5:01 PM yesterday
commented on Did You Steal Our Unpaid Intern's Camera?
That totally sucks. And is completely unsurprising, unfortunately.
I'm trying to wrap my mind around the notion that anyone would leave something of value unattended for any amount of time. I fretted about leaving my stupid hoodie on my chair at SIFF while I went to get some water the other night...even though I asked my neighbors to keep an eye on it, I was prepared for it to be gone, gone, gone.
commented on No More Affairs at the City
I still remember well getting a marketing packet from the old Seattle Arts Commission full of logo slicks, reams of instructions on exactly how grantees MUST acknowledge the SAC on all promotional materials, and a floppy disc (remember those? ka-razy!) full of the same materials - info that was already in grant packets, but they decided enough grantees weren't heeding the instructions, so these educational materials were sent to EVERY grantee. I recall musing how much this marketing stunt must have cost - there was a LOT of paper, plus the disk, plus the postage.
Six months later, the SAC became the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs (christ on a crutch that's one unwieldy and awful name), rendering the entire project completely useless.
That pretty much sums up the Seattle arts commission.
commented on Today Is the Day to "Give Big"
@8 - there is no way to state what the stretch will be for each organization, because it is determined by the day-of giving (I did notice that this year there is an option for casual donors who can't decide on an organization to give to the stretch pool - not sure if it's new but I don't recall that last year).
There is definitely a conundrum for NPOs around donor cultivation and whether longtime donors will use this as an addition to annual giving, or instead, but even with some of the sticky specifics I don't see any way that GiveBIG can "derail" long term relationships with donors.
I do think GiveBIG has a far more substantial positive impact on smaller-budget NPOs than large ones, though.
commented on "Bus service shouldn't be optional—it should be a right."
As long as I've lived here, Seattle has been yammering about its ambition to be a world class city. You know what world class cities have? Extensive public transportation networks.
Constantly having our bus system under attack, and rolling back service on routes that are heavily used or reach the most remote areas (sometimes both) is exasperating. We're never going to shift away from a disproportionately car-centric culture if our public transit options outside of a very few high profile routes (LINK, SLUT) are continuously being eroded. bah.
commented on Which Fox TV Series Looks Worse?
All I need to see is the name Seth MacFarlane to know that Dads is the worse show. Dads will be worse than Whitney, which was hideously, mind-numbingly awful and not-funny.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: I'm Out
@10 bingo. letter writer isn't in the position to be all defensive-hurt about this.
He was (allegedly) going for an outrageous overreaction in the name of humor. His joke fell flat. He couldn't come up with a witty comeback in the moment, so to make up for it, he's now got this whole analysis about the role of the word cunt in society to defend himself.
I suspect this letter is just a trial run so he'll be more prepared next time he tries to be so outRAGEously ascerbic at a party, so he can use a word people don't like AND school his lady classmates on what is and isn't offensive to them.
Are we sure this guy is in his late 20s? This is all very college freshman.
commented on Late-Night May Day Wrap-Up
yes, it would have been awesome if the anarchist demonstration had done some old-school actions of bringing positivity into the world. But that has nothing whatsoever to do with what the Seattle version of the anarchist movement is about, so there's no way it was going to happen. No point in excusing brats who get the fight they were looking for.