Most of you know about the horrors inflicted on May 30, 2012.
About the crazed disgruntled customer who strode into Café Racer and shot five people, four of them fatally.
Who then got on a bus to downtown, where he killed a woman to steal her car.
Who then drove to West Seattle, where he killed himself as police closed in on him.
For a lot of people around the Seattle music, art, and nightlife scenes, it was a day of shock and devastation.
For me, it was just the start of the worst two weeks of my life.
While all the mourning was going on around me, I had a little birthday, gave one of my semiannual Costco Vanishing Seattle book signings, and visited the Georgetown Carnival. Racer owner Kurt Geissel was at the latter, essentially showing concerned friends that he was surviving.
It was there that I got the cell call from my brother.
My mother had gone into the hospital, for what would be the last time.
Two buses and two hours later, I was in Everett.
She had stayed un-sedated long enough for me to arrive and pay my respects, along with seven or eight of her closest friends.
An hour after that, she agreed to take the morphine.
She passed on 54 hours later.
She had always been there for me.
Now I was truly on my own.
It was, and continues to be, a struggle.
Only now am I beginning to get something of a life back together, thanks to the help of many of the same people who kept one another together after the Racer tragedy.
wu ming, via daily kos
wikipedia via king5.com
This did not have to happen.
In a more epathetic world it would not happen.
In a world that was less overrun by sociopaths and their media/political enablers, it would not happen.
via seattle bike blog
via silver platters and queenanneview.com
ap via nwcn.com
beth dorenkamp via grindhouse theater tacoma
kentaro lemoto @tokyo, via daily kos
igor keller at hideousbelltown.blogspot.com
via kip w on flickr
chris pirillo via google plus
In sociology, the controversial and oft-disputed “broken windows theory” claims that crime in an urban neighborhood can go up or down depending on how the locals perceive the place as a “nice” (orderly, civil) place or a “scary” (anything-goes) place.
This post is about an entirely different “broken Windows” theory.
It’s the perception, in some of the tech and business press, that Microsoft Windows is “broken.”
They’re not talking about the software itself being broken (as in inoperable), but the business model behind it.
Especially in regards to “upgrade” sales of the new Windows 8 for multi-desktop businesses.
The naysayers say Windows 8 does so many things so differently than previous versions that there’s a steep “learning curve,” and that businesses may not want that sort of disruption in their day to day operations if they don’t have to take it.
Another alleged issue: Windows 8 is supposed to provide one seamless operating environment among PCs, tablets, and smartphones. Only the tablets and the smartphones still aren’t selling all that well, compared with Apple and Android products.
What’s worse, PCs themselves (almost all of which still come with Windows preloaded) themselves aren’t selling like they used to, and might not ever do so again.
You sure don’t need me to tell you how important MS has become to the Wash. state economy, and that no number of XBox 360 Live subscriptions can make up for the value of all the new and upgraded Windows installations out there.
Oh well. There’s always the Plan B strategy of suing Android phone makers.
priscilla long, via the american scholar