Bicycle Built For 2,000 is comprised of 2,088 voice recordings collected via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk web service. Workers were prompted to listen to a short sound clip, then record themselves imitating what they heard.
Sad news today from our favorite local cooking school.
We took a handful of classes at Culinary Communion over the past several years, and they were always the perfect combination of fun and learning. Unfortunately, they’ve had a lot of challenges along the way, from moving and build-out costs, to permitting and liquor licenses, and the recent downturn in business combined with some bad luck, was too much for them. Gabriel’s a good guy, and I hope they come out of this heartbreak on top.
If you’re in Seattle and are in the need for any kitchen supplies, or even a few bottles of wine, stop by the CC House this Saturday, and help them liquidate so that they can pay their debts and refund tuitions.
Mike Watt & Friends - Walking the Cow (Daniel Johnston cover)
I remember seeing this tour at the Black Cat, in Washington, DC. The opening band was Hovercraft, with Eddie Vedder (incognito and somewhat secretly) playing drums. The second band was the Foo Fighters, who hadn’t yet released their debut album. Then, the headliner, Mike Watt (with his all-star backing band). It was awesome.
Fleetwood Mac isn’t something I ever think to put on, but they were playing Rumors last night at Cafe Presse, and man were my ears happy! (As was my belly, from a couple Kronenbourg, some charcuterie, frites, and their delicious beet salad.)
This is an excellent post by Sachin Rekhi about the lessons he learned while working at imeem. A lot of it is common sense, and some of the observations are specific to the music industry, but there’s also a lot that applies to any social/web/community startup. Definitely worth a read.
You may be on to something, but I think the bitlypreview.js also accidentally gets inserted sometimes when you’ve got the bit.ly firefox add-on installed, and you’re copying and pasting html into the tumblr post editor or using the tumblr bookmarklet.
Awhile back I was having problems with my tumblr crashing IE7, and it was choking on calls into the bit.ly library when the library wasn’t loaded.
(And if bitly preferred I didn’t highlight this, just let me know)
I also noticed that the urls published out to twitter from tumblr look suspiciously like bit.ly urls. Maybe the bit.ly folks are going to provide tumblr with some of the analytics they’ve been discussing (or working on).
Fine Tuning Performance: A Trusty Auto Mechanic (really!)
This is part 2 in my writing about people who have renewed my faith in good service. (click for part 1)
My car is 5 years old (aka: just out of warranty) with barely 20k miles on it, so when I experienced some odd behavior recently, the last thing I wanted to do is go to the dealer for help. So, after researching the problem online and getting a good idea of what I was in store for, I logged onto Yelp and started checking out reviews for local mechanics. That’s where I found Fine Tuning Performance, and let me tell you, they were awesome!
This was one of the first times I didn’t feel like my mechanic was being less-than-honest or gouging me for unnecessary work. In fact, they originally thought one of the work items was under recall, and suggested I take it to the dealer to have it done for free, rather than have them do it. When it turned out that it wasn’t under recall, they told me it was super easy if I wanted them to do it: a $6 part and a half-hour of work, for a total of $50. I’ve never gotten out of the dealer for anything close to that!
After a full day of testing and calling around to dealers and other folks, Ryan from Fine Tuning told me the bad news: The problem I saw required a very expensive part, and a lot of labor, to fix. This matched what I had read in my own online research, so I was prepared for the worse, and quite surprised when he told me that he recommended that I not do the work yet. Because this was a freak occurance that they couldn’t reproduce, and the problem is something that will degrade over time, not suddenly stop working, Ryan suggested I just take it home and see what happens. So, after two days in the shop, he sent me home with a bill for 1 hour of labor, and a car that is running perfectly fine.
If you’ve got an Audi or a VW, and you’re looking for a mechanic, check out Fine Tuning Performance. Their shop is way up on Aurora near 145th, but there’s a bus stop to downtown Seattle a block from there. It’s well worth the drive.
With interest rates at tantalizing lows over the past few months, we had been considering refinancing our house, but I was dreading the experience: the sea of paperwork, the countless options and permutations, and an overall lack of visibilty and understanding of the process. Fortunately, I asked my friend Rob (who works at Redfin) for some advice, and got an introduction that made this one of the smoothest and easiest transactions I’ve ever completed.
Rob introduced me to Brian Thielicke of Cobalt Mortgage, and I can’t say enough good things about him. Brian walked us through every aspect of the process, making sure we understood all of the pros & cons (this is our 5th home loan, but I still felt a bit naive about certain aspects), and helped get things rolling right away. Every time I was confused, Brian was a quick email or call away, with not just an answer to my question, but an explanation so that I not only understood what I was looking at, but why it was the way that it was.
The whole deal went smoothly, we got a great rate, and we’re saving a bunch of money every month. From now on, Brian’s our man, and if you’re in the Seattle area and looking for a new mortgage or refinance, he should be yours too.
I never thought I’d say it, but the new Starbucks micro-ground instant coffee really isn’t that bad. I’d even go as far as to say it is by far the best instant coffee I’ve ever tasted.
Sure, it’s not the estate-farmed, shade-grown, massaged-in-sake, and pooped by rodents specialty roast from your local coffeeshop, but it is smooth, dark, and actually tastes like coffee. I wouldn’t choose it over any reasonable offering, but it is better than what you’ll find in most airplanes, trains, or gas stations, and would be a handy thing to keep in your pocket for when you need a quick-fix. It really isn’t that far off from the drip coffee you’d get at a Starbucks.
I bet it’d also be good sprinked in your brownie or chocolate cake batter.