Diversions http://kplu.org en It's a girl: Baby born on Seattle-bound ferry http://kplu.org/post/its-girl-baby-born-seattle-bound-ferry <p><a href="http://tinyurl.com/c2o4pk6">KOMO reports</a> that a woman went into labor Thursday afternoon about 10 minutes after the M/V Tacoma left the Bainbridge Island dock. A mid-wife, two EMTs and a physician's assistant traveling on board helped deliver the infant. Ferry spokeswoman Marta Coursey says baby Lucy was delivered safely.</p><p>Medics met the woman at Coleman Dock and took her and her child to Swedish Medical Center.</p><p></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 23:39:30 +0000 The Associated Press 7241 at http://kplu.org Viral video: Spokane man kills spider with brass knuckles http://kplu.org/post/viral-video-spokane-man-kills-spider-brass-knuckles <p>SPOKANE, Wash. – When a Spokane man found a big&nbsp;spider&nbsp;in his bathroom he went looking for a weapon to kill it and chose brass knuckles.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9oUq4twMVY</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:34:05 +0000 The Associated Press 7236 at http://kplu.org Viral video: Spokane man kills spider with brass knuckles Spooky self-portrait by Curiosity rover http://kplu.org/post/spooky-self-portrait-curiosity-rover <p></p><p>On Mars, Curiosity took a moment or two for self-identification, as if to say, this is me on Mars. The composite image however, almost looks as if Curiosity had a visitor.</p><p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:55:07 +0000 Jake Ellison 6940 at http://kplu.org Spooky self-portrait by Curiosity rover How a Boeing worker invented computer graphics for movies http://kplu.org/post/how-boeing-worker-invented-computer-graphics-movies <p>In a blast from the past, the <a href="http://www.maximumfun.org/about-bullseye">public radio show Bullseye</a> dug up Seattle’s connection to the first video showing the genesis of computer-generated images or graphics in movies.</p><p>In 1980, Boeing employee and University of Washington graduate <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loren_Carpenter">Loren Carpenter</a> presented a two-minute computer generated movie call “Vol Libre” that almost immediately revolutionized moviemaking.</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 20:53:02 +0000 Jake Ellison 6830 at http://kplu.org How a Boeing worker invented computer graphics for movies Seattle’s latest rising star? Colonel Meow http://kplu.org/post/seattle-s-latest-rising-star-colonel-meow <p>Okay – it’s a cat post on the Internets … but, hey, he’s from Seattle and he’s a rising star! And, he’s funny (though he has a bit of a potty mouth).</p><p>Colonel Meow <a href="https://www.facebook.com/colonelmeowinthecity">hit Facebook </a>on Aug. 9 and has quickly risen to 60,000 … make that 60,055 … &nbsp;60,219 ... you get the idea. (Just now at 67,686)</p><p><strong>Update 10-10:</strong>&nbsp;Though he won't give us the time of day, the colonel was on Anderson Cooper Live today. He wasn't too talkative but his owner Anne Marie Avey&nbsp;said his hair/fur is natural and then she gave Cooper a pretty good <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/anderson-cooper-star-jones-feud_n_1951808.html?utm_hp_ref=media">lead into his fracas with Star Jones</a>.</p><p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 22:36:18 +0000 Jake Ellison 6656 at http://kplu.org Seattle’s latest rising star? Colonel Meow Seattle's No.2! Bloomberg Businessweek ranks U.S. cities http://kplu.org/post/seattles-no2-bloomberg-businessweek-rank-us-cities <p>Seattle is the second-best city in the country, <a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-09-26/san-francisco-is-americas-best-city-in-2012" target="_blank">according to Bloomberg Businessweek</a>. The news org evaluated and ranked the largest 100 U.S. cities and published its results today.</p><p>San Francisco grabbed the gold ring at No. 1.</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:38:41 +0000 Jake Ellison 6494 at http://kplu.org Seattle's No.2! Bloomberg Businessweek ranks U.S. cities Video: A stirring time-lapse of Pacific Northwest scenes http://kplu.org/post/video-stirring-time-lapse-pacific-northwest-scenes <p>Northwest photographer John Eklund spent a year-plus gathering the shots to create this time-lapse video (below) of iconic places in the Pacific Northwest.</p><blockquote><p>“Some scenes took all night and several tries until I was happy with the shot,” he said in an email exchange.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 17:43:20 +0000 Jake Ellison 6322 at http://kplu.org Video: A stirring time-lapse of Pacific Northwest scenes Do you want Seattle to beat the record for days without rain? http://kplu.org/post/do-you-want-seattle-beat-record-days-without-rain <p>Hard to know what to root for – a record dry spell or the return of rain.</p><p>Our weather expert and University of Washington professor Cliff Mass says the race is on, and it’ll be close.