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The Northwest is in for another cold, snowy La Niña winter. But don’t hibernate, there are plenty of reasons to embrace it, including Warren Miller ’s goofy ski-bum films and the fact we have a seasoned team of avalanche experts watching our backs. Plus: a guide to Washington’s craft distilleries; a Queen Anne home by famed Northwest architect Paul Hayden Kirk gets a modern update; and expert advice for choosing a financial expert.

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Ski Movie Mogul Warren Miller Refuses to Go Downhill

Warren Miller inspired legions of skiers with his goofy, self-narrated ski-bum films. After the sale of his company—and a lawsuit—Miller agreed to never appear in, narrate, or direct another ski film. But now, nearing 90, he refuses to go down

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NuBe Green’s Art and Artisan Collection

Capitol Hill shop NuBe Green displays a true talent for artisan collecting.

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Tamara Musser, Designer Fashion Collector

Tamara Musser puts her own stamp on haute couture.

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A Guide to Washington’s Craft Distilleries

A change in the liquor laws has started a boom in craft distilleries across Washington State. We surveyed them all to find out who’s making what and where to get it.

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Locavore Libations

Local bartenders share cocktail recipes featuring Washington State craft liquors.

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QR Tag Your Pooch

Seattle startup Dynotag fashions QR tags into dog tags.

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Occupy Seattle Got a Boost from a Nineteenth-Century General

Occupy Seattle takes cues from Robert’s Rules of Order, guidelines for deliberative meetings developed by U.S. Army brigadier general Henry Martyn Robert in the 1870s.

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Esquire Snubs Seattle, Boeing’s Dreamliner, and ’The Real World’ Casting Call

The best of Seattlemet.com blogs: Sauced, Nosh Pit, Tripster, and Culture Fiend.

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Joel McHale Was on the Huskies Football Team (Really)

Joel McHale, star of NBC’s Community, speaking with sports website Grantland about his time on the UW Huskies football team.

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The Perfect Party

This month’s party guests: Sujal Patel, Molly Moon Neitzel, Woody Allen, Mark Morris, and Nathan Myhrvold.

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Survive Your So-Called Social Media Life

University of Washington digital media professor Kathy Gill on tailoring your online experience so that social media doesn’t lead to social suicide.

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Would It Work Here? A Tax on Unhealthy Food

In Washington State 62 percent of adults are either overweight or obese. And some, like state senator Ed Murray, think it’s time we slapped a tax on unhealthy food. The Washington Food Industry Association doesn’t agree.

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Northwest Bookshelf: Shiro Kashiba, Recipes from a Sushi Pioneer

Shiro Kashiba’s memoir, Shiro: Wit, Wisdom and Recipes from a Sushi Pioneer , takes us from the Ginza district of Tokyo to the shores of Puget Sound.

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Steve Jobs and the Sins of His Father

Thirty-seven years ago Steve Jobs’s biological father led a group of college students into Egypt. Then he vanished. A forgotten Tacoma crime story.

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Letters to Seattle Met

A lively discussion on vaccines, uses for Alaskan Way Viaduct, and Beacon Hill hot spots.

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A Note from the Editor

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How Redbox Could Take Down Netflix

Netflix is on the ropes. Can Bellevue’s Redbox land a knockout blow?

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.XXX Marks the Spot

With this winter’s launch of .xxx domain names, more adult entertainment sites may try to slip well-known brand names into their addresses to boost search-engine ranking.

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826 Seattle’s Meron Kasahun is a Comeback Kid

826 Seattle’s Meron Kasahun goes from struggling student to outstanding role model, and earns a trip to the White House.

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Best Things to See and Do in Winter in Seattle

The Northwest is in for another cold, snowy La Niña winter. And we’ll be ready with hot toddies and hearth-warming fireplaces, a popup ice rink, and even a few balmy escapes right here in town.

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The Most Treacherous Terrain

When some buddies from UW slipped into the Cascades for backcountry snowboarding, they entered some of the most treacherous terrain in the Northwest. Not even a seasoned avalanche expert could predict what they found.

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Midcentury Modern Revival

A Queen Anne home by famed Northwest architect Paul Hayden Kirk gets a modern update, but its original integrity remains intact.

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10 Ways to Choose a Money Manager

Expert advice for choosing a financial adviser in uncertain times.

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Restaurant RN74 Feels Kinda French

With RN74, big-name restaurateur Michael Mina brings his concepts to downtown Seattle.

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Seattle’s Best Holiday Cookies

Seattle’s best holiday cookies come courtesy Belle Epicurean, Cafe Besalu, Columbia City Bakery, and more.

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Neighborhood Hot Spot: Dot’s Delicatessen

Dot’s Delicatessen in Fremont is a charcuterie that echoes of 1940s Brooklyn.

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Bushwick Book Club Sets Hunter S. Thompson to Music

The Bushwick Book Club and Seattle Rock Orchestra set Hunter S. Thompson to music.

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The Top Things to Do in Seattle in December

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne show stops in Tacoma, Mark Morris Dance Group’s Festival Dance makes its Seattle debut, Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band play the Paramount, and more.

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The Fake Fir Tree Alternative

O Christmas tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging.