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Category: Seattle
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 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Off the treadmill? Seattle’s Waldorf high school defies tech’s sweep

Tracy Bennett heads the Seattle Waldorf  School’s high school campus. The Waldorf educational philosophy cautions against an overuse of tech. (MARK HARRISON /THE  SEATTLE TIMES) It’s almost too fitting that if you look for the computers at Seattle Waldorf School’s new high school campus at Magnuson Park, you’ll find them in a room once…

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August 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Tech issue or health issue? Pediatricians struggle to guide parents and teens

Dr. Don Shifrin addresses attendees at the SMAHRT Conference this month in Seattle. (Katy Yu / SMAHRT Conference) Your teen’s pediatrician can talk about a good diet, exercise and even tricky stuff like alcohol and safe sex. But what about smartphones, Snapchat and Facebook? “A lot of them are not going to open that Pandora’s Box, either,…

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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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July 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM

School or movement? Seattle program gets serious about training women to code

Students from Ada’s first cohort study up. (Photo: Ada Developers Academy) It’s a scene you see everywhere in Seattle: a room full of programmers, laptops out, writing code. Except for one thing. All 15 of the developers I visited Thursday on the 13th floor of the Rainier Tower were women. Now I’m finally starting to hope that won’t…

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July 12, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Startups and speed bumps as pot culture meets Seattle tech

Seattle-based cannabis resource app Leafly catalogs more than 800 varieties of marijuana. (Image: Leafly.com)   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. Modeled on services like Birchbox, Happy Crate…

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