26 Aug

Random Ten

So several of the blogs I read do this Random Ten thing on Fridays. I guess I will be a lemming and do one too, though by the time I get it posted it will probably be Saturday.

“Steppin’ Out” — Joe Jackson
“Love -> Building On Fire” — Talking Heads
“New York Mining Disaster” — Bee Gees
“There She Goes” — La’s
“Stray Cat Strut” — Stray Cats
“What’s Going Ahn” — Big Star
“Flagpole Sitta” — Harvey Danger
“Like Wow, Wipeout” — Hoodoo Gurus
“Alice Childress” — Ben Folds Five
“Lonely Is [As Lonely Does]” — Marti Jones

Hmm, this is a power-poppy Ten, isn’t it?

26 Aug

Lego maneki neko

Well, this is pretty cool. A maneki neko (Japanese beckoning cat, the kind you see in many shops and restaurants) made out of legos. I suppose it wouldn’t be terribly hard to make one of those moving maneki nekos (the ones that move the arm back and forth) this way, with a little motor.

21 Aug

Sock in progress

I have been knitting off and on since my last knitting post, a while back. I would be done with the Soleil top, but I messed it up big time last week and had to rip it back a way. So I have set it aside for a couple of weeks to get over my anger at myself. In the meantime I’m working on the Bad Penny sweater from Knitty.com (just starting), and a pair of socks.

Pictured here is my first attempt at a sock, and it’s going more quickly than I expected. The double-pointed needles are sort of a pain, though. But they are getting easier.

I have other pics — of Soleil in its current stage, and of the yarn Jason brought me from Germany for Bad Penny — on my Flickr knitting page.

11 Aug

Unusual Homes

Marlow Harris’ Seattle Unusual Homes website is kind of cool! Not all the homes are in Seattle, and some of them are less “unusual homes” than “unusual temporary decoration,” but they are pretty darned neat anyway. Browse through the rest of her real estate website, and you’ll also find pages about Seattle architectural styles, artists’ homes, etc.

09 Aug

Goodbye to boots and patrol towing

The “predatory towing post” from last year continues to get a lot of responses; meanwhile, booting cars is finally illegal in Washington state, even by pay lot owners. And the predatory towing issue, as the comments on the earlier post make apparent, has gone national. Federal legislation will make it easier for states to regulate towing companies that “patrol tow”. (Patrol towing is already illegal in Washington, but the possibility existed that this law could be challenged on the basis that states could not regulate towers as they are “interstate carriers”; the new federal law closes that loophole.)

09 Aug

Rambling

In the Max vents his spleen blogroll, Max describes Slumberland thus: “Wendi rambles left-leaningly.” I don’t particularly ramble much, really. In fact, lately, I’ve been on summer schedule — not posting much at all. But I really should make up for this, so I guess I will try to ramble after all, about a variety of things I’ve been thinking about over the last month. It’s old news, sorry.

Jason recently returned from nearly a month working overseas, and it was remarkable how many things seemed to fall apart while he was gone. No, not things around the house, but things around the city. For example, the Seattle Sun and Star went under after only two issues. In the Times article about the paper’s demise, publisher Wallis Bolz said “People don’t want to hear it, but Central and Southeast Seattle cannot support its own newspaper.” This quote is published immediately under a paragraph describing the Sun and Star‘s competition, the Beacon Hill News, which has been publishing since 1924 and still seems to be operating OK — thus watering down Bolz’s point considerably. (For what it’s worth, I liked the paper when it was the South Seattle Star, but was continually disappointed at how Columbia City-centric it tended to be.) I noticed that the Beacon Hill News improved considerably during the Star‘s life, so I hope the new lack of competition doesn’t cause the News to backslide.

While the Sun and Star was imploding, so was the Seattle Monorail Project, which is rapidly falling apart. I talked to Jason in London to tell him what was going on and he could hardly believe it, but it has become more and more apparent that the SMP folks are killing the project with friendly fire. Like many, I voted for a monorail every time it hit the ballot. I still support it, but I cringe nearly every time those connected with the SMP open their mouths these days. What is wrong with them that they are sabotaging their own project? Did the OnTrack people manage to infiltrate the board or something? I don’t really have any particular insightful analysis or anything. I’m just really annoyed that we can’t get a damned monorail built, and that things have gotten so screwed up. (At least the light rail, lame as it is, is going to open in four years.)

More quick rambling:

  1. I like Seafair. So bite me, all you Johnny-come-latelies who think Seattle is too cool for neighborhood parades and drunken hydroplane watching.
  2. On the other hand, the Blue Angels fly a little too low over Beacon Hill for comfort.
  3. What happened to the popsicle trucks? There used to be popsicle trucks all over the place during the summer. I haven’t seen or heard one all year. I miss the tiny “Joe” carts that used to be everywhere.
  4. Why do the Mariners only give the good giveaways to kids 14 and under? Tonight they are giving “Ti-GARs” — tigers with Edgar Martinez’s face. They are slightly disturbing, yet I must have one. But, noooooooo. Kids only! And the only kids I know would insist on keeping the Ti-GAR for themselves, so I can’t just bring a kid to the game. SO. IRRITATING.

Okay, enough rambling. There has been relatively recent news on the towing front, and I’m writing up a post about that which will follow later today.

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