Sci-fi nerds look to open new museum in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. has museums devoted to art, aerospace, history, and even, textiles. So, what about the futuristic worlds of science fiction? Well, a new effort is in place to bring a Museum of Science Fiction to the nation’s capital, establishing a “permanent center for the science fiction community and culture.” In fact, screenwriter Greg Viggiano,… Read More


Fun new GoldieBlox video engineers a new image for girls

You might be hearing a lot of talk on gender flipping these days and the newest thing to get the “flip” is children’s toys. By no means is this a new controversy, as people have been trying to change outdated gender-specific toys such as Mattel’s Barbie for decades. However, GoldieBlox (a company with Seattle ties… Read More


It’s time to kill the password — before it kills us

It’s time to shoot the password. And multiple screens are the trigger. I had this epiphany when wrestling with one Rhapsody music service on two devices using three pieces of software. Firing up the Rhapsody Android smartphone app, I unexpectedly was prompted for my password. Okay, I figured, the app had been updated and needed… Read More

San Juan islands. Photo via San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau.

Earthquake may have severed underwater cable that caused Internet and phone outage in San Juan islands

Thousands of residents in the San Juan islands northwest of Seattle have been operating without phone or Internet service for a week after an underwater cable was mysteriously severed. Now, more information is coming to light about the cause of the problem. CenturyLink says it has identified both ends of the severed cable, which had… Read More


Amazon and Microsoft bite back, Twitter takes the plunge, and more quotes of the week

Some of the best quotes, comments and random zingers from the past week … “We appreciate Bloomberg’s foray into fiction and look forward to future episodes.” — Microsoft’s Frank Shaw, as quoted in the news service’s story about purported Microsoft CEO candidate Stephen Elop’s supposed plans for the company. “Well, you could just give it… Read More

1997 as seen from 1965

When technology – and time – overtake research

For the past three decades, I have been a psychological test subject. Not in a creepy NSA-and-tin-foil-hat kind of way, but as part of a long-term study designed to understand how mental abilities change as people age. Yet as time affects cognition, technology is encroaching on the study itself. The Seattle Longitudinal Study is something… Read More

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is interviewed by GeekWire’s Todd Bishop at Town Hall in Seattle Oct. 14

Name That Tech Tune: Win Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian’s new book, signed and doodled by the author

Updated below with answer and winner. We’ve got a very special prize up for grabs in this week’s Name that Tech Tune challenge: A copy of “Without Their Permission,” the book by Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, signed by the author himself specifically for this contest. This is the dogeared and marked-up copy of the book… Read More


Why Washington state’s Obamacare site doesn’t suck

My husband and I were browsing 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, 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,… Read More


GeekGirlCon photos: Where you can be whatever you want

I had a great time at GeekGirlCon in downtown Seattle this weekend, and took a bunch of pics for your viewing pleasure! If you’ve never been to GeekGirlCon, I highly recommend attending. Especially since it’s growing: Passes were sold out with tons of programing and extended hours. Obviously, it’s not just for girls (it is… Read More


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


Set-Top Box Showdown: A graphical guide to your options

[Editor's Note: Jon Mann is a design director at Artefact, the Seattle-based technology product design firm. This post and graphic are republished with permission from the company's blog.] Remember when your choice of a TV service provider was your cable box or a set of rabbit ears? Life was simpler, less than 10 years ago……. Read More