May 26, 2016 Mr John commented on Smart Meter Companies Sue Local Activist and City to Block Disclosure of Security Audits.
@1 As with a lot of internet connected hardware, security flaws could allow all sorts of issues.

If the security sucks it's reasonable that someone could turn your house's power off from the other side of the globe, or watch which houses are not using a power because no one is home) and then burgle them, or change how much power the meter reports, causing you to get a bill for thousands of dollars with no recourse.
Nov 20, 2015 Mr John commented on New Column!.
Well, Tim Keck started the Onion, so it's kind of baked in.
Jul 27, 2015 Mr John commented on I, Anonymous.
I work near the ducks' route and I will say that the number of them has increased dramatically. It's usual for me not to see one when I walk outside, and some times they pass by in a flock of 2-3 at once.

I would assume it's just summer tourist season, and that come October we can all go back to our rainy solitude again.
Jun 11, 2015 Mr John commented on Sufjan Stevens Reminded Us of Mortality at The Paramount Theatre.
@1, he's playing again tonight if you can find a ticket.
Apr 9, 2015 Mr John commented on Comcast Outage Renews Calls for a Non-Corporate-Overlord Internet Provider in Seattle.
I am enjoying the irony of businesses bitching about closing today because Comcast doesn't have redundancy. Uh... why doesn't your business have redundant ISPs?
Jan 28, 2015 Mr John commented on Watch Seattle Police Pepper Spray Teacher Jesse Hagopian on MLK Day.
Don't forget: Police officers can do no wrong since they are trained professionals who have to make split-second life and death decisions to keep us safe.

Jan 26, 2015 Mr John commented on Senate Republicans Float Bill to Kill Bertha.
Great. I hope the democratic caucus comes out in support as well as the governor. Everyone can cheer how bipartisan they were, getting on board with a republican bill.

Aug 4, 2014 Mr John commented on Hotel Fines Guests $500 for Every Negative Review Posted Online—You'll Never Guess What Happened Next.
To add to what @5 said, also check out the reviews that Yelp buries at the bottom. "57 other reviews that are not currently recommended" Also, keep an eye out for reviews who only have a couple reviews and no friends.

It's not a perfect source, but it can give you a good idea what's good when you're away from home.
Jul 23, 2014 Mr John commented on Seattle's Best Daily Newspaper Editor Says Stop Publishing Daily Newspapers.
This is a great idea, but it conveniently omits suggesting how the Seattle Times is supposed to afford all that when cutting their print ad inventory by at least of 80%