Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

From left to right, artist: Ken, Kali, Sean, Shannon, Brian & Michelle We carved these beauties a few weekends ago with our fellow "jack-o-lantern alumni," Sean and Shannon in their new home atop Queen Anne. Also joining in the fun was Shannon's workmate Brian and his wife Michelle. A fun, creative time had by all.
In the interest of science, Ken and I staged an experiment as to how to get the carved jack-o-lanterns to last for extended periods. Last year we noticed that wrapping them in plastic and putting them in the refrigerator until the night of Halloween kept the carving fresh and mold free. This year we did that for Ken's but to contrast simply doused mine in lemon juice and put it out on the side porch. Within a week mine started to decompose, while Ken's remains in the fridge at a stable 40 degrees--mold-free in plastic. So if you have the room and you need to sustain the life of your jack-o-lantern, use the fridge. And definitely do it from the beginning so there is no chance of any mold.
This year we're laying low, hanging out at the house and handing out candy. In years past we've gotten into the spirit of the holiday and dressed up but Ken has been banned from dressing up as The Undead Pimp--we found out that one doesn't go over well with the young children.

Cheek bones Guy Pierce would kill for.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

WA Polls

One of my favorite polling blogs, fivethirtyeight wrote about our fine state from a polling perspective, giving a very thoughtful rundown of the high drama gubernatorial race and the Burner/Reichert House race. But most notably, he unearthed the a major pet peeve of mine: the mispronunciation of our state's name by McCain and so many others.

"Worshington"--it makes my skin crawl every time.

But he also talks about the Seattle hipsters which you gotta love...
Hipsters. Lots and lots of them. They love Obama. They're educated, they
live in their same-sex households, they donate to Obama at a much higher clip
than most states, and they're going to wear ironic clothing and send in their
permanent absentee ballots for the Democratic candidate for president.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Vote and be grateful

Tonight I watched Iron Jawed Angels--an HBO movie about Alice Paul, one of the leaders in the women's suffrage movement. Her more brazen tactics of demonstrating and going on a hunger strike after her unconstitutional arrest/incarceration is a riveting story of determination, commitment and speaking truth to power. I guess women have only had the right to vote in America for about 90 years. (The amendment was added in 1920.)

I'm a little embarrassed to say that I didn't know much detail about this movement. It's pretty significant because while an effort to get women the vote had started well before 1920, it took the confluence of a few states independently granting the female vote, World War I and the highly publicized illegal detainment of Alice Paul & the suffrage demonstrators to get this amendment enacted.

I bet these ladies would be mortified that not only do many modern day women not know about the amount of resistance and sacrifice they endured, but that many citizens male & female take this right for granted. I then immediately wanted to know how many people have previously not voted in the 2004 Election.

Eligible to vote in 2004: 215,694,000
Voted in 2004: 125,736,000,
58%
Did Not Vote in 2004: 89,958,000, 42%
Source: US Census

I know alot of people have felt removed from what goes on in politics, like they don't make a difference or that they are so busy living their lives that they don't have time learn about issues and candidates. Even though I have voted ever since I was 18, there were times I wasn't fully informed about what or who I was voting for. Sometimes I didn't want to bother myself with politics because it seemed like it didn't affect me or the things politicians talked about were tedious & stupid. When I look back on that, I can't help but feel a little ashamed because now I see what it means to have a vote, that you can't really be a full fledged citizen without one and if the last 8 years have shown us anything, it's that who we elect really does matter.

I simply don't understand why registering to vote in America isn't compulsory. I've heard other countries like Canada, send you a registration card as soon as you turn 18. It isn't a sign up--you just are registered. I think in the last 8 years especially we've seen what can happen when you leave the governing up to the politicians. When the media and the constituancy fall asleep at the switch. Just like assuming the banks would behave in their customers best interests, we know that even the most-seasoned politicians cannot be soley left to their own devices. I'm looking at you Ted Stevens.

So if you are American and of age, as your priviledge, right & duty of being a citizen, learn about the issues & candidates and go vote next Tuesday.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Plants are getting lazy

I've ruminated before on a common discussion point in our household around the technological takeover of humanity. While Ken & I are both quite fascinated by technological breakthroughs and experiencing new gadgets, software and innovations, we do have different motives. I tend to look at what technology can do to minimize the mundane aspects of life or what it can do to bring people together, like the Wii, blogs, the Google phone & Facebook. What I perceive of Ken's motives is that where ever possible implanting technology is preferable. Even when something can be done without the aid of computers or software, "wouldn't it be neat" to do it anyway? (Ken is welcome to dispute and clarify this position--at time of publish, he was not available for comment.) For example, take a look at this invention to help a plant get sunlight.

It's pretty neat and it's thoughtful to want to help our plants get the most sunlight they need but think about it... Plants can grow in the direction of the best sunlight and their leaves have evolved to make the most of the light they get. So while this is helping the plant in one way, it's circumventing adaptation and basic function in another. Over time, it stunts the plants ability to do what it does naturally. And how much "energy" is used to operate this contraption? Does it even net out?

Our cousin Thomas made a point when we were out visiting awhile ago that the Internet (and specifically Google) makes us lazy because as search becomes more and more optimized, it will start to anticipate and think for us. In trying to bring up the best correlations to a search term, it will make assumptions and apply its own logic--leaving us to hit enter, wait and drool.
I think like any powerful tool, there is a fine line between it helping advance our society and it crippling us. When I think about the major paradigm-shifting advances in the last 10 years, I only hope that in our exuberance to embrace technology, that we not only ask "can we?" but "should we?". The tenants of curiosity, practicality, efficiency and simplicity are the cornerstones of thoughtful people and they were around long before the Internet age. Sometimes I worry in the current atmosphere that these ideals may seem passe or quaint to the over-stimulated youth of today. But technology can't make moral decisions or value judgements nor can it take the place of thoughtful introspection. For all our sakes, I hope that will never go out of style.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Google Phone has Arrived!

