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My thoughts – On raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15.00


Should there be a $15.00 minimum wage in Washington? Sure, absolutely, and immediately or as quickly as possible. But the minimum wage should not be increased to $15.00 across the board. There are certain industries, such as fast food and convenience stores that are designed around entry-level employees. These are jobs for high-school students who are entering the job market; that‚Äôs what they were intended for, and I think a rate of $7-$10 dollars an hour is appropriate. But other jobs that currently pay minimum wage require professional skill, and should be required to pay a… Continue reading

Supermoon – August 10, 2014

The moon showed big and bright over Renton Washington last night. Called the Supermoon because it’s closest distance to the earth, 31,000 miles closer in its elliptical orbit of 253,000 miles from the earth.


Getting Geeky with the Seattle Seahawks 2014 Season

I posted this page for my fellow Seattle Seahawks fans, to give you a quick one-stop resource to the Seahawks 2014 Schedule, wallpapers, and mobile apps. Why? Well, lets just say, if the world thought the Seahawks fans were obnoxious last year, wait till they see us this year! No, seriously, the NFL has some great teams and I personally wish every one of them a great season. And I am really looking forward to watching the Seattle Seahawks beat all your butts to Super Bowl 2015 ūüėČ

Seahawks 2014 Game Schedule

It is going to be… Continue reading

Go Seahawks!

I do something a little different to show my Seahawk Pride. I change the theme of website to my Seahawks theme. I normally don't switch themes until the football season actually starts, which in my mind is at the pre-season games. This year, the Seahawk spirit is motivating me to put up my Seahawk colors a little early. Continue reading

This is my home. It is precious to me

While I am not an environmental extremist, I do believe that we must take responsibility for the damage we are causing our planet. We have to change our way of thinking and start pushing for change. Continue reading

One Small Step For Man, One Giant Leap For Mankind

On July 20th, 1969, American Astronaut Neil Armstrong stepped down from the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, and stepped onto the surface of the moon. It was indeed one small step for man, but it was a giant leap for mankind that would change the way we saw the Universe and our place in the Cosmos.¬† Suddenly, we were not confined to our planet Earth.¬† Until that moment, exploring the moon was only a fantasy, the stuff of science-fiction. The Apollo 11 mission to land a man on the moon and deliver him safely back to… Continue reading

Trinity Knot

I just learned a new knot. This is variation on a Trinity knot.



A very cool play of light and shadow

I was on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond this week interviewing for a job, and I saw this design, actually, I am not sure what you call this style of art.  I have never seen anything quite like this, something that uses light and shadow and objects of different size or dimension to create a shadow sculpture.  What does it say to me? I see letters and numbers scattered on a wall, but in the mind of a human being, they make everything that defines us.



I would like to know who the artist is. If anyone knows, let me know! ūüėČ

OBrienPC.net gets a new look!

I apologize for the confusion if you came to my website expecting to see the purple design (Purple Rain) that has graced my website for many months. I felt it was time for a new look, and created this design, which I call SandStone.  The only thing I have changed is my template, everything else remains the same. Part of the reason for the new look is that I am preparing to dramatically change my website content. But more on that in coming weeks.


James O’Brien

Decorative Knot-work on a Knife Grip

This knife is done with two Turks Head knots and a French Whipping.  The line I used is a tarred-soaked, twisted white nylon twine. The cool thing about this twine is that over time, the tar on the outer edges fades and gives it a great antique look. I like to use this line when making decorative mugs and steins too, although I prefer to use a thicker twine. Only one piece of twine was used on this knife handle.


The Turks Head knot is a little tricky to learn, but once… Continue reading

Alki Point Pictures

When the weather is nice in Seattle, we tend to wake up from our winter slumber and spring out to do something outdoors. My thing is to load up my bike with my camera kit and head out to different areas and take pictures. There are so many cool places to take pictures in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, it would take years to cover them all. So I figure that as long as I live in the Seattle area, I’ll never be bored. Weather permitting.

This weekend, I headed out to Alki Point, over by West… Continue reading

My First Selfie Wallpaper

When I was a kid, Charlie Brown was someone I related to very well, and he and the rest of the Peanuts gang became one of my most favorite comic characters. ¬†I did not do the original 3-D rendering on this version of Charlie Brown; I don’t know who did, but I would like to give them due credit for their work. I “borrowed” the graphic and changed it with my facial features, and made this image with one of Charlie Brown’s original quotes.



