Small Shots: Walkabout

September 16, 2009

Small shots, people. All the cool kids are doing it. Here’re a few from a recent prom around the neighborhood. Share your snaps in the comments!

Don’t miss the first summer edition of Urban Craft Uprising, August 1 & 2, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Me love this huge, huge, huge indie craft show and workshop extravaganza. Admission is FREE, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

See you there, craftastic people.

Hey, Cupcake.

July 21, 2009

Cupcakes get the royale treatment at Cupcake Royale, Seattle’s small biz cuppycake and coffee hotspot, set to open a new Capitol Hill location — TOMORROW. I am just so excited I could eat my hat, and then a dozen of their Lemon Drop cuppies, too.

Check them out at 1111 E. Pike. They start serving at 6 a.m. (Too early for cupcakes? Perish the thought.)

Que rico! At the Living Small house, cravings for Mexican food are more than commonplace. They happen daily, maybe even bi-daily. So, to satisfy our jones for a most delectable chimichanga, we hoof it to El Gallito, a small, family-run restaurant that we Smallers have determined to be Central Seattle’s only place for Mexican fare. (Correct me if I’m wrong, Seattleites.)

From the street, Gallito looks a little divey: bars on the windows, neon beer signs, a shady entry. But the seedy aspect is worth overlooking, es verdad. The service is friendly (always, always, though sometimes a bit slow), the food classically delicious, and the price is just right for the heaping platters of grub that yield at least 2.5 meals. Particularly savory is the house-made salsa — yowch! Hot stuff. Located at the corner of 20th & E. Madison; call 206.329.8088 for hours and takeout.

Past Seattle Small Biz Shout-Outs

Kids these days.

June 24, 2009

Up to my elbows again in a brambly subject, via the Daily Score, the blogging arm of my hometown enviro-thinktank, the Sightline Institute. The topic? Population overdrive, and, more specifically, reproduction control.

Daily Score blogger Lisa Stiffler takes a look at Robert Engelman’s fascinating article in Scientific American, which pitches broad-based education as a means to slow population growth:

Worldwide, according to a calculation provided for this article by demographers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, women with no schooling have an average of 4.5 children, whereas those with a few years of primary school have just three. Women who complete one or two years of secondary school have an average of 1.9 children apiece — a figure that over time leads to a decreasing population. With one or two years of college, the average childbearing rate falls even further, to 1.7. And when women enter the workforce, start businesses, inherit assets and otherwise interact with men on an equal footing, their desire for more than a couple of children fades even more dramatically.

It makes simple sense that, if we reduce population, we’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions (fewer people = less consumption), and thereby slow climate change. And, according to Engelman and his stats, “Women left to their own devices, contraceptive or otherwise, would collectively ‘control’ population while acting on their own intentions.”

High-five, Bob, for putting your faith in us girls. But is it reasonable? If we round up the ladies and send them through college, will baby booms be a thing of the past? Can education and family planning services trump religion, economics, ethnicity, tradition? How about instinct? What’s your take on this hot-potato topic?

Image via amy_b.

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