The cell phone came into my life a little over ten years ago and now I can’t imagine a day without it. I’ve survived with a no-frills Nokia all this time, but today all that has changed. Hundreds of thousands of us will be upgrading to the “T-mobile G1 with Google” handset, simply known as the “Google Phone" or G1 for short. Read more about my impressions of the Google phone on Lillylikes.com.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Political Message for Washington Residents

"Remember what happened the last time you voted for a guy you'd like to have a beer with..." (Court Rich, Rich Marketing) Keep that in mind when voting for governor, Washingtonians.

"Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." ~GW Bush. ***** On November 4th, re-elect Christine Gregoire.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Star Trek should have consulted me for casting

Aggh! Aggh! Aggh! @$@%@#%$@$%@#$%@#$%@#$%@#$%@#$%@#$%!!!!!! Sylar from Heroes is going to be Spock in the new Star Trek movie! He is so creepy. Seriously, I can't make the leap to pretend that dude can be both the scary, psychotic, brain-consuming mutant AND one of the most iconic and inspiring Sci-Fi characters ever created. Nope.

Photograph by Jill Greenberg

Photograph by Entertainment Weekly

Photo by ILM

More coming on Lillylikes.com

Perhaps not a big deal but I did write a game review about the PC hit game, Dream Chronicles that just got posted. If you are looking for some escapist fun, check out that game. Coming this week on Lillylikes.com, I'll also be weighing in on the new Google phone due out this Wednesday. I'll link to it when it goes up.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Scavenging the Internet for Distraction

Check these websites out. Start your weekend with a laugh.


Daily Show's Jon Stewart TotallyLooksLike.com Charlie Chaplin
see famous look-a-like faces

(Thanks Mom for sending!)

My favorite:


Also go click around on http://www.palinaspresident.us/

And you are so special to me at http://www.urbandelicious.com/specialness.html

Oh and this.....

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Kisses!

After some sleuthing and re-watching of the 90's Grunge movie Singles,
I realized this:

Kiss on Manzanita Beach, 2008

reminded me of something I'd seen before...

Kiss by the Hotel de Ville, 1950 © Estate of Robert Doisneau

Highlights of the 2nd Year of Evidently...

Kitchen Remodel 1-4/2008

Creative Endeavors:
Thanksgiving Rap 11/2007
Sarah's Birthday Rap 4/2008
Ballard Basement Band 7/2008

Milestones:
Austin turns 30 5/2008
Sam & Suzanne Wed--Hindu / Western Ceremonies 6/2008
Angela Graduates from College 6/2008
Ken turns 40 7/2008
Ken runs Portland Marathon 10/2008

Nation & Politics:
Primary Voting 2/2008
Jon Stewart 4/2008
Hanging with the Gov 8/2008
Greed is Not Good 9/2008
Open Letter to Republican America 9/2008
More Jon Stewart 9/2008

Oliver:
Video Catnip, Part One 12/2007
Video Catnip, Part Two 1/2008
Teeth Brushing PSA 3/2008
Another Open Letter 5/2008
CSI-Cat Pee Investigations Unit 8/2008

Animal Encounters:
Monterey Bay Aquarium 10/2007
River Valley Ranch Photos, Video & Narrative 4/2008

Travel:
Bay Area-Google 10/2007
East Coast Thanksgiving 11/2007
La Conner Getaway 5/2008
Arizona 5/2008
East Coast Summertime 7/2008
Oregon Coast Part One & Two 7/2008

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Contributing Writer on Lillylikes.com

I'm proud to announce that I'll be writing every now and then for a new entertainment website aimed at women called Lillylikes.com. My first piece can be found HERE about one of my favorite shows, Grey's Anatomy.

Grey's Anatomy made me love Thursday nights again. Over the years, I've cheered and cried through the heartbreaks, triumphs and medical mysteries in this much beloved and diverse show. With the fifth season just starting, it looks to be another wild ride for our friends at Seattle Grace Hospital. So in honor of this new beginning, let's take a look back to some of the amazing things we've seen so far...

Monday, October 06, 2008

Marathon Madness: Multimedia Edition

1. Start this...


2. Then start this...


3. When the video ends, start this...

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Marathon Madness

An amazing day at the Portland Marathon today that I'll need to spend more time detailing tomorrow. But Ken ran a great race and finished in the top 20% overall at 3hrs:47min:05sec. My family plus his mother, who flew out from the East Coast, were all here to cheer him on. We look forward to a restful night after a great day of physical triumph and celebration.
Photo by Cindy Hovind

Photo by Cindy Hovind

Photo by Angela Halsne, Sign by Sarah Waller

Friday, October 03, 2008

Getting ready to leave for the Race

We're gearing up to head down to Portland for the Marathon this weekend. Ken is looking and feeling good. I can't believe it's finally here. While I am not a runner nor have I trained with Ken, I've definitely taken note of what he's gone through. A lot of dedication and perseverance. While it seems like a form of exercise that is ultimately destructive to joints, being able to run lets you know you're still alive and reminds you that your body is capable of many amazing things. Next stop: Portland.