department is currently required to be promoted from within. Which means that a new police chief hired from outside SPD can't bring any command staff with him or her, or hire any from another police force, and must instead promote people for roles like assistant chief from within SPD.
The restriction is doubly unappealing to potential chief candidates: First, it's attractive for chiefs considering a move to be allowed to bring along someone they know and trust to be part of a new command staff in a new city. Second, it seems odd to ask someone to come in to help reform a department—a department whose structural and cultural problems extend all the way up through the current command staff—and then say, oh, yeah, you have to hire your entire six-person command staff from our troubled department. According to Council Member Tim Burgess, this restriction has been "a big roadblock in the past" that has actually "stopped us form getting the kinds of candidates we want."
But this can't be taken well by the police unions, right? And indeed, in the public safety committee meeting today, chair Bruce Harrell mentioned that there's already been at least a preliminary objection by the police officers' union that they see this as a problem since it affects their hiring pipeline. No word yet from the police managers' union, which represents these higher-ranking officers.
That's where the claws came out:
Ellen Altfest is someone I keep thinking back to. Her paintings at the Venice Biennale were so quiet, perfect, and strange, and, even better, a little bit too much of each of those adjectives.
She is plainly a virtuoso with a brush and oil paint on canvas. Her compositions are so tight, it feels like she was physically cornered when she was creating them. Like she could only back up so far or bump into a wall.
Often, that's the problem of a photographer. Altfest does not work from photographs. She works from the things themselves, models and plants and trees.
She hurts people and gets hurt when she's working. Turning the historical tables, she paints male nude models, and when she paints them, they become still-life objects demanding and rewarding a level of scrutiny that's usually reserved for late-night mirror sessions by confounded teenaged girls. Every penis wrinkle, every neck wrinkle, every hair, every stretch mark, every vein.
She is hard core. She is serious. She is absurd.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney's office has filed theft, burglary, and malicious mischief charges against Samuel Kenneth McDonnough for allegedly trying to steal the Vitoria Clipper ferry last week. Obviously, McDonough is an awful character in a made-for-TV movie. But the real stars are the writers at the prosecutor's office and SPD (click to embiggen):
I've uploaded a copy of the incredible record—including the SPD hostage negotiations team's account of calling McDonough on the ferry's cell phone only to be told "I don't want to talk right now" before he hung up—HERE.
Yesterday, I wrote about my distaste for year-end arts lists. It turns out, I'm not the only one who feels this way. Rather than compile the usual year-end book lists—they published no less than 20 lists last year—NPR has instead compiled a digital concierge of the year's best 200 books. The books aren't arranged in some arbitrary "best" to "worst" construction. Instead, they're grouped by genre and by the person who recommended the book, which allows you to make some interesting jumps from book to book. It's a much more helpful way to keep track of the most noteworthy books of the year. (Although I would encourage you to step outside your preferred genres; you'll probably find something worthwhile by expanding your horizons a little bit.)
In their introduction to the concierge, NPR hints that BuzzFeed's obsession with list-making might have been a reason why they decided to take a more nuanced approach. If they can convince the rest of the internet to give up on pointless list-making, maybe BuzzFeed does serve an important purpose after all.
Of course you do! If you count yourself among the legion of Pearl Jammers (Pearl Jammies?), you're not going to want to miss the Pearl Jam Pop-Up Shop on Saturday!
There are so many neat events happening tonight I can't tell you about them all in a single blog post. First up, Rob Delaney is doing comedy (and signing his memoir) at the Neptune. My interview with him is here. Also, Fred Vogelstein is reading at Town Hall tonight, and I explained why his book, about the Apple/Google phone wars, is so damned compelling in the book section this week.
In addition, Coll Thrush is at the Olympic Sculpture Park. The interestingly named Thrush is the author of Native Seattle: Histories from the Crossing-Over Place. Stranger art critic Jen Graves says Thrush is "AWESOME." The caps are hers. She is not the sort of person to overuse capital letters, so pay heed.
