Tate Williams

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Blue Ant > The Rickson’s

Buzz Rickson’s Black MA-1 Bomber Jacket Cayce Pollard, brand-phobic coolhunter at the center of Pattern Recognition, adores her Japanese-made replica of a standard issue U.S. Air Force flying jacket. The Rickson’s is a fanatical museum-grade replica of a U.S. MA-1 [...]

August 25, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Writing
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Blue Ant > Floating Bed

Hollis Henry stays at Bigend’s Vancouver apartment toward the end of Spook Country, and gets a mysterious warning call on the way there: “Do you have any piercings?” he asked. They took a right. “Excuse me?” “Piercings. If you do [...]

August 25, 2012 Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Blue Ant > I started a Tumblr

I’ve been wanting to start a Tumblr about a particular topic as a hobby because I have such an overabundance of free time. Nothing was really striking me, but I’ve been reading “Zero History” by William Gibson, and I remembered, [...]

August 23, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Science & Environment, Writing
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Steampunk bleeds into industrial history at annual Watch City Festival

One weekend a year, the steampunks come out in the streets of Waltham, and it feels like home. In the much-preserved 19th century factory town just outside Boston — with displays of linotype machines the size of refrigerators, reanimated steam [...]

May 16, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Portfolio, Writing
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Captain Marvel seeks new heights for women in comics

The new Captain Marvel is definitely not the first female superhero. In fact she’s not even the first female Captain Marvel. But she might end up being the first truly feminist icon in mainstream superhero comics — if her series [...]

April 9, 2012 Arts & Culture, Blog, Geek, Writing
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Crashing Nader’s party

Originally posted on mrchair, 4/6/2004. Fiery Portlanders lined up outside in droves, so passionate about the liberal cause that they would support it to point of sabotaging Democrats in the 04 election. Other fiery Portlanders picketed the first crowd, so passionate [...]

October 15, 2011 Blog, Portfolio, Potpourri, Writing
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Justice

Originally posted on mrchair, 10/29/2007. I had to go to trial over that time I got punched in the face with the snapped off car antenna. I never thought it would come to that, and going to court over the whole [...]

October 14, 2011 Portfolio, Potpourri, Writing
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A fascinating evening at a local bar

Originally posted on mrchair, 6/2/2008. A couple of weekends ago, around midnight, everyone was going home from the bar and I didn’t feel like it yet. You know, those moods where you have to stay out in public and can’t quite [...]

October 12, 2011 Blog, Potpourri, Writing
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Scuba Gear

Originally posted on mrchair, 7/2/2008.  So Jamie and I were talking about urine tests the other day, and while regaling a classy story of a time I had to take more than one urine test and was unable to go, I [...]

October 10, 2011 Blog, Potpourri, Writing
Snowy Day in Cheesman Park

Snowy Day in Cheesman Park

Denver’s been colder than I’ve experienced during the past couple of weeks. I think we bottomed out at Feels Like 30 Below, but were below zero and single digits for days in a row. When it gets this cold, the [...]

February 13, 2011 Blog, Potpourri, Writing