My visit to CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone)

Thanks for visiting my blog. It is basically dead but I did not have another place to really write up this long brain dump. Feel free to ignore any all of the rest of the posts, mostly from another time and mostly when I was working on Microsoft’s Live writer.  This post was written with the open source Open Live Writer which I would recommend for any blog writing from Windows. – Aaron


On Saturday, June 13th I visited what at the time was called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone in Seattle, Washington. I live close enough to walk there but it was a long walk. When the protests and clashes with police were happening I would have not idea they were going on from my house other than hearing helicopters all night long but I was watching live streams or the news almost 24/7 while this was going on so I was aware what was going on many blocks away during the pandemic. I had intended to make this post the next day but life gets in the way at times. As such many things are changing. The next day the leaders in the zone renamed it to Capitol Hill Protest Zone (CHOP). Daily news stories since then report just how dynamic things are changing. In the last 24 hours the city has installed new barriers after negotiating with CHOP leadership to open up the streets, one way, so businesses could have better access to early morning deliveries, increase response time for social services, and more access for residents in the area. This means some of my images and observations are out of date only a few days later. I should also note that I self edited my images to blur out faces. I tried a few on-line options to do pixilation of faces and none worked well and I did not have any good imaging software on hand to do a quality job. I tried to blur the faces of people in images in the zone but I did not do it for the public parks or when I explicitly got permission from a person in the photo. Since this is all in public area I really did not have to do anything but I choose to blur, none the less.

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This is a map I took from the Seattle Times. I hope I can use it without their direct permission and as I said is how things were on 6/13/20. My goal was to first and foremost see for myself what CHAZ was all about and second to see if there

  • was any substance to assertions that had been made that it was a fenced or walled in area
  • identification was checked to enter
  • you would be charged to enter
  • businesses could not operate within the zone
  • it was hard for residents living in buildings in the zone
  • and I was interested to see what, if any, damages they were doing to Cal Anderson Park because they were planting things there.

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I first entered at 13th and E. Pine St.  As you can see there was no big gate to prevent anyone from entering the area. No one stopped me or anyone else. There was no bag check and I had a backpack on with my camera out. There was a person there basically greeting people as they came in and that was it. I believe these fences are repurposed from the fences used to divide the protesters from the police in the first days of protesting.

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The SPD East Precinct is the location of those that protect and serve my neighborhood. When my house was broken into and robbed years ago this was the location they responded from. When they stormed a drug den in a rental house a few houses away it was from here. When teenage kids threw a party a block away from my the police that broke up the party and stopped the two kids having sex against the back of my house it was from this location. That all being said I am OK with the prescient current being closed down. I do not feel less safe because of it. From my observations the police were the escalators against the protesters on many nights and times. And yes I did seem the images and claims of officers getting hurt but in many case the timeline does not add up and the explosive device end up just being a candle. I’m home the majority of the time so I can take care of my property and it is important to drive home the fact that Black Lives Matter. I also think funding social services, something that is clearly underfunded in Seattle, could be done from defunding part of the police budget. I may have family members in some form of law enforcement in other cities and when they tell me that some people they interact with should not be going to jail but to mental health facilities and they really regret taking them to jail then you know overall we have the wrong set of people trying to help these people out.    

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The main stage that speakers were speaking from was at 12th and E. Pine. There was a lot of call and response going on with the speakers when I was there. The messaging was about either BLM or defund the police. About the time I was leaving there was a specific topic with women and BLM. I saw in the paper that the next day that the indigenous people of Northwest had a celebration at the stage. So they are being inclusive. This was a little West of the main clash point.

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This is looking South down 12th towards Pine St. In the distance you can see the fencing there and of course you can see there are a lot of Honey Buckets available for anyone in the zone to use.

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There were lots of tents with resources and food which all was free. I tried to honor the signs at most tents that said no video or pictures so that is why you do not see many but there were many like the two shown on the North side of 12th. I saw boxes of donuts and fresh pizza, as an example. I also saw many people bringing anything and everything in the way of supplies to be dropped off. At one tent they actually were declining supply donations because they were very well stocked. As you can see man’s best friend was also being taken care of. Also note the guy in with the long hair, white robe and red sash. He was walking around as a Jesus lookalike.

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This is what I saw at 11th. On the North side there was a “Conversation Cafe” where you could talk and be education on BLM and there was a basketball hoop in the middle of the street. There are residences North of that hoop and while the street is blocked off there was still access to that building and the parking garage there. You can also see another entry point and just how easy it is to enter and exit.

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The “Black Lives Matters” slogan was painted on the street in white down the street and within a day or so each letter was painted in a different style. One thing I wanted to point out is the tent on the right. The people trying to get signatures to put an Amazon tax on the ballot were out in force within the zone.  I saw them in at least three different locations gathering signatures.

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There was also a table registering people to vote. Voting of course is one of the most important things that can be done to support issues surrounding what is happening in the zone.

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Along the streets you would find memorials and points of educations such as these,

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When I got down close to the entrance at 10th and E. Pine St I witness the closest thing to organizers trying to block people from entering the zone. As I was walking toward that entrance point I heard blaring Christian music playing and then I heard screens of “form a wall” and it was all because what I am calling was the “Jesus saves” group showed up. I can appreciate evangelizing for what you believe in but I also think that there is a time and place and I do not think this was it. Additionally, this group has not done itself any favors by using a megaphone and talking next to groups of people waiting to have their tickets scanned to enter sporting events for years. I am not sure that is the place for them either but their approach to sharing their message really seems to rub people the wrong way. People did form a human wall and this group just crawled through on their hands and knees to force themselves through. The wall did not push back and during a time of a pandemic it just seem like something far from social distancing. I took this photo when they were fighting their way through a second set of people. It looked like they were able to negotiate because given free reign to walk within the zone. That being said they never turned down their music or anything they said over their PA. I could still clearly hear it playing when I was over in Cal Anderson Park, blocks away, whereas I could not hear what was happing at the zone stage. This group was not stopped at the zone fencing and it was only when the were about 20 yards in when they were first confronted. Later I saw the Jesus lookalike walking by this group and apologizing to anyone around and saying jokingly that they were not with him.

