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Sexist Ads for the Seattle Times

By kate on November 6th, 2014

I’m a Seattle Times subscriber, because I like to read a local newspaper and it’s the only one left. They have their weaknesses and I don’t always agree with their editorial positions, but they still do strong investigative journalism. Recently, I started to notice a series of ads running in the Times advertising the Sunday […]

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The pernicious pinkification of little girls

By kate on May 29th, 2009

This vehement guest column from the Times Online UK had me raising my arms and shouting “amen!” “All the Disney princesses are there in a terrifying tableau of simpering, gurning girlishness. Why are all these princesses, the apotheoses of modern girlhood, clasping their hands together in front of them, in an expression of coy submissiveness?” […]

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How I choose my SIFF movies

By kate on May 18th, 2009

Every year, I try to go see some movies at the Seattle International Film Festival. I’ve had a few off years lately, but I had a great time in 2004 and 2005, so I’m ramping it back up this year and planning to see fourteen films. A few years ago, I described my film selection […]

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Goodbye Seattle P-I

By kate on March 17th, 2009

It’s a sad day in Seattle as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer stops its presses for the last time. I wanted to write a post today about what our society is losing as newspapers close down, but I re-read my 2005 post, “Why Newspapers are Still Relevant,” and realized it’s all pretty much there (except the new […]

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Seven Songs

By kate on June 13th, 2008

Alan tagged me with the following meme: “List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then […]

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I’m not one of THOSE parents

By kate on June 7th, 2008

I just read this article in the Seattle P-I and was flabbergasted at the deliberately even-handed tone. The reporter gives equal time and weight to people who don’t want kids disturbing their businesses and parents who feel they have the right to impose their children on everyone. Excuse me? I didn’t realize that it is […]

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Short and well rehearsed

By kate on February 13th, 2008

I got a subscription to Wondertime magazine for my birthday this year, and have been surprised at how much I enjoy the articles. (It’s a Disney property and the ads are another story; I’ve started a collection of egregiously sexist ones for the shock and humor value.) A recent article really struck a chord with […]

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Accordions rock

By kate on November 23rd, 2007

I was recently having a conversation with a friend, who insisted he had never heard any good accordion music. I was shocked and spent a recent afternoon throwing together a mix CD. Here is the track listing: Mission to an Alien Planet~Awesome Home for a Rest~Spirit of the West The Old Black Rum ~ Great […]

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Is your child wearing the uniform?

By kate on November 7th, 2007

Today I was at a local community center with Ruby and noticed something. There were 12-15 children playing in the room, and every single girl except Ruby was wearing pink (at least some pink – most had a whole top or bottom that was pink). Every boy was wearing a blue top or bottom (even […]

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Associated Press tattoo article

By kate on July 14th, 2007

A couple of months ago, I was interviewed by a freelance AP reporter who was writing an article about new tattoo trends. He found my website, specifically the page on my inkless tattoos, and wanted to ask me about them. He told me that the story would go out on the wire in mid-June, and […]

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See this movie!

By kate on June 22nd, 2007

Two years ago, one of the really great films I saw at the Seattle International Film Festival was Inlaws & Outlaws. I expected it to have a general release, at least in Seattle because it was filmed here, but it vanished. Yesterday, it was featured in the P-I and I was happily surprised to see […]

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i HAZ A bLOGG!!!!111!!

By kate on June 8th, 2007

Recently I’ve enjoyed watching the waves and ripples of lolcats wash over the internet, followed by our culture as a whole (at least my digital subculture). I love the way memes like this get transmitted and mutated at such great speeds. Ken pointed me to a well thought-out blog post explaining some of the recent […]

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By kate on May 28th, 2007

I’ve been home full-time with Ruby for just over a week, and in that time our relationship has changed dramatically.   I feel like a mother for the first time.   I’ve been hesitating to discuss this, but I had a lot of trouble bonding with Ruby. It had nothing to do with her (of […]

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Confessions of a Slacker Mom

By kate on May 23rd, 2007

No… not me. I just finished a book with that title, and it’s really sticking in my mind. Her parenting philosophy rings really true to me, and I’d like to approach things the same way. Here are some tenets: Let children experience the natural consequences of their actions. This can mean standing aside and letting […]

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By kate on March 27th, 2007

Finding a cool screensaver is hard. Just try googling it and a myriad of crappy sites fills the results, many of which give you some malware along with your free screensaver, not to mention all the blinking ads. Eventually, I had the brilliant idea to look through the archives of Life Hacker and found Slickr. […]

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