Feb 20, 2014
commented on Rethinking Ability
99% Invisible, a great, short podcast on design, just posted an episode about this: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/ic…
I think it's a good redesign, and it seems like it easily could replace the current ISO-recognized icon. But I also wonder about whether it's limiting. On the other hand, there is power to having a universally-recognized icon. Someone much more clever and talented than I would have to figure out if there is a way to represent all sorts of disabilities without diminishing the power of this simple icon.
Jan 27, 2014
commented on I, Anonymous
I think 18 is right: dad won't poop anywhere but home. Probably takes a long lunch break from work so he can drive home to do his business. And there's no reasoning with that in line at Starbucks. That's above I, Anon's pay grade.
Jan 7, 2014
commented on The Inspired Label Writer at the UW Surplus Store
Yes! There's a goat and a dog somewhere in the inventory (check under "Other"). The Stranger obviously needs to visit the surplus store, because they have a ton of chairs for 5 bucks, any one of which looks better than the back- and ass-breakers you all posted the other week.
Jun 5, 2013
commented on Street Harassment
W. Kamau Bell and "Totally Biased" had a great piece on this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH7b4QCPuXc
And, like some of the sloggers, some of the men featured stubbornly clung to the idea that this kind of unwanted attention is a compliment. An aggressive, aggressive compliment. Sigh.
Apr 18, 2013
commented on Swan Lake Is So Goddamned Boring
It seems like each PNB season in Boal's tenure has three full-length ballets and three rep programs. Unfortunately, I often find the full-length ballets boring, in part because the same ballets have been performed frequently at PNB in the last ten years. I am a subscriber, but I skipped Cinderella and will be skipping Swan Lake: I've seen both quite recently and...the bloom is off the rose for me. (Seattle Opera's "Cinderella" was a revelation, though.)
I'm glad to hear a little discussion opened up about what attracts ballet newbies (and what might end up turning them off) and what enchants subscribers. Not that the comments feel much like "discussion" at the moment. From what I hear around me at the ballet, I suspect I'm in the minority of subscribers in my preference for new works and maybe my preference for shorter works...but we're out there, too. It's difficult to please everyone, and I have to give Peter Boal credit for trying to balance the often-competing needs of his constituents while attracting new ballet fans.
Oct 18, 2012
commented on What Is The Seattle Times Company Really Measuring With Its Experiment in Bankrolling Political Ads?
This is why my 74-year-old mother called me at 8:30 this morning to tell me that she had just cancelled the Seattle Times. To be fair, she was partially irate because she mis-read it and thought they were also taking out ANTI-marriage equality ads; but this admission that journalistic objectivity is a farce was the last straw for her. She'll miss her crosswords.
She also felt a little bad for the employee on the phone.