May 20, 2014 SM9 commented on I Stopped by the Costume Shop Where Macklemore Says He Got That Costume, and That Is Not a Witch Nose.
Does anyone know why it is that we native Seattleites say Costume and Display when the store is actually called "Display and Costume"? This is one of those weird little peculiarities, like the fact that The Ave isn't an avenue.
Dec 12, 2013 SM9 commented on Murray Fires Civil Rights Director Julie Nelson (Updated).
"Latina/o" is so awkward. In Spanish it would be "latino" because bar (colegio) is masculine and adjectives aren't capitalized.

The use of @ to indicate gender ambivalence is catching on among Latin@s.
Dec 5, 2013 SM9 commented on Would You Switch to a Dvorak If You Were Me?.
After switching to Dvorak for several months in 2002 I did not notice an improvement in sensation or performance. In fact, I went from 80 WPM on a QWERTY keyboard to a mere 55 WPM using Dvorak.

By switching you might discover that keyboarding has a phonology of its own, and that keyboard "bilingualism" comes with a cost to performance especially when code switching throughout the day. In 2002 I found myself constantly confronted with QWERTY contexts and it never stopped jarring.

Even if you could type faster and more comfortably with Dvorak, you might find that the improvement in efficiency leads to more (rather than better) typing. I imagine it's similar to how LED light bulb sales have numbed users to turning off the lights, thereby negating the cost savings. For me, regaining my typing speed in Dvorak proved to be an endurance test of its own, and my wrists were relieved when I reverted back to the standard keyboard. Changes to posture and environment have solved my carpal-tunnel woes.
Dec 12, 2012 SM9 commented on How Did We Miss 12:12:12 on 12/12/12?.
Unlike all the suckers who jumped the gun on 12/9/12, my husband and I got married today on 12/12/12 at 12:12:12. Last year we signed our domestic partnership agreement on 11/11/11 at 11:11:11, which means we celebrated our "Paper Anniversary" with the newly legalized marriage paperwork.
Feb 13, 2012 SM9 commented on The 40-Year March to Today's Marriage Bill Signing.
Lloyd and his wife were handing out stickers at the Pride Festival last year.
Nov 22, 2011 SM9 commented on Questioning the Accuracy of Jennifer Fox's Miscarriage Claim (Updated).
@2: The fact that you claim to be sad because a fetus was NOT miscarried affirms that this possibly fabricated story has value as a political weapon.
Sep 12, 2011 SM9 commented on Seattle City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave—Only Conlin Votes No.
Too bad this isn't state wide. It puts Seattle-based businesses at a further disadvantage to their neighbors.
Sep 9, 2011 SM9 commented on Overheard On KUOW This Morning: "Steve Scher Returns On Monday".
Steve Scher makes me regret moving back to Seattle.
May 19, 2011 SM9 commented on Proper Use of the HOV/Carpool Lane.
Freeways here are broken. The slow people camp in the leftmost lane. Their behavior is dangerous, (supposedly) illegal and yet intractable. There is no such thing as a passing lane in Washington State.
May 12, 2011 SM9 commented on City Council, It's Time to Represent Seattle!.
Does anyone know what that lane taken from I-5 is for? If it redirects 520-bound traffic from the 45th and 50th Street on-ramps this would be a huge improvement over the existing clusterfuck caused by cars bumbling to cross four lanes of traffic.