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  • in reply to: Transportation plans for Ballard #81232

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    The problem with the dedicated lane is that they still can be blocked. After that whole fish-spill incident I’m firmly in the light rail camp.

    in reply to: Where did everyone go? #81171

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    I have some issues with Nextdoor that I haven’t gotten over yet. It just seems to be very unnecessarily elaborate for a neighborhood message board, and sometimes I feel it’s encouraging an unhealthy gossip mentality.

    I’ve been lurking around the r/seattle on reddit, and I’ve been wishing more people would post on r/ballard. Reddit has their own problems, especially r/seattle, but their forum is more stable than this one. I wish myballard would just farm out the forum to reddit already.

    in reply to: Over the Air TV #77763

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    I did this about 5 years ago, starting with an indoor antenna and then transitioned to an outdoor one. I used the AntennaWeb site to get a good idea of my location (East-Ballard), then got myself an indoor antenna to experiment.

    After a couple years, I decided to get an outdoor antenna for better reception. I called a local antenna installer who had installed a satellite dish for us, and asked them what antenna they recommended for the area. I found the same antenna on Amazon (used) and tried to set it up myself by hanging it outside my upstairs window.

    Long story short, I wasn’t too good at setting it up. I ended up calling the installer and they had it dialed-in in no time. It turns out that those antennas are very focused, and hanging them out a window on a hook is not precise enough.

    in reply to: Brad's Swingside closing :( #69254

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    It was a nice place, sad to see it go!


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    I’ve been using Ting for going on two years now. It’s not for everyone, but it’s worked well for me. I wrote about it in my blog, which seems kind of cheesy to mention, but otherwise I’d just be repeating everything I’ve already said before: http://blog.jjerome.com/p/ting.html

    in reply to: And yet another restaurant bites the dust #68659

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    Sad. We used to go and sit in the bar and have a few drinks. Very nice people, lots of Ballard originals, and the 80’s decor was awesome. The spot was just too big and central to not fall into the hands of condo developers. I knew it was coming, I just didn’t want to believe it.

    in reply to: Portable Air Conditioner #65882

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    We have a portable a/c unit. I’d recommend going to a store and looking through all the options.

    • You still need to provide a way for it to drain water. It has internal storage pan, but you run the risk of it overflowing onto your floor (which I’ve done many times). Ours came with a hose that I just ran into a bucket
    • The exhaust hose is a little bit of a pain to deal with, so I bought some white duct tape to hold everything together
    • It’s a little noisy, but you may not care since the alternative is a hot room.
    • I went to Best Buy and looked through the different options. I even returned the first one I bought to get a different model. You want one that is the correct power for the size of your room.
    in reply to: Big Bertha #64943

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    I wonder if we went with a different option if it would be delayed all the same for some other reason.

    in reply to: Bowling Alley in Ballard. #64433

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    Sunset Bowl sold out because their property was worth much more than they could have made being a bowling alley. Therefore I’d suspect if another were to open it might be popular. Maybe someone will open one of those fancy bowling-themed bars.

    in reply to: Car windshield replacement recs? #63721

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    We used the same place as @boatgeek – 85th & 3rd, across from Fred Meyer. I can’t remember the name, but they were good.

    in reply to: Seattle Library App #63483

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    Yes, I’ve noticed it doesn’t come up in the store’s search unless you surround the name with quotes (i.e. “One Book Away”). At first I chalked it up to the app being new, but now I’m starting to suspect there are too many apps with the word “book” in them.

    However, I noticed if you search for “Seattle library”, my app comes up like 7th. Not too shabby considering the library’s own app doesn’t even come up 1st in that search.

    Anyway, thanks for looking!

    in reply to: OTBR – Learning to code #59921

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    I think those with the brightest future will be those that can effectively apply coding principles to their main skill. For example, knowing Excel can certainly help your job, but knowing how to program Excel to do things gives you a huge advantage.

    in reply to: What lengths do you go to to shop local? #58794

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    I guess local depends on the person. I consider Freddy’s local, otherwise I’d have to drive an hour round-trip to the Target to go shopping.

    You could consider Amazon and Microsoft local as well, buying things from those companies certainly helps the local economy.

    in reply to: Grammys #58597

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    YES – I thought that was a bad choice of a song for Metallica to perform. How do you shorten an 8+ minute song that’s best feature is that it slowly builds up. They should have picked a different song.

    in reply to: NBR: New Mattresses? #58273

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    I bought a king-sized bed at Ikea 13/14 years ago, still doing well. I make a point of flipping the mattress every so often, so maybe that has something to do with it.

    in reply to: Question about comments #58117

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    I’m still a fan of using the forum for story comments. Just auto-create a new forum post for each new story, and provide a link to the forum.

    This way no one reading a story has to read comments, unless they want to.

    in reply to: Please take a look at the Recommendations Group #57689

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    It’s a nice feature, but I’m not sure it will work out in the end. The forum is popular, but I don’t think it’s popular enough to support sub-groups. That may change in time, and it doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be there, but just my opinion today.

    in reply to: Watch for Pedestrians #57688

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    Anytime anyone stops for me on the road I always make a point to look at them and say thanks and wave. I figure that small gesture will encourage them to do it again the next time.

    in reply to: How's it going so far beta testers? #57687

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    Any chance that a mobile-friendly site theme is in the works? The content seems like it would be an (relatively) easy conversion with good theme.

    in reply to: Five Guys Burgers #57686

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    Do they have parking for those businesses? Seems like a busy car-traffic corner should at least have a parking spot or a drive thru.

    I seem to remember many years ago that Denny’s was thinking of returning after all was said and done. I wonder whatever happened to that.

    in reply to: How's it going so far beta testers? #57309

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    All these options for bold, italics, etc, but no preview option? Am I missing something?

    in reply to: New Ballard parents group #57308

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    I’m sure you’ve found this by now, but… after you are logged in, at the top you’ll see “Visit your profile, groups or the members list.” Click on the Groups link and you’ll be there.

    in reply to: This time they missed the sign… #57306

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    NOOOO!!! Not Taco Time! Come to think of it, people hit that thing every so often. Why isn’t there a traffic barrier there?

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