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Category: Entertainment
September 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Born famous: How Seattle’s geekiest YouTuber wants to bring up baby ‘Jedi’

Chris Pirillo holds his two-week old daughter, Jedi. A well-known tech figure in the Seattle area, Pirillo now dispenses video-blog advice on fatherhood and being a geek. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) It’s dark, but you can make out Chris Pirillo’s face in the hospital room. He’s crying. “I’m a daddy,” he More

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August 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Let’s go fly a drone: Getting personal with some creepy cool machines

I wave and entrepreneur Dan Shapiro navigates as his Parrot AR.Drone stops to looks at us mid-flight. (Phone screenshot: Dan Shapiro) I came face to face with a drone Thursday, and survived. It was a black and blue, 2.8-pound 3DR IRIS quadcopter and, as its four propellers chopped the air a few feet in front…

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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

The crowd at KeyArena watches the action on giant screens while teams compete from booths below at the “Dota 2” tournament The International. See more tournament photos. (ALAN BERNER / THE SEATTLE TIMES)   Ten minutes into my first game of “Dota 2,” I had managed to master one thing. Dying. “SpadeSpouse, back up. Back up, SpadeSpouse….

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June 2, 2014 at 3:08 PM

Is this obvious yet? ‘Seattle has some of the most innovative gaming companies in the world’

Emmett Shear, who grew up in Seattle, is CEO of Twitch. (Photo: Twitch) Emmett Shear had no idea whether his idea to focus his video site around gaming would actually work when he persuaded his cofounders to try it in 2011. Then he saw the response. “Our first bar to pass was 25 percent growth a month…

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March 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Seattle sketch comedy show ‘The 206’ finds scrappy path to success

John Keister, Chris Cashman and Pat Cashman host the live taping of “The (206),” a local sketch comedy television show, at Fremont Studios. (MARCUS YAM / SEATTLE TIMES) I could see where this joke was going. Seattle comedians John Keister and Pat Cashman faced the cameras in Fremont Studios and ticked off the latest accomplishments…

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