10:19 AM yesterday
commented on Dan Savage's Open Letter to Paul Allen on Lidding I-5, Righting a Wrong, and Leaving a Legacy
The lidding will never happen. There is no economic incentive to do it. Development around here revolves around making big $$$ returns on development – you can do that with tons of "luxury" condo and apartment development, you can do that with the retail spaces on the bottom with the same chain food/Tom Douglas' aioli bullshit of the week, but you can't do that with a park.
Not even with Paul Allen's money - because Paul Allen's ventures are always based around making more money, or making a big name. Nobody cares about a park. Parks are where plebs pay $200 for a bench with a plaque dedicated to their Dearest Mom and Nan.
commented on Amazon Plans to *Disrupt* the Bodega Industry with "Amazon Go"
>Talking to butchers and bakers and the people who work at that deli? UGH. Catching five minutes of a soccer game with the guy who owns the bodega down the street? FUCK THAT.
Oh come on, like the PNW is some kind of bastion of sociability with its grocery workers.
Everyone's been stuck choosing between huge checkout lines or huge self-checkout lines (watching moms and dads hunt and peck for a good 30 seconds per item is great) which is what the entire target of this concept is.
Reaching contrarianism is so cool, guys.
commented on Gyld, the Seattle-Based Music Streaming Service, Was a Great Idea, Then the Checks Started Bouncing
I'm sorry people got pulled into & lost time and money on this venture. The Web 2.0 days have come and gone - when big players like iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, and Tidal are already out there, why would you try to create a ground-up streaming business?
People should be reaching out to existing providers with ideas and plans for curating local music in existing outlets. If I could hit a "Local" tab and see music from the metro area, the state, the PNW, whatever, that would get artists more exposure with no stakes depending on the underlying platform.
Not to mention the lack of a robust app option. Making Gyld a site-only venture guaranteed it would be DOA. Streaming off of your desktop is for older 9 to 5ers, everyone is using their phone or tablet for everything now.
My consultancy rates are exceedingly reasonable if any of this is blowing your mind (which it shouldn't if you've been using the internet for music for even the past 2-3 years)