And oh my God there are so many more interesting events. We've got a celebration of a famous Lummi totem pole carver at the Burke, a flash fiction reading at University Book Store, and Oscar-winning actor Octavia Spencer at Third Place Books. And more! Books about miniature gardening; author Julia Serano, the author of Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive, at Elliott Bay Book Company; and others I can't mention because I just ran out of breath. Oh my God, and the Silent Reading Party! Can't forget about that. That's always a good time.
If you want to see what else is happening tonight, and for the rest of the (surprisingly busy) foreseeable future, you should visit our readings calendar, which now stretches clear out to February. Phew!
Where does the driving, high-velocity element of your sound come from? I hear Blade Runner. Joy Division did the music to Blade Runner, and y'all came out.
Jude Miqueli: When I'm drumming, I feel like I'm driving a spaceship. The turns, the ramping up, easing in, and putting on the brakes. It's all a series of visions I have. I listen to each bandmate, look at them, and keep driving. I make sure we all land safely.
David Lawson at Seattle Transit Blog has three tips for not fucking up this simple task.
President Obama just wrapped up a big speech at the liberal Center for American Progress on how the chasms between rich and poor are undermining the country. He says this is a "profoundly unequal" economy, pledges to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage, cites Pope Francis' scathing critique of capitalism, and argues that class matters as much as race:
The fact is this: The opportunity gap in America is now as much about class as it is about race. And that gap is growing...So if we're going to take on growing inequality, and try to improve upward mobility for all people, we've got to move beyond the false notion that this is an issue exclusively of minority concern.
(Incidentally, this is a similar point—classism is as much a barrier as racism—to the one Kanye West has been trying to make in recent interviews, except that West can't help but argue it from an egocentric millioniare fashion-obsessed celebrity perspective.)
On the policy front, Obama briefly mentions the need for "targeted initiatives" to address racialized income gaps, but doesn't explain what those might be. And as Colorlines points out, he glosses over how people of color have been deliberately cut out of the benefits of America's post-war economic growth.
What say you, Slog?
The reading party's in four hours at the Sorrento! Since no one's allowed to talk at the reading party, including the special guests, I've taken to interviewing them ahead of time here on Slog about what they'll be reading.
Attention! Over on Line Out I'm giving away THREE PAIRS OF TICKETS to shows happening this Saturday because I like you guys and Wednesdays are my second-to-least-favorite day.
Even I, a Kickstarter skeptic, think this is just reprehensible: Heidi MacDonald at The Beat has published two posts explaining the growing trend of Kicktrolling. Cartoonist Thom Pratt explains his experience with someone going by the name Lee McAllister, who at first pledged $500 toward a collected edition of Pratt's new comic on Kickstarter:
...over the holiday weekend, he suddenly raised his bid to $1,000. “Well, okay,” we thought, “maybe he reeeeaallly wanted to see the project get funded.”
And then we woke up to suddenly find ourselves at 65% of goal, up from around 25%. Why?
Well, “Lee” suddenly increased his pledge to $10,000. And bragged about it in the comments.
Pratt says that McAllister's big-money bids on other Kickstarters have since disappeared from the site, and he's unsure if his Kickstarter is going to be funded by its deadline. Now other people who have been Kicktrolled are stepping forward to tell their stories. This kind of phony pledging hurts artists because they have to pay fees on the pledges regardless of whether they actually collect, and the higher-pledged totals affect the number of rewards that artists are obligated to send out.
I assume people who do this sort of Kicktrolling thing enjoy the momentary feeling of beneficence that pushing a button on a website gives them, and they just don't give a damn that they might pull the plug on someone else's dreams because that thrill is so powerful. (It makes me think of Cienna Madrid's great feature about people who lie on the internet about having terrible diseases for sympathy.) Obviously, Kickstarter needs to do something about this before it spreads any further on their site. This is the sort of thing that could ruin Kickstarter for small projects.
Here's a first sentence that sounds deceptively boring: Earlier this week, the city council announced the agenda for this afternoon's meeting of the public safety committee.