In Memory of the Greatest Seahawk Fans I Have Ever Known

My Grandparents are the most loyal Seahawk fans I have ever known. Through the good times and the bad times, their pride in the Seahawks never wavered. In fact, in true 12th man spirit, the worse things got, the louder they got. Sadly, they both passed away before ever seeing the Seahawks win a Super Bowl Championship. So, on behalf of my Grandparents, I am going to watch the Super Bowl for them. And I hope, in some way, that they know it, and they get to see their favorite team win the Super Bowl.




Merry Super Bowl Everyone!

I woke up this morning, and it felt like Christmas morning when I was a young kid. So full of excitement and anticipation. I have waited most of my life to see the Seattle Seahawks win the Super bowl. We got very close once, but we are going to take the Super Bowl home this year!The only sad part of all this, is that my Grandparents aren’t here to see their beloved Seahawks in their finest moment. My Grandparents were the biggest and most loyal Seahawks fans I have ever known. Today, I am going to watch… Continue reading

Seahawks take the NFC! Next stop, Super Bowl!

Last night’s game, wow! Was that amazing, or what? Hands down, the best Seahawks game I have ever watched. What a great feeling to watch the Seahawks prove once again that we are ready to take on the Supper Bowl championship. Let’s be honest, it’s been a long road for the Seahawks. Getting close, but never close enough. And then finally, we made it to the Super Bowl in 2005. It was a great game against the Steelers, but we lost to the ref’s. What can I say? We’re Back!!! And we’re going to the Super Bowl 2014, and we are going for the championship!

We're going to the Super Bowl!



Greatest Vacation Ever!

Take one man coming up on his 48th birthday, add a ten-day vacation, and a mountain bike and the Pacific ocean, and what do you get?  498 miles of the greatest vacation ever!  It took almost a year of planning and training , and a few trial runs to work out the bugs,  but it was so worth it!


My trip started out in Renton Washington, and took me through places like¬† Centralia, ¬† South Bend and Long Beach Washington, to Astoria Oregon¬† and then finally Seaside Oregon. And then back all… Continue reading

Karaoke Night at Love’s Landing in Renton, WA.

I am not a big fan of karaoke, and I wouldn’t dare subject innocent people to my singing voice, which I am sure would fall under ¬†Homeland Security’s jurisdiction¬†definition¬†of terrorist crime. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that at least a couple of my friends sing and carry a tune. I won’t post their names here without their consent, but if you want to see these talented gentlemen live, along with many other “talented” folks, check out Love’s Landing on Airport Way in Renton, Washington. I ¬†think karaoke nights are Thursday… Continue reading

International Women’s Day 2013

International Women's Day 2013

Today is International Women’s day, and I salute all of the women around the world who fought for equality for women. It has been a long road for women, who until the early 1900’s weren’t even considered real citizens in the United States. Women were treated more like property than like human beings. Women couldn’t vote, few could own property or business, and they were discouraged from seeking a higher education and encouraged to be housewives or work in roles of servitude. It’s been a long and difficult struggle towards equal rights in this man’s world, but… Continue reading

In the News: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Information Act (CISPA)

CISPA BannerIn light of recent network attacks and the rise in cyber espionage and hacking attacks, CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection act, will be reintroduced next week in the House of Representatives. You may recall that CISPA was introduced to the House last year, but was quickly abandoned in part over serious privacy concerns. The Obama Administration promised to veto the bill at the time, arguing that it did not provide clear legal privacy protections to citizens and lacked independent oversight, which would undermine the public’s trust in the government.

But the nail… Continue reading

Humor: Michigan Sobriety Test

A Michigan State trooper pulled a car over on US 23 about 2 miles north of the Michigan/Indiana State line. When the trooper asked the driver why he was speeding, the driver said he was a Magician and Juggler and was on his way to Ft. Wayne , IN to do a show at the Shrine Circus. He didn’t want to be late.

The trooper¬†told the driver he was fascinated by juggling and said if the driver would do a little juggling for him then he wouldn’t give him a ticket. He told the trooper… Continue reading

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