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  • What do you like to read when you poop?: Slog. It's a fitting place to read it.
  • What piece of art would you steal?: A Chagall painting, but I'd probably break it in the get-away. The one at the UN is nice.
  • What's your biggest grammatical pet peeve?: My students' weird idea that a semi-colon turns a shitastic sentence into something worth reading.
  • If you could bring one dead person back to life, who would it be?: Joe Strummer, naturally.
  • What song or movie makes you cry?: Your Funny Uncle
Nov 12 Madasshatter commented on Another Casualty on Capitol Hill: The Redwood Is Closing.
As everyone else said: doesn't the Stranger positively love density, and want rental prices lowered? Can't have the latter without the former, and more apartments. They were getting a steal on rent in a space that was being used horribly inefficiently.

It was and is a favorite bar in town, but let's be honest: it isn't old, it isn't a granddaddy of anything, and it's gone downhill a lot in the last few years.

But it was a great place for a (slooooooow) boozy vegan brunch while watching football, even if it's taplist was always depressing.

When the Monk closes, then you can write this piece.
Oct 8 Madasshatter commented on Seattle Landlords Are the Weirdest People.
...the author is a guy who moved to Seattle from California a whopping four years ago, and has the temerity to complain about this shit?

You moved to Seattle for the same fucking reasons everyone else has. Turns out, it's a popular place (fastest growing major American city, blah blah). You are part of the problem, kiddo. So stop complaining and thinking rent "stabilization" (why does someone have to pay in lost rent money so you can get what you want/think you deserve) is the answer, when more density and growth are the only things that are gonna save us.

Not having a BMW doesn't make you part of the solution.
Aug 3 Madasshatter commented on First Draft.
Tonsmeire is a great guy, and I look forward to reading the book... but saying info is hard to come by is a bit incorrect. One of the best book series has a volume by Jeff Sparrow dedicated to just this question (but focusing on the more traditional Belgian approaches). It's called Wild Brews: Culture and Craftsmanship in the Belgian Tradition. Likely a very nice complement to this book!
Mar 11 Madasshatter commented on Betabrand's Entire Spring Wardrobe Is Modeled By...Women with Ph.Ds?.
Circular firing squad, commence!
Feb 14 Madasshatter commented on Things Anti-Gay Assaults Go Better With Coke.
Glancing over at StrangerPerks and StrangerTickets, I can see that the Stranger has cut all ties to Visa, another worldwide sponsor of the Olympics. Oh, wait...
Jan 27 Madasshatter commented on BroVo BILF 2014 Contest.
"Boy, girl, gay, straight, sexy, stylish, charming."

I'm sorry, but looking at that list, where exactly are the girls? Because Seattle has some damn good ladies tending bar, despite what the testosterone-filled bartending scene might have one believe.
Jan 13 Madasshatter commented on The Large Beer/Small Beer Problem at Seahawks Games.
@4 That name is anything but revered by people who actually like good beer.
Jan 11 Madasshatter commented on White Artists Suck the Life Out of Black Music Culture, Black People Now Irrelevant.
I know I'm late to the game, but... a few people pointed out the ethnic/racial percentages in the Billboard charts the last few years. They were much different than 2013. So we have one year (already an arbitrary way of slicing up music consumption, even assuming Billboard in any way is relevant), and Henderson tries to make claims about it. Despite the fact that the previous year would disprove the point. It seems to me the default interpretation would be that this year might be an outlier. Because, clearly, if there was some significant change in American culture, we'd have to have *some* explanation for why it didn't exist last year, right? I mean, even a nod in that direction would be necessary if Henderson were being serious, right?

As such, it's hard to not conclude that this is just (Goldy-level asinine) Slog-bait. Which, if Henderson wants to ignite a conversation and not just get pageviews, is rather counterproductive.
Nov 2, 2013 Madasshatter commented on A Pictorial History of Public Campaign Financing in Seattle.
I really hate saying this, because it sounds so awful, but a mostly-white city council isn't lacking diversity. The city is mostly white. If we wanted to play unidimensional representation-by-ethnicity (note: actual representation by demographics is impossible, due to cross-cutting demographic characteristics, but whatever), we'd most of the time but not always have an African-American, have one or two Asians, once in awhile have a Latino, etc. We'd always have 6 white-non-hispanic types. And even if you assume we've got triple the average gay queer population, we should have one queer on the council.

In other words, you can't really say the current council is lacking diversity.

Now, this is a fucking ASININE way to think of either diversity or representative government, and I certain'y don't endorse it myself... but this is a Slog post by Goldy, so we can't expect much more.

Sep 24, 2013 Madasshatter commented on A Cycle Track Grows on Broadway.
@30 No, no. He means it's hard for him to drive in from Lake City/the suburbs and park directly in front of the place he wants to go to. Remember, Cody writes "I have reason to go to the medical end of Capitol Hill from time to time. I used to follow that by going east to find a place to eat, but not anymore."

Not quite sure about this, since there's not much east of the "medical end" of Capitol Hill, except for that teeny stretch with Kingfish Cafe. I think he meant west? As in "I went to Group Health and parked my car, and I'm too lazy to walk the five blocks from 15th to Broadway to get a bite to eat!" In which case fuck 'em, but more than that, I suspect he hasn't been to 15th in years, since food options now abound in the five block stretch of 15th north of Group Health.

(Or he's confusing Capitol Hill and First Hill? I dunno.)

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