commented on How to Dance to New Order
Charles is right, the sadness of poor old Ian's story adds something appealing if a bit unhealthy to New Order's music.
commented on I, Anonymous
Everybody starts out not knowing how to drive a stick! You'll figure it out eventually, everybody who tries does.
commented on I Miss Local Garage Band Steel Wool
These guys were great for 3 reasons:
(1) they were rocking.
(2) they wrote great songs that managed to be at once primitive and heart pounding, bu also esoteric and arty.
(3) their music captured what seemed to me to be their personal aesthetic: artistry at the cost of all practicality. Their songs were arranged crazily and in a non-radio non-garage-purist friendly fashion. They had the coolest most vintage and custom gear, and it never failed to break on stage. The first custom guitar pedal I ever saw was sitting on one of their amps in the practice space we shared in 1994. It had handwriting and little drawings all over it, and I thought "what the hell is that???" I'm sure one of them told me about how they kept sending it back to get fixed. They spent a whole day once in the studio trying to get a vintage slap back delay to work right for one vocal track and everyone was furious, but when it finally worked it was perfect. Etc., ad nauseum. Real artists in my book.
I remember wishing our band was as cool as theirs!
commented on Reform in Reverse
Dominic, do you get paid by the word for this stuff? I dropped this article into Word and it came in at 17 pages of TNR 12 point. This is an important subject and I'm glad you're writing about it, but sheesh, try EDITING a bit.
commented on I, Anonymous
#10: No, level of government is not a pretty well used standard to define left vs right. "Small government" is a (purely hypothetical) position that American right wing politicians use to woo disgruntled tax payers.
An actually well used standard to delineate left from right is "progressive vs conservative".
commented on City May Cap the Popular Rideshares That Compete with Cabs
The oft-cited Cato institute paper doesn't say that deregulation failed. In fact, it states that _sweeping_ deregulation must be accompanied by careful analysis (duh), and further suggests that _sweeping_ deregulation may not have been the right answer. It also suggests that drivers and consumers directly benefited from elements of the deregulation. So according to Zerbe (Cato), _some_ of the deregulation was good.
Zerbe notes that post deregulation, Seattleites didn't like the long unruly independent cab lines at the airport and amtrak station, and were happier to pay a higher rate to the airport as long as it was the same rate both ways. Fair enough. Zerbe's reasonable conclusion is that carefully planned regulation would have been better than a free for all. Nowhere does the Cato paper suggest that letting the city pick economic winners is in consumers' best interest, which is what the incumbent for-hire companies are asking for.
Additionally, the position of "protect[ing] the livelihoods of current for-hire drivers" is disingenuous. Many Uber drivers were yellow taxi drivers at one point. A more accurate phrasing would be "protect[ing] the livelihoods of current for-hire CAB COMPANY OWNERS". What precisely stops a for-hire driver from ditching his crappy car, dispatch gear, medallion, and company to move to UberX, etc?
Finally, the tradition for hire companies are indeed upping their game of late, but why is this? Prior to the arrival of Uber, etc. they were happy to rely on an outdated 1980's business model. (Recall the laughable "Seattle's finest taxi cab service" and "Satellite dispatch" comments on yellow cab's interminable telephone hold message.)
Presumably, the addition of new players to the marketplace has caused the incumbent monopolists to up their game.
Aug 13, 2013
commented on Hostile Policing
As a Seattle native who has never been involved with crime, my experience of the SPD has been infrequent. However, the few experiences I have had (aside from Officer Friendly in elementary school) have been bad. These guys are aggressive, condescending, menacing, and quick to grab for their guns. They always have been.
When I left Seattle and lived in other cities, I was surprised by how pleasant and humane cops could be, even when dealing with totally unreasonable people. Living abroad, I was saddened yet unsurprised to read about the murder or the wood-carver, the "mexican piss" incident, and the federal investigation.
My father in law, a long time senior manager with Washington State and later with King County, said that the SPD's problem is that historically it didn't have to care what anyone thought, because it was essentially independent and unimpeachable. This certainly seems to be the case, but it does seem to be slowly changing.
The fact that Police work is hard, or dangerous, doesn't change the fact that upholders of the law must also follow the law. We clearly have a problem, cops like these are an example of it, and Dominic is playing the role that a free press plays in a democracy: telling the people what is really going on.
Thank you Dominic for standing up for your rights, and thereby for all of our rights. I will buy you a beer if I ever meet you.
Jan 9, 2013
commented on I Regret What's Happening to This City
I loved the Funhouse and I love Brian.
Whoever owned the Funhouse absolutely had a right to sell it, it belonged to him! We should be thankful that Seattle's not a shithole like it was in the 70s and and 80s. Unfortunately that also means that divey downtown buildings aren't cheap enough to house shows, practice studios, actual dive bars, oddball galleries, and etc. So we are better off and worse off too. Denser neighborhoods are a good thing all around, so mixed use and yes condos (sigh) are progress, like it or not.
I'm still left wondering if the process is self defeating. If Seattle is attractive because of it's culture, and everybody moving to Seattle makes it economically viable to knock down all the funky little places that sustained the culture, will people still want to live here? If Ballard becomes just like Belltown, or even Bellevue, what's the point of moving out to Ballard? And didn't we just destroy something unique and replace it with something you could find anywhere?
I am a little sad reading this article. :(