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The Wallingford Beast Sticks Around

I Saw the Wallingford Beast Bumpersticker

We were shocked to learn that a strange six-legged creature resides at 1300 North 45th Street, in Seattle, Washington.

Only the most tuned in Seattleites know that the humble storefront,  a.k.a. the Archie McPhee store, is the humble abode of the Wallingford Beast ... but the word is leaking out. Hep cats and kittens aren't just adorning their bumpers with a mobile tribute to the adorable critter ... they're wearing t-shirts, carrying shopping bags, and sending out postcards. Soon all the world will know ...

Did the Wallinford Beast show his ugly head in this video? You Make the Call!

So what's Archie McPhee all about?

Prepare for a cranial explosion my friends. This is one of the coolest stores in the universe. A merchant devoted to the sharing of mirth and merriment that can only be found in the finest molded plastic and rubber.

Remember the Minkman Brothers from Saturday Night Live (SNL), back in the day?

Irv and Al would give Archie McPhee their seal of approval ...

Which brings us to today's terrific trivia question.

Q: The Minkman Brothers 60 Minutes segment was a high point in SNL's history. Who played Al Minkman? Was it ...

  • John Belushi

  • John Lovitz

  • Joe Piscopo

  • Billy Crystal

  • Adam Sandler

A. Billy Crystal

Wordcamp Seattle Takes Off June 8th

Wordcamp Seattle

Hang onto your hats and get ready to bungee jump from the Space Needle, it's almost time for Wordcamp Seattle 2013!

This isn't just any old WordCamp, it's "the largest most comprehensive event for WordPress users, designers, and developers in the Pacific Northwest."

You might be thinking that a conference of this magnitude would cost some serious coin, yet they've held the line with conference fees to a remarkable twenty bucks. $20 for three tracks - User/Blogger, Designer/Themer, and Developer - that provide something for everyone in the WordPress universe? Sweet!

Isn't it time you get your templates in order, your widgets worked out, and your plug-ins plugged in?

This year's event will be held on the University of Washington’s campus. UW's HUB building is the hub - of the WordPress empire - on June 8th, so beam up to the mothership of all WP knowledge. Never mind the retinal scan. Andrew Jackson's mug is your boarding pass.



Overflow Turns on the Tap

Overflow Project

Most folks in America take clean drinking water for granted. But in many parts of the world, what we take for granted is a daily struggle.

The Overflow Project is a non-profit organization changing the world through simple living and generous giving. We bring communities together for collective change to help end poverty by supporting clean water projects in developing countries.

Overflow is a faith-based effort, based in Seattle, Washington. They partner with a range of organizations that put sustainable living and clean drinking water at the forefront. Their 50-Day Challenge asks its participants to make a small change each day, to save small change.

Saving a single dollar every twenty four hours, adds up to a painless fifty bucks after fifty days. Through a sustained conscious effort over the course of six weeks, your donation for clean water accumulates without making a dent in your budget. Cut back from a Venti to a Grande, from a Grande to a Tall, or skip Starbucks altogether and go to a 7-11 or WaWa instead.

This circular Overflow Project sticker is elegant in its simplicity, with the solid color graphic invoking an unmistakable porthole view. The concise design conveys the 50-Day Challenge mission. Make a small change. Make a big difference.


Salish Sea Expeditions

Salish Sea Expeditions

Salish Sea Expeditions

First of all: the what? Salish Sea? What's that? Well, it's a recent term for the inland waters near Seattle and Vancouver, consisting of the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Scientists have adopted it to give a single identity to these connected waters. Hence the name Salish Sea Expeditions for today's subject – they cover the whole area, so they might as well use a name for the whole area. Salish is the name for a Native American culture indigenous to the region and the name for their language. And Salish Sea Expeditions is scientific too – in fact their mission is to provide students a chance to conduct real science on Puget Sound and surrounding waters on a 61' sail boat.

Which can mean only one thing: sea monsters. There may not be any old Native American legends of a mighty sea monster terrorizing the inland sea of British Columbia and Washington State, but there should be! A fearsome beast one hundred feet long, with rows of razor-sharp teeth and eyes as wild as the foamy sea herself, the kind of eyes that look right through you before the creature's hideous head descends upon your unfortunate scow, reducing all to splinters and flotsam. I call upon you, children of the Northwest (and for Canadians, the Southwest) to mount scientific expeditions on the Salish Sea to find this horror that I have just made up! The water sampling, marine life surveys and sediment dredging can wait; the search for the mighty Salish Sea Monster supplants all!