belltown

Seattle Webcam

When I imagined myself living downtown with a sweeping view of the city, I figured I would share that view with the world by planting a webcam in my window because that’s what you did 10 years ago when that dream was conceived. Now it’s 2012 and the still-image webcam isn’t exactly cutting-edge, but publishing my slice of the city to the world was somehow still the icing on the cake of my downtown-living goal and the experience just wasn’t complete for me without it. So here it is, updated every 15 mins and featured in the sidebar.

I’m also archiving every image on SmugMug so I can build some cool time lapses later. Here’s a first attempt, capturing a week’s worth of images during a January snowstorm:

Exploring Belltown

Foursquare quietly added a Lists feature to the service last week, just in time for me to start exploring my new neighborhood in earnest. The last couple weeks of walking to work, as well as trying to find cheap/fun dinner and drinks options, has had me keeping mental track of places I wanted to try, and hoping I’d find a tool to keep me from forgetting the good ones. Foursquare to the rescue, it seems.

I scraped the barrel a little and stretched the boundaries of what’s considered Belltown just a bit to come up with a nice even 100, as one of the Foursquare features is a “number of items completed” progress bar – I’m starting the project with 18 venues under my belt already, so 18% complete. It will probably take a year and some of them will likely close or change ownership before I get to them, but that’s the beauty of electronic lists – they can be changed. 🙂

Fellow Seattleites can tackle the list yourself and track your own progress on the “Explore Belltown” achievement. 100 Places to Eat & Drink in Belltown