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Microsoft is doing the right thing by deepening its roots in the Seattle area. Software is an art. Artists want to do their art in a conducive environment. The Pacific Northwest region has one of the most thriving local artistic communities in North America, if not the world.
It’s not just high-tech. For example, check out their music scene. Go online to www.kexp.org and stream their Audioasis show featuring “the best in Pacific Northwest music, live performances, and in-studio guests” It’s on every Saturday night from 6-9pm (pacific). The music is so consistently high-quality, innovative, and diverse that you just keep coming back. I’m originally from Detroit (a larger metropolitan area, even to this day), and I spent time in Madison, Wisconsin (a college town). And I’ll tell you, Seattle puts them to shame. Just great stuff (and, no, the grunge stuff is now ancient history, thank god—it’s just part of a much broader variety now—for more recent Pacific Northwest bands, try Modest Mouse, the Shins, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, United State of Electronica, the Decembrists, the Dandy Warhols, Maktub, and Math and Physics Club, and so on and so forth). Not just that, but the best musicians from all around the world flock to Seattle to record, perform, and hang out at KEXP.
Just keep your ears open and your fingers on the keyboard. Good vibes and good software are co-dependent.