Culture

Tuesday, 12/14/2010 11:57 PM
The next time you’re bored at work, resist the urge to flip through your ex’s Facebook photos and engage in a productive distraction instead. Empire & State is a new MMO game (that is, “massively multiplayer online,” meaning opponents are playing from their own computers) from Redmond-based gaming startup Novel Inc. While most MMOs take place in the fantasy realm, Empire & State designers focused instead on the realm of economics and politics, crafting a game that’s entertaining but also could be instructive for those climbing the corporate ladder.
Tuesday, 12/14/2010 10:55 PM
Give it a twirl
Tuesday, 12/14/2010 10:00 PM
I don’t mind sleeping in a damp tent or camping on snow if it means getting to enjoy a night in the woods in the quiet of winter. But every year when the snow begins to fall, the Rendezvous Huts in the Methow Valley beckon, offering a wilderness experience with as many cozy comforts of home as you’re willing to haul in.
Tuesday, 12/14/2010 10:20 PM
Super, Model The "CURVES AHEAD" plus-size photo shoot in January’s issue of V magazine was an eye opener in more ways than one. There was no pandering on the slick, well-styled pages or in the sidebar on “How to dress 10 lbs. thinner!” Instead, on display: models in feminine, fashion-forward clothes, kohl eyeliner, red lips, windblown hair and, yes, unapologetic belly rolls, full thighs and plump, sumptuous arms. Could it be? Is what is regarded as “beautiful” becoming a little more inclusive?
Tuesday, 12/14/2010 10:51 PM
Sing Happy BirthdayLake Quinault Lodge Turns 85
Tuesday, 12/14/2010 10:15 PM
The Blog Roll Needle + Thread needleplusthread.com tweet: @kammartin Hosiery designer by day, North Seattleite Kam Martin stealthily peruses the markets and shopping districts for Seattleites with style, her expert eye trained for savvy Northwest bikers and fashion-forward hipsters, snapping quirky local trends like white-Keds-wearing dudes and the Buddy Holly-esque spectacle craze. Le 21eme Arrondissement
Tuesday, 12/14/2010 7:20 PM
J.H. Kellogg, cereal mogul, believed circumcision was a sure-fire cure for masturbation—particularly if the surgery was performed without chloroform so the boy could feel it. In the 1870s, his and similar views on male sexuality and hygiene set scalpels slicing across the United States, where the practice had previously been uncommon.
Tuesday, 12/14/2010 7:00 PM
In the midst of health care reform and institutional consolidation, local hospitals and clinics are touting new facilities and programs in an effort to keep themselves current and comprehensive in the eyes of consumers. Undaunted, ELIZABETH M. ECONOMOU sifts through all the messages and provides the perspective to keep your blood pressure in check.
Tuesday, 12/14/2010 7:59 PM
Seattle Signature Styles The 20 Seattleites on the following pages represent the epitome of local style, with day-to-day looks packing creative, personality-infused details. These style emblems embrace a larger trend: The “rules” of fashion need not apply. The Best Local Fashion Bloggers Snapping street style and talking eco-chic, our favorite local fashion bloggers are on the pulse of Seattle style.
Tuesday, 12/14/2010 12:45 AM
Maryhill Double in Blaine, Washington
Seattle-based architects and artists Daniel Mihalyo and Annie Han, who collaborate under the name Lead Pencil Studio (leadpencilstudio.com), have built their reputation on nothing.
Tuesday, 12/14/2010 12:00 AM
In celebration of Tamara Murphy's new book, Tender: Farmers, Cooks, Eaters, Tamara along with Chris Curtis of the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance, is hosting an all-day book signing event at the newly remodeled Reading Room at the Pioneer Square Elliott Bay Cafe this Thursday from 11am to 5pm. Or join Murphy for bubbles and bites (from the cookbook, natch) from 5:30 to 8:30pm (rspv to tamara@tamaramurphy.com).
Monday, 12/13/2010 10:02 PM
Since we’ve got a year or two to go until the Mayan calendar runs out, there’s still a chance to think reflectively before the end of the world. There’s no denying that world has been changing, and so, too, our corner of it. Today’s Seattle is not the old Seattle that we knew. I’ve been sifting through our civic storage unit and have come up with a list that documents the changes. January is a good time to make such lists, because we can see clearly where we’ve been and where we are. It’s up to you to determine where we’re going in 2011.
Saturday, 12/11/2010 2:43 AM
It’s funny to look back at all the Y2K hand-wringing that was done when the calendar flipped from 1999 to 2000. Who knew we’d close out the decade worrying less about whether our computers would work than whether we could ever afford to retire? Or that we’d be surfing the Web on our cell phones and communicating through tweets and status updates? 
Saturday, 12/11/2010 1:33 AM
WHY WE LOVE HER STYLE: Shiramizu, the owner of Momo boutique in the International District, has a very short style icon: her 7-year-old niece. So she often looks to girlhood’s flowy skirts and comfortable fabrics to pull together her easygoing style. “My style is a mix of Tinkerbell and Morticia from The Addams Family,” the I.D. maven says.
Saturday, 12/11/2010 12:10 AM
Travel: Sketch Books