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The BLM message painted on the street is almost a block long. I hope it stays because it is just a work of art. I do not know if it was done in a way to survive the elements or if it will be some sort of a safety risk once cars on web pavement try and stop on it. I could be misremembering but I seem to remember there being an issue with the painted crosswalks done for BLM and LGBTQ a couple of blocks away and also on MLK where they might to have been repainted??

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If you look in this photo you can see someone with a broom and dust pan. I saw 4-5 different people with cleaning equipment and trash bags in my time moving around the zone. I really do not recall seeing much in the way of liter and it really seemed fairly clean, That being said all of the messaging that many would say is graffiti and others may say art made it feel a bit more dirty that it actually was. This is clearly some internal bias on my part.

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These three are from 10th and E Pine looking into the zone from this entrance. The white tent at Rancho Bravo Tacos (many years ago with was a KFC if you might have lived in Seattle at some point) parking lot is a medic tent. They were one of the places that had “no pictures or video” so I did not get a close up of that area. I know they had medics during the clashes with police where you could go to get your eyes flushed or treatment for when the rubber bullets were misused by being fired directly instead of indirectly but do not know if this was the location of the tent then. You can also see the designated media area for reporters.

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On the topic of business like Rancho Bravo all of the business that thought could be open while King County is in Phase 1.5 seem to be open within the zone. There were lines outside of every restaurant I saw like Elanta (line is behind the U-Haul). There was a hotdog vendor near the Conversation Cafe that was doing great sales. The gentleman selling the BLM tee-shirts out in the middle of the street was accepting cash or Apple pay! That being said I wanted to visit a used music store that is across the street from Elliott Bay books during my visit to the zone and while just outside of the zone it looked all boarded up. I was not sure if they could be open in 1.5. When I got home I checked their website and they had a note that they were staying closed because of the zone and they did not feel they had the resources to keep the store or customers safe. Perhaps businesses in the zone are not that impacted but there is at least one business that is zone adjacent that feels some impact from it being there. In retrospect I should have checked to see if that liquor store at 12th was open but I did not do so.

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You can see tents and supply tents around the perimeter Bobby Morris Playfield. This is a Astroturf field and shows nothing in the way of damage. It looked like many people were just hanging out and not involved in what was going on in the zone. I guess indirectly this could be considered part of the zone. I did see one person walking through and tell the people there what we be happing at the protest stage in the next half hour or so. The building with the mural is adjacent to the playfield

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Early on in the pandemic the city had mowed “crop circles” into the grass at Cal Anderson Park. The intent was to make areas where people could sit or hangout but keep socially distant from others doing the same. Most Seattle parks had a requirements of while enjoying the parks you need to keep moving. One of the first raising of restrictions with this accommodation. When I read that those in the zone had dug up the crop circles to start gardens I pictured something very destructive to the park and I can honestly say I was a bit grumpy about that. From the pictures you can see it really is not destructive at all. Also I am not sure when the city stopped mowing the lawn in the park but it has been a few weeks and clearly before the protesting started.

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This is a bathroom building in Cal Anderson. It is the closest I would say is damage to tax payer property.

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Inside the zone and just outside you could find people playing music for money. Some people stopped and watched but people were more interested in the speakers on the stage.

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On my way out I saw this guy working on this sign. My thought was that he was trying to take it down. I had seen a photo on line of it saying Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone but you can see it was painted over. I wonder if it was being swapped out for a new CHOP sign?

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A saw this sign as I was walking out of the zone at 13th. I’ll leave it here for you to think about.

Honestly I came away a little underwhelmed with the whole zone. It was not what I expected as I had it pictured more grand in my head. I liked the messaging and the education that was happening. This is needed even in Seattle. It seemed very self-sufficient, clean, and safe. There was never any sign of people harassing others and other than the Jesus saves people and there was no attempt to restrict movement or messaging. I did not see anyone armed. That being said, on Monday there were photos of people in the zone with arms. They were attributed to the “proud boys” and one photo even showed that on his jacket. Those people are not part of the movement happening in the zone and just there to cause trouble, which from a video posted on twitter it looked like they may have just a few blocks West of the zone behind Seattle Central. I did not directly see business nor residents suffering but based off of negotiations for the streets opening up a bit on Tuesday there was a need to change and adapt which happened without people getting hurt or rioting.

What follows is a bunch of photos I took of what I saw on the street. There was a lot more than this. One thing I guess I should have called out was umbrellas. Umbrellas that many Seattle do not use despite the rain because a symbol of these protests. What I assume was taking something out of the protests in Hong Kong the umbrellas were used to deflect projectiles, or canisters, shot by the police as a first line of defense. You can see umbrellas on a few of the pictures within this blog post and then on the street. In the protest on stream you could see many umbrellas that a local tech company gives out to their employees to move between buildings.
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Update (6/17/2020)
There are a couple of things I should have also mentioned One I realized that I wanted to comment on and one a source link I have used to stay updated.