One item in particular jumped out:
4. C.B. 117996 (PDF Version)
Relating to security from terrorism; authorizing the City to partner with the State of Washington and King County to receive financial assistance from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness under the Urban Areas Secuirty Initiative Grant for Federal Fiscal Year 2012; authorizing an application for allocation of funds under that agreement; amending the 2013 Adopted Budget Ordinance 124058 by increasing appropriations to the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department and accepting revenues; and, ratifying and confirming prior acts, all by a three-fourths vote of the City Council.
BRIEFING, DISCUSSION, AND POSSIBLE VOTE (10 minutes)
Presenters: Captain Ron Leavell, Lt. Mark Mount, and Chris Steel, SPD
Hm. The council's public safety committee breezing through a 10-minute review of what the SPD might do with money from the Department of Homeland Security? Sound familiar?
It's how Seattle got its surveillance surprises over the past year: the drones, waterfront cameras, and mesh network that the SPD quietly bought and installed without going out of their way to share the details with the rest of us. (To be fair, the council didn't exactly go out of their way to dig up any.)
And it's why the SPD has had to go on mea culpa tours of community meetings to explain to baffled (and sometimes hostile) crowds what these things were, how we got them, and whether we need them.
That pattern didn't work out so well: the drones have been grounded, the cameras are supposedly off (or at least not being actively used), and the mesh network has been disabled.
So what DHS-funded projects were on today's agenda?
Some of them look innocuous enough—training for first responders, safeguards against catastrophe in the event of "structural collapse," and improving ways to warn "vulnerable populations" about emergencies.
But project number nine on the list raises some questions—it funds facial-recognition technology that would allow the SPD to cross-check photos of unknown "suspects" with a large database. Which could be fine, if used properly.
But why repeat the mistakes of the past by rubber-stamping another DHS-funded technology that might have some surveillance implications that we should think about first?
Seen in the Beacon Hill Station...
The Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Pearl Jam vs. Slog Holiday Charity Challenge continues! Have you read this great article by Dan Savage about it? You should!
And look at the cover of this week's Stranger! Never have all those gentlemen been drawn better. (That's the fine work of Emily Nokes, people!)
As you'll recall, the money raised by the fans of these amazing Seattle all-stars is going to YouthCare's Orion Center, providing food, shelter, safety, and alternatives to homeless teens right here in our city. And Seattle all-star Northwest Film Forum has kicked in a sweet prize to help out!
Want to win the 10 pairs of tickets to Northwest Film Forum? Donate to the Orion Center right now—any amount counts!—then forward us your receipt with why you love movies—excuse me, film—so damn much. Donate/forward by 4:30 pm to enter! The most compelling reason wins!
Yesterday's winner of Bumbershoot passes: @roozal, who said, "I want to go to Bumbershoot this year because it will be the first time in 5 years that I won't have to work (a shitty, part-time job) on the weekends!" Congrats, @roozal!
The man who convinced Taco Bell to create the hugely popular Doritos Locos Taco died on Thanksgiving, according to Consumerist's Mary Beth Quirk. He was 41.
Naturally, I decided to interview him with a few hard-hitting questions about TV and movie discoveries while on tour. Here’s what he had to tell me:
What are some memorable movies that you've ended up watching on tour? Which ones do you find yourself repeatedly re-watching? It changes from tour to tour. Sand, for example only watches No Retreat, No Surrender. With Cursive, there was a tour where Step Brothers was really resonating with the group of us young men. I think my favorite is on one Icy Demons tour, we got totally immersed in Some Kind of Monster, but not in a healthy way at all. Our tour manager started referring to us by the names of who he thought each of us was acting like, and guess who I got? The fucking producer! I thought I'd be an obvious choice for Kirk, in the role of master steedsman/shredder. Or at least the drummer.
