What’s in HB 1853 to better protect tenants?

I get a lot of political advocacy email. I got one asking me to comment in favor of Washington House bill 1853 to better protect tenants. It’s primary sponsor is Nicole Macri who by all accounts is awesome and the advocacy group’s summary sounded like a great thing for us to change, so I commented and expressed the sentiment that tenants should be as secure in housing as home owners are. Anyway, I couldn’t find any articles quickly when I did comment, so here I am reading the full text the next day. 🙂

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Three Years at Glowforge!

Tomorrow is my three year anniversary at Glowforge working as a software developer and erstwhile manager!

When I started there were about fifteen people. Since then we’ve hired a lot of folks, some folks have left but there are a lot more of us now. That doesn’t even include the many people working at partners like our main manufacturer.

When I started there weren’t many Glowforge printers and they were all partially hand assembled and no customers had one. Now there are tens of thousands! Our customers are the best and they make beautiful things that I would never have thought possible.  You can even buy a Glowforge at my old place of work (and absurdly get Prime shipping).

I sometimes make things myself (either at work or the one we bought). My things are not usually terribly beautiful. I do make a lot of political in-jokes though like these Vision Caca buttons!

Image of a set of Glowforge printed wooden buttons with a Vision Caca logo on one side and instructions for reporting street issues on gthe other side.
Vision Caca buttons

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Excuses to use cast iron: dutch baby pancakes!

Some months ago a coworker mentioned their partner making them Dutch baby pancakes for a special day. I was intrigued and googled, stashing away this Alton Brown recipe. A few weeks ago I finally made it in a 9 inch pan for family breakfast (partner, kiddo, my mom and me). They were delicious but somewhat awkward to make seconds. I made up a batch, we baked it, divided into quarters and repeat. Awkward. But! I have tiny cast iron pans! They are adorable little six inch diameter pans.

So I adapted the recipe to work with the small pans! And it worked spectacularly. The only “problem” now is we only have two 6-inch cast iron and to do it right for a group needs more pans! Read inside for converted recipe!

Picture of topped Dutch baby pancake
My mom topped hers with homemade applesauce and dehydrated apple peel!

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November 2018 Ballot Guide: Voter for Clean Air

Seattle folks (and some online folks) may have noticed I’ve been a bit absent from politics, especially cheerleading folks to get out and talk to voters and so forth. The reason is simple: health. I’ve had a progressive (and so far unknown) eye issue. At first it was just my left eye and I dealt with it, but I gave up driving early in the summer and gave up biking a few weeks ago as my right eye got worst. I have surgery coming up next week where maybe they figure out what it is (and repair some damage), but there are no guarantees. It’s been very hard to keep up with very many things, both due to actual physical (and variable) disability, but also the emotional and mental load of it. I eventually was able to make myself give a bunch of things up, at least for a while. It was hard.

Anyway this ballot guide is going to be relatively short and lack detail. Some other endorsement lists you might read: The Stranger’s (note I disagree with some!), The Urbanist’s, Washington Conservation Voters. We’re subscribers to the Seattle Times for their investigatie journalism, and while their endorsements this year don’t suck as much, they did make a couple really bad ones, so I refuse to link them.

So let’s get started! The most important thing on your ballot though is:

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