Pronto First Look

Posted on October 13, 2014 · Posted in Bikes, Commuting

“Pronto,” Seattle’s bike share system, launched today, with some 500 bikes spread across 50 stations. A couple of those stations are mere blocks from my office, so I took one.. read more

2nd Ave Bikeway

I Don’t Like the 2nd Ave Bikeway

Posted on September 8, 2014 · Posted in Commuting, Roads

It’s a bit out of my way, but I took a detour this morning and rode into work along the entire length of the new 2nd Ave bikeway, which opened.. read more


Seattle Bike Share Almost Here

Posted on August 26, 2014 · Posted in Bikes, Commuting

Despite some website difficulties (and my skepticism about the program’s success, given Seattle’s nanny-statish helmet law), I signed up for a membership with “Pronto,” Seattle’s new bikeshare service.  It’s scheduled.. read more

Bicycle Overdesign

Posted on August 4, 2014 · Posted in Bikes

So, this “Seattle” bike won some sort of bike contest for the “Ultimate Urban Bike” and is going into production.  While it’s vaguely cool looking, at least in a “Breaking.. read more


Takes One to Know One

Posted on July 8, 2014 · Posted in Bikes, Commuting

This excellent piece by Carl Alviani, titled “Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things,” tackles the cognitive dissonance at work when people spew vitriol at the occasional scofflaw cyclist.. read more


No Surprise in Hobby Lobby

Posted on June 30, 2014 · Posted in Government, Laws

As this blog is at least partly about the law, here’s my brief take on today’s Hobby Lobby case: although it seems strange and petty to me that it’s 2014 and.. read more

Cantor’s Loss Shows Why We Don’t Need Campaign Finance Regulation

Posted on June 10, 2014 · Posted in Government, Laws

Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, just suffered a humiliating loss in the Virginia primary. Overnight, he goes from being one of the most powerful people in Washington to just.. read more


Cycling Columbus

Posted on May 7, 2014 · Posted in Bikes, Travel

My travel schedule has been nutty of late, so even fewer posts than usual. But here’s one: about my trip last week to Columbus, Ohio, a city I visited for.. read more

Puget Sound Bike Share

Seattle Bike Share Nears

Posted on April 8, 2014 · Posted in Dumbness, Government, Laws

With Seattle (finally) getting a bike share system later this year, the Puget Sound Bike Share program has put together an interactive site showing proposed bike share station locations.  You.. read more

Academy of Fine Arts

Negotiating for Dummies (Ph.D Version)

Posted on March 24, 2014 · Posted in Business

This Slate story, about a candidate for a philosophy professorship who had her job offer rescinded, attempts to make the point that academic institutions are cavalierly running roughshod over job.. read more