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!
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.
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
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
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.)
Sep 17, 2013
commented on Lunchtime Quickie: OMG: Have You Seen "Key & Peele" on Comedy Central?
I don't think it's cut and dried on either side of things. As it started, I thought it was a send up of the Dangerous Minds-style trope, and was looking forward to see how it broke that down. And then it did so in a way that was discomforting, specifically because it wasn't entirely clear who was the object of the comedic mockery once the mispronunciation of names began. But given the set-up, and the comedians in question, I think it's a lot more complicated (a la @11) than y'all are giving it credit for.
That said, in the end I decided I didn't care because it wasn't really funny under either reading after the second name.