Feb 24, 2015
commented on City Fails to Fix Broadway Cycletrack Smurf Turds, Again
The lack of maintenance on the Broadway "protected" bike lane is ridiculous. In the section between Fir & Yesler, the bollards are often sticking far into the lane, so I get off my bike and push them back into place. They're really not that heavy. A good push with two hands puts them back into place. One of these days, someone's going to fly over their handlebars because they didn't see the bollard sticking out into the lane as they zip down the hill. Most of the little plastic posts are also gone, the "Stop for bikes and peds when turning" sign at Jefferson was knocked down weeks ago and not replaced, and the Southbound bike signal at James has been pointing toward the motor vehicle lanes since November.
Jan 15, 2015
commented on Broadway Cycle Track Bollards: Still Broken
When they're sticking that far out into the lane when I go past, I stop and drag it out of the way. It's too risky to others to just leave them like that. They're heavy, but my skinny ass has been able to move them with just a little oomph.
Dec 16, 2014
commented on Self-Checkout Machines and American Ideology: Be the Boss of You!
I love self-checkouts. I usually only buy one bag of things at a time, including at least three non-scanning produce items and it is much faster than waiting in line and then waiting for the checker to do it for me. With self-checkouts, I can continue listening to the music on my ear buds, and I don't have to bother exchanging fake pleasantries with a cashier. I don't like questions about the items I'm buying or the stuff I'm going to make with it. I've seen many people have problems using the machines, and maybe they are less technically savvy. They haven't learned how to properly operate the machine. But I rarely have a problem. I'm in and out faster than the other people who I see fumbling with the machine, not listening to what it says, and not understanding how it works. From a user interface perspective, I usually find some things that I would have designed differently, but they're always easy enough to figure out.
Jun 10, 2014
commented on Jade Plant, with Grant
I use JenV's method. If the leaves feel a little soft or limp when I give them a gentle squeeze (top-bottom), it's time to water.
Jun 9, 2014
commented on Amazon's Shitheadedness Spreads: You Can't Pre-Order The Lego Movie on Amazon Right Now
If Amazon decides not to sell a productither because they couldn't negotiate a better deal (or for any other reason), that doesn't necessarily "block their customers' access to that vendor's products". They just can't buy it from Amazon on amazon.com
, they'll buy it from a third-party seller on amazon.com
, and most customers probably wouldn't even know the difference, especially if it's a vendor who uses Amazon's fulfillment service, where the customer can get free/cheap shipping.
Sep 11, 2013
commented on Renting a Bike for a Day in Seattle Will Soon Cost Less Than Lunch
@16, Seattle does have a law regarding speed when riding on sidewalks:
Section 11.44.120 RIDING ON A SIDEWALK OR PUBLIC PATH. Every person operating a bicycle upon any sidewalk or public path shall operate the same in a careful and prudent manner and a rate of speed no greater than is reasonable and proper under the conditions existing at the point of operation, taking into account the amount and character of pedestrian traffic, grade and width of sidewalk or public path, and condition of surface, and shall obey all traffic control devices. Every person operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk or public path shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian thereon, and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing any pedestrian.