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Tuesday, January 1, 2008


posted by on January 1 at 0:41 AM

Not sure what’s lamer—tonight’s fireworks, or the fact that I’m kicking off the new year with a Slog post about them. Either way, thanks to a Space Needle computer meltdown, the huge fireworks display froze up twice tonight, and once they were finally thrown into manual override, they were pretty much all set off at once. Looked awful. Somebody, quick—figure out how this is foreshadowing for Seattle public policy in ‘08.

Even worse than standing out in the cold to watch them downtown, though, was watching channel 5’s broadcast of the thing as the hosts tried to make up for the dead air. Yeah, tell me how fucking beautiful the Space Needle is again. Here’s a suggestion for a New Year’s resolution, Joyce Taylor: Shut. Up.

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Digital 7-2
It sucked from the comfort of my own home.
Thanks for explaining why.

Posted by Blue Streak | January 1, 2008 12:54 AM

This one made Paul Schell's 'ring in the new millenium' celebration look downright jolly.

Posted by joe m | January 1, 2008 12:57 AM

If you just disregard the hosts of the K5 biz, you would have heard the gem of the evening: John Curley's LIVE host of the marriage proposals on the air. It was during the wait for the 2nd or 3rd fiance's answer that someone in the crowd yelled, "FUCK YEAH" right there on live television. Priceless.
Now there's a great start to the new year: an FCC complaint! Yippee!

Get over your hatred of all other media, it makes you miss the story.

Posted by calvin | January 1, 2008 1:04 AM

Thanks for explaining - I and the handful of folks huddled at 13th/Olive were doing a big collective WTF at the lamest fireworks I can recall seeing at NYE. I now wish I'd stayed home to watch it on tv. Seeing newscasters struggling with dead air would have been a lot more fun.

Posted by genevieve | January 1, 2008 1:11 AM

Yeah, the King5 coverage was priceless. Watching them spend a half-hour trying to discuss Space Needle food, finally get to the huge relief of some fireworks shooting off so that they can stop shooting off their tired mouths. . . only to have the fireworks just stop. And then stop again. Oh, it was delightful.

It also made me want to spend the next year in bed, but whatever.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | January 1, 2008 1:24 AM

So, whaddaya wanna bet that the fireworks were running on Vista?

Just sayin'.

Posted by violet_dagrinder | January 1, 2008 1:25 AM

HA! I heard the FUCK YEAH shout- awesome. Not feeling so bad about being home with Pink Eye! All the fun was on TV- Especially when they didn't realize it was time- then all of the sudden- FIVE, FOUR, THREE, TWO... Nada. What happened to counting down from TEN?

Posted by Pinky | January 1, 2008 1:28 AM

Stuff like this is what happens when you decide to kill off the Fun Forest. The old rides are retaliating.

Posted by stinkbug | January 1, 2008 1:31 AM

I was hoping the whole thing would explode suddenly and the monstrocity is gone for good. Darn.

Posted by Tom | January 1, 2008 1:38 AM

The makeout session between the hosts up in the space needle during the lull more than made up for the technical glitches. They looked geniunely mortified to be caught on camera. The main hosts on the ground never cut back to them after that either. Having a bellyful of shiraz, I couldn't help but guffaw at the sight. Tell me someone out there tivo'd that shit!

Posted by laterite | January 1, 2008 1:39 AM

We were at Lo-fi and were kind of WTF why are the fireworks kind of random. Now we know why...

Posted by giffy | January 1, 2008 1:48 AM
Posted by Daniel K | January 1, 2008 1:52 AM

Here is a thought, lets shove fire works up the asses of all the TV anchors and set them off next year??!!

Posted by Just Me | January 1, 2008 2:23 AM

sad. real sad.

and to think we had just gotten over dealing with the stigma over the "Battle in Seattle" ...

like we need anymore global ridicule. even 2000's fireworks (even from behind a fence) were better

Blue-screened fireworks display. lame.

Posted by Gordon Werner | January 1, 2008 2:43 AM

@10 i saw that right as I turned my TV off and laughed my ass off. that's something one would usually see in a movie not in real life. at least they weren't fucking or feeling each other up.

i'm sure the camera men knew beforehand and can't stand the news anchors. so they decided to fuck with them and get them in trouble.

@6 my roommate and i were just talking about that before I read the comments. I could either see being an application related error - maybe they're using either C++ or Java to send machine-level commands, or maybe it's OS related.. probably didn't test the damn application in Vista. it'd be interesting to find out what program they're using. Maybe some idiot pulled the plug accidently.