  • An old co-worker of mine, Michael McCormack, wrote up his visit on facebook He had a lot more pictures from inside of Cal Anderson Park which I just visited the edge of. There is a lot more art (or graffiti depending on your viewpoint) on other structures in the park. Maybe I will make another trip to try and capture that. He also mentioned that everyone there was smoking pot. I never saw anyone smoking pot but I did smell it strongly a few times as i walked around. I will remind you that it is legal in Washington State and can be enjoyed in private, if that is your thing. I did not see any overt nor excessive drug use.
  • One source that I have used for a visual update as to what is going on in CHOP is Lindsey Wasson’s twitter feed. https://twitter.com/lindseywasson. I started to follow her because she was taking photos at Sounders matches for at the time, the Seattle Times. It looks like now she is taking photos for Reuters. She has been in CHOP through it all and she has a good eye to visually capture the changes that are happening there.
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Please help me figure out who signed these baseballs

I am not much of a baseball autograph collector outside of trying to get the Hutch Award winner and the keynote speaker from the award luncheon. Other than that I might have a few Mariners players and coaches and generally not the big names.. Getting ready for a trip to Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame inductions I decided to take inventory of the baseballs I had to add some big names and the following are balls I have yet to identify who signed them. 

The Hutch Award winners that I thought I might have but have not found are Barry Zito, Billy Butler, Trevor Hoffman, and Tim Salmon. I do not think any of these below are signed by them.  Carlton Fisk, Dave Winfield, and Rob Crew are the keynote speakers that I might have but again I do not think those are below.  I am guessing they are random Mariners but please do not let me influence your guesses. Also if it is a Mariner it is one that played in the last 20 years and most likely no one from the last few years. Uniform numbers for Mariner players can be found here.

Please leave a comment on this blog post if you have ideas who might have signed a ball.

Update: Thanks to everyone that has helped identify autographs.  I moved the ones that are still not identified to the top of the blog post.

Ball #4

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Ball #6 (I think this is a Mariner player from played at some point between 2004-2009).

It has been suggested it is Jose Paniagua.

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Ball #7 (I think this is a Mariner player from played at some point between 2004-2009)

It has been suggest that this is Aaron Sele or Brett Boone.

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Ball #1 (Identified as Jamie Burke)

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Ball #2 (Identified as Hisashi Iwakuma)

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Ball #3 (Identified as Rod Carew)

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Ball #5 (This has been identified as Brooks Robinson)

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One of these things is not like the other

Let me first say that I am a big fan of Fred Hutch. Both of my parents had cancer treatments at the Hutch and/or Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Data from my dad’s care was used in ongoing Hutch research.  Additionally, I was on the Hutch Award luncheon committee for a few years and have been attending the luncheon for close to 15 years.

This year I came away from the Hutch Award luncheon very disappointed, however. As you can see from the picture below they have a mystery baseball box at every table. This is a great fundraiser as part of the lunch each year. The list of players to promote bidding on the auction is a list of past Hutch Award winners or the guest speaker from the auction. That is a high bar. Many years, like this year, with Jim Rice, you have a member of baseball the Hall of Fame as the guest speaker.  The award winner generally has played for years, been to an All-Star game, played in the playoffs, etc. As you can see in the box I bid on was a Jesús Montero signed ball. Jesús is neither an award winner nor a guest speaker. Currently Jesús is playing for the Toronto Blue Jays AAA team or rather will be playing for that team once he serves a 50 game suspension for using an illegal substance at the end of the 2016 season. I am sure it was in the mystery box as a donation from the Mariners. Maybe the Hutch should have said thanks but no thanks? After getting a September call up for the Yankees in 2011 he played with the Mariners from 2012-15 but spent much of his time in the minors while with the M’s. Failing to make the squad in 2016 the Blue Jays picked him up off of waivers and he played all of 2016 in AAA for the Jays.

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This picture show the promotion of the centerpiece. Also inside the box lid which show the contents of the box.

Maybe there should be some appeal of an ex-Mariner signed ball? I guess I am really disappointed that the list promoting what could be in the box was at a much higher caliber of player. I think next year before I bid I might just open the box first. The other perks inside the box are great but a Montero signed ball is far from being centerpiece worthy!

Update/side note:

I went to the Mariners fan fest a few days after the Hutch Award Luncheon and saw these prices at the Mariners garage sale booth. On ebay I saw you could by his ball for as low as $9.95. Not that price is any indication of the value.

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Mariners trades for 2015

As I started to think about what teams made the playoffs this year I started to think about players that had played for the Mariners this season and now were on playoff teams.  As I looked at all of the trades the Mariners had made all but one were to teams in the playoffs.  Do you remember what the Mariners got in return?  Here are the trades the Mariners made to teams in the playoffs this year and what they got in return which in many cases is still to be determined.

Trade Date Position Player Trade To What Mariners got in return Games back in division Games back in wild card
5/19/2015 P Yoevis Medina Cubs Wellington Castillo (C) who was then traded 15 days later (AZ) with Gabriel Guerrero AA (OF), Jack Reinheimer AA (SS), & Dominic Leone (P) for Vidal Nuno (P) & Mark Trumbo (OF) 8 4.5
7/15/2015   All Star break     7 7
7/30/2015 2B, LF, 1B Dustin Ackley Yankees Ramon Flores AAA (LF), Jose Ramirez (P) 12 8
7/31/2015 P J.A. Happ Pirates Adrian Sampson AAA (P) 11 7
7/31/2015 P Mark Lowe Blue Jays Jake Prentz A (P), Nick Wells A (P), & Rob Rasmussen (P) 11 7
7/31/2015   Non waiver trade deadline   11 7
8/27/2015 P Fernando Rodney Cubs (during DFA) Player to be named later or cash 12 7
8/31/2015 CF Austin Jackson Cubs Player to be named later & an international signing bonus slot 12 8
8/31/2015 OF Justin Ruggiano Dodgers From AAA with cash for player to be named later and/or cash 12 8
10/4/2015   End of season     12 10

Note as to who made the trades: Jack Zduriencik was the General Manager until 8/28/15. Jeff Kingston was interim GM until 9/28/15. Jerry Dipoto was hired as GM on 9/28/15.

