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It’s all ’bout Seattle, boss: What do we make of this Super Bowl moment?

The Super Bowl clinched it: Seattle is having a moment. “We’re not just some harmless, damp dorks up in the corner anymore,” Seattle’s Lindy West wrote in Jezebel. “We’re winners now.” The Seahawks’ dominating victory Sunday has trained a spotlight on Seattle that the city hasn’t seen in years, illuminating our current culture and character… Read More

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Silly science and our Facebook death fantasy

Why do some people like to think that Facebook might die? Would they be relieved to be free from its grip? Validated in a secret conviction that it was never as big a deal as everyone said? Does Facebook’s death seem so impossible it’s become a kind of underdog to root for? Or is it… Read More

Eric Levine considers the Cru Beaujolais. (Photo: Mónica Guzmán)

Drink geek: Four wines to please the geek palate

If you’re a geek, you probably like to think. Conventions annoy you. New things intrigue you. Puzzles beg to be solved. If you’re a geek, you might reward experimentation, loathe limits and have a soft spot for the uninhibited, the unexpected and the unexplored. So when a geek wants to close her laptop and open… Read More

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Why Washington state’s Obamacare site doesn’t suck

My husband and I were browsing wahealthplanfinder.org this week, to see if any of these new options were better than our current self-employed health insurance plan, when we realized something. Unlike healthcare.gov, the federal health insurance marketplace that’s barely worked since its Oct. 1 launch, our state’s online insurance exchange doesn’t suck. In fact, wahealthplanfinder.org… Read More

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Commentary: Do we have an emoticon problem? :-/

So. Where do you come down on emoticons? They’re everywhere, these tiny typed expressions, and locally, reviews are mixed: “I rely so much on emoticons to convey my emotion,” wrote Lauren Hall-Stigerts. “Shakespeare didn’t need emoticons! We can suck it up too!” wrote Vanessa Fox. “I learned to write in the 20th century B.E. (before… Read More

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Lego love: The greatest engagement photos ever

This week my friends Marika Burkhart and Justin Jensen posted some of the best engagement pictures I’ve ever seen. And they’re not even in them. Seattle photographer Shelly Corbett took the photos of two tiny Lego Minifigures that Marika and Justin picked as their avatars, in geeky settings ranging from “The Lord of the Rings”… Read More

Caught between casualness and formality, the serious coffee shop interview is tough not to notice. (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