Article Archive for August 2009

The Geekiest Spots in Seattle
Posted in Seattle on 18 August 2009
Stats: 34,060 views and 5 Comments

Let’s face it: There are a lot of geeks living in Seattle. It’s really not that surprising when you think about it. We have Microsoft in our backyard, as well as more video game developers, comics publishers and record labels than you can shake a slide rule at.

Just Another Saturday Night
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 17 August 2009
Stats: 5,308 views and 5 Comments

There’s George Carlin horsing around with a bunch of scruffy looking kids who can’t be much older than us. They’re all kids – Radner, Curtin, Chase, Morris, Ackroyd and Belushi. Fresh off the turnip truck.

Ultimate Sci-Fi Smackdown: “Logan’s Run” vs. “The Island”
Posted in Things We Like on 14 August 2009
Stats: 122,049 views and 9 Comments

Watch as a classic sci-fi movie battles a modern “sy-fy” movie in deadly geek combat. The party won’t stop until one movie stands supreme at the center of the universe.

All This and Mannequins, Too
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 13 August 2009
Stats: 19,451 views and 11 Comments

My folks were determined I was going to reclaim what they believed was mine: A life-sized wooden Holstein cow, three-quarters of a bunk bed, an inflatable Big Ben, and a rotating fiber optic Christmas tree.

Mick Jagger’s Adventures in Toyland
Posted in One Million Watts on 12 August 2009
Stats: 55,016 views and 29 Comments

When I moved to Seattle in the mid-’90s, two months AC (After Cobain), I worked downtown at a large boutique toy store. It was an impressive place, two floors, multiple rooms and secret passages full of toy overstock. To get the job I had to talk to a stuffed gorilla.

June Gloom
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 11 August 2009
Stats: 5,035 views and 1 Comment

A marine layer had drifted in from the coast and made the City of Angels its resting place for the better part of June, lying on top of the town like a mother crocodile brooding its eggs.

Selections from the 1959 PICO Novelty Catalog
Posted in Things We Like on 10 August 2009
Stats: 27,486 views and 8 Comments

PICO was a Los Angeles-based supplier to American dime stores, souvenir shops, and similar types of crapatoriums. It left behind some wonderfully peculiar artifacts that give us a reason to hit the pause button on our modern lives.

Letter from Holland: Kafka in Amsterdam
Posted in Stories and Appreciations on 7 August 2009
Stats: 3,528 views and No Comments

A country once famous for its liberties has turned into a place where even good old-fashioned freedom of speech has become a Parliament issue. Perhaps that’s why so many in Old Amsterdam flirt with the idea of traveling to New Amsterdam.

The Plain Truth: Meeting Herve Villachaize
Posted in One Million Watts on 6 August 2009
Stats: 6,047 views and 2 Comments

Dressed head-to-toe in stylish, coordinated black – the polar opposite of his “Fantasy Island” garb – Villachaize was every bit the man I’d expected him to be: polite, gentlemanly, and even revolutionary.

Greetings from the Apocalypse: Chocolate Fountains
Posted in Lies and Entertainment on 5 August 2009
Stats: 22,828 views and 7 Comments

From its beginning as a “fancy” party accessory that was only accessible the elite of our society, the chocolate fountain has become just another in a long line of rentable objects that will distract the people attending your party from actually having to make conversation with the other guests.