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April 23rd, 2018

Albright with the Insights, Comedy Catches the Undertow, and A Big Drink of Black Coffee by Mercury Things to Do Staff All the heavy hitters are coming through Portland lately. James Comey just left town and there's not even enough time for the vaccuum t

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Too much work can make anyone go a little crazy — even Sir Anthony Hopkins.

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"Been chopping samples from the sunken place"

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When people first hear the word “rodeo”, most will likely picture a man in a ten gallon hat, plaid shirt, and jeans — think Marlboro Man. The truth is, rodeo and fashion have gone hand in hand for decades. Believe it or not, rodeo attire has seen its fair share of fashion trends.Going back to the 1940s, rodeo

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“He’s 92 and I’m 88 and we’d like a divorce,” she said. The attorney asked, “Why did you wait so long?” Said she, “We didn’t want to do it when the kids were alive.” Disgusting, right? A bit sick, too? Yep. But, when you live in one of three adjoining 55+ communities comprised of about 90,000 seniors, yo

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While the contractors were working to replace the siding on our new home last summer, they discovered a termite infestation outside the bathroom. Further investigation revealed that the floor under the tub was not only wet and damp, but had actually completely rotted. So, we hired somebody to repair the damage. On the fi

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Hackney Archives holds a collection of 150,000 negatives taken by Ron Gibson, a photographer working in Clapton, east London between 1952 and 1979. The Gibson collection records the people of Hackney as they got married, worked, studied, celebrated and mourned, a

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When we were newlyweds, Greg’s Grandma Rouble, in between serious laments for my failure to change my name to Cooper (Are you really married?), sent us photos of Texas Bluebells and other wildflowers in an attempt to convince us to visit while they were in blossom. Though we did visit in springtime, we sadly missed

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Robert Fayrfax (1464-1521) Andrea Luchesi (1741-1801) Ruggiero Leoncavallo (1857-1919) Arthur Farwell (1872-1952) Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986) Artie Shaw (1910-2004) Jean Françaix (1912-1997) Alicia de Larrocha (1923-2009) Robert Moog (1934-2005) Roy Orbison (1936-1988) Joel Feigin (1951) and W

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The official licensed Wonderlanes Volkswagen T1 Camper Van, designed by Beyond Infinity, is a 12V battery powered ride-on vehicle for kids. the red, black, and white van is available to purchase on Amazon. Do you want to go back in time to the 1960s? So please drive your own Battery-Operated Volkswagen T1 Camper Van! This [

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April 22nd, 2018

Tom Jones, The Cardigans - Burning Down The House Strange stuff pops up on YouTube sometimes. I would have never expected to see Tom Jones and Nina Persson team u

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by Anonymous They're in the ocean. They're in our atmosphere. They're in our upper atmosphere. They're in outer space. They're in deep space, probably. But the same organisms in our upper stratosphere, and our oceans, have been found on Mars and Ceres. DA. [

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"Spirituality" is a word that's difficult to pin down. In my current atheist frame of mind, I consider that the term refers to an attempt to find meaning in life -- this material life, this physical life, this life here...

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Have you ever seen pictures of your moms when they were young? Do you think they were really cool? A photo set of cool pics that shows what our moms looked like from the 1950s.

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by Arthur Bradford It's over over, guys. A trailblazers season which seemed to hold such promise ended with a sad whimper down in New Orleans on Saturday. The 6th place Pelicans swept our Blazers 4-0 in a best of seven series which nearly everyone expected to go the Blazers' w

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I want to talk about underwear for a moment. Now, duly warned, you have the option to click elsewhere on the dub-dub-dub before reading further. Right? Right. Anyway. Men’s underwear usually comes in two color schemes: All white, or a variety pack of colors. The colors are, for the most part, something on the white-to

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Metal bending processes are used to form pipes or tubes that can be used for different applications including petroleum pipe lines, handles, as freeway signs, in power plants and a lot more. There are different machines in addition to processes that are used to bend metals these days however this was not the case in [

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This past Sunday (April 15, 2018), the New York Times ran an article on its front page (here), right below the fold, that talked about the unsustainability of public employee pensions.  Of course, Oregon PERS was the featured subject of this article, principally because we are one of the few states that publicly disclose

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In this video Jay ties up a modified version of the classic Wooly Bugger. This is an excellent take on a pattern that has proven effective for decades. This pattern can be fished for trout and even Steelhead. Have fun … Continue re

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Meaningful. Surprising. Music. Wonderful. Sad. Truth. History. Stories. Influence. Yes.