</p><p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 23:23:30 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & Jake Ellison 6213 at http://kplu.org Do you want Seattle to beat the record for days without rain? Photos: Killer whale caught catching air in Puget Sound http://kplu.org/post/photos-killer-whale-caught-catching-air-puget-sound <p>James Maya, a ship captain and <a href="http://www.mayaswhalewatch.biz/index.php">owner of a whale watching company</a>, took these photos of an orca breaching on Monday off South Beach on San Juan Island.</p><p>He said this was the only whale breach that evening and he just happened to have his camera at the ready. These breaches are not uncommon, he added.</p><blockquote><p>“Sometimes they just go crazy,” he said.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 17:47:34 +0000 Jake Ellison 6166 at http://kplu.org Photos: Killer whale caught catching air in Puget Sound Give a hipster a 'whac' at Bumbershoot this weekend (sort of) http://kplu.org/post/give-hipster-whac-bumbershoot-weekend-sort <p>In a game reminiscent of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whac-A-Mole">Whac-A-Mole</a>, a press release making the rounds in the Seattle blogosphere says Toyota will offer you a chance to “Whac-A-Hipster” this weekend at Bumbershoot.</p><p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:14:01 +0000 Jake Ellison 6154 at http://kplu.org Give a hipster a 'whac' at Bumbershoot this weekend (sort of) Getting high in the Northwest ... on zip lines http://kplu.org/post/getting-high-northwest-zip-lines EATONVILLE, Wash. - Apparently Northwesterners are not afraid of heights and have a yen for adventure. We draw that conclusion because the industry of zip line tours and aerial adventure parks is booming in the Northwest right now.<p>Within the past couple years, fully a dozen commercial zip line attractions have opened in Oregon, Washington and Idaho... not counting at least twelve more in British Columbia and Alaska. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:16:27 +0000 6131 at http://kplu.org Getting high in the Northwest ... on zip lines 5 things that ticked off Seattleites in the early '70s http://kplu.org/post/5-things-ticked-seattleites-early-70s <p>It’s 1970 and the one thing really bugging one Seattleite – enough to make him/her write a letter and, apparently, leave the city – was hippies.</p><p>“Seattle got so bad with hippies, I just had to get out of that city,” the anonymous writer told <a href="http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&amp;File_Id=7854">Mayor Wes Uhlman</a>.</p><p>In addition to hippies, we found four other things really bugging people in the early 1970s on the Flickr stream of the <a href="https://secure.flickr.com/photos/seattlemunicipalarchives/">Seattle Municipal Archives</a> – communists, smelly busses, the United Nations and protesters.</p><p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:32:13 +0000 Jake Ellison 6085 at http://kplu.org 5 things that ticked off Seattleites in the early '70s Endangered whales invade California coastal waters 
 http://kplu.org/post/endangered-whales-invade-california-coastal-waters <p>SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Tourists from around the world are flocking to the Monterey Bay to catch a glimpse of the massive marine mammals, including impressive numbers of blue whales, the largest animals on earth.</p><p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 20:35:23 +0000 The Associated Press 6067 at http://kplu.org Endangered whales invade California coastal waters 
 Following the lighter side of life on Mars with @SarcasticRover on Twitter http://kplu.org/post/following-lighter-side-life-mars-sarcasticrover-twitter <p>The Mars rover Curiosity has landed ... on Mars! And it&#39;s having a pretty lonely but humorous time of it, according to the rover&#39;s <a href="https://twitter.com/SarcasticRover#">mock Twitter feed</a>.&nbsp;</p><blockquote>SarcasticRover: &quot;HEY EVERYONE! Hope you kids have fun writing shitty memes on my HI-RES PICS! After all, THAT&#39;S WHAT I&#39;M HERE FOR!&quot;</blockquote><p> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 18:19:53 +0000 Jake Ellison 5930 at http://kplu.org Following the lighter side of life on Mars with @SarcasticRover on Twitter Poll: What is something you wish Seattle had? http://kplu.org/post/poll-what-something-you-wish-seattle-had <p>On the Seattle section of Reddit, a user-generated content aggregator, the user <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/poltergeister">poltergeister</a> asked the question: <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Seattle/comments/x095u/what_is_something_you_wish_seattle_had/">What is something you wish Seattle had?</a></p><p>The responses have been interesting and got us to wondering the same thing. Here are 10 things Reddit users want. Vote for your favorite and share yours in the comments below.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 19:17:01 +0000 Jake Ellison 5678 at http://kplu.org Poll: What is something you wish Seattle had?