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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Study Guide Questions for The Stranger, Volume 23, Issue 21

Posted on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 9:00 AM

We're observing Slog silence until 11 a.m. while we have an editorial meeting, but look! We made a whole paper's worth of stuff for you!


1. In this issue's feature story, CIENNA MADRID details her experiences living in a small cabin perched atop the carcasses of dead animals in a small park filled with copulating homeless people, used condoms, and rats' nests. Though the story is purportedly true, Madrid is obviously making some of this up, isn't she? Can you think of a single worse advertisement for employment at The Stranger than the thought of Madrid living in a garbage heap in the middle of a field of refuse and misery?

2. In the news section, GOLDY makes a shockingly useful suggestion: that Seattle City Light build a city-owned fiber-optic system to provide broadband service to citizens of Seattle. It's an intelligent, considered argument. Since he obviously did not think of it himself, who do you believe fed this article to Goldy? Was it a union representative who would financially benefit from the plan? Someone who works for City Light?

3. The mysterious and often indecipherable DAVE SEGAL interviews a mysterious and often inscrutable musician who currently goes by the name Jack Name. How can an interview between two mysterious people about secrets and darkness be so boring?

4a. This week, for the first time in its history, The Stranger has a sports section. For years, Stranger writers have prided themselves on the fact that they didn't care about sports—but now that a local sports team is overwhelmingly adored, they have published a cheerleader-y array of pieces including an appreciative piece about a Seahawk's fingertips, professional sports photography, and a column of sports gossip. Was this decision a financially inspired one, or is The Stranger staffed with lemmings? Do they expect us to suddenly forgive and forget the paper's long history of anti-sports bias?

4b. On a scale of gayness, from "barely gay at all" to "too gay to function as a human being," how gay would you rate this issue of The Stranger? Does the inclusion of sports make it less gay, just gay enough, or possibly too gay?

5. What's more disgusting: reading PAUL CONSTANT's writing about chicken wings or picturing Paul Constant eating chicken wings? What self-respecting newspaper would publish this gory monstrosity of a piece in its restaurant review section? When do you think you will be able to eat again without the thought of this story bubbling up your esophagus against your will?


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The idea that the city should create a network has been around for at least a decade. I told Goldy that Sawant should lead the charge. He's just rehashing old ideas.……
Posted by ChefJoe on January 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM · Report this
MacCrocodile 2
2. Doesn't Ms. Vel-DuRay work for Seattle City Light? If the proposal involves any kitschy old appliances in harvest gold, there's your smoking, pearl-handled gun.
Posted by MacCrocodile on January 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM · Report this
MrBaker 3
Re 2, Goldy isn't suggesting shit, a 2009 study (ignored by McGinn and the City Council) suggested that the city roll out fiber to the premises (FTTP).
Ed Murray announced that his office is looking into it.
Goldy is just repeating that announcement.

McGinn went with a half assed Gigabit Squared attempt to capitalize on the finger we already have, and the was a predictable failure (according to the the 2009 study).

Here is the study.…
Posted by MrBaker on January 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM · Report this
Kinison 4
City can build a fiber network, they just cant operate it for commercial purposes. This is why Tacoma did what they did 15 years ago.

Plus, with the city leasing out the fiber, you'll have at least 5 more ISPs ready to provide gigabit service instead of just the city offering it. Also, gotta love how utilities like Seattle City Light send out bills every other month (instead of once a month) and how theres going to be a 5% jump in rates every year for the next 4 years. So while there are pros to having Seattle build and operate a fiber network for residents, there are some cons to it, the biggest being fewer choices in ISPs.
Posted by Kinison on January 22, 2014 at 11:09 AM · Report this
Goldy 5
@4 One of the reasons City Light bills every other month is because of the expense of sending meter readers to 410,000 homes and businesses. Smart metering fixes that.
Posted by Goldy on January 22, 2014 at 11:39 AM · Report this
JonnoN 6
did you have a point @4?
Posted by JonnoN on January 22, 2014 at 1:11 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 7
MacCrocodile, there's more to life than Harvest Gold. There's Avocado, Seafoam Green, Mayfair Pink, Coral, Aqua, Sunny Yellow, Bisque....a whole wide world of appliance colors. And if you have a vintage range, dryer, or refrigerator that is not frost-free, you can enjoy them without guilt. They're as efficient as anything you can buy today (with the exception of an induction/convection range, which is just too dreamy)
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay on January 22, 2014 at 6:33 PM · Report this
Kinison 8
@5, Except I got mine every month, but when I moved from Capitol Hill to First Hill, it was every other month. Called them up and they told me they mail them every month, but clearly they dont.

@6 The point is, NEVER let the city operate the fiber network. Sure they can build and maintain it, but leasing it out is the best solution as it brings in more competition and overall drives prices down. Seriously, the main complaint right now is the lack of competition. Why have Century Link, Comcast and Seattle, when you can have 5 more ISPs provide service as well?
Posted by Kinison on January 24, 2014 at 2:48 PM · Report this

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