Pretty funny web series from Chris Wylde. Even though I’m not a parent I still found it quite funny. I’m sure parents will find it even more funny. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http
December 3rd, 2013
I went out and bought an iPad Mini with Retina yesterday thanks to a new program at my company. They’ll buy me a new mobile device every 12 months in addition to the existing new laptop every 16 months program. I had originally planned on waiting (a long time) for the iPhone 6 but decided […]
I thought this house on Mountain Dr. looked rather pretty a few nights ago, so here’s a picture of this house on Mountain Dr. looking rather pretty. A call for guest photographers! This week’s weather is supposed to be pretty bad, which means I likely will be unable to go out and take pictures. So [...]
December 2nd, 2013
Noticons is our internal WordPress.com font, based on Genericons. Check our what my co-worker Warren just finished having installed in Automattic’s lounge in San Francisco! Yes, that’s real life Noticons made from laser cut wood. Pretty cool. [Photo thanks to Warren, posted on an internal blog.]
The Gardner House Cafe on 3rd Ave. was looking pretty and festive a couple of nights ago. It’s hard to believe it’s already time for Christmas lights. Anyone want to come over to my house and put my decorations out?
Continuing my love affair with the Saint John’s Bridge… and this city! Warming up at the James John Cafe. Go for a wee biscuit and gravy! Mmm… Happy 91st Birthday to you, Grandma! I love you…
December 1st, 2013
Off for a long weekend retreat, planned when I thought a lack of sun would be weighing down on us. Happy to be wrong, we left sunny Portland for sunny Bend. Mount Hood Three Fingered Jack Mount Jefferson Fishermen on the Deschutes Warm Springs Railroad Bridge over the Crooked River at Peter Skene Ogden [...]
At the start of November, I decided that I would challenge myself to a month of blog posts, similar to my friends and acquaintances participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Well, the month is up and the results are in.My 2013 blo
Guest photographer Melissa caught this lovely moonrise over a pond on Cascade Highway recently. Her description: I took this photo somewhere close to a month ago now after coming home from work. The sun was setting as the moon was rising and it was just stunning. I hurried home and managed to stop [...]
November 30th, 2013
A pretty cool video of all sides of one of the local and gorgeous mountains, Mt. Hood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http
Overview Way back when, just after the dot-com-bomb, I found myself working for a media company named Metapa. We made mp3s and 30 second preview clips from boxes of CDs that tech-clueless record companies snail-mailed us. Metapa was staffed with a ton of Unix-heads and I received a great schooling in the ways of the […
This creative bit of advertising made me smile when I saw it last Saturday. It certainly gets the point across.
November 29th, 2013
We have another awesome rural scene from guest photographer Tom Miller. Thanks, Tom! Attention Google+ and Twitter Users I finally created a Google+ page for this site, if anyone is interested. It will have each day’s posts automatically posted there as links, just like the Facebook page. Please [...]
November 28th, 2013
Every Thanksgiving I try to point to the William S. Burroughs “A Thanksgiving Prayer” in one form or another. Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts. Thanks for a continent to despoil and poison. Thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of challenge a
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who [...]
Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate it! And happy day to everyone in general. I swear I wasn’t going to post another sunset photo today, but then the above happened last night, so I kinda had to change my mind. Blame nature.
November 27th, 2013
Yes, another sunset. Because sunsets are pretty, and it’s what I have to post so I’m posting it. This was taken at St. Mary’s Cemetery on 3rd Ave.
November 26th, 2013
Google Voice Search now works in Chrome for desktop , not only just in Android and iOS. Now you can bypass the microphone icon. Just use the hotword “OK Google” when you’re using Google search. You need to install this extension first. Chrome will listen for you to say “Ok Google” and then send
China Mobile will be the first carrier to offer 4G LTE in China on Dec. 18, followed by China Unicom and China Telecom, bringing the most advanced telecommunications technology to the country’s more than 1 billion mobile users. The news was confirmed by Xinhua, the Chinese government’s official mouthpiece, reports T
The HomePlug Alliance, the worldwide industry group for powerline communications networking, today congratulated the industry on approval of the IEEE 1901.2 Standard for Low-Frequency Narrow-Band Powerline Communications. HomePlug is the family name for various power line communications specifications that support networkin
A Swedish-based startup has launched Trax: GPS Tracker for Children & Pets, a smart device and application that lets users locate their children and pets. Trax combines GPS and sensor fusion technology to provide indoor navigation capabilities with more precise, real-time outdoor tracking. The waterproof Trax tracker s
Lighter Than Air Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of World Surveillance Group, a developer of lighter-than-air aerostats, has entered into a distributor agreement with U.S. Government prime contractor ADS, to distribute Blimp in a Box aerostat systems and related sustainment equipment. ADS is in the business of selling op
ExactEarth, a provider of satellite AIS data services for vessel tracking, announced the successful launch of another AIS satellite that will extend its constellation and increase the capacity of its global vessel monitoring service. The spacecraft, built by SpaceQuest of Fairfax, Virginia, was launched from Russia last Thu
Motorola will start selling its inexpensive Moto G smartphone in the U.S. today, more than a month ahead of schedule. The U.S. launch was initially planned for January. The phone starts at $179 without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must typically pay for high-end phones without traditio
These shoes were hanging from the power lines over W. Hollister St. a few days ago. As you can see, the sole of one of the shoes is dangling down, which left the shoes with a sole sole. So sad. It’s a loss I can feel down in my soul, and they weren’t even my shoes. I posted another photo of shoes [...]
