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Blue Angels

We got a little acrobatic show as we were driving north on 99 past the port.

Two Blue Angels bank to the north over SoDo.Two Blue Angels visible through our upper windshield as they flew over us on northbound 99, flying from the west-northwest.Two Blue Angels roaring directly overhead.Two Blue Angels apparently on final approach into Boeing Field (BFI) visible between some intermodal containers that read 'China Shipping'A lone Blue Angel flying southward visible between overhead power lines.An animation of two Blue Angels banking to the northeast before making a smoke trail pass towards Lake Washington.

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Ship in Smoke

A huge container ship is barely visible through red-blue haze out in Elliott Bay, between two apartment buildings in Lower Queen Anne.The huge container ship Umm Salal coming into Port of Seattle shrouded by smoke from wildfires looks very cyberpunk.

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

Four people sit on a stage at the Amazon Meeting Center in front of a Goodreads banner and the projected cover of the book. Neal is second from left and Nicole is third.Yesterday I had the opportunity to hear my favorite author, Neal Stephenson, and his coauthor, Nicole Galland, speak for the first time about their new book, The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O., an epistolary novel that comes out today.

They had spoke some about Shakespeare during their talk, and then answered my question during the Q&A about if they had any words or phrases they hoped would enter common usage. Neal apologetically noted that Cryptonomicon is to his knowledge one of the first usages of “serial entrepreneur”.

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Chihuly

Finally doing some of the touristy things in Seattle while our friend Rebekah visits. The glass gardens are beautiful!

A huge tower of tangled blue glass from the Sealife exhibit.A wooden Venetian style boat on a black reflective surface full of colorful glass bowls and flowers.The back of our son's head as he looks at the reflection of a green glass chandelier.

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Hello World

The view from inside Amazon Day 1, 3rd floor, overlooking 7th and Blanchard. The large 'Hello World' sign is visible in the window reflection on the left, and the actual lit D is visible from behind on the right, all before Queen Anne Hill in the distance a grey Seattle afternoon sky.

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Ballot

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A screenshot from the King County Elections web site confirming that my vote by mail ballot has been received and checked.My ballot will be counted!

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Monorail

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Selfie of Nick in a Star Trek tee riding the Monorail with Seattle zipping by in the background.

Birthday fun: Monorail commute!

View of 99 tunnel exit portal construction from the Monorail.Part of Gehry's roof for the Experience Music Project as the monorail pulls into Seattle Center Station.

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Sunset Needle

The last glow of sunset over the Olympics behind a brightly lit Space Needle as seen from our South Lake Union rooftop.

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Tower Crane

A large mobile crane hoists the cab for a huge yellow tower crane with workers in the foreground.
The cab is lowered into place atop the tower crane as workers dangle from harnesses. A plane on approach to Sea-Tac is in the background against a cloudy sky.
We watched some of the tower crane assembly for a new small office tower going up at 9th & Thomas.

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Yuppification

A simple white sign is posted on a telephone pole. In an impact typeface it reads "Stop the Yuppification of Seattle". A yellow tower crane erects a small luxury hotel in the right background.
It me. I’m the yuppifier. (This sign posted on the corner of Westlake & Republican, near our apartment in South Lake Union.)

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Nicolas Ward

Software engineer in Natural Language Processing research by day; gamer, reader, and aspiring UltraNurd by night. Husband to Andrle
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