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July 26, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Dying for ‘Dota 2’: My newbie attempt to understand the richest game in e-sports

Ten minutes into my first game of “Dota 2,” I had managed to master one thing. Dying. “SpadeSpouse, back up. Back up, SpadeSpouse. Aaaaand you’re dead.” “Dota 2,” or “Defense of the Ancients,” is the fantasy-themed team strategy game that sold out Seattle’s KeyArena in less than an hour for the richest video-game tournament ever held,…

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July 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Startups and speed bumps as pot culture meets Seattle tech

Paul Gambill’s favorite thing to do when he’s high is to listen to the Seattle Symphony. “There’s nothing like hearing an 80-piece orchestra play a rich, Romantic-era piece,” the 26-year-old mobile-apps project manager tells me. We were sitting at Ballard Coffee Works, where a drink made from beans enjoys a sophistication Gambill craves for the…

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June 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

#techbookbinge: ‘Smarter Than You Think’ leaves tech open to surprises

Now that I’ve finished “Smarter Than You Think,” I’m realizing that the thing I like most about author Clive Thompson’s approach is captured nicely in what follows each chapter title. A cursor style underscore_ Works that crunch technology’s goodness or badness like closure. “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr was last week’s read in my…

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June 28, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Not as techie as we think: Hacking growth in the Central District

We like to say Seattle is a tech-fueled entrepreneurial city. David Harris wants to make that true in one of the places it’s not. “I’m really excited about this,” he said, stopping on the sidewalk near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Jackson Street in the Central District. He had walked us…

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June 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM

#techbookbinge: ‘The Shallows’ sounds a narrow but compelling red alert about our brains

I just finished “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains” by Nicholas Carr. It’s book 1 in my summerlong #techbookbinge, and it was — appropriately — a brainy start. Well, most of the time. Some chapters infuriated me. If an alien race read this book and knew nothing else about us, they…

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