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November 21st, 2014

When I was out a few mornings ago to get some frost images, I spotted this leaf with not only frost but also some broken up ice on it. The leaf was stuck to the ground, and I knew if I tried to pick it up, it would tear. My version of a frosty leaf […] The post

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November 20th, 2014

As Executive Director of Portland Code School, I’m getting out and about a lot these days into Portland’s increasingly robust tech community, which is bristling with venture-funded entrepreneurial life. Our graduates are a foundational part of the ecosystem, helping to provide continuity of brain power for all these new

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Everybody is in action in the Pac-12 in the next to last weekend of the regular season, as all the byes are behind us now. And all 6 g

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Oregon St. and Boise St. have developed a decent rivalry in recent years, but there's been only 1 future meeting on the sche

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Oregon St. and Beaver Nation make the trek north on I-5 to Seattle this Saturday, to take on Washington, and their Dawg Fans. It's not be

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Guest photographer Denny Barnes has the coolest house guests, and he certainly knows how to bring out the best in them with his camera. His description: Last year I had just one female Anna’s Hummingbird that stayed all winter. This year I have several still here and a male showed up about a week ago. […]

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I am silver and exact. I have no preconceptions. Whatever I see I swallow immediately Just as it is, unmisted by love or dislike. I am not cruel, only truthful- The eye of the little god, four cornered. Most of the time I meditate on the opposite wall. It is pink, with speckles. I have […]

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November 19th, 2014

I am an artist who has been supporting myself and my children selling my paintings online for 10 years. Over that time, I’ve sold more than 2000 paintings to patrons all over the world. But I kept running into the same problem. . . how do you ship large paintings without paying an arm and [...]

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Is the banner ad finally dead? It’s question that we’ve been asking ourselves recently, and it seems especially relevant as, here at McBru, we’re neck-deep in 2015 media planning for our tech B2B clients. A recent article in the New York Times asserts that whether or not banner ads are dead today, they are certainl

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The front yard is officially 100% installed! First came irrigation installation (although not in the front yard), then sod removal and soil prep. Finally, massive plant order arrived from three different nurseries and the first frost of the season was looming on the horizon. As a landscape designer, I think my favorite day

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Scenes from a mile high, though we are itching to be in Pittsburgh. Patience. The hubster loves a diorama! And if you are thinking about dissing the sweatshirt he’s sporting, talk to the hand, peeps. Coors and my Pop’s thirty-plus years driving a forklift in their glass department fed and clothed me and paid for

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I decided to go outside yesterday to see if I could capture some frost with my camera, because capturing it with my hands would be a bit pointless (it melts, you see). The above image is a crop of a larger macro shot I took of some frost on blades of grass. I was surprised […] The post

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Alabama has bounced up to number two to after their big win over MSU. Consensus Poll:

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November 18th, 2014

Oregon St. cruised past Corban 86-62 for th

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Corban (3-1) at Oregon St. (1-0)  / Gill Coliseum / 7 PM PST / Pac-12 Channel / KEJO 1240 AM / KEX 1190 AM

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As Oregon startups continue to search for ways to secure capital, the State of Oregon is proposing a rule to cover the concept of “equity crowdfunding,” the idea that small chunks of equity can be sold to potential investors outside of traditional fundraising or venture capital methods. The proposed rule caps th

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While retailers are focused on increasing sales every day of the year, it becomes especially important near the end of the year. So as the holiday shopping season approaches, many retailers—both brick and mortar and online—are looking to get the most of their e-commerce platforms. That’s why Forix and Mage

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Guest photographer Maryann Nielson posted this on her Facebook wall yesterday, and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to post it here. She perfectly captured this frozen water drop hanging from the pedestrian bridge off of Florence St., and I’m very glad she did. Thanks, Maryann! The post

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November 17th, 2014

Oregon St. will be without their leading rusher for the rest of the regular season. Head Coach Mike Riley announced today that senio

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Ken Block has released another video in his Gymkhana series, this time set in Los Angeles. Pretty cool!

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Yellow maple leaves on the ground, yo. One of them is all lit up by the sun, dawg. It’s really hard to write yet another description of autumn leaves, dude. The post Gentle On My Mind appeared first on

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The following is a guest post from writer and director, Jordan Bayne. Ms. Bayne just released her film, The Sea is All I Know, online. Now, that in and of…This is a post from Short of the Week

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When estranged couple, Sara and Sonny, come to the aid of their dying daughter, the experience sends them sp

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November 16th, 2014

Lompoc Brewing is reopening its Sidebar Barrel Tasting room at 4pm on Thursday, Nov. 20following a month-long remodel. The new and improved Sidebar, located at 3901 N Williams Ave, now features a glass roll up door that lets in natural light and allows passers by to see inside the cozy bar. It will also allow for extended s

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The 20th ranked Oregon St. women's basketball team wrapped up a clean-sweep weekend for the major Beaver athletic teams, pulling awa

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Our old compost bin exploded this summer (plastic does that) so I was told to make a new one from a garbage can. The best site I’ve found is the Cornell recycling site: http://compost.css.cornell.edu/ Basically it’s a g

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Guest photographer Su Yoder caught this intriguing sight of steam rising up off a fence as the ice melted yesterday morning. The ice-tinged plant in the foreground adds a nifty element, too. Thanks, Su! The post Warming Up appeared first

