Tate Williams

Arts & Culture

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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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Paying for it

Originally posted on mrchair March 17, 2011. Within minutes of the email and website announcement of the NYT paywall details, Twitter was all aflutter. Cory Doctorow made his rote attack against all things not free and open to the public. His basic argument [...]

November 2, 2011 Arts & Culture, Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
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Spilled ink over Borders bankruptcy

Originally posted on mrchair 2/17/2011. The coincidence is not lost on me that the week I purchased a Kindle is the week Borders Books & Music — the big box version of a bookstore that I grew up on — filed [...]

November 2, 2011 Arts & Culture, Blog, Science & Environment, Writing
Mr. Chair’s Best Albums of 2010!

Mr. Chair’s Best Albums of 2010!

Originally published on Mrchair I read this post by John Roderick of The Long Winters for Seattle Weekly, and it made me rethink end of year list-making. I highly recommend the read, and he makes some fine points, especially that we don’t experience music [...]

January 5, 2011 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing
A Romantic Weekend of Comic Books

A Romantic Weekend of Comic Books

Originally published on mrchair Jamie and I spent a good part of the weekend on the couch reading comics we picked up at the library Saturday. The Denver Library has two comic book sections. One is upstairs above the second [...]

February 19, 2010 Arts & Culture, Blog, Potpourri, Writing
MRCHAIR’S BEST MUSIC OF THE DECADE

MRCHAIR’S BEST MUSIC OF THE DECADE

Originally posted on Mrchair Part II, Positions 10-1 10. TV On The Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes Song: Staring at the Sun I really like every record they’ve put out, and their sound keeps getting more polished and sophisticated. [...]

January 19, 2010 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing
MRCHAIR’S BEST MUSIC OF THE DECADE

MRCHAIR’S BEST MUSIC OF THE DECADE

Originally posted on mrchair. Part I, Positions 20 through 10. Sick of lists yet? No? Well okay then. Here are my 20 favorite albums of the decade. I struggled to write, and especially to order, a list like this, mainly [...]

January 10, 2010 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing
The Hall Closet

The Hall Closet

Originally published on mrchair. The hall closet is a space big enough for a couple of refrigerators, that is almost completely full of my stuff. Not stuff like tools, or good china. Stuff I’ve collected over the years that almost [...]

December 10, 2009 Arts & Culture, Blog, Writing