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July 21st, 2016

  The deepest thing we can learn about nature is not how it works, but that it is the poetry of survival. John Fowles … Happy Birthday, Buddy! I love you more than ever.   The post Survival appeared first on

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July 20th, 2016

I’ve become an LG fan since 2014 when I first bought a Nexus 5. Since then, I’ve used b

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July 19th, 2016

Wow. Just wow. Image via NASA.

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Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12305On a NASA teleconference, Gavin Schmidt, Director of GISS, said this record is "Not so

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July 18th, 2016

Photos from a doubly grand Saturday. We rode our bikes downtown to pick up a new helmet (pink!) and bike light (old school headlight!) for me, so I may ride in both safety and style. It’s my thing. I am love, love, loving being able to bike again. Pittsburgh, unless you live in a very […] The post

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Ships at Portland’s Westside Waterfront on the Willamette River looking north toward the Steel Bridge, circa 1924.     View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: 1920s, Bridge, Steel Bridge

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July 17th, 2016

The summer is moving fast around here. After a very hot May, it's been a very cool July. I'm not complaining. Maybe just a little. It's been too cool to swim most days—that would be my only complaint. I have...

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Quarterly Gathering to highlight local sustainability efforts A dive

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July 16th, 2016

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For a while now, I have not blogged anything that is focused on India.  Of course, I refer to my experiences in the old country because of the autoethnographic approach in my way of understanding the world.  But, it has been a long, long, while since I commented on anything that is going on in India.

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July 15th, 2016

The Last Kingdom Trailer TV Series (2015) - Action, History The Last Kingdom is a BBC produced TV series. Season 1 is available on Netflix. We watched the first two episodes this evening. It's pretty go

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by Dan Lucas Gov. Kate Brown announced today “‘Oregonians United to End Gun Violence,’ a plan to reduce gun violence in Oregon and across the country.” She is joining other anti-gun officials “to release new policies and legislation that protects …

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Something's not quite right this summer. There's a sour mood in the air, the feeling of confusion and conflict. Social media has a mean edge. I could be speaking about politics, but the same is true with beer. We have passed out of the fun stage of infatuation and have entered the period Sartre called "the age of reason"--t

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North Brooklin, Maine 30 March 1973 Dear Mr. Nadeau: As long as there is one upright man, as long as there is one compassionate woman, the contagion may spread and the scene is not desolate. Hope is the thing that is left to us, in a bad time. I shall get up Sunday morning and

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by NW Spotlight Reuters is reporting that “Donald Trump abruptly postponed his planned announcement on Friday of his vice presidential running mate because of a deadly truck attack in France, but Republican sources said his choice was expected to be …

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As much as I enjoyed the sarcastic humor in the Daily Show and the Colber Report, as the years went on, I stopped watching them.  For one and only one reason: I worried that instead of getting enraged, we were merely laughing things off.If you were to go back and watch some of those clips, I bet you will ag

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The launch of the Joseph N. Teal liberty ship, 1942.     View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: 1940s

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July's Element of the Month:Dysprosium! Dy66Atomic Mass: 162.5 amuMelting Point: 1407 °CBoiling Point: 2562 °CDysprosium is among the chemical elements with names that are the most f

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July 14th, 2016

Fantastic Quaternions - Numberphile Been all around the number world and never heard of these before today. Kind of wacko.

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The IRI -- International Research Institute for Climate and Society -- at Columbia University just issued their ENSO forecast. It shows a little less likelihood of a La Niña forming this fall -- "about a 55-60% chance

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Democrats are notorious for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, which is one important reason why I would not rule out

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett The Paris Agreement on Climate Change (Agreement) is being hailed by its proponents as a huge step forward in reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and saving the environment. However, further review of what the Agreement …

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The interior of W.S. Cutler and Son Grocery, circa 1914. The two employees pictured here are Ross Everett and Jack Howard. The store