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The 10 million pounds of sewage sent from New York City to a small Alabama town has, after over two months of aging in the sun, finally moved on. Containers loaded with tons of sewage sludge sit simmering in the...

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Maybe Dylan should just stay indoors from now on. Honolulu — A Colorado man attacked by a shark in Hawaii earlier this week had earlier encounters with a bear and rattlesnake, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. 20-year-old Dylan McWilliams, of...

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So the big news in my corner of the Internet on Friday was indie photo site SmugMug buying Flickr from corporate bohemeth Yahoo/Oauth (or whatever). You can probably tell by my framing how I feel about it. I'm hopeful!

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In the postwar era, many Americans moved away from cities and into suburbs, helped by GI Bill benefits that guarantied home loans. Techniques of mass production made it possible to build homes faster and cheaper than ever before.Using an assembly-line system, the construction firm Levitt and Sons built three giant &

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I’m still catching up on news and events, but this is one I hadn’t really seen promoted anywhere outside of Facebook and only became aware of it recently: Immersion Brewing is hosting its first Give Me a Firkin Beer Festival today, featuring a lineup of Central Oregon breweries pouring firkin …

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Also, users of the imageboard website 4Chan have launched their own comedic fight against "Islamic State." Images of IS militants have been replaced with the faces of rubber ducks and their guns with toilet brushes. And a speed camera in...

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The Caslon Foundry

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If it’s been a while since your last move, or you are gearing up for your first, you might think that the process is a relatively simple one. All you need to do is pack up your things and load them into a truck, right? You’re right, but there are a number of complications that […]

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A blockbuster illustrated book that captures what Americans love to read, The Great American Read: The Book of Books is the gorgeously-produced companion book to PBS’s ambitious summer 2018 series. What are America’s best-loved novels? PBS will launch The Great American Read series with a 2-hour special in May 2

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The wedding ceremony has followed very specific traditions for over a century. As with almost every aspect of society, millennials are changing the way we think about this time-honored tradition, reshaping the foundations of an age-old norm and giving it a much needed breath of fresh air. Some opt to skip the white dress, w

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This is a summary of a few items in the Idaho Weekly Briefing for April 16. Interested in subscribing? Send us a note at stapilus@ridenbaugh.com. Campaigns for major office in Idaho roared ahead this week, with a number of major debates in many of the top contests held, and a string of new television spots released. Little

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The Suspicions of Mr Whicher - Trailer The Blazers got blown out of the NBA playoffs by the New Orleans Pelicans, so that's it for basketball for us for the season, so now we can devout ourselves full-time to watching murder myste

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@BenLesh Any pushback you get is going to come from those of us who lived through coding for browsers in the 2000s.… https://t.co/Z5C9zwERau

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Johnny Clem was a soldier in the service of the United States for most of his life. He was born on August 13, 1851, in Newark, Ohio. His actual name was John Joseph Klem.When President Abraham Lincoln in May 1861 issued the call for volunteers to serve in the Union army for a three year term, one of those who tried

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Spartagen XT is a new supplement that was created to naturally boost testosterone levels. It includes a variety of herbs and vitamins which are shown to boost the free testosterone level in humans. This increased testosterone has several advantages including improved stamina, increased libido, a rise in lean muscle, a de

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A 45-year-old Washington man has had the papers for more than 30 years and shared them publicly for the first time with The Oregonian/OregonLive after hearing about the Netflix documentary "Wild Wild Country."

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3 Breathtaking Pictures of Stacks of Lumber From the Early 20th Century You Won't Believe They Aren't Photoshopped

Logging was difficult and often dangerous work during the first half of the 20th century. From sunrise until sunset, loggers felled trees, hauled logs, and helped bring the wood to the mill site. In the evenings, they returned to dirty, drafty, and overcrowded bunkhouses. Many men spent between five and nine months in these

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The very first rule of negotiating is, it is best to try to accomplish it. Don’t just accept the first price dropshippers provide you with – find out if it’s negotiable. These suppliers are businesses, and are employed to the question, so you are not going to upset anyone. In the event the price for [&#

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Even a layman has the knowledge today that for smooth functioning of the gadget he or she has some accessories with compatible technologies is necessary. Mobile phones are no exception to this common rule. A set of good cell phone accessories could really create your phone use experience worthwhile. In reality you need t

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