Jun 4, 2014
commented on How Amazon Buys Seattle's Silence
This is certainly a complex situation, but I'm not sure anyone is letting Amazon off the hook.
I feel like someone tells me how much they hate Amazon pretty much daily -- whether it's for ruining the book publishing industry, or ruining Capitol Hill. (15 years ago, we all complained about how Microsoft was ruining traffic by dragging everyone to the East Side. Now we're all complaining about how Amazon is driving up Seattle rents by having their offices in-city.)
I will say that as an author, I sell more books thanks to Amazon. As a reader, I buy more books thanks to Amazon. (As a reader, I *also( got Elliot Bay Books more than I used to, thanks to its relocation.)
I'm all for questioning Amazon when they do gross things (the Hatchette dispute is a major public relations fail), and I suppose I have a skewed impression since I work in publishing/media and live in the Hill... but if this is "silence," then I'm confused about what noise would look like.
Jun 3, 2014
commented on Savage Love
Ooh ooh! Wait, I got this. A few years ago, due to a major error by the Yellow Pages, my cell phone got listed as an escort service.
I ended up changing my phone number -- and thanks to the amusing back-story, the folks at Tmobile gave me a really, really great number. (You know how cell numbers are always awful. Mine is awesome!)
Now I use a blacklist app for my phone. I have an android app, so I use one called "Blacklist Pro," but there are others. Basically: if you're not in my address book, your call or text is sent to voicemail. Super easy, super awesome.
May 28, 2010
commented on Field Guide to November Days and the Regressors
Self-infantalization, as Matthew calls it, is certainly nothing new for 20somethings. Reading this, I immediately thought of my beloved rave culture of the mid-'90s, a time when some of us spent every weekend quite literally sucking on pacifiers and hugging stuffed animals.