commented on Strike! Grocery Workers Union Gives Mandatory 72-Hour Strike Notice
"@3 as a consumer, you can show solidarity by not shopping at any grocery store, regardless of whether the staff are striking to help force the issue."
Uh. No. Unless by that you mean anti-union solidarity. Support the union groceries that aren't striking. Red Apple, Metropolitan Market...etc. Don't penalize them for the crap that Kroger, Safeway and Albertson's do.
For pharmacies, there is Bartell's (and Rite Aid, but they are non-local and they suck). I don't know if they are union, but they are listed on the Stand With Our Checkers website.
commented on People Don't Want to Read Magazines on Tablets
I wouldn't mind reading more magazines on my iPad. The problem is that the issues are outrageously overpriced. If I pay that much, I want either a paper copy, or some serious added value that they don't currently provide.
commented on Health Care, Paid Vacation, Child Care, Public Transit...
Halcyon, are you in STEM? There is a lot less funding out there for non-STEM PhDs. (I don't believe that STEM degrees are the only ones with value to society, but that's another topic for another day.)
Of course, all my advisors told me to run away screaming and not to get my PhD because there are no jobs in my field. So I have an MA that also doesn't help me get a job. Oh, well, at least I got it from a California public university where tuition was cheap. And I don't regret studying what I did. (Used to be that History was a respectable topic...!)
commented on Where Do You Think Comments Should Go?
Threading is generally a terrible UI and makes conversations less readable and sensible. I find it much harder to follow things when they are breaking off into 40 little threads and people don't even bother saying who/what they are replying to because "it's threaded! Can't you see who I'm talking to?" The only threaded blog I follow is Seattle Transit Blog, and I don't like it there either... Give me MetaFilter any day instead. (And this is probably why I liked Citadel BBSes which weren't threaded either. And my default view on Slashdot is flat.)
I don't see the ability to ignore tangents to be worth screwing up the readability of the comments entirely, but obviously some folks feel differently.
commented on City Proposes Waterfront Highway on Top of Tunnel
Fnarf: amen, amen, amen.
All the people who complained that the viaduct "cuts off the waterfront from the city" -- what crack were you smoking? The viaduct is ugly, yes -- but the traffic lanes needed to make up for the broken tunnel design (no downtown exits, only two lanes each way, access to Elliott and NW Seattle no longer easy) will cut off the waterfront more thoroughly than the viaduct ever could. You can at least walk under the viaduct.
And where is the waterfront streetcar, and why do the powers that be seem so determined NOT to bring it back? The fix is in, somewhere.
commented on Remember When Hotmail Was Cool?
Dr. Awesome, there is still at least one citadel running in Seattle. I know because it's the bbs I run. However, someone made a web chat interface for it so now everyone just hangs out all day and chats instead of going from room to room in the bbs and posting.
PINE! Yes! I loved PINE.