Category: Seattle

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25 Years Ago Today I Started at Microsoft and…

On June 3, 1991, I began my career at Microsoft. Today is also the one year anniversary of my brain surgery. Both have provided incredible experiences yet only one left me permanently scarred. For the first four years at Microsoft,...

/ June 3, 2016

Update on Amazon’s Impact on a Ballard Street

My post last May about Amazon’s impact on a Ballard neighborhood street proved quite popular, especially on Slashdot’s: Visual Walk Through Amazon’s Impact On One Seattle Neighborhood. You may remember there were two houses sold as lots: Here’s what those...

/ May 25, 2016

Microsoft Revenue Quietly Surpasses $1 Trillion

Microsoft recently surpassed $1 trillion in cumulative revenues. Similarly, Amazon's earned more than a half trillion. Yet, Washington State still can't afford to pay for education, transportation, police and other vital services and resources.

/ May 8, 2016
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Forget Boeing, Microsoft’s Tax Break Costs $776 Million

On Tuesday, The Seattle Times’ columnist Danny Westneat expressed shock that Boeing’s tax breaks cost the state $304 million last year. He failed to mention that the legislature’s actions in 2010 allowed Microsoft to save $776 million in taxes this...

/ May 5, 2016

AmazonFresh Out of Washington State License Plates

When this AmazonFresh truck crashed into a Seattle building in January, one thing that was not a problem was its California state license plates. Certainly, corporations like Amazon are people but if you’re actually a person and don’t register your personal...

/ April 27, 2016

Seattle’s New Jesus

With its survival and ruin tied to Amazon, Seattle is worshipping a new Jesus: I spotted from outside a local Starbuck’s store and returned later to ask for the artist’s name — Sam Case, a local artist and barista.

/ April 26, 2016

New Seattle: Cyclists Cussing at the Elderly

With Seattle’s rapid growth, formerly sleepy Greenwood Ave has turned into a busy highway. The city has slowed the responsiveness of pedestrian walk buttons to maintain traffic speeds. This morning, I noticed an elderly woman crossing the street immediately after pressing the Walk...

/ April 24, 2016