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Why is Windows Phone still missing so many apps?

I guess I would be classified as a Windows fan boy having worked at Microsoft for over 2o years but now a bit removed from the company I am more and more frustrated by Microsoft’s lack of ability to close the app gap in mobile. In fact many things that I found cool like Office on my Windows Phone are now supported on Android and iPhone. I am going to ignore games and focus on apps that I might use daily, weekly, or at least once a month that I find missing. Below is a table that I will try to keep updated when I see an app I would like to use but it is unavailable for Windows Phone. It started with a list that I put together in about 15 minutes and I am sure I will remember many other apps soon that I am disappointed have not been available for Windows Phone.  Maybe Windows 10 will change things with universal apps and the claim of a compiler that will help you port your iOS and Android apps to Windows 10 but those seem like they are far from free recompiles or will suffer from emulation issues if that is how it is implemented. I know I am not alone with these complaints as a quick search will find multiple articles that lament the lack of “popular” apps on Windows Phone.

 

If you have ones that you would like to see please add them in the comments.

App name Link iOS Android Why I want Date Added
1Password https://agilebits.com/onepassword Y Y Currently the best software to manage your passwords. They have a Windows version but not a Win Phone. Maybe this will change with universal apps in Win10? 6/28/2015
Amazon app https://www.amazon.com/treasuretruck Y Y So there is an Amazon app for Win phone and it was even update recently but there is not support for Treasure Truck which is a new Amazon service starting this week. 6/28/2015
Bank of America https://www.bankofamerica.com/online-banking/mobile.go Y Y There used to be a BOA app for Win Phone but support was stopped for it. Check deposit! 6/28/2015
BECU app https://www.becu.org/business-banking/mobile-banking Y Y Boeing Employee Credit Union.  Check deposit via the app 6/28/2015
Burger King http://www.bk.com/ Y Y   7/10/2015
Chase Bank https://www.chase.com/online/digital/mobile-banking.html Y Y Check deposit. 6/28/2015
Density Companion App http://www.bungie.net Y Y In Bungie’s Destiny game you can manage your inventory on the phone 6/28/2015
FIFA http://www.fifa.com/mobile/index.html Y Y No official FIFA app. 6/28/2015
GameStop http://www.gamestop.com/gamestop-app Y Y Manage PowerUp Rewards associated with GameStop account 6/28/2015
McDonalds   Y Y There is a UK app in the store. While not health when the Mariners score 5 or more runs you can get free fries but only if you have the app! 6/28/2015
MLB.com Ballpark http://mlb.mlb.com/mobile/ballpark/ Y Y This has a bunch of features not in the MLB at Bat app which is on all platforms including Win Phone. 6/28/2015
MLS mobile http://www.mlssoccer.com/mobile Y Y Soccer update. There is a Windows 8 version so maybe there will be a universal Win 10?? 6/28/2015
Periscope https://www.periscope.tv/ Y Y To be social. Also you cannot watch periscope streaming in browser on phone 6/28/2015
Snapchat https://www.snapchat.com/ Y Y To be social. Many companies use for contests 6/28/2015
SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/mobile Y Y If you are playing from the browser you cannot go anywhere else. The app is needed. 6/28/2015
Star Wars http://www.starwars.com/ Y Y It’s Star Wars! 7/10/2015
Subway   Y Y e-pay 7/10/2015
Tinder http://www.gotinder.com/ Y Y OK maybe I am not looking for a dating app but the option would be nice. 6/28/2015
Topps  http://www.topps.com/topps-apps Y Y They have some good apps related to Topps trading cards 7/10/2015
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My 2015 SIFF picks

With my busy schedule I was able to schedule in these films in the 2015 Seattle International Film Festival.  There were many films I wanted to see but they did not fit into my schedule.  If you are going to one of these please let me know and maybe we can sit together or at least chat in line.

 

14-May

7:00 PM

mccaw hall

Spy

15-May

3:30 PM

uptown

Results

16-May

12:00 PM

uptown

Personal Gold: An Underdog Story

16-May

3:30 PM

uptown

Guidance

16-May

6:30 PM

pacific place

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

17-May

3:45 PM

pacific place

For Grace

18-May

9:00 PM

egyptian

Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh ich she)

19-May

3:30 PM

uptown

Behavior (Conducta)

21-May

7:00 PM

harvard

Boulevard

22-May

6:30 PM

egyptian

I Am Michael

22-May

9:30 PM

egyptian

Before we go

23-May

11:00 AM

egyptian

Manglehorn

23-May

1:30 PM

egyptian

Time Out of Mind

24-May

1:30 PM

egyptian

People, Places, Things

24-May

7:00 PM

pacific place

Banana

25-May

1:00 PM

egyptian

808

25-May

4:00 PM

pacific place

The Forecaster

25-May

7:15 PM

egyptian

The Tournament (Le Tournoi)

26-May

7:00 PM

uptown

Gazelles

28-May

6:30 PM

egyptian

Being Evel

28-May

9:30 PM

egyptian

It’s So Easy and Other Lies

29-May

4:00 PM

uptown

The Price of Fame (La Rançon de la gloire)

29-May

9:45 PM

egyptian

The Primary Instinct

30-May

11:30 AM

uptown

Fiddlesticks (Quatsch und die Nasenbär-Bande)

30-May

8:30 PM

egyptian

Chuck Norris vs. Communism

31-May

11:00 AM

harvard

Krisha

31-May

7:30 PM

uptown

The Little Death

1-Jun

4:30 PM

egyptian

Out of Nature (Mot Naturen)

