Over the centuries, a coffee shop's appeal has rarely been about the coffee. (Photo: Mónica Guzmán)

Awkward blend: Job interviews and coffee shops

Everything looked just as I expected inside the Uptown Espresso in Belltown. Then I noticed the dress. Deep red, form fitting and smart, it looked good on the young woman sitting ten feet in front of me. She who wore it with a cardigan, black shoes and — whoa wait is that pantyhose? Daring a… Read More

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Google Chromecast: Welcome to the Post-Nerd Era

Don’t try to be smarter than a smart device. That’s the main lesson I learned from an otherwise flawless first Google Chromecast experience. Chromecast is Google’s new entry into a dizzying array of options to cut (or at least seriously fray) the cable television cord. And like many things Googley, it’s very different from most… Read More

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10 great ways to take awful mobile pictures of people

Anyone can take a mobile photo of you. That doesn’t mean everyone should. Every week on social streams I see awful photos of good people. I don’t know why they were taken, let alone shared. Usually they’re tucked in the middle of a thoughtless gallery. Sometimes they’re right in everyone’s face. A lack of likes… Read More

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The weight of words: Why I hope bookstores stick around

I was taking video of my baby’s small, assisted zig-zag steps between the shelves at Ravenna’s Third Place Books when I looked at him and said something surprising. “I hope bookstores still exist when you’re old enough to read.” Immediately I checked myself. Did I mean that? Yeah. Apparently I did. This was interesting. For… Read More

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A night without power

We were making our dinner last Tuesday when the kitchen light went out. A second later, I realized the new Bruno Mars album had stopped playing. “Jason.” He was moving plates to the outdoor table. “I think the power just went out.” I opened the fridge. Dark. OK, no more opening the fridge. Oops, did… Read More

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5 steps to prepare your geek child for college

As caps and gowns are returned for deposits while freshmen are readying to be deposited this fall in the college of their parents’ choice, it’s time to do some preparation. Not just for any new college student. For the geek college student. When I was preparing to send my geek son to college, I didn’t… Read More

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My VloggerFair vlog: How everyday online stars are changing the face of fandom

VloggerFair, the come-one, come-all festival of vlogs and vlogging, kicked off its inaugural run at the enormous Terminal 5 building in West Seattle this weekend. Could anyone across the bridge hear the screaming teens? “He signed my iPad,” one middle schooler said after she met one of the day’s biggest draws, vlogger Joey Graceffa. “I… Read More

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The Geek’s Guide to International Travel

On my recent vacation to Europe, I traveled without folded maps, paper guidebooks and journals, or physical backup copies of my passport, rail pass and other critical documents. Instead, I relied only on my smartphone – even though it was disconnected from cellular voice and data service for the full ten days. Think of it as the… Read More