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November 15th, 2014

I roll in after midnight, usually closer to 1 AM. Come home, watch a rerun of the 11 o’clock news, eat something, and crash. Repeat 4-5 times a week. Then I got a girlfriend. I work a lot, pay a lot for cable/internet, and feel as though it should be used, so I encourage Rain […]

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One of Portlands biggest downsides lately has been the sheer number of bike thieves. Bikes have been stolen from racks all over town, from locked garages, “secured” spaces in apartment buildings and office buildings and directly off porches. Bike thieves have even graduated from cable clips to using portable

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RANDYSTAPILUS Idaho When market analysts such as politicians need insight into how people really view something, they often convene a focus group. Last week I sought out something like that, consisting of party-line Republican Idaho voters. The 19 responses were enough (together with a collection of comments from a ran

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Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) Heavy snow falls on Treasure Valley (Boise Statesman, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News) Eagle former energy firm execs accused of stock

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Guest photographer Tom Miller took today’s images on Stayton Island. If I understand it right, that is along the Santiam River at the southeast of town. I’ve not been there, though, so I could be wrong. If anyone has better information, please leave a comment. Thanks, Tom! The post

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November 14th, 2014

In this video, Astoria's Fort George Brewery founder Chris Nemlowill and Coava Coffee Roasters founder Matt Higgins passionately speak about this year's collaborative release Java the Hop. The beer is getting a lot of praise and is available all around the Pacific Northwest to the delight of craft beer and coffee geeks alik

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Star Wars Celebration comes from a galaxy far, far away to the Anaheim Convention Center from April 16-19. Here is the first look at the official poster by Craig Drake for the event which features Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper. More information about the convention is HERE.

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Named a “modern masterpiece” by The A.V. Club, the crticially-acclaimed series Locke & Key by Joe Hill takes on new life in a reformatted hardcover collection. The Locke & Key Master Edition Volume 1 features the first two story arcs, “Welcome to Lovecraft” and “Headgames,” with a

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I always like when events find ways to meet their bottom line and make their event accessible to as many people as possible. And that’s just what the Portland Startup Summit is doing. They’ve hit their numbers for paid attendees. So now, they’re offering up 100 social passes. For free. While social pass ho

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BARRETTRAINEY Second Thoughts If you think national government has been unresponsive to our national needs for the last several years, get used to it. ‘Cause you ain’t seen nuthin’ yet! Unresponsiveness is about to hit a new, record low. “Whoa, there Rainey,” you say. “Yeah, that was pretty much a Republica

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Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) Southern Idaho hit by snow storm (Boise Statesman, IF Post Register, Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News) Reviewing next round on Idaho hea

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I knitted these earlier this month and they got worn yesterday in our weird freezing-rain-very-light-snow storm. We lost power for a good 15 hours and it was cold! Good thing Grammie is close by. We headed over there with the...

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Guest photographer Maryann Nielson spotted this beautiful leaf edged in frost on a recent chilly morning. Very pretty. Thanks, Maryann! For those who may be wondering — we didn’t get any snow here yesterday, just some really cold rain. The post

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By Cat Stelzer On behalf of Brewpublic, I was able to experience Yard House for the first time this week for a media dinner and beer pairing. Part of the reason I’ve never been, is due to the fact that I’m a typical Portlander, more interested in quirky local spaces to that of a national […]

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INDEPENDENCE, OR – At Rogue Farms we believe the only thing better than knowing is teaching. Join us this winter for our annual Do It Yourself Workshop series. Learn how to make your own cheese and winter crafts, walk in snowshoes, prepare your garden for spring, raise chickens and keep your own bees. The hands […]

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Chihuly glass, that is, and a whole heck of a lot of it! A sweet and relatively early morning visit (my mother-in-law’s treat – Hi Martha!) to the Denver Botanic Gardens while in house limbo, and I loved it. The hubster and I, waaay back on our newlywed days, lived in an apartment not too […]

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MONDO will release the Batman: The Animated Series 12″ Die-Cut single on Friday November 14, 2014. The $25 single will be available as an open edition throughout the holiday season. The record is housed in an incredible gatefold jacket designed by Phantom City Creative and will be pressed on Black and Blac

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Check out Rolling Stone’s Funko feature and interview with their CEO, Brian Mariotti! Read it HERE.

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November 13th, 2014

Today has been strange. I didn’t get up until 1 PM, and then only to return to bed for a nap. About 3 PM, I went to the Kwik-E-Mart for pop and a coffee for Rain. She was still sleeping when I got home. It’s winter wonderland outside. There has been a bit of freezing […]

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Hero Complex Gallery presents Kung Fu Theater co-curated by Craig Drake & Adam Smasher with an opening reception on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 7-10PM. The pop culture art show inspired by Asian Influences of all types features 60+ international artists. Kung Fu Theater will run three weekends from November 14th R

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Almost a year ago now, I took three cats from a Lebanon neighborhood to a Portland rescue, to reduce the load on a Lebanon woman feeding the neighborhood abandons, which in that area, are many.  Two of the three got homes rather quickly, but the 3rd, newly named Bronco Billy, (was Smokey before) had an enlarged nose.  I h

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If buildings had badges #lwdc #oakland

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