commented on Death of a Regular
This is a really wonderful piece, Cienna. I'm curious as to whether or not his doctors knew he was on medication for bipolar disorder before they started his chemo & other medications? If they knew it, they should have been aware of any potential interactions. If they didn't know about it, they either didn't ask (which is fucked up), or Joel refused to tell them. The last one doesn't make any sense--it sounds like he was always conscientious about taking his meds and at least a few people knew about it, so it doesn't seem like something he would withhold from a doctor. Which makes me think the doctor fucked something up, and that is just awful.
Aug 31, 2012
commented on How Much of Their Advertisers' Money Is Poster Giant Going to Waste?
@10: Yeah, there's a lot more people that use postergiant than just the sleazeballs. I've worked for nonprofits in the past who have hired them--because it takes a lot of fucking time/money/volunteers to go all around the city putting up posters, so sometimes it's worth it just to spend the few hundred dollars with them. I don't really get how PG decides whose posters they put where....but I've never seen nonprofit ones on that big space. I don't know if you can specifically ask them to put stuff in a certain spot?
Jul 17, 2012
commented on Crisis Pregnancy Center Transit Ads Sticker-Bombed
@12, Yes! that would be great. are you from juneau?
@15, your comment is ridiculously denigrating. intelligent people sometimes get knocked up too. sometimes birth control fails! condoms break! shit happens! only people without a brain get accidentally pregnant? jesus.
Jul 9, 2012
commented on Man Disagrees with Woman's Kickstarter Campaign, Creates Game About Punching Her in the Face
@4, @61, etc: Jesus, do half of you even understand how Kickstarter campaigns work/have any of you actually LOOKED at her campaign/done any research on this at all before airing your opinion? To break down for you a bit more of background (most of which you can find by Googling "Kickstarter + Anita Sarkeesian"):
Anita Sarkeesian is a pretty well-known feminist analyst who produced a similar series on tropes v women in movies/tv last year. Her Feminist Frequency videos are well known in feminist/media critique circles, and have been used in high school & college curriculum. She's an avid gamer and started a Kickstarter campaign to raise $6,000 to start a new series on tropes v. women in video games. Taken directly from the Kickstarter website: "Creating these videos take a lot of time and money to produce. I will be researching and playing hundreds of titles from across the gaming industry (including some truly awful games that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone!). Your support will go towards production costs, equipment, games and downloadable content."
She originally wanted to create 5 videos, but once her campaign got a metric fuckton of attention from misogynists and trolls and people started giving wayyyy more money than she anticipated, she kept upping what she would make, as well as the production quality and available rewards. She will now be developing 12 games at a higher production quality than she could originally afford, and will be writing an entire classroom curriculum on the subject.
People give to Kickstarter voluntarily. If they were concerned that Sarkeesian was going to mismanage their funds, they wouldn't have given her the money. Period, the end. Not to mention that this campaign is now just sorta-kinda in the public eye now, so do you seriously think that she would just start rolling around in a beemer and then not deliver on what she promised, cause she thinks no one would notice? Come the fuck on.
Mar 23, 2012
commented on We Are Now Even Comprehensivier
I am all in favor of this more comprehensiver readings calendar, but can I make one request? In the print version of the Stranger at least, each week nearly every.single.reading is starred for recommendation. There have been weeks where literally (and I do mean literally!) every reading listed has a little "the Stranger recommends it!" star next to it. Yeah, this is a silly thing to complain about. But if you give everyone a gold star, Paul, they become meaningless! I can't attend EVERY literary event in Seattle each week, and I need you to tell me which ones I should go to.
(please read the last two sentences sarcastically).
Mar 14, 2012
commented on Is This What We Voted For?: Arts Organizations Deemed "Unqualified" for Education Levy Money They've Been Getting for Years While Mayor Hosts Meetings Across Town on the Importance of Arts Education
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do believe that Arts Corps at least brings their lessons to schools during the school day (for at least part of the time). Yes, it would be awesome if schools actually still had arts & music classes, but the reality is that most of them don't, and it's not just a matter of funding. It's also a matter of time & dealing with things like federal requirements about teaching to the test. The after-school hours from 3-6 are when kids are most likely to commit juvenile crimes, so I think it's imperative that non-profit orgs fill in this gap. I'm a grant-writer for a small arts education nonprofit & I filled out the application for the levy. It was a royal fucking pain in the ass, and we didn't get approved because of not tracking outcomes. Since we legally are not allowed access to that data. It's bullshit & while it's nice that Mayor McGinn said he'd reinstate funding for Arts Corps, what about the rest of us?