2-Jun

3:00 PM

uptown

Most Likely to Succeed

2-Jun

7:00 PM

harvard

Cooking Up a Tribute

3-Jun

7:00 PM

egyptian

The Glamour & The Squalor

4-Jun

4:30 PM

egyptian

Love at First Fight (Les Combattants)

4-Jun

7:00 PM

pacific place

Inside Out

6-Jun

11:00 AM

egyptian

The Wolfpack

6-Jun

1:30 PM

egyptian

Experimenter

6-Jun

9:45 PM

egyptian

I Kissed a Girl (Toute première fois)

6-Jun

11:55 PM

egyptian

Cop Car

7-Jun

1:30 PM

egyptian

7 Chinese Brothers

7-Jun

6:00 PM

cinerama

The overnight

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SIFF picks for 2013

I am way behind this year on deciding what movies I might see in the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) let alone buying tickets but here is the list I think I am going to go with.  As always there are conflicts with Mariners and Sounders FC games that mean there are movies I want to see that I cannot.  This year I did pick a few mainstream movies that will clearly have big releases but I do get to see them a bit earlier than most.

These links point to the SIFF site.  When I add the movies to the list of films I have seen I will link to IMDB.

Much Ado About Nothing
Middleton
The Fruit Hunters 
The Deep (Djúpið)
What Maisie Knew
I Declare War
Scrapper
Television
This is Martin Bonner
Touchy Feely 
Geography Club
The Spectacular Now
The Way, Way Back
In a World…
Her Aim is True
Sand Fishers
The Land of Eb
Kings of Summer
The Otherside
Haute Cuisine (Les Saveurs du Palais)
Twenty Feet from Stardom
Prince Avalanche
SOMM
Putzel
You Will Be My Son (Tu Seras mon fils)
Clutter
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Love is in the Air
Monster University
Bling Ring

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Justin Smoak is the home run hitter for Safeco Field

With all of the talk about moving in the fences at Safeco Field, something that I am opposed to, I went out to look for who are the players who hit home runs in Safeco Field.  I assumed outside of the Mariner players it would be players in the American League West because they have the most opportunities.  I wish I had stats around at bats in for each hitter in Safeco but the site I used, Home Run Tracker just lists who hit the home run and also has true distance, speed off of bat, elevation & horizontal angle, and video for most hits. You also get mapped location in the park.  The data only goes back to 2006 but I stopped a bit earlier than that.  I let you look for yourself who has hit home runs over time in Safeco.  What I was surprised to see was that Justin Smoak is the leader since 2010 and 4th on the list since 2009.  It should be pointed out that he has only been with the team since the end of 2010 (only 30 games played that year).  Second he has recently said that it is extremely hard to hit home runs in Safeco.

 

2012    
Player Team(s) Grand Total
Pujols, Albert LAA 3
Montero, Jesus SEA 3
Smoak, Justin SEA 3
Dunn, Adam CHW 2
Doumit, Ryan MIN 2
Cespedes, Yoenis OAK 2
Jaso, John SEA 2
Olivo, Miguel SEA 2
Seager, Kyle SEA 2
Wells, Casper SEA 2
Andino, Robert BAL 1
Davis, Chris BAL 1
Jones, Adam BAL 1
Middlebrooks, Will BOS 1
Nava, Daniel BOS 1
Pedroia, Dustin BOS 1
Ross, Cody BOS 1
Saltalamacchia, Jarrod BOS 1
Konerko, Paul CHW 1
Santana, Carlos CLE 1
Fielder, Prince DET 1
Callaspo, Alberto LAA 1
Morales, Kendrys LAA 1
Trumbo, Mark LAA 1
Ethier, Andre LAD 1
Hairston Jr., Jerry LAD 1
Crisp, Coco OAK 1
Smith, Seth OAK 1
Sogard, Eric OAK 1
Weeks, Jemile OAK 1
Alonso, Yonder SD 1
Ackley, Dustin SEA 1
Carp, Mike SEA 1
Figgins, Chone SEA 1
Liddi, Alex SEA 1
Ryan, Brendan SEA 1
Saunders, Michael SEA 1
Suzuki, Ichiro SEA 1
Cabrera, Melky SF 1
Posey, Buster SF 1
Beltre, Adrian TEX 1
Moreland, Mitch TEX 1

 

 