November 25th, 2013
The Federal Communications Commission next month will consider lifting the ban on the use of cell phones and mobile broadband devices on planes. The Federal Aviation Administration recently ruled that electronic devices no longer had to be turned off for takeoff and landing, provided those gadgets remain in airplane mode. B
Apple has completed its acquisition of PrimeSense, the Israel-based company focused on 3-D sensor technology, for a price sources said was around $360 million, according to All Things D. PrimeSense worked with Microsoft’s Kinect gaming product, which uses cameras and depth sensors to capture players’ motions. Microsoft
Australian energy distribution company SP AusNet has selected Ericsson to develop and implement a 3G network-enabled communications solution to support its electricity smart meter program. Ericsson says the standards-based approach allows this solution to be replicated on 3G networks globally. SP AusNet will extend its exis
We have another set of “then and now” images for today (see also: Etzel farm — then and now)! Terri Jo Adams, who volunteers at the Santiam Historical Museum, found this old undated photo (top) of the water tower on E. Regis St. Since there’s no date, it makes me wonder how long that star has been [
The Vintage Portland staff is taking Thanksgiving week off. We’ve recently passed our four-year anniversary with almost 1,000 entries so we’ll be back next week refreshed and ready to go again. Enjoy!Filed under: Uncategorized
November 24th, 2013
Guest photographer Tom Miller just has a knack for finding old abandoned houses and then taking very cool photos of them. This is one such house he found near Scio. Thanks, Tom!
November 23rd, 2013
An Albany woman was killed when her car went off Grand Prairie Road early Saturday morning and smashed into a cedar tree near the intersection of Snyder Road.
Super cold and super windy! It keeps blowing my car around while parked.
The class starts with students making sounds like a thunderstorm by rubbing their hands together, snapping and drumming on the ground with their hands. Then, they walk around the classroom in …
This is a bit of the sunset last night. I took the photo at St. Mary’s Cemetery, because frequent guest photographer Terri Jo Adams was concerned all the fog photos I’d been posting had maybe kinda sorta fried my brain a little. There is a slight chance she might be kinda sorta right.
Some of the mid-valley's drop may be due to change in reporting requirements
The Oregon State football team was cruising along at 6-0 and ranked No. 7 when the Beavers made the trip to Seattle to take on Washington last season.
November 22nd, 2013
For two seasons, Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion has been able to take a snap with the assurance that Michael Philipp was lined up at left tackle.
I use PhpStorm to write all of my code for my job at Automattic. It’s an amazing IDE and has made me so much more productive. However I am an outlier at my company in that I use two different computers rather than only a laptop — my powerful desktop with a big screen at […]
My stepmom was kind enough to get me a guest pass to the Nike employee store here in Portland at their world headquarters. Tons of cool stuff and all of it is about half price compared to normal retail prices. Awesome! I picked up a pair of flexible trainer shoes for use with walking and […]
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A member of John F. Kennedy’s communications team, now in Corvallis, recalls his boss — and the last day he saw him
A Corvallis woman is in critical condition and a man has been arrested after a crash Thursday on Highway 20 at Circle Boulevard.
Trees! And fog! Trees in the fog! Douglas-fir trees in the fog! And a little yellow tree, also in the fog! Douglas-fir trees and a little yellow tree in the fog at Pioneer Park! The little tree likely isn’t yellow anymore, though, since I took this a week and a half ago. So sad.
OfficeMax will move to new portion of shopping center
How cute is our little Schmoo? I think that is nick name no. 100 for him, by the way. Funny how that goes. My favorite four-year-old is now FIVE! It was a fun filled afternoon of picking him up from school (where he is rather handily learning and singing Chinese), choosing and reading books from [...]
November 21st, 2013
In a 102-80 win over Sacramento State last Friday, the Oregon State post players were the stars of the game as they helped the Beavers score 66 points in the paint.
Slow down Bishop Sankey and you take a big step toward a win over Washington.