Last night the 43rd District Democrats elected Brady Walkinshaw, a relatively progressive Cuban American and certified homosexual, to represent the central-Seattle district in the legislature's house starting next month. When I sat down with him a couple weeks ago, Walkinshaw seemed like a nice fellow who wants a modicum of power to make the world a better place. Currently employed by the Gates Foundation and a board member at Intiman, and formerly a labor organizer when he attended Princeton, he had dewey-eyed ambitions of advancing the state DREAM Act, preserving voting rights for people of color in racist Eastern Washington, and repairing our regressive tax scheme in a manner that makes Washington State fair for the working-class while finally giving schools the money they need. Instead, Walkinshaw will be a state legislator. As a lawmaker, Walkinshaw will crawl through the partisan gridlock of Olympia, where virtually nothing of import has happened in years and in which all work in the house is stymied by the GOP-controlled senate, all while continuing the 43 District legacy of choosing young gay politicians who grow up to be old gay politicians.
The King County Council is expected to rubber-stamp his appointment.
Walkinshaw will replace Democratic Representative Jamie Pedersen, renowned as the Dick Clark of gay elves. Pedersen was selected by the district to serve in the Sisyphean death chamber that is our state senate, filling a seat that was formerly occupied by Ed Murray, who created a vacancy after he fled said chamber and was elected mayor. Murray must now work full time with the Seattle City Council.
Condolences to all.
I'm betting that a lot of the year-end wrap-ups you're going to read in the next few weeks are going to focus heavily on the Obamacare website woes. But I bet in three years, nobody will remember or care that for a couple months, a new government-run website didn't actually work. Especially now that the site is starting to work:
About 29,000 people signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov on Sunday and Monday — a figure that surpasses the total for the whole month of October, an official familiar with the program told POLITICO.
The quickened pace of enrollments came as the White House hit its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline to fix the troubled Affordable Care Act website.
Remember how outraged Republicans were about that whole "You Didn't Build That" manufactured controversy from last year? And remember how ordinary Americans just didn't give a shit? The Republican response to the Obamacare rollout reminds me a lot of that.
According to the Kingsport, Tennessee police report, 59-year-old Michael Bledsoe was apparently well prepared for the War on Christmas:
Michael H. Bledsoe had just purchased a Christmas tree and had returned to his vehicle to retrieve a Christmas tree stand. He had a loaded 12 gauge shotgun lying on the back seat of his vehicle. As he retrieved the stand, the shotgun apparently shifted causing something to come in contact with the trigger resulting in a negligent discharge.
The shotgun blast struck Mr. Bledsoe in the pelvic area. He was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County E.M.S. with life-threatening injuries. He is currently still in the Intensive Care Unit listed in critical condition.
Merry Christmas, Second Amendment!
This video demonstration of an artificial hymen...
For potential hymen purchasers worried about the mechanics of operating a hymen replacement, the site offers a helpful step-by-step guide. “Insert the Artificial Hymen into your vagina carefully. It will expand a little and make you feel tight. When your lover penetrates, it will ooze out a liquid that appears like blood, not too much but just the right amount. Add in a few moans and groans and you will pass through undetectable!”
...is the creepiest, saddest, and most depressing thing I've seen on the Internet in weeks. Jeremy Wilson at The Kernel unpacks the creepiness:
If ever there were a reason to be horrified at the tentacles of the historic patriarchal oppression of women’s stubborn hold on modern day life, this is it. In a world where we’re constantly being told of technology’s potential to drive positive social change, it’s galling to see it being used to appease the infantile fantasies of backwards cultures. Depressing, really.
But... wouldn't an artificial hymen that works in the palm of your hand also work in your someone's ass? Anyone's ass? Seems to me that a girl could subvert the shit out of the patriarchy by sticking one of these in her boyfriend's ass and pegging the shit—and just the right amount of a liquid that appears to be blood—right out of him. And any gay men out there hymen envy could order a few. And, hey, a couple—gay or straight—could order a crate and spend a long, sensuous evening busting all sorts of hymens. Pegging hymens! Blowjob hymens! Handjob hymens! Buttsecks hymens! Tittyfucking hymens! Wet-willy hymens! The patriarchy-subverting possibilities are endless!
In light of Paul's earlier post, please enjoy this. (There's a promo for the guy's video game at the end. Bonus?)
Thanks, Slog-Tipper Mark!
A Richfield woman fatally stabbed her husband in the heart for "wanting to bring another woman into their bedroom," according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday. Amreya Rahmeto Shefa, 40, was charged in Hennepin County District Court with second-degree murder in the Sunday slaying of her husband, Habibi Tesema, 48.