2011-12    
Player Team(s) Grand Total
Smoak, Justin SEA 13
Olivo, Miguel SEA 12
Wells, Casper SEA 8
Carp, Mike SEA 6
Kennedy, Adam SEA 5
Suzuki, Ichiro SEA 5
Ackley, Dustin SEA 4
Peguero, Carlos SEA 4
Pujols, Albert LAA 3
Teixeira, Mark NYY 3
Montero, Jesus SEA 3
Beltre, Adrian TEX 3
Moreland, Mitch TEX 3
Davis, Chris BAL 2
Jones, Adam BAL 2
Pedroia, Dustin BOS 2
Dunn, Adam CHW 2
Cabrera, Asdrubal CLE 2
Kendrick, Howard LAA 2
Trout, Mike LAA 2
Trumbo, Mark LAA 2
Wells, Vernon LAA 2
Doumit, Ryan MIN 2
Cano, Robinson NYY 2
Swisher, Nick NYY 2
Cespedes, Yoenis OAK 2
Sizemore, Scott OAK 2
Willingham, Josh OAK 2
Victorino, Shane PHI 2
Bradley, Milton SEA 2
Cust, Jack SEA 2
Jaso, John SEA 2
Langerhans, Ryan SEA 2
Saunders, Michael SEA 2
Seager, Kyle SEA 2
Hamilton, Josh TEX 2
Kinsler, Ian TEX 2
Bautista, Jose TOR 2
Lind, Adam TOR 2
Freeman, Freddie ATL 1
McCann, Brian ATL 1
Uggla, Dan ATL 1
Andino, Robert BAL 1
Hardy, J.J. BAL 1
Reynolds, Mark BAL 1
Wieters, Matt BAL 1
Ellsbury, Jacoby BOS 1
Lowrie, Jed BOS 1
Middlebrooks, Will BOS 1
Nava, Daniel BOS 1
Ortiz, David BOS 1
Reddick, Josh BOS 1
Ross, Cody BOS 1
Saltalamacchia, Jarrod BOS 1
Youkilis, Kevin BOS 1
De Aza, Alejandro CHW 1
Flowers, Tyler CHW 1
Konerko, Paul CHW 1
Lillibridge, Brent CHW 1
Quentin, Carlos CHW 1
Viciedo, Dayan CHW 1
Hafner, Travis CLE 1
Hannahan, Jack CLE 1
Santana, Carlos CLE 1
Fielder, Prince DET 1
Raburn, Ryan DET 1
Francoeur, Jeff KC 1
Gordon, Alex KC 1
Hosmer, Eric KC 1
Callaspo, Alberto LAA 1
Hunter, Torii LAA 1
Morales, Kendrys LAA 1
Ethier, Andre LAD 1
Hairston Jr., Jerry LAD 1
Dickerson, Chris NYY 1
Crisp, Coco OAK 1
Kouzmanoff, Kevin OAK 1
Miller, Jai OAK 1
Pennington, Cliff OAK 1
Smith, Seth OAK 1
Sogard, Eric OAK 1
Suzuki, Kurt OAK 1
Weeks, Jemile OAK 1
Alonso, Yonder SD 1
Bard, Josh SEA 1
Figgins, Chone SEA 1
Halman, Greg SEA 1
Liddi, Alex SEA 1
Rodriguez, Luis SEA 1
Ryan, Brendan SEA 1
Cabrera, Melky SF 1
Posey, Buster SF 1
Joyce, Matt TB 1
Rodriguez, Sean TB 1
Zobrist, Ben TB 1
Andrus, Elvis TEX 1
Cruz, Nelson TEX 1
Napoli, Mike TEX 1
Encarnacion, Edwin TOR 1
Hill, Aaron TOR 1
Lawrie, Brett TOR 1
Patterson, Corey TOR 1
Rasmus, Colby TOR 1
Thames, Eric TOR 1

 

2010-12    
Player Team(s) Grand Total
Smoak, Justin SEA 13
Olivo, Miguel SEA 12
Wells, Casper SEA 8
Saunders, Michael SEA 7
Branyan, Russell SEA 6
Carp, Mike SEA 6
Gutierrez, Franklin SEA 6
Suzuki, Ichiro SEA 6
Teixeira, Mark NYY 5
Kennedy, Adam SEA 5
Kotchman, Casey SEA 5
Beltre, Adrian BOS, TEX 4
Matsui, Hideki LAA 4
Ackley, Dustin SEA 4
Bradley, Milton SEA 4
Peguero, Carlos SEA 4
Lowrie, Jed BOS 3
Ortiz, David BOS 3
Callaspo, Alberto KC, LAA 3
Kendrick, Howard LAA 3
Pujols, Albert LAA 3
Cuddyer, Michael MIN 3
Swisher, Nick NYY 3
Pennington, Cliff OAK 3
Cust, Jack OAK, SEA 3
Langerhans, Ryan SEA 3
Lopez, Jose SEA 3
Montero, Jesus SEA 3
Sweeney, Mike SEA 3
Cruz, Nelson TEX 3
Hamilton, Josh TEX 3
Moreland, Mitch TEX 3
Bautista, Jose TOR 3
Jones, Adam BAL 2
Davis, Chris BAL, TEX 2
Hall, Bill BOS 2
Pedroia, Dustin BOS 2
Dunn, Adam CHW 2
Cabrera, Asdrubal CLE 2
Ordonez, Magglio DET 2
Gordon, Alex KC 2
Rivera, Juan LAA 2
Trout, Mike LAA 2
Trumbo, Mark LAA 2
Wells, Vernon LAA 2
Napoli, Mike LAA, TEX 2
Doumit, Ryan MIN 2
Cano, Robinson NYY 2
Barton, Daric OAK 2
Carter, Chris OAK 2
Cespedes, Yoenis OAK 2
Kouzmanoff, Kevin OAK 2
Sizemore, Scott OAK 2
Suzuki, Kurt OAK 2
Willingham, Josh OAK 2
Victorino, Shane PHI 2
Bard, Josh SEA 2
Jaso, John SEA 2
Seager, Kyle SEA 2
Kinsler, Ian TEX 2
Murphy, David TEX 2
Lind, Adam TOR 2
Freeman, Freddie ATL 1
McCann, Brian ATL 1
Uggla, Dan ATL 1
Andino, Robert BAL 1
Hardy, J.J. BAL 1
Reynolds, Mark BAL 1
Wieters, Matt BAL 1
Wigginton, Ty BAL 1
Drew, J.D. BOS 1
Ellsbury, Jacoby BOS 1
Kalish, Ryan BOS 1
Middlebrooks, Will BOS 1
Nava, Daniel BOS 1
Reddick, Josh BOS 1
Ross, Cody BOS 1
Saltalamacchia, Jarrod BOS 1
Scutaro, Marco BOS 1
Youkilis, Kevin BOS 1
Colvin, Tyler CHC 1
De Aza, Alejandro CHW 1
Flowers, Tyler CHW 1
Jones, Andruw CHW 1
Konerko, Paul CHW 1
Lillibridge, Brent CHW 1
Quentin, Carlos CHW 1
Ramirez, Alexei CHW 1
Rios, Alex CHW 1
Viciedo, Dayan CHW 1
Choo, Shin-Soo CLE 1
Hafner, Travis CLE 1
Hannahan, Jack CLE 1
Santana, Carlos CLE 1
Cabrera, Miguel DET 1
Fielder, Prince DET 1
Inge, Brandon DET 1
Raburn, Ryan DET 1
Betemit, Wilson KC 1
Butler, Billy KC 1
Francoeur, Jeff KC 1
Hosmer, Eric KC 1
Maier, Mitch KC 1
Abreu, Bobby LAA 1
Bourjos, Peter LAA 1
Budde, Ryan LAA 1
Hunter, Torii LAA 1
Morales, Kendry LAA 1
Morales, Kendrys LAA 1
Ethier, Andre LAD 1
Hairston Jr., Jerry LAD 1
Kubel, Jason MIN 1
Morneau, Justin MIN 1
Young, Delmon MIN 1
Dickerson, Chris NYY 1
Thames, Marcus NYY 1
Crisp, Coco OAK 1
Ellis, Mark OAK 1
Fox, Jake OAK 1
Miller, Jai OAK 1
Smith, Seth OAK 1
Sogard, Eric OAK 1
Weeks, Jemile OAK 1
Alonso, Yonder SD 1
Stairs, Matt SD 1
Figgins, Chone SEA 1
Halman, Greg SEA 1
Liddi, Alex SEA 1
Moore, Adam SEA 1
Rodriguez, Luis SEA 1
Ryan, Brendan SEA 1
Wilson, Josh SEA 1
Cabrera, Melky SF 1
Posey, Buster SF 1
Crawford, Carl TB 1
Joyce, Matt TB 1
Longoria, Evan TB 1
Rodriguez, Sean TB 1
Zobrist, Ben TB 1
Andrus, Elvis TEX 1
Young, Michael TEX 1
Encarnacion, Edwin TOR 1
Hill, Aaron TOR 1
Lawrie, Brett TOR 1
Patterson, Corey TOR 1
Rasmus, Colby TOR 1
Thames, Eric TOR 1

