commented on Tim Burgess Quits the Mayor's Race
After some considerable agonizing, I've settled in to being a McGinn supporter this time around. Same experience last time around really, having to decide between Nickels and McGinn.
Burgess was the one challenger I could have seen myself really getting behind if McGinn didn't make it out of the primary (and Burgess did). For all his conservative history, Burgess has established himself as pro-transit, pro-density, and well, pro-Seattle.
He sure doesn't scare me the way Murray and Steinbrueck, the two anti-Seattle candidates, do.
commented on The Second Round of the NHL Playoffs Starts Today!
I'm really disappointed the Ducks (and Long Beach, CA native Emerson Etem) couldn't hang on against Detroit. If only they'd won, the Western Conference 2nd round would be Chicago and the three CA teams. California hockey!
My dream now is a Pittsburgh-LA final or a Pittsburgh-SJ final. Go, Penguins!
commented on Hedge Fund Manager Hansen Hedges His Bets, Cuts Backup Deal to Move NBA Kings to Seattle
Here's what I don't quite understand. The Maloofs are in precarious financial straits. They're losing money hand over fist with the status quo. They don't have much credibility to insist, "If we can't sell to the Hansen group, we're not selling." What am I missing?
Also, I don't get why they're so determined not to sell to a local ownership group. What have they got against Sacramento?
What I find fascinating about this latest move by Hansen is that it appears to put the NBA in the same position as it was when Clay Bennett's group purchased the Sonics. At the time, they were just buying the team; they weren't moving it, even though the writing was on the wall. There's a real hypocrisy factor here for the NBA to reject this sale.
commented on Tesla the Beautiful
Belatedly jumping on this thread to commend arbeck, Catalina Vel-Duray, and Cascadian for having the patience and persistence to produce an edifying dialogue. Special kudos to arbeck for resisting fnarf's repeated attempts to bait you into a boxing match where one person's the winner and the other person is an idiot. The comment-sphere needs more folks like you.
I myself have come to the conclusion that electric cars are the future of cars, but they're part of a future where cars will inevitably be less central to and pevasive in our lives. The cheap and easy oil we're using up represents an abundance not unlike the massive mammals that used to roam the earth and were apparently hunted into extinction by prehistoric humans. To be trying to preserve an auto-dependent exurban way of life that only became feasible thanks to cheap oil is an exercise in throwing more and more good money after bad.
Oh, and this reminds me of a recent post on the Washington Post's Wonkblog: Natural-gas vehicles haven’t caught on y…
. With electric vehicles in the picture, introducing the infrastructure for natural-gas vehicles, in anything but a niche like long-distance trucking, sounds like a large-scale boondoggle.
commented on Werewolves, Cheap Wine, and a Pseudotreatise of Urbogony
Really enjoyed Evgeny Morozov's recent run of guest columns in the NY Times Sunday opinion pages. He provided a provocative, kinda common-sense perspective about the changes being wrought on society by the increasing pervasiveness of information. A nice antidote to the gee-whiz boosterism by Tom Friedman of all things Internet.
Should be a good talk.
commented on David Stein Is David Cole, the Jewish Holocaust Revisionist
N in Seattle @4. My God, I had the exact same initial reaction. David Stern? NBA commissioner? What? There was, like, a second or two of agitation, and then I just forgot about it. Kinda like waking up after a vivid dream.
As for David Cole/Stein, this dude is clear evidence that Holocaust revisionism is a symptom of a delusional personality disorder. If there had been no Holocaust, this type of person would simply have found something else: One World Government, the Freemasons, Area 51, you name it.
commented on Ten Years Ago Today, Tacoma's Art Museum Made of Mist Opened
I love TAM. I love the building.
These renderings look promising. I'm kinda surprised by the whole brown theme vs. the white, but it seems complementary. I also kinda like that the new wing appears as an adjunct; it doesn't try to compete with the "main-ness" of the existing (main) wing.
My hope is that the same will be true of the new western art collection. TAM already does a wonderful job with modern and contemporary art, and that's a worthy brand to preserve.
commented on Jason Collins Isn't the First Openly Gay Pro Basketball Player
I think most of the articles out there have been pretty good about qualifying this, either referring to the big four North American sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) or to North American men's team sports.
I'm writing this as someone who's acutely aware of this nuance, being a huge Seattle Storm fan.
commented on What Does Ed Murray Have Against Rail in Seattle?
Get shit done, George H. Ruth, AmandaLynn
What do all these commenters have in common? They all suddenly showed up yesterday just to start defending Ed Murray's latest maneuver to sabotage Sound Transit. They're like the new "Gay Dude for Romney." Remember him?
All I can say is, this mayor's race is going to be fertile territory for new Slog accounts.