Author: George Burgyan

Scale

I had (I guess I still have, but I’m trying to give it away to charity) a printer that could handle 13×19″ paper. A week and a half ago I got one that’ll handle 17×25″ media. It sounds like a small difference, but it’s amazing what a difference it can make in terms of just the scale of the output. This will be hanging on a wall in our dining room catty-corner from another black-and-white photo — the other one from Ansel Adams. No, I’m not comparing… but it’s nice to be able to whip out a big print...

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Scoop

Everyone always complains about the fact that Amazon messed up a lot of the traffic in Seattle, especially around South Lake Union. The thing that a lot of people don’t know is that Amazon has been trying to fix things for as long as I’ve been there as well. For starters, Amazon gives everyone an unlimited bus card. The intent is that people should use transit to get to work when they can. They also sponsor (I think it’s almost 100%) the Metro car-pooling vans that you can set up. Now, just this week, they launched a partnership with...

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MMR

Measles. Mumps. Rubella. Apparently, someone at Amazon brought in the first one. I’m not going to singularly blame them. There are legit cases where people can’t or at least shouldn’t be immunized. Then I get the email that we have a possible exposure. (No, not leaking anything, it’s on the news) The fact that people who aren’t at risk are opting out of immunizing their kids is quite simply reprehensible. You can crow about “but what about autism.” Fuck you. That “study” has been retracted as bad science. Besides, people were autistic before all this crap — we just didn’t have a good name for it. And besides, I’d rather have an autistic child than one who is dead. Other than the fact that immunization does not lead to autism. But besides that. If you stick to shit like that you are no better than someone who claims that climate change is up for debate. I’m sincerely hoping that the individual pulls through and they were the victim of the overall lessening of our herd...

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Learning to Cat

We got Alice and Frank over a year ago. Frank took to us like a duck does to water. Alice, who is around three months older and had a life on the streets a bit, has never been completely on-board with people as much. She likes pets, but only on her terms. Today she jumped up on my lap and started to purr. :-) I think she’s finally getting around to actually liking...

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Frustration

I just noticed this is “frustration-7.” I guess this means I have plenty of frustration in the past as well. Those times you hit bottom… when your body decides to quit at 7:30 at night on a Saturday. When you wake up a mess at 9 needed to be told that it’s OK, then continuing to sleep once you’ve gotten that out of your head since your body is still dead. Frustration. When you look at a building in Fremont (yesterday, waiting for a bus with a friend) and are drawn to the graffiti (iPhone 7, no filters)....

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Seattle from Smith Tower – 1

My friend wanted to get a picture of 2nd and Seneca at night for her friend’s day (long story, unimportant to this). 2nd and Senica is better known as the Ban Roll-on Building here in Seattle with it’s blue domed top. Just as the sun went down we were atop Smith Tower, which used to be the tallest building west of the Mississippi, looking down 2nd Avenue towards the Space Needle the light was just...

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Improvising

Unpacking from my ride to work this morning I had a zipper failure on my riding pants. My gear that I normally wear is from Aerostitch and I’ve been wearing it all the time since around 2009 or so — and I’m a daily rider so that wear and tear starts to add up over time. The zipper is for the main left leg zipper that runs from the cuff all the way up to the waist of the pants allowing it to effectively unwrap from my left leg. The zipper pull broke off and I was left struggling...

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