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February 23rd, 2020

Just over six years ago, I wrote a piece on depression. A little digression before I go on, SIX years. Time really is a wonder. Another wonder, this is post number 1600. SIXTEEN HUNDRED. I didn’t have an inkling back when I started what this would become or how long I’d be at it. In […] The post

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It’s been 40 years since Hoth, Dagobah, Cloud City and “I am your father.” And to mark the occasion, Hasbro is releasing an assortment of new action figures from  the fan-favorite Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back. Hasbro announced a slew of new Star Wars: The Black Series 6″ figures at the Entertainment Bran

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Some papers just out that look interesting:"New Generation of Climate Models Track Recent Unprecedented Changes in Earth's Radiation Budget Observed by CERES," Norman G. Loeb et al, JGR, 18 February 2020.https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL086705

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[Photo: Shiny objects (McKay Savage).] By Charles Orloski Charles Orloski The Teenage Idol Meets Ivanka Coronavirus, the China Doll. A School Bus Driver’s Fractured Fairy Tale. My pre-teen hero, Fabian, knew he was a son of the Son of a washed-up and crucified God, & with timeless beauty and talent, he knew throngs of

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Returning once again this spring is Two Thorns – Raspberry Rose Cider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Originally made to celebrate the Portland Thorns FC, this cider has gone on to be a regular seasonal cider release from 2 Towns and will be available through June 2020. Full of Pacific Northwest apples, raspberries and whole ros

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Question: Hey Guys… starting to tie bait fish flies using the buck tails I bought from you awhile back. I have noticed that most of the hairs towards the bottom are curved; is there a way to remove the curve … Cont

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Our very orchestrated Sunday supper. If you hadn’t noticed, I really love to cook, but I prefer a big bang for my buck in the kitchen. I don’t generally want to painstakingly create meals that will be gone in minutes. That being said, I also like a little adventure and own cookbooks galore. Some of […]

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No, I didn't go to the beach. But getting that bad tooth pulled Friday seemed like a day at the beach, compared to suffering the pain I'd been in from it.  I think the real phrase might be "a walk in the park". I enjoyed getting it gone.   Going to the dentist always makes me think of that Steve Martin classi

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This is a very intelligent column by Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post, on what Democrats should do to avoid committing political suicide (also known as 'nominating Bernie Sanders'). It's worth reading.

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Preservationists, entrepreneurs, or hoteliers take note: The Antlers & Rogers Hotels, as well as The…

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Birthright citizenship is a lottery of opportunity

The other day in class, I showed a short video about two textile industry workers in two different countries.  During the discussions that followed, one of the questions I asked the class was this: How many of you would trade places with tho

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by Anonymous Portland bartenders! Stop catering to the line at your bar only! Be a big girl city and take care of the whole bar! Look around! Take note of who's next! Serve that person! You can do it! I believe in you! [

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There I was, just trying to work out at the gym. Suddenly, yet another AirPod controversy. This one beggared belief.

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A new column by M. Reza Behnam, Ph.D., a political scientist whose specialities include American foreign policy and the history, politics and governments of the Middle East. “War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement.” James Madison, 1793 Donald Trump was impeached, but acquitted, for extorting a foreign

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Here’s a picture of a ham radio operator using a Teletype Model 15 paired with a Morse key. American ham radio stations have always had the nicest operators in their radio shacks. Picture taken in 1963.

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A set of amazing pics from Richard that shows 16 pages of the children's book Cinderella or the Glass Slipper in 1896.Copyright and published by George D. Hurst, New York, 1896. 10-5/8 x 8-1/8 inches. 16 pages. Front page and back page

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The Air Force 1’s simple design has made it a blank canvas for customization.  Nike’s latest version, the Sketch, celebrates this legacy with black, Sharpie-like schematic details. The hand-drawn look is applied to the Swoosh, while small notes spell out the shoe’s name, call out the lacing system, point

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John Blow (1649-1708) George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Sir Hugh Roberton (1874-1952) Albert Sammons (1886-1957) Dave Apollon (1897-1972) Elinor Remick Warren (1905-1991) Martindale Sidwell (1916-1998) Hall Overton (1920-1972) Régine Crespin (1927-2007) and Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) - blogger of the 17th Century W. E B

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February 22nd, 2020

The Ladder of Art -- Week #60

Cast your votes for up to four of these seven artists before Leap Day.  For clarifications, consult the Ladder of Art FAQ.

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Life may be uncertain at times. Sometimes it can think that unexpected emergencies never ever take place when you are ready for them. Awful emergency situations are those that call for immediate remedies without any time to prep. Maybe your auto malfunctioned en route to work or a water pipes burst in the shower room. [R

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Some expressions are generally considered to become bad; for instance, absolutely nothing excellent has actually ever definitely followed the paragraph, ” Our company need to chat.” ” Various other factors, nonetheless, are completely in the eye of the beholder – like words, ” Credit history ex

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The City of Chicago has once again won the dubious honor of being the most corrupt city in America. Meanwhile, Illinois has been deemed the third most corrupt state. The assessment comes from an annual report by the University of...

