You know all those smart people over in Questionland, who have all the answers to whatever question you throw at them? Well you can meet them tonight during the Questionland happy hour at the Lookout! The meet up goes from 6:30-8:30 pm, and hopefully the clouds will burn off because the Lookout has an amazing view.
Come hang out with the smartest people in Seattle!
Okay, since the economy is all fucked up again (still?), jet-setting halfway across the world to spoil yourself with an extravagant vacation on some glorious tropical island is probably out of the question. But that doesn't mean you can't afford to take some time off. You just have to make the most of the beautiful surroundings we have right here at home!
Whether you want to learn about Karate, Taekwon-do, or just learn some basic self-defense moves that might come in handy when walking down Third Ave late at night, Quetionland is here to help!
All week long self-defense experts are on hand, answering your questions. Experts include Joanne Factor from Strategic LIving (personal safety and self-defense classes for women, teen girls, and children) and Jae H. Kim from the Taekwon-do Institute.
Are you raising a teen or tween? Terrifying! But you don't have to do it alone. Questionland has a bunch of parenting experts on hand all week, who'll help answer any questions you have about raising your young adults. They can cover just about anything that might come up—from discipline and communication to your child's safety and how to best approach the sex talk.
Want to know a good age to get your kid a cell phone? They'll tell you that and so much more.
Just head over to Questionland and ask your questions now. If your kid is anything like I was as a teen, they're being a jerk on purpose, so learn the best way to handle them without going completely insane.
Are you thinking of buying a car and hoping for some good, unbiased advice? Or maybe you already have a car, and now you have some questions about maintenance? Well, hey! It's Car Week in Questionland! Car experts are standing by to help you with any car-related questions. We've got Jim Peters from Hilltop Service Station, experts from Daisywagen Volvo Service, and Kevin, the head of The Stranger's distro team, who happens to know a shitload about automobiles!
Here are some questions that've already been discussed:
This week Questionland is all about bikes! A panel of bike GENIUSES are on hand to answer your questions and give great advice about everything from getting around the city and caring for your bike to your rights on the road as a rider.
We've got Qamuuqin Maxwell from Bike Works, Davey Oil of Bike Works and the Bikery, Serena Lehman from Cascade Bicycle Club, Juliette from Hub and Bespoke, and more! They're all real smart, and they're here to help you.
Here are some questions that've already been asked:
A Frou Frou is (according to Wikipedia) a "thin Wafer Cookie (sandwich-like) filled with Vanilla Creme. Of Dutch origin; also produced in Germany..."
I had one for the first time this weekend and it was delicious! It was similar to a French macaron but with different textures. The cookie was crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside, and full of bits of toasted almond. The filling, in this case, was a light chocolate buttercream-type mixture. So good!
This week Questionland is helping out all the parents in the world who have the unfun job of disciplining their children. It's a very difficult to find a good balance—you want to be strict, but you don't want to make the problem worse or scare the poor kid. So need a little help finding the most effective ways to discipline bad behavior? Just look at all the smart people waiting give you great advice:
There's Roslyn Duffy, one of the co-authors of the much lauded Positive Discipline; her husband, Vinnie Duffy, the director of Learning Tree—a Montessori Preschool; Lenore Rubin, a child psychologist; and Barry Wright, an elementary school principal.
These folks have tons of tricks up their sleeves that can help you set rules and boundaries without being a jerk or a pushover. So ask your questions now and turn your little brat into a well-behaved angel today!
Children can be so goddamn picky when it comes to food. Vegetables are gross! Spaghetti looks like worms! Ewwww!
But Questionland is here to help! Emily from Vesta Nutrition is an expert in pediatric and family nutrition, and she can help you make meals even the pickiest eaters will appreciate. She can also answer questions about food allergies, celiac disease, and childhood obesity.
If you've seen a SIFF movie recently, we want to know what you think! Write up a short review (100 words or less) and post it here in the answers. Then I'll choose a winner based on up-votes and my own whims. The winning reviews will be published in next week's print edition of the Stranger!
Which bars will be showing the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals?
I usually watch the games at home, but I want to watch the finals with fellow Canucks revelers! Big Mario's is said to be showing all games of the series. Know any other places that would be good for watching/cheering/swearing/eating/drinking/crying (if they lose)/hugging (if they win)?
by Lindy West
on Wed, May 25, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Droopy SIFF Ticket & Questionland Dwarf: BEST FRIENDZ AT LAST
Hey, folks! Fancy yourself a film critic? We're doing a little contest in Questionland this week where you can submit 100-word capsule reviews of SIFF movies you've seen. Just post your reviews in the answers section of my post here. Then I'll choose a winner based on up-votes and my own whims. The winning reviews will be published in next week's print edition of the Stranger! Fun, right?
For examples of what a 100-word movie review might look like, you can browse the Stranger staff's SIFF guide here.
You can also ask me, Charles Mudede, and sparkling SIFF programmer Clinton McClung (also of Central Cinema) for personalized SIFF recommendations here.
Ask the venerable DJ Riz how he got to be such a great human being! Example questions: "DJ Riz, does it hurt your brain to have knowledge of that much music inside it?" or "Riz, what is your most prized crate-digging find?" OR! "Riz, how long is your longest dreadlock?" Get to it here!
It's Real Estate Week in Questionland! Now's a great time to learn everything you ever wanted to know about buying and selling a house, mortgages, and foreclosures. Here are just some of the questions and discussions currently happening:
Buying or selling a house? There are a lot of ways you can fuck it up, so you shouldn't do it without getting some great advice first. Thankfully, Questionland has some real estate experts on hand to answer any questions you have about buying or selling, mortgages, and foreclosures.
