emma bot working throughout shutdown

Emma the Immigration Bot Still Working Despite the Shutdown

While the United States spins out of the control under President Putin’s government shutdown, Emma the immigration bot is still working over at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Not even talk of a wall or the gap in pay will...

/ January 9, 2019
swedish molina mislead anesthesiology marketplace

Swedish and Molina Misled Patients on Anesthesiology Coverage

Molina Dodges Rules on Marketplace Coverage Update: Check out related article: State’s Health Insurance Marketplace Toxic to Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed. I consulted an insurance agent last month to assist me in selecting a marketplace plan for 2019. Since I’d had my brain surgery, radiation...

/ January 9, 2019
Molina Swedish Misled Customers Anesthesiology

State’s Health Insurance Marketplace Toxic to Entrepreneurs, Self-Employed

There’s a wide gap in access and coverage between private and public plans. Swedish and Molina misled customers and patients. For a state that claims to encourage entrepreneurism, Washington state’s health insurance marketplace is toxic to the self-employed. There’s a...

/ January 9, 2019

R.I.P. Naked City Greenwood

When I asked if they were still serving food late in the evening, she replied, “No, never again. Never again.” R.I.P. Naked City (and your beet burger and truffle fries). Here’s a good Seattle Times piece on how rising costs...

/ December 28, 2018

Wild in North Seattle at Herkimer Coffee

Until December 30th, you can visit Herkimer Coffee on Phinney Ridge to see my friend Conrad Chavez’ photo exhibition of local winged wildlife: Images of local wild birds are the subject of Wild in North Seattle, an exhibition of my photographs...

/ December 28, 2018
definition of podcast podfast

Podfast, a new word for 2019

I spent last week podfasting to prepare for a roadtrip. What is podfasting? Look it up: podfast n, the act of refraining from listening to any podcasts before a roadtrip or adventure abroad to maintain a sufficient number of new...

/ December 17, 2018
Google is Watching You

A Brief History of B&H Photo and the Google Creep Factor

I very much enjoyed this Brief History of B&H Photo which appeared on YouTube the other night. I’ve been a long time customer of theirs and have almost always had excellent experiences. But there’s one creepy footnote to how I...

/ December 16, 2018