While pundits ponder the future of the novel, Seattle author Neal Stephenson has lodged it securely in the past. Stephenson (Snow Crash; Cryptonomicon), whose avant-garde science-fiction sagas explore cryptography, math and philosophy, recently released the first installment of his latest work, The Mongoliad, a parallel-world version of the Mongol invasion of Europe co-authored by several like-minded scribes.
Are you always first in line to try the latest thrill ride? Then get yourself to Whistler this winter for an attraction so cool it’s frozen. The Whistler Sliding Centre, site of the bobsled, luge and skeleton events at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, is offering the public a piloted four-man bobsled experience and a solo skeleton experience, which means anyone with enough loonies can slip-slide down the same ice chute as last February’s gold medalists.
If hockey is in your blood, it doesn’t matter how old you are: The need must be satisfied. Roddy Scheer has been skating for 30 years, and nothing gets between him and his Monday-night games with a bunch of guys who represent a true cross section of Seattle.
Some things just don’t qualify for the “best” list. Here are 23 that are amusing, appalling, annoying or just plain asinine.
A really bad day: Dead man inside a parked car gets a ticket from Seattle meter maid. Rhonda Breard, who took at least $12 million from local investors, is sentenced to about 3 million minutes in prison.
If you really consider yourself a Seattlite but haven't seen salmon spawning in local streams, now is your chance. For the next few weeks chum and coho salmon will continue to return to the gravel beds of their youth at Pipers Creek, Thornton Creek and Boeing Creek on the north side of town, as well as at Longfellow Creek and Fauntleroy Creek in West Seattle, among other riparian zones around town.
I must not be the only one thinking about skiing now that the snows of winter have finally begun to fall, in our fair city no less. Those so-inclined should sharpen up their edges and head out for the slopes this coming weekend. Here is a run-down of some area ski slopes and their opening days for this 2010-2011 season...
Mt. Baker: already open! hit the slopes today!
Crystal Mountain: opens for the season on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 25
Let's be honest for a second: After about 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, the brain is pretty much shot, and the likelihood of actually getting any work accomplished plummets. So when you need to take a short internet break this afternoon, here's handy list of local designers who are making efforts to be eco-conscious.
I see my fair share of fashion shows, especially in the fall when Fashion Night Out, Fashion Week and Fashion First are in full swing. So admittedly, fashion shows can sometimes lose their sparkle for me: Luly Yang has restored it.
Most of the time (okay, 99 percent of the time) you can show up wearing jeans to just about anything in Seattle. On Friday however, we get our 1 percent, once in a blue moon, must dress-up date at Luly Yang Couture’s annual fall runway show benefiting Seattle Children’s.
I had a whirlwind weekend at the 11th annual Port Townsend Film Festival and it renewed my love for the area. If you need some time away, I recommend a trip to Port Townsend. Visitors can enjoy anything from a world-class film festival to simply taking a stroll along the waterfront. Below are a few suggestions for your stay.
The Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) concluded its second day and I’m trying to keep pace with the locals. Today I saw two feature films, seven shorts and attended a presentation with featured guest Dyan Cannon. Nonetheless, my schedule pales in comparison to diehard PTFF fans. I overheard someone proclaim that he saw six films yesterday. Wow! The trick must be to skip meals and subsist on popcorn!
The Port Townsend Film Festival (PTFF) began its 11th season bright and early this morning, when I quickly realized that I’m amidst truly dedicated film fans. By 8:00 a.m., the PTFF welcome center was abuzz and people were already headed to early-morning screenings. Most impressively, they were fully awake and even cheerful. It’s a Harry Potter level of enthusiasm—for independent films!
The enthusiasm is warranted. My first screening was Welcome at the Uptown Theatre.