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…

Mosaic, Muralize, and New vs. Old Media

Monday night, in HBO’s stylish offices downtown, Geekwire hosted a chat with Steven Soderbergh, the director of such movies as Traffic and Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and writer Ed Solomon, who were in town to promote a project called Mosaic. This filmed experience is a branching story that can be viewed via an app, but…

Nontoxic Masculinity

I consider myself lucky to have landed in Olympia, Washington in the fall of 1991, precisely when that city birthed, with the help of dozens of midwives, the riot grrrl movement. The moment I became aware of the existence of riot grrrls was a Melvins/Beat Happening show at the Northshore Surf Club. A cadre of…

Seattle, City of Literature

Congratulations are in order to everyone who helped secure Seattle’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. This was an effort that inspired a lot of people who worked hard for this, and the designation is well-earned. Way to go, Bob Redmond and the rest of the board of directors. I’m proud of you. I…

Drinking from the Intellectual Firehose

Last night I had the pleasure of participating in an extraordinary conversation with a group that included two women pioneering mixed reality at Microsoft, an expert in artificial intelligence, a filmmaker just back from a trip to Cuba, an Amazon art director, an author, an editor, and an internationally renowned exonoree who advocates for the…