Category Archives: Places

The birth of the (gay) clinic; BE Colloquium, 2013.10.24

The birth of the (gay) clinic Michael Brown, UW Geog Larry Knopp, IAS, UW Tacoma Looking at (post-War) 60s and 70s health and government alizarin of gay male health, which mostly focused in ‘venereal diseases’. (until 1983 until when AIDS … Continue reading

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Georgetown Heights, 98108

It’s been a bit melancholy to leave the Rainier Valley, specifically Brighton, and 98118. I really enjoyed our 4 years living there and being a part of southeast Seattle. It’s an area that gets short shrift from the political establishment … Continue reading

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Cheeseburgers, Bars, and My Nemesis in Georgetown

We got cheeseburgers from Jules Maes tonight. On my walk to the place, I saw yet another bar had opened up on Airport Way. It wasn’t crowded and the patrons looked to be the usual Georgetown suspects; people like I … Continue reading

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street encounters of a trans kind

There’s a man who frequently sits outside on the main drag of 36th Street in Fremont. He’s probably in his late 40s or 50s. People have told me he lives nearby; regardless, he’s sort of a day-time fixture around Fremont. … Continue reading

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Reflections in Transit. Projections in Public.

2013 February 9 I rode light rail into downtown to catch a bus to roller derby. As we pulled into Westlake, I stood at the doors and caught a reflection of myself. I was dressed pretty casually: a zipped top … Continue reading

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Taking Over Space

In the spirit of Space Insurgency, our summer Digital Ethnography class took over a public space. The assignment was to: 1.design a creative and generous situation in a public space in downtown Olympia, WA 2.to observe the human interactions during … Continue reading

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tears, dust, rubble, and the future in georgetown

The following was originally published on January 23rd, 2008 at Seattlest.com. We hope this isn’t a growing trend. From the Croc to the Sunset Bowl to all of Seattle’s bars, it seems as though any place of which beer is … Continue reading

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reg penna dept agr

January 10-13, 2008
phila., penna.

I’ve always loved the old, non-standard state abbreviations. Since they were somewhat arbitrary, I remember –though I couldn’t pinpoint it to a year– when the Postal Service mandated the current and horribly bland two letter abbreviations. What with zip codes being the parts that really matter, I don’t understand why they cared anyway.

In any case, the abbreviation Penna for Pennsylvania was always my favorite, precisely because it made no sense. Abbreviating Illinois as Ill, for example, made intuitive sense. But Penna was just silly.

I first became aware of Penna’s power during the consumerist act of shopping, Mandrake. Every Friday night as a young child, my dad and I went grocery shopping for the week. I would often read labels to amuse myself. Many labels, especially those for canned goods, featured the text Reg. Penna. Dept. Agr. which was short for Registered with Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Just like the Free Masons and the Post Office, Pennsylvania seemed to exert a disproportionate pull on the world. It must be due to the influence of Ben Franklin –a noted Pennsylvanian, Postmaster, and Free Mason.

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astorian charm and solitude

…still life at 11:L4 pm october 6-8, 2007 astoria, oregon There was a sign in the B&B warning us that we were in a remote area of the coast. I’ve never thought this area to be particularly remote seeing that … Continue reading

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chicago pol-mex fusion

One thing that has frequently dismayed me about some of my first-generation Polish family, quasi-family, and acquaintances in Chicago has been their xenophobia. A geography professor at UIUC once stated that many immigrants arrived in the U.S. exposed to one … Continue reading

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