 

2009-12    
Player Team(s) Grand Total
Branyan, Russell SEA 22
Griffey, Ken SEA 13
Gutierrez, Franklin SEA 13
Smoak, Justin SEA 13
Olivo, Miguel SEA 12
Suzuki, Ichiro SEA 12
Lopez, Jose SEA 11
Beltre, Adrian BOS, SEA, TEX 8
Teixeira, Mark NYY 8
Wells, Casper SEA 8
Matsui, Hideki LAA, NYY 7
Carp, Mike SEA 7
Saunders, Michael SEA 7
Cust, Jack OAK, SEA 6
Cruz, Nelson TEX 6
Rivera, Juan LAA 5
Swisher, Nick NYY 5
Kennedy, Adam SEA 5
Kotchman, Casey SEA 5
Langerhans, Ryan SEA 5
Sweeney, Mike SEA 5
Callaspo, Alberto KC, LAA 4
Ackley, Dustin SEA 4
Bradley, Milton SEA 4
Peguero, Carlos SEA 4
Davis, Chris BAL, TEX 3
Lowrie, Jed BOS 3
Ortiz, David BOS 3
Hall, Bill BOS, SEA 3
Cabrera, Asdrubal CLE 3
Hafner, Travis CLE 3
Maier, Mitch KC 3
Hunter, Torii LAA 3
Kendrick, Howard LAA 3
Morales, Kendry LAA 3
Pujols, Albert LAA 3
Cuddyer, Michael MIN 3
Pennington, Cliff OAK 3
Suzuki, Kurt OAK 3
Kouzmanoff, Kevin OAK, SD 3
Johjima, Kenji SEA 3
Montero, Jesus SEA 3
Hamilton, Josh TEX 3
Moreland, Mitch TEX 3
Young, Michael TEX 3
Bautista, Jose TOR 3
Lind, Adam TOR 3
Reynolds, Mark ARI, BAL 2
Jones, Adam BAL 2
Scott, Luke BAL 2
Drew, J.D. BOS 2
Pedroia, Dustin BOS 2
Saltalamacchia, Jarrod BOS, TEX 2
Dunn, Adam CHW 2
Ramirez, Alexei CHW 2
Francisco, Ben CLE 2
Garko, Ryan CLE 2
Hannahan, Jack CLE, SEA 2
Ordonez, Magglio DET 2
Gordon, Alex KC 2
Betancourt, Yuniesky KC, SEA 2
Guerrero, Vladimir LAA 2
Trout, Mike LAA 2
Trumbo, Mark LAA 2
Wells, Vernon LAA 2
Napoli, Mike LAA, TEX 2
Doumit, Ryan MIN 2
Cano, Robinson NYY 2
Jeter, Derek NYY 2
Barton, Daric OAK 2
Carter, Chris OAK 2
Cespedes, Yoenis OAK 2
Sizemore, Scott OAK 2
Willingham, Josh OAK 2
Victorino, Shane PHI 2
Balentien, Wladimir SEA 2
Bard, Josh SEA 2
Cedeno, Ronny SEA 2
Jaso, John SEA 2
Johnson, Rob SEA 2
Moore, Adam SEA 2
Seager, Kyle SEA 2
Wilson, Josh SEA 2
Lewis, Fred SF 2
Longoria, Evan TB 2
Blalock, Hank TEX 2
Kinsler, Ian TEX 2
Murphy, David TEX 2
Montero, Miguel ARI 1
Upton, Justin ARI 1
Freeman, Freddie ATL 1
McCann, Brian ATL 1
Uggla, Dan ATL 1
Andino, Robert BAL 1
Hardy, J.J. BAL 1
Wieters, Matt BAL 1
Wigginton, Ty BAL 1
Bailey, Jeff BOS 1
Bay, Jason BOS 1
Ellsbury, Jacoby BOS 1
Kalish, Ryan BOS 1
Middlebrooks, Will BOS 1
Nava, Daniel BOS 1
Reddick, Josh BOS 1
Ross, Cody BOS 1
Scutaro, Marco BOS 1
Varitek, Jason BOS 1
Youkilis, Kevin BOS 1
Colvin, Tyler CHC 1
Beckham, Gordon CHW 1
De Aza, Alejandro CHW 1
Flowers, Tyler CHW 1
Jones, Andruw CHW 1
Konerko, Paul CHW 1
Lillibridge, Brent CHW 1
Quentin, Carlos CHW 1
Rios, Alex CHW 1
Viciedo, Dayan CHW 1
Carroll, Jamey CLE 1
Choo, Shin-Soo CLE 1
Gimenez, Chris CLE 1
Peralta, Jhonny CLE 1
Santana, Carlos CLE 1
Sizemore, Grady CLE 1
Cabrera, Miguel DET 1
Fielder, Prince DET 1
Inge, Brandon DET 1
Raburn, Ryan DET 1
Betemit, Wilson KC 1
Buck, John KC 1
Butler, Billy KC 1
DeJesus, David KC 1
Francoeur, Jeff KC 1
Hosmer, Eric KC 1
Pena, Brayan KC 1
Teahen, Mark KC 1
Abreu, Bobby LAA 1
Bourjos, Peter LAA 1
Budde, Ryan LAA 1
Kendrick, Howie LAA 1
Matthews, Gary LAA 1
Morales, Kendrys LAA 1
Ethier, Andre LAD 1
Hairston Jr., Jerry LAD 1
Kubel, Jason MIN 1
Morneau, Justin MIN 1
Young, Delmon MIN 1
Dickerson, Chris NYY 1
Thames, Marcus NYY 1
Crisp, Coco OAK 1
Ellis, Mark OAK 1
Fox, Jake OAK 1
Holliday, Matt OAK 1
Miller, Jai OAK 1
Smith, Seth OAK 1
Sogard, Eric OAK 1
Weeks, Jemile OAK 1
Alonso, Yonder SD 1
Gonzalez, Adrian SD 1
Gonzalez, Edgar SD 1
Headley, Chase SD 1
Stairs, Matt SD 1
Burke, Jamie SEA 1
Chavez, Endy SEA 1
Figgins, Chone SEA 1
Halman, Greg SEA 1
Liddi, Alex SEA 1
Rodriguez, Luis SEA 1
Ryan, Brendan SEA 1
Wilson, Jack SEA 1
Cabrera, Melky SF 1
Posey, Buster SF 1
Rowand, Aaron SF 1
Bartlett, Jason TB 1
Burrell, Pat TB 1
Crawford, Carl TB 1
Joyce, Matt TB 1
Navarro, Dioner TB 1
Pena, Carlos TB 1
Rodriguez, Sean TB 1
Zobrist, Ben TB 1
Andrus, Elvis TEX 1
Barajas, Rod TOR 1
Encarnacion, Edwin TOR 1
Hill, Aaron TOR 1
Lawrie, Brett TOR 1
Overbay, Lyle TOR 1
Patterson, Corey TOR 1
Rasmus, Colby TOR 1
Thames, Eric TOR 1
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Book I read in 2012

