Seattle-based retail giant Amazon.com just launched a national ad for its Kindle Paperwhite. The star of the ad isn't the new e-reader, though. It's the subtle notion presented that gay marriage is a totally benign and normal aspect of life. Oh, and any thinking that defaults to heterosexuality as a norm. Well, that's sort of old hat. The future is all about equality (and reading on screens, indoors and out). Cheers to that (except the screen part; I'm not totally sold on that idea).
Jordan Teicher at Slate raises a very interesting question about Seattle breakout stars Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ involvement in a new promo for NBA All-Star week: why is the track “Wing$” being used to score a love-letter advertisement for the NBA?
I love to eat and hate to exercise. That’s about it. That’s also why, suddenly at 40, I’m in dire need of a major attitude adjustment. So when I was approached by the promotions team at the magazine to train for our upcoming Earth Day 5K (April 20th, registration is open), and blog about the process, I jumped at it. The threat of public humiliation was the motivational tool I’d been missing! I’m committed to this now. It’s out there. You’ll know if I slack off. This is really happening.
Bill Gates signed on to Reddit earlier this week for his first AMA (Ask Me Anything). That's a question and answer forum in which Reddit users post questions and the AMA "host" (some celebrities, many not) answer in real-time. Not familiar with the Reddit format?
Mind-expanding afternoons at our beloved Pacific Science Center just got a whole lot easier on your wallet with free admission on the first Monday of every month from now until April (courtesy of Cigna). The first 200 people to come to the center will get an entire afternoon of awesome physics, dinosaurs and insects, as well as an IMAX documentary ticket.
Mega-hit War Horse opens at the Paramount Theatre tonight in Seattle (tickets still available; show runs through 2/24).
Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel about a boy fighting to reunite with his horse after it is sold to the cavalry during World War I, this version of the heartrending story is all about the remarkable puppet magic which brings the horse, "Joey," to life on stage.
MUST SEESapeurs Ongoing (1/25–3/2) — Do not miss this stunning photography exhibit at M.I.A Gallery downtown, featuring the work of Baudoin Mouanda, a Congolese photographer who documents the “Society of Party Revelers and Elegant Persons,” a group of men dedicated to donning electrifyingly elegant fashion (think: dapper suits in day-glo colors) as an antidote to poverty and social stagnation. M.I.A Gallery, 1203-A Second Ave.; 206.467.4297; m-i-a-gallery.com
Last we spoke with Seattle entrepreneur Bill Predmore, he was discussing his love of Pop and street art (if you liked the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, his personal art collection would have you drooling).
These days he's gearing up for the first season of Seattle Reign, the first professional women's soccer team in Seattle, which he owns. The team features star players Hope Solo and Megan Rapinoe and takes its name from the former Seattle women's basketball team.