Posted by apres_moi | January 1, 2008 3:18 AM

I thought the "surprised" kissing hosts looked obviously staged. Heard the "FUCK YEAH". I laughed out loud when Curley told a kissing couple, "This is a family show! Leave room for the Holy Spirit!" They should let Curley do the whole show himself.

Posted by pox | January 1, 2008 4:10 AM

"New Years 2008: Seattle" was the best ever. Who wants to sit through another boring fireworks show? I much preferred the fucked up version. It was far more entertaining than the same old tired run of songs arguably synced with the same old tired run of explosions (oh look, a smiley face firework! yawn).

This is the fireworks show everyone will remember. Be glad you were around to witness it go down live and quit your bitching.

Posted by doctiloquus | January 1, 2008 4:26 AM

"New Years 2008: Seattle" was the best ever. Who wants to sit through another boring fireworks show? I much preferred the fucked up version. It was far more entertaining than the same old tired run of songs arguably synced with the same old tired run of explosions (oh look, a smiley face firework! yawn).

This is the fireworks show everyone will remember. Be glad you were around to witness it go down live and quit your bitching.

Posted by doctiloquus | January 1, 2008 4:26 AM

It actually looked pretty cool standing underneath when they had the manual finale... with Battle's "Rainbow" on the headphones. It didn't feel as cold as last year... I had low expectations to begin with.

Posted by Mr Catnip | January 1, 2008 4:54 AM

I caught it on repeat at 3am, and fucking LOVED it, the awkwardness, the pissed off crowd, candy throwing at news anchors, the staged convo's. Also, I ate a lot of mushroom chocolates a few hours previous, so...

Posted by Joe | January 1, 2008 6:23 AM

Have the Geeks abandoned Seattle?
First the bus tunnel, then the fireworks.
What's next?

Posted by sceptic | January 1, 2008 7:47 AM

How much you want to bet the forced Office SP1 which killed my Vista and sent XP into never never land for a while this time yesterday came into play????

Funny part was watching TV and needle sputter while armatures across Lake Washington were giving Baghdad's Shock and Awe a run for its money

Posted by John | January 1, 2008 8:41 AM

They were seriously talking about how great the food was in the Space Needle up until the final 10 second countdown. I loved how Joyce also seemed super pumped about the line-up of the themes from Hollywood's greatest films during the fireworks and wouldn't stop talking about that either.

Also, that makeout session in the Needle was totally staged.

Posted by Tootle | January 1, 2008 9:18 AM

Missed the TV coverage since I was among those standing out in the cold saying WTF?

I've always wondered about public marriage proposals. What if the answer is no?

Posted by RainMan | January 1, 2008 9:39 AM
Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | January 1, 2008 10:05 AM

I thought the firewhacks were really pretty. But then, I'm still incredibly drunk.

Posted by Spoogie | January 1, 2008 10:19 AM

The entire thing was painful to watch...painful and funny! A giant, malfunctioning, brightly-lit lawn sprinkler, surrounded by endless, bizarre and staged chatter. I think the most heartfelt thought of the evening was the "FUCK YEAH!" :)

Posted by Weave | January 1, 2008 11:09 AM

Here's why the fireworks didn't go off on time:

Posted by Christian | January 1, 2008 1:30 PM

@25: Thanks, JTC. OWWWW! That hurt just watching it. And unlike the No Michael publicly received from his real estate agent on a rerun of The Office, that wasn't even staged...

Posted by RainMan | January 1, 2008 4:05 PM

Be nice to Space Needle. It's not their fault, it was a new computer. They got a good deal on it from King County Metro.

Posted by mattro2.0 | January 1, 2008 6:42 PM

Why the hell were you all paying attention to the stupid space needle anyway? Most of you must not be from here.

Posted by ahole | January 1, 2008 10:09 PM

It all stopped right on cue when the mighty Star Wars theme played. And then again with the ET theme. Maybe the fire works didn't like those themes. The whole show was just surreal. Still what a night though. At the clubs and bars I mean. I just woke up. Happy new year all.

Posted by happy new year | January 1, 2008 10:27 PM

We can indeed blame Bill Gates, according to this guy:

Posted by Mike | January 1, 2008 11:43 PM

The only things to be thankful for about the fireworks display, it wasn't raining and it wasn't that cold. Also, thanks to the dickheads at the Seattle Center gates who closed off the park 25 minutes before midnight. What the hell? The lame reason "the fireworks are going to be very big and we have to keep everyone a safe distance away." Great, better to have everyone drunk and in traffic than at the music fountain. I'll wait and see what happens for 2009 new years, maybe they'll be running LINUX.

Posted by KCTS | January 2, 2008 12:33 AM

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