MISCmedia MAIL by Clark Humphrey — your Seattle morning news roundup
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THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2015

We're heading into some of the most event-filled weekends of the year. Why not rest up for now, with a sprightly dose of MISCmedia MAIL to brighten your senses?

WEATHER

Upper 70s today; low 70s and afternoon showers Friday.

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CONVENTIONAL WISDOM

Plans for the big, non-contiguous Convention Center addition are out. It turns out the expansion wouldn't "cover" the Convention Place bus stop, as I'd said here previously, but would completely eliminate it. The Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council doesn't like the plans. (Capitol Hill Seattle)

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DOWN THE PIKE

Three blocks of East Pike Street east of Broadway will be pedestrian-only for four Saturday nights starting Aug. 8. (Capitol Hill Seattle) 

AND IT BURNS, BURNS, BURNS

Two out-of-control fires are burning at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Extra degree of difficulty: "unexploded ordnance" in the area. (KIRO-TV) 

Combine dry, warm conditions with the steady sprawl of exurbia, and you get the threat of "urban wildfires." (Salon)

ED

Seattle middle and high schools might switch to starting their class days after 8 a.m. Studies show it would lead to more attentive students (and to more school buses getting stuck in traffic). (SeaTimes) 

ISN'T THIS HOW 'RED DWARF' STARTED?

Among the schemes for "monetizing" the nascent private space-flight biz: asteroid mining. (Weekly)

IN THE ZONE

Is the City Council's "temp" using procedural schticks to prevent a (non binding) rent control resolution? (Slog) 

The HALA report "does virtually nothing on a systemic level to address the 52 percent of Seattleites who are tenants right now." (Stranger) 

Social-media site Nextdoor.com is a popular forum for neighborhood gossip, yard-sale announcements, and racial profiling (oops). (Seattle Mag) 

TECH TALCH

Who needs farm workers, when WSU's inventing apple-picking robots? (Daily Journal of Commerce) 

How to fund more female-led tech startups. (PS Biz Journal) 

The next biotech sub-industry: "Wellness technology," using sophisticated bodily-fluid analysis to diagnose and prescribe health regimens for people who aren't necessarily sick. (PS Biz Journal)  

"Ad tech," the combined algorithms and subcontractors that place ads into online news sites, have become so cumbersome and bandwidth-heavy that they might end up killing the sites that host them. (Guardian)  

OIL'S NOT WELL

As expected, Shell got its Fed permits to drill in the Arctic. (Slog) 

The City can pass new unilateral regulations about oil trains, but doesn't have the authority to enforce 'em. (Slog)  

T-TOWN

A Tacoma ballot initiative, originally intended to move the city's government to a "strong mayor" format, accidentally includes language that would outlaw ballot initiatives. (KING) 

OUTSIDE THE HEART SHAPED BOX

Nirvana's first gig was in a Raymond, WA basement. Stills of that show have just been unearthed. (Ent. Weekly) 

KEXP/KUOW vet Amanda Wilde lists 10 significant songs with at least some Wash. state roots. (Humanities Washington)  

PSYCH! 

Bruce E. Levine at Alternet asserts that pseudo-scientific "behavior modification," whether practiced by advertisers, dot-coms, or the mass media, is antithetical to anything that might be called "democracy." 

Depressed people spend more time on smartphones than un-depressed people. (Time)

ELECTRIC SANDERS

Embedded in yet another Salon pro-Sanders piece is the question: why, after everything done by the big banks, the brokerage companies, the insurance companies, the oil companies, etc., do so many people still believe in "Business Good, Government Bad"? 

WHICH OF THESE THINGS BELONG TOGETHER?

Item: "New item shows the number of teenagers who have sex continues to drop." Comment: What's with you guys/gals? Don't you realize that furtive groping, awkward fumbling, the fear of getting caught, and complete ignorance about the other person's body constitute one of the most profound experiences in your young lives? (Time) 

SPORTS

Todd Cruz hit two homers for naught, as the Mariners fell 9-4 at Detroit. That series ends today; then home vs. Toronto starting Friday.

Where's Ms legend Randy Johnson been the last few years? Taking pro still photos in Africa, Guantanamo, Afghanistan, etc. (NYT)

Could Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes come to the Sounders? (UK Daily Express) 

Seattle's hockey dreams: not dead yet? (CBS Sports) 

TONIGHT

Public meeting about the "Belltown and Denny Triangle Connected Public Realm Plan," a proposal for pedestrian boulevards. (Tilikum Place, 5th & Denny, 5-7) 

Comedian Ralphie May. (Tacoma Comedy Club)

Song Sparrow Research album release. (Crocodile)

Premiere of "The Two-Character Play" by Tennessee Williams, produced by Civic Rep. (New City Theater, thru Aug. 1)

QUOTE-O-THE-DAY

(Lynette Simeone):

“I wish I knew every single language in the world so I could experience everything. One language and one culture are not enough for the complexity of my mind.”

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