SIFF’s VR Zone Nails It

If you’re planning on taking in the Seattle International Film Festival this year, be sure to check out the SIFF VR Zone on the first floor of Pacific Place downtown. When you step inside this welcoming pop-up space, you can buy a ticket good for an hour and a half in which you can sample…

Thank You, Seattle VR Community!

I’ve done a lot of book events and more often than not, they kind of suck. I’ve read at bookstores in front of six people (five of whom were related to me), experienced awkward silences during Q&As, and even had my publisher tell bookstores they could disinvite me to my own readings (long story). So…

Zoo Break Productions and Incentives for Greatness

Mischa Jacupcak is a Seattle filmmaker who is sick of hearing about tax incentives. If you’ve spent any amount of time in the local film community, you’ve heard this term a lot. Cities, states, provinces, and countries establish tax incentives to lure film and TV projects from Hollywood. The reason why we see so many…

SIXR Opens a Door to the Golden Age

I just started reading a book called The Geography of Genius: Lessons from the World’s Most Creative Places. The author, Eric Weiner, sets out to explore why certain places give rise to high concentrations of creative, innovative thinkers. I’m still early in the narrative, when Weiner is wandering around present-day Athens, ruminating on the legacy…

This One Picture I Took

When I was a teenager, I worked as a sports reporter for my local weekly newspaper, the Skagit Argus. I covered high school sports, including a spectacular run by my high school basketball team, which won state two of the four years I was a student, and which produced future NBA and MLB pro Mark…

Gathering and Making History

Sometimes it’s possible to appreciate history in the making as it unfolds around you. The past couple years, Seattle has planted a flag for virtual reality, and this week we witnessed the community reaching out, welcoming an industry pioneer, and forming alliances. I’ve had many moments recently when I’ve savored the feeling that someday, when…

Renaissance Guys

Navigate to the intersection of art and science and you’re liable to run into weird visionaries. Two recent books, which I read back to back, suggest that the art-science mashup has been the province of radical thinkers since at least the fifteenth century. Walter Isaacson’s illuminating biography Leonardo da Vinci walks us through the Renaissance…