Once Upon a Time: A Collection of Classic Fairy Tails

Author: Brothers Grimm

Released as a companion to the Once Upon a Time TV show this is a collection of the Brothers Grimm fairy tails. Each was only a few pages long and it an interesting read on stories that you might only know the Disney versions of.

 

The Hunger Games

Author: Suzanne Collins

This looks to be a great trilogy of books. A strong female lead. I cannot wait to see the movie adaption this year. Great book for teen or perhaps a pre-teen but adults will enjoy it also – I did.

 

Jedi Twilight (Star Wars: Coruscant Nights I)

Author: Michael Reaves

First of the three books about a Jedi hiding in the underworld of Coruscant (Imperial Center) shortly after Star Wars Episode III. A droid with uninhibited AI and an alien news reporter search for the Jedi at the same time Vader is looking for him. I was almost all the way through the book when I realized I had read it before. Smile

Streets of Shadows (Star Wars: Coruscant Nights II)

Author: Michael Reaves

The crew from the first book in the series is tasked with helping get a rebel off of Coruscant only to find that the person they are tasked to help as been murdered. They then need to find the murder. Additionally, a Force skilled bounty hunter is tasked by Vader to try and kill the Jedi from their crew.

Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)

Author: Suzanne Collins

The trilogy continues as Katniss has to return to the Hunger Games but this time she has allies known and unknown in the rebellion against the Capitol.

Star Wars: Darth Vader and Son

Author: Jeffery Brown

A cute picture book about Darth Vader as a parent to a young Luke Skywalker.  Many lines from the movie are used. I can’t wait for the next book with Leia which comes out in April 2013.

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Mary Blair at Disneyland

A few years ago I got this great card from a friend in Japan and I did not know who the artist was.  It turns out it was Mary Blair who was a big part of Disneyland and Walt Disney’s life.  I later learn that she of course designed the it’s a small world attraction and characters and was part of the group that Walt took to South America.  There is lots of good info about Mary in the Disney family museum in San Francisco.  Long story short, her artwork was on display at Disneyland on my last visit and I snapped the following shots on my way out of the part one night after the fireworks.  In retrospect I could have done a much better job framing the pictures to give you a perspective of the size and many of the wall hangings were very large.  I also should have zoomed in so you could see more of the text for many of the images.  Anyway I hope y’all will enjoy if you cannot make it there to see the exhibit yourself. 

 

Click on this album to see bigger full sized images.

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