commented on Would You Switch to a Dvorak If You Were Me?
I am a software engineer. Between coding, writing design documents, and emails, I spend at least 6-8 hours of every day typing, and sometimes much more.
I know some people who have switched to Dvorak and like it. However, if you have wrist problems, by far the best recommendation I can make is to buy a Kinesis Advantage keyboard. Here's a link:
I used to have wrist pain. Now I don't. This keyboard is the reason why.
Yes, $300 is a lot of money for a keyboard. Trust me: it's worth it.
commented on How Kshama Sawant Won Last Night's Election
What I don't understand is, why does everyone assume that Conlin will run for a district office? Of all the current council members, he strikes me as the one who's best suited to run for -- and win! -- one of the two city-wide seats. It seems like a no-brainer for him to choose that over a risky and expensive repeat of this year's contest.
commented on Economist Suggests That Instead of Falling Back This Week, We Kill Daylight Saving Time and Split the Country into Two Time Zones
Two times zones is halfway to nowhere.
I could understand the idea of having the entire country on UTC. Sure, you'd have to get used to the idea of going into work at 5 PM, and getting home at 1 AM. But in exchange, you'd never have to change your watch again, and you'd never have to specify what time zone you were in when dealing with schedules and calendars.
But if you have two time zones, then you still have all the headaches of different time zones, *and* you have the headaches of having things start at a different time in different parts of the country. Or, even worse, everyone in the West Coast will be permanently shifted 2 hours away from noon, and all of us night owls will be permanently jet lagged. It's the worst of both worlds.
commented on Voters Don't Like the City Council
@6: No, it's the nature of geographically representative democracy. Plenty of other cities and countries throughout the world use other forms of representation that don't place such a strong emphasis on one-person districts. The "first past the post" system used in the English-speaking world isn't nearly as common outside of it.
@9: Portland, OR and Vancouver, BC, arguably the two cities most similar to Seattle in North America, both have at-large city councils. I would rather be more like Portland and Vancouver than more like the rest of the United States. But anyway, things aren't good or bad because a lot of people do them; they're good or bad on their own merits.
commented on Ed Murray Leads Mayor McGinn by 17 Points in New Poll
@4, in what way is that broken? If the race were between a Republican and a Democrat, then it wouldn't even be a contest -- the Democrat would be polling at 70%. Instead, we have a competitive race between the two candidates who have drawn the most public support. That strikes me as a feature, not a bug.
commented on Destroying a Neighborhood?
A recent study found that 4% of Seattle residents bike to work.
Proportionally, you would expect that about 1 in every 25 streets is set aside for bikes, right?
But of course, that's not the case at all. The total amount of pavement set aside for bikes in the city is well under 1%. (Sharrows do not count.)
Believe it or not, I don't ride a bike. I tried, but it's not for me; I'm not in great shape, and I don't like being drenched in sweat when I get to work, and I don't feel safe riding in mixed traffic.
But even though I don't bike, I still recognize that a lot of people do, and that a sane transportation policy would encourage this mode of transportation -- or, at the very least, support the people who are already using it.
(Needless to say, I feel the same way about transit and walking.)
commented on Secretly Feeding Chicken Stock to Vegetarians
"When I have non-cannibals over for dinner, I’m already making a sacrifice by forgoing a real entrée in favor of a human-meatless one. Fairness and common sense would argue that, in return, non-cannibals shouldn’t make a big deal about some small amount of a near-invisible (if crucial!) liquid. I’ve compromised my culinary integrity enough already—now it’s your turn: Non-cannibals, human stock does not count as human meat."
commented on Is West Seattle More Trouble Than It's Worth?
Snarkiness aside, my point is that the Stranger has influence only to the extent that people want to read what its authors write. There are at least 87,000 people (not 40,000) who read the print edition of the Stranger each week; I highly doubt that many of them are reading it from out of town. In some way, each of those readers values what the Stranger provides. The SECB doesn't actually control elections; it's just that a lot of people take its recommendations seriously.
I agree with the criticism that you and others have given about Dom's tone in this blog post, and others. I posted similar criticisms myself. Name-calling is not appropriate, and I think it sets an especially bad precedent when the news editor of a major newspaper engages in it.
I've lived in Seattle for four years. I'm a renter. Maybe that means that I have no "historical context" or "skin in the game". Neither did Doc Maynard or Arthur Denny or Henry Yesler. Personally, I think that my job, my home, and my relationships here in Seattle count for something. But I suppose you're right about one thing: if Seattle decided to stop welcoming people like me, then I would leave. That's why I left Boston, in fact; I wanted to live in a city that welcomed new ideas and new people, and Seattle does an excellent job at that, in spite of it all.
If there were a ballot initiative for West Seattle secession, I wouldn't campaign against it or anything. I just don't understand, concretely, what you think you'd get out of it.