The couple has two small children.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Pearl Jam. Slog. Whose fans are the best fans? We're finding out RIGHT NOW.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Pearl Jam have combined forces with Slog this holiday season to raise money for the Orion Center*, which houses homeless teens right here in our city. YouthCare needs $100,000 to keep the Orion center open seven days a week, providing food, shelter, safety, and alternatives to Seattle's most vulnerable population over the next year. Together, with the strength of all our fandom, we can do it!
We're on the third day of the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis vs. Pearl Jam vs. Slog Holiday Charity Challenge. Whose fans have raised the most money so far?
TOTAL $$$ RAISED SO FAR FOR THE ORION CENTER:
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans have donated: $7,447.00
• Pearl Jam fans have donated: $4,502.00
• Slog fans have donated: $2,255.00
• Seattlish fans have donated: $0.00**
TOTAL $$$ RAISED SO FAR: $14,204.00!
Have you given yet? Now is the time for fans of these awesome musicians and America's only blog to step up and DONATE to the Orion Center. These vulnerable kids need our help! Show your support for homeless teenagers and your favorite musicians and/or America's only blog by donating now!
• Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fans: GO HERE TO GIVE!
• Pearl Jam fans: GO HERE TO GIVE!
• Slog fans: GO HERE TO GIVE!
Tweet it out! #TeamMac #TeamJam #TeamSlog The fans that raise the most for the Orion Center by December 24th WIN! Let's do this! Come back to Slog later today to learn about PRIZES!
And if you give at least $25 to the Orion Center right now, then forward us your receipt and your commenter handle, we'll give you a commenter tag on Slog that says SLOG FAN, MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS FAN, or PEARL JAM FAN! Your choice!
** Seattlish is a blog that isn't Slog that is nevertheless accessible to readers in the United States—a clear violation of the royal charter that created Slog. (What part of "America's only blog" don't they understand?) But in all fairness to Seattlish fans... there's no landing page where Seattlish fans can donate as Seattlish fans, and it's possible that many Seattlish fans are also fans of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis or Pearl Jam or Slog or all the above. But still: zero dollars from Seattlish fans?!? A real Seattle blog would care about homeless teenagers in our area and they wouldn't sit around waiting for someone else to create a landing page where their readers can donate. They would find a way to GIVE!
We're observing Slog silence from now until 11 a.m. while we have an editorial meeting, but look—we made an entire paper's worth of stuff for you!
1. DAN SAVAGE writes about The Stranger’s 2013 Holiday Charity Challenge, which pits fans of Slog, Pearl Jam, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis against each other in an effort to raise money for the Orion Center, which is definitely a worthy cause. However, the demographics of this charity fundraiser are highly problematic. To wit: The Stranger’s staff is made up of a majority of white men, and this drive pits them against two white men and another group of five white men. White men make up less than one-third of Seattle, which means this charity function woefully underrepresents more than two-thirds of the city. This brings two questions to mind:
a. What do these demographics indicate about The Stranger’s inherent white-male-supremacist leanings?
b. Given the disgusting sexism and racism fueling this drive, should the Orion Center consider returning the money from this fundraiser, rather than redirecting the resources to young homeless people in need of food, clothing, and shelter? Wouldn’t Orion Center’s refusal of the money give those needy youths a more meaningful message than providing services funded by dirty phallo-Caucasianist money?
2. In the news section, ANNA MINARD has an overlong account of lame-duck outgoing mayor Mike McGinn and his battle with the Seattle Police Department over the purchase of some SUVs. McGinn, of course, would prefer that the SPD buy hybrids. Can you think of a better way for Mayor McGinn to waste the remaining dregs of his political life than a piddling battle over a couple of gas-guzzlers? Does this story make you feel kind of sorry for McGinn, finally?
3. This week’s tiny issue of The Stranger also contains the winter issue of A&P, the quarterly arts publication that is written and produced by the staff of The Stranger. Can you spot any differences between A&P and The Stranger? From a marketing standpoint, why would The Stranger choose to “fracture” its “brand” like this?
