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  • in reply to: RIP Pete Seeger #803750

    Julie
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    …or you could just sing, instead of moaning!

    in reply to: RIP Pete Seeger #803744

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    Anybody got a banjo?

    I’ll start:

    “This land is your land,

    This land is my land…”

    Who’s next?

    in reply to: RIP Pete Seeger #803742

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    We need a singalong to say “Farewell, and thank you”.

    in reply to: Charlie Brown Christmas Tree #801449

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    Yes! Burien Bark’s tree lot (at the old Herr Lumber building at 1st and 160th, known as Five Corners) has them. Herr always use to have them, and as they disappeared from the West Seattle lots over the years, we started going there. Herr is closed now, but when they agreed to let Burien Bark use their space, one of the conditions was that they carry the unsheared trees, because the family knew so many people depended on Herr to have them.

    It’s not so much about the straggly as about the unsheared, natural look.

    in reply to: Bring Back Shame?! #801272

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    in reply to: Bring Back Shame?! #801271

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    I’m not sure shame is going to be useful in this context. Those who might feel shame at prospering while the rest of humanity suffers are probably going to rationalize it away.

    Self-interest is a more likely tool. I thought this was an interesting article: https://plus.google.com/116665417191671711571/posts/PF1tZ2DE23y

    “In October the International Monetary Fund or IMF – not exactly a center of socialism – floated a bold idea that didn’t get the attention it deserved: lowering sovereign debt levels through a one-off tax on private wealth. As applied to the euro zone, the IMF claims that a 10% levy on households’ positive net worth would bring public debt levels back to pre-financial crisis levels. Indeed, this notion was broached in the US by several billionaires including — shockingly — Donald Trump.

    The reason to go along is simple. Your billions become worthless if the society that helped you win them collapses.”

    The author goes on to suggest another, fascinating alternative that I don’t think I can adequately summarize here, but if you’re interested, click through to the blog post.

    in reply to: The Mayor's race: Why McGinn Must Go #799218

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    Since this now appears to be a transit thread: Wakeflood, here’s my big concern with BRT: It’s easier to get a BRT project started than fixed-rail solutions, but it’s also easier, once it’s started, to scale it back, as expenses and objections rise, to something that is no longer BRT. This is exactly what happened with “Rapid” Ride. (I realize it was never originally conceived as true BRT, but the actual implementation is scaled back from the project as originally presented.) Furthermore, the very flexibility of BRT is not only a strength but also a possibly fatal weakness–it can be dissolved very easily; fixed-rail solutions are not impossible to un-do (West Seattle being an excellent example), but it takes more effort.

    in reply to: Any Google Gurus in the Community? #794122

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    I’m not sure, but you might need to verify your domain ownership with CNAME verification. You can use this for lost passwords; I suspect you’d need to do something similar to switch the admin account to your current account.

    CNAME Records

    in reply to: Any Google Gurus in the Community? #794120

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    Are you logged in with a different account?

    in reply to: Smoking neighbor :( #699701

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    …and I agree with sirophix. I think we have here a north-going Zax and a south-going Zax. Who’s going to build the overpass?

    in reply to: Rant – Why do people still write checks? #792867

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    Stina’s and Tracy’s comment brings up a question I’ve wondered about before–why do banks charge a vendor to use a card, but not to deposit cheques? I would have assumed the card makes less work for the bank than the handling of the paper cheque. Is that not so?

    in reply to: Kindergarten Waiting Lists #789832

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    Families “holding spots in multiple places” because they want to keep their options open make it difficult for schools and the families on their waiting lists. If you are “holding” a place in a private school because you are waitlisted at another school you prefer, it would be considerate to let your second choice school know this. It helps them better inform families on their waitlist, for whom the school may be a first choice, who anxiously call wondering how likely it is a space may open up.

    in reply to: Tilden or Westside? #786034

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    Do keep in mind that both schools have long waiting lists of families who were not as fortunate as yours to be offered places at both schools–once you’ve chosen either school as the best fit for your family, don’t feel shy about letting the other school know right away. They will appreciate it, and so will the waitlisted families!

    in reply to: Feeling sad today……. #785074

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    I’m sorry.


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    One point in support of the argument that the signage is adequate is this from the WSB story on January 13:

    “…from the first almost-two-weeks of ticketing by the Fauntleroy Way camera near Gatewood Elementary and three others elsewhere in the city; the West Seattle camera was responsible for 435, the lowest total, less than a third of the 1,510 tickets attributed to the camera near Thurgood Marshall Elementary.”

    While it’s possible this is because WS drivers are so much more alert that drivers elsewhere in the city, I’m dubious about that; it seems more likely to me that the design of the roadway or the placement of the signage is better. (Neither the Times article nor the WSB article lists the tickets as a percentage of traffic passing the cameras, so it’s also quite possible the lower numbers here just reflect less traffic.)

    Anyway, I do have to say I find no difficulty slowing to the required 20 mph, as long as I’m paying attention, just by removing my foot from the gas–no braking required. But I am one of those silly people who tries to go 30 in a 30 mph zone.

    in reply to: What's your possibly trivial or irrational pet peeve? #782234

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    Nobody’s mentioned vocal fry, yet, or the sad disappearance of the subjunctive.

    in reply to: Plea to those Walking After 5 PM in Winter #781605

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    It’s kind of frustrating that the most common colors available for outerwear are all black or dark blue. Your choices are much more limited if you want light colors. Of course, we can change that if everybody buys the light ones and leaves the dark stuff in the shop.

    in reply to: Time #779727

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    Ooh–I really like “cupludays”: “amount of time to do any reasonable task”

    http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?CuplaDays

    Kalpa: 4.32 billion years (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalpa_(aeon))

    Okay, that was fun!

    in reply to: Time #779726

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    in reply to: Time #779725

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    “Platonic year n. chiefly hist. (originally) a cycle postulated by some ancient astronomers, in which the celestial objects go through all their possible movements and return to their original relative positions, after which (according to some versions of the theory) all history repeats itself; (in later use identified with) the period of precession of the equinoxes (approx. 25,800 years).” (from the O.E.D.)

    in reply to: Time #779724

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    Moment: “In medieval reckoning: the tenth part of a ‘point’ (point n.1 2c), i.e. the fortieth or the fiftieth part of an hour.” (from the O.E.D.)

    in reply to: Time #779723

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    Shakes of a lamb’s tail?

    in reply to: Scientist Says We Should Do Be Do Be Do #779268

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    I am not questioning the benefits of meditation (which are, I believe, quite well researched and documented), only the supposed “quantum theory” explanation.

    in reply to: Scientist Says We Should Do Be Do Be Do #779262

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    Quantum mechanics is a strange, mindbending, and difficult theory. So it’s tempting to find parallels in its language to other strange and difficult phenomena, like human consciousness. The trouble is that the real language of quantum mechanics is mathematics; the peril of trying to express it in verbal language is that inevitably one resorts to metaphor, and that invites inapplicable comparisons with other difficult and abstract concepts such as human consciousness.

    Google “Quantum Flapdoodle”

    http://www.csicop.org/si/show/quantum_quackery/

    http://www.michaelshermer.com/2005/01/quantum-quackery/

    in reply to: "Charley Brown" (unsheared) trees #778796

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    jissy, it turns out that although Herr is indeed closed, Burien Bark is selling trees at that location–and, at the express behest of the former owner of Herr, carries the un-sheared trees–and very nice ones, too. Hurray!

    For anyone else on a similar quest, they are at the south west corner of 1st South and 160th in Burien.

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