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Last year the Oregon legislature passed two zoning laws that are going to have big impact on every town in Oregon that has a population of over 10,000 people. House bill 2001 requires towns with more than 10,000 to allow “middle housing” in neighborhoods that have previously been zoned for single fami

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Cargo

Bringing home a frame to chop apart and put couplers into, plus the donor frame that I’m going to extr

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Gypsy is a 1962 American musical comedy-drama film produced and directed by Mervyn LeRoy. The screenplay by Leonard Spigelgass is based on the book of the 1959 stage musical Gypsy: A Musical Fable by Arthur Laurents, which was adapted from Gypsy: A Memoir by Gypsy Rose Lee.

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NOW is the time! All coastal streams have good numbers of returning fish and most of the fish are well spread over the entire system. All streams have been on a steady drop and even with rain (” showers”) in … Continue reading

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You’ve got Oregonians seeking to cascade into Idaho, Virginians who identify as West Virginians, Illinoians fighting to escape Chicago, Californians dreaming of starting a 51st state, and New Yorkers who think three states are better than one. Separation fever is...

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A Bay Area photographer is facing legal trouble for posting a composited picture of the Golden Gate Bridge with the blood moon, which was taken from an “illegal angle.” An "illegal angle"? When did they start making angles illegal? And...

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@NWCTweets Your Jungle Book is amazing!

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Jungle Book performance at NW Childrens Theater. https://t.co/aOr7gpm218

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For its 13th annual celebration, which takes place April 18, Record Store Day has selected Brandi Carlile as its official Record Store Day Ambassador, whom the organization describes as “tireless, fearless, talented, generous and all-around awesome.” “Brandi’s career has woven through record stores from the

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antonhowes Age of Invention: Where Be Dragons? Is D&D an idea behind its

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This week, a six-pack of cans of Mama Peaches IPA arrived from Sanitas Brewing Company from Colorado. I received the beers as part of a roll-out announcing Sanitas’ hiring of PR firm Meteorite PR; Mama Peaches was brewed to celebrate the birth of Sanitas co-founder Michael Mimsic’s first child. The …

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[Photo: White Privilege (Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune).] By Jaz Brisack Source:  CommonDreams Sadly, the myth of meritocracy is not seen as a myth by the overwhelming majority of Americans either. The belief is deeply socialized that hard work and a bit of luck will take anyone to the top. Social class is perceived [&

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“They say that abandonment is a wound that never heals. I say only that an abandoned child never forgets.” Mario Balotelli

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Barrymore’s professional career began at 11 months, when she auditioned for a dog food commercial. She was nipped by her canine co-star, to which she merely laughed and was hired for the job. After her film debut with a small role in Altered States (1980), she played Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (198

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I have no goddamned clue how this presidential election will churn out.  Somewhere between a Democratic landslide, or probably just short of something that could proper!y be called landslide, and a Trump landslide, or probably slightly short of landslide proper.  This is as opposed to 2016 when it became evident it was Tr

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As IT managers take the lead with AI, they will find their own departments being the greatest beneficiaries -- from software ideation to maintenance.

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Fascinating Photos of the Fonda Family From the 1940s to 1980s

With generations of talented actors, one could hardly ever forget a family as famous as the Fondas: from the patriarch Henry Fonda, to daughter, Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda, son, Oscar-nominated actor Peter Fonda, and granddaughter Bridget Fonda. Here are 22 photographs capture Henry, Jane and Peter from the 1940s to 1

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The new Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is a beast of a phone so you are going to want a minimalist case to provide some protection. Totallee's ultra-thin cases are designed to help you hold your phone and protect it from scratches and bumps.

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Have you ever wondered how often your smart speaker accidentally activates itself? A study from Northeastern University tried to find oiut.

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Two dominant themes prevail in the current presidential administration: corruption and incompetence. They work together well, one complimenting the other and advancing the steady slide toward a new age of American authoritarianism. A corrupt administration needs incompetence (and of course acquiesce) in order to continue it

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Got a pair of Apple's AirPods Pro? Here are some quick tips and tricks to help you get the most out of them (including how to double battery life).

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Remember this one?

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Lancia is an Italian automobile manufacturer that was founded in 1906 by Vincenzo Lancia as Lancia & C.. It became part of the Fiat Group in 1969; the current company, Lancia Automobiles, was established in 2007.The company has a strong rally heritage, and has often used letters of the Greek alphabet for its mod

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Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has announced that its Season Pass program is now in use at all 41 locations across the country. Season Pass is the only subscription program that allows guests to have the Alamo Drafthouse cinematic experience every single day, all for one low monthly fee. The membership provides one regularly price

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Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817-1890) York Bowen (1884-1961) Benno Moiseiwitsch (1890-1963) Joseph Kerman (1924-2014) George Zukerman (1927) Steven Lubin (1942) Lowell Liebermann (1961) Rolando Villazón (1972) and George Washington (1732-1799) Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) Edward Gorey (

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February 21st, 2020

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite and NOLA-style potato chips

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