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Let it snow, let it snow, let it freeze

posted by on 2010.11.22, under context, design, icicles

Yes, I’ve been remiss in keeping up to date with good stuff and noteworthy posts.

So, here then, is a photo of a street lamp in my neighborhood – complete with snow falling in front of the light and icicles hanging before the eye.

If you live outside the Seattle area and haven’t seen the weather, it snowed on Monday in this slice of the Pacific Northwest. Two words: Stay warm.

Japanese taiko drumming – simply worth it

posted by on 2010.08.27, under international district, taiko drumming, video, wow

I’ll admit it: Since I was a kid, I loved watching Japanese taiko drumming. The beat. The movement. The booms.

You name it. It has everything a person would want out of a musical art.

So when I heard that The School of TAIKO would perform on Friday at Uwajimaya in Seattle, well, I made sure that my family and I were there.

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Summer lingers in Seattle – aliens, too

posted by on 2010.08.16, under information

Life continues to be a bit on the go for me – but in a way, that’s good.

One thing I appreciate about going almost anywhere is seeing what you spot on the way to a destination.

Photographer Grant Haller enjoyed that while he worked in daily journalism. I was reminded of that idea when my wife and I took our son, earlier this month, to the Blue Angels show over Lake Washington in the Seattle area.

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Live in Seattle area? Cold? Hot? Confused?

posted by on 2010.08.15, under information

Saturday’s heat in the Seattle area already blasted to the top of the record charts.

It’s a shrap contrast to last weekend, when say, overcast skies prompted the Blue Angels to fly a lower-than-usual show over Lake Union for Seafair, the annual summer festival.

So try this one on for size: Costco in South Seattle is selling snow gloves.

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WordWatch: Is use of polymath emerging?

posted by on 2010.08.04, under information, polymath

In a matter of minutes of online reading, I came across the use of polymath – in three different cases. defines the word as ”a person of great learning in several fields of study.”

Interestingly enough, the use was connected to Sidney Harman, the business leader who is buying Newsweek. He also sits on the board of The Aspen Institute, a think tank that focuses on ideas, civic life and education.

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With Buddha, noodles and a lucky star in the sky: Easing back into blogging after trip

posted by on 2010.08.04, under buddhism, information

As you might have seen, I had an exhilarating and invigorating time blogging for the Wing Luke Museum’s Chinese Heritage Tour of the American West.

If you haven’t read the blog entries, please have a look. The pace was fast – but good- and the investment in time was well worth it. It’s one of those trips in life that you set time aside to take – well, because it’s unclear when you’ll have time to do it again.

The group of 35 people or so returned to the Seattle area early last week. I’ve been resting up and getting caught up on things on the homefront.

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This week, I’ll be blogging for Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum – on a tour of the West

The  Wing Luke Museum’s Chinese Heritage Tour of the American West takes place this week – and I’ll be helping the Seattle institution devoted to the Asian Pacific American experience file blog dispatches from the road.

Please visit the museum’s travel blog. Among the places tour participants and I will visit in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada will be the mines where Chinese immigrants once searched for gold.

It will, I think, be good stuff all around. And yes, please pass on the word about the journey and travel blog.

I’m around, just busy with freelance projects

posted by on 2010.07.15, under information

I hope everyone is enjoying a great summer. As I’ve noted, I’m still around – freelance work is taking up my time this month.

Which, as we know, is a good thing.

As we know, the Chinese have come up with a robot that can make food in a wok – and IBM has its supercomputer that will challenge humans in Jeopardy!

You’ve seen the two flying cars – Aerocar and the Transition - I’ve written about in earlier posts. By the way, if you end up buying a Transition, please let me know.

Or just tell the world via the Web or a Tweet.

And so, in this light, I’ve thought about stretching the day out so there will be more hours than just 24. That way, I can have some extra time to blog at

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Idea dates back to late 1940s – but flying car could become a reality for many

posted by on 2010.06.29, under context, design, history, video, wow

I’ve been busy with a few odds and ends recently. But certainly, a flying car – in 2010 – will catch my attention.

The people at Terrafugia are the brains behind this flying vehicle, the Transition, which has received much online and television attention.

I should note that while it captures human attention, there was another flying car from Moulton B. Taylor of Longview, Wash. It was called the Aerocar – and yes, newsreel cameras captured it flying in the 1950s.

The Aerocar is on display at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. And I will say this about the Terrafugia Transition – it is inspiring.

Oh, yes. You also can own a flying hovercraft, if you like.

I’ll get to more blog entries as soon as I can. I know there’s much to talk about these days.

Quick images from Port Townsend, Wash.

posted by on 2010.06.24, under architecture, history

It is easy to get busy in life and let things that you want to do slip by.

So, in that spirit, I’m posting some quick photographs I took while my family and I visited Port Townsend, Wash. earlier this month.

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