4. JEN GRAVES has contributed a 6,000-plus-word essay about Native Americans and photography as the centerpiece of this issue of A&P. If you can, imagine a human being who could read this piece from beginning to end. What superhuman characteristics does this imaginary human being possess that enable him/her to get all the way to the ending without dying of boredom or injuring her/himself to bring some kind of an ending to the ordeal? Would killing this imaginary person be considered a mercy or a sin?
5. This issue of A&P features more comics than you’ll find in a standard issue of The Stranger. Is this a blessing or a curse? Would your opinion change if A&P ran comics that were actually funny, like Get Fuzzy or FoxTrot? Does pretentiousness have a place on the comics page?
After a Shipwreck, He Was Trapped in an Air Bubble 100 Feet Underwater for Three Days: "Being buried alive is usually near the top of any worst-ways-to-die list. But how about being buried alive 100 feet below the ocean surface in a tiny pocket of air? For Harrison Okene, a 29-year-old Nigerian boat cook, this nightmare scenario became a reality." The vessel was a Chevron oil service tugboat that had capsized. Video of his rescue here.
Newsweek Plans to Return to Print in January or February: "It’s going to be a more subscription-based model, closer to what The Economist is compared to what Time magazine is,” editor in chief Jim Impoco says. “We see it as a premium product, a boutique product.” That sounds good, but Tina Brown promised good things for Newsweek after trying to fold it into the Daily Beast, and that was a big-time flop. Good luck, Mr. Impoco. Please make it awesome.
God Works in Mysterious Ways, Especially in Spanaway: "A man who went from praising the Seattle Seahawks on Monday to claiming Tuesday to be God is believed to have shot a Pierce County sheriff’s deputy before dying in a standoff," the Tacoma News Tribune reports. The man had reportedly written on his Facebook page, “God just recorded a rap song with me we are going to change the world.”
The Gay Power Mafia Adds a New Member to Its Ranks: It looks like State Rep. Jamie Pedersen will fill Ed Murray's 43rd Legislative District state Senate seat now that Murray has been elected mayor. And after last night, Brady Walkinshaw, a gay Cuban-American who works for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is in line to take Pedersen's House seat, Seattle Times reports. For more about Walkinshaw, watch this video he made.
Hezbollah Military Leader Was Assassinated Yesterday: "Lebanese news reports said he was gunned down in a parking lot," the New York Times reports. "And a previously unknown group calling itself the Free Sunnis of Baalbek...claimed responsibility for the killing," while Hezbollah blamed Israel.
Meanwhile, Al Qaeda Thinks Syria Has a Nice Ring to It: "Ayman al-Zawahri, Al Qaeda’s overall leader, [has been] indicating that he views Syria — where the number of jihadist rebels and foreign fighters is steadily rising — as a promising staging ground for a jihadist resurgence.
A Deeper Look at the Pope's Challenge to Capitalism: As John Cassidy writes, "This is incendiary stuff."
Tom Nissley, Hometown Hero, Is Returning to Jeopardy! He's going as a "fan favorite" representing the 2000s, Alex Trebek just announced. Other past champions are returning to the show to represent the 1980s and the 1990s. As you may know, Tom played eight games and became the third-highest money-winner in the history of the show. Becoming a "fan favorite" involved making a video and being voted on by viewers; here's the video Tom made, with Ken Jennings cameo that might have won it for him. My favorite Nissley moment on the show was when he wiped the floor on the brain-bending "Before, During, and After" category in this episode—jump ahead to 4:28 to see it:
Now Then, What Should We Name Our Office Mouse? For the last two days, it's been racing around our production department, where the paper is laid out, really on the move, on the go. Jen Graves thought she saw a very-low-flying bird in her peripheral vision on Monday. I thought it looked more like a leaf, although that makes no sense. Then yesterday, copyeditor Katie Allison watched it full on sprint the length of the room. On Twitter, I put out the call for names. Lots of good suggestions, but these were my five favorites. As always, Slog polls are legally binding.