We have a passel of experts—from backyard and indoor growers, to ex-cop and current city council member Tim Burgess, to ACLU powerhouse Alison Holcomb—itching to answer all your marijuana-related questions rightnow in Questionland. Current questions include:
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What would you recommend should be done to encourage the feds to take cannabis off schedule one?
What do you think about cooking with vaporizer remains?
Will police help keep my home safe from medical marijuana thieves?
Our experts will be answering questions through the end of the week. Or get in there and answer 'em yourself.
Dina Martina is in Questionland for a few days, answering all kinds of questions from the polis, including "Should I learn to whittle?" and "What is the best way to take out an unsightly stain from one's undergarments?" and "Is it better to eat atomic fish from the Pacific Ocean or the farmed ones with mercury in them from the Atlantic?"
But so far Dina Martina HAS REFUSED TO ANSWER the most pertinent, piercing question in the bunch:
Ms. Martina, As a longtime fan I have been worried about you since I heard of the passing of comedy legend Mr. Soupy Sales. I know of your past romantic involvement and I've wondered how his passing has changed you and the landscape of American entertainment and fine art. Best wishes, Michael K. Wells.
The brain of Dina Martina—chanteuse, raconteur, psychodrag superstar (and Bryman College spokesmodel!)—is a place no other, and for the next three days, this place is open to the public.
Today, tomorrow, and Thursday, Dina Martina will be answering your queries in Questionland. Ask her anything! How can you mend a broken heart? What's up with Israel? Have you any bridge tips? Do it now!
HERE. Seattle Public Schools interim supe Susan Enfield will be answering your burning, itching questions all day Wednesday, April 13 on Questionland. We have already received 55 questions, now it's time for you to vote for your favorite one.
Enfield has only committed to answering 10—so the votes are really important. Questionland hopes that she answers more, but we'll see. You could also request her to answer more.
Some of the questions with the highest votes so far:
Will you cut Central Administration costs from 9% down to 6%, like every other district in the state?
Will you put Teach for America teachers (who have 5 weeks of training) in front of students, or will you rehire riffed teachers with experience?
Will you spend even more money on standardized testing, or will you rehire career counselors, and paraprofessionals to work with students?
Will you lay off elementary counselors?
A group of people showed up at the school board meeting Wednesday asking the district to protect the jobs of Seattle Public School counselors. The district is currently facing a $35 million budget deficit and is considering cuts in a lot of areas, including counselors, central office staff and even teachers.
The district doesn't know the extent of how many teachers will be laid off, but SPS spokesperson Teresa Wippel said "it is expected to be minimal given that we are projecting significant enrollment growth." While determining layoffs, the district also takes into account projected attrition through resignations and retirements.
You should. She's the new interim superintendent for Seattle Public Schools after former superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson got the boot for failing to provide sufficient oversight over a district small business contractual program.
Enfield has promised to usher in a new era of accountability and transparency and has established office hours every Thursday to meet with the community and listen to their concerns. She's already booked until June, but don't worry, that's where Questionland comes in. Enfield has promised to answer your questions all day April 13.
We've already received a tremendous response: 35 questions in just a couple of days. Now it's time for you to vote for your favorite question. Enfield will take this into account when choosing questions to answer. She has committed to respond to at least 10 questions.
Curious about what kind of questions people are asking?
Ask and you shall receive
Is summer school currently available for all students working below grade level? If not, why not?
Why doesn't SPS pursue the cheapest and most effective strategies?
What will the new SPS superintendent do to ensure greater equity in schools?
What is Singapore Math and why is only one school using it? That school appears to have the highest Elementary Math MSP scores.
This is your chance to get involved in a conversation about our public schools—seize it!
Questionland is all about fashion this week! You can get all kinds of advice from what to wear to a semi-casual wedding to whether or not you can pull off those plaid pants with a striped shirt. Also: You can finally get a definitive answer about man purses!
Got a question or two for Seattle Public School's interim superintendent Susan Enfield? Ask away here.
Enfield will be on Questionland for one day and one day only. Questionland will be gathering the questions beforehand, and then Enfield will answer as many as she can/cares to on April 13.
The new Seattle Public School Superintendent, Dr. Susan Enfield has promised to usher in a new era of transparency to SPS. In this spirit, she has agreed to answer your questions directly. Ask here about the direction Seattle Public Schools will be taking, how they are dealing with the budget crises, plans for opening/closing schools etc.
Tell your friends, neighbors, kids, pets—this opportunity will only come once in a lifetime!
Spring is officially here (although you wouldn't know it by looking outside), which means it's time to get outside and play in the dirt. Whether you want to grow just a few of your favorite herbs or an entire grocery store's worth of vegetables, Questionland has the experts to help you. Sarah Cassidy is a plant and chicken expert from Oxbow Farm, Juicy is a buyer at City People's Garden Store, and Rich Macdonald works for the P-Patch Gardening Program.
by Kelly O
on Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Dear Questionland: If my date shows up wearing these, do I still go out with him?
Ok, it's Friday, DATE NIGHT. And you're not sure what to wear. Did you know that over in Questionland, right now, we've got ten of Seattle's best designers answering your questions? It's true! These are also some of the same people that will be featured in The Stranger's first-ever, first annual fashion show, WORN OUT. Are you coming? The show is Friday April 8th, at ACT Theatre. Go get your tickets! Get them now.
Spring is here. It's time to clean up that pit you call a home. Wouldn't it be rad if your closets weren't stuffed full and your drawers weren't overflowing with crap? Well if you need a little help de-cluttering re-organizing your space, Questionland has some interior decorators and professional organizers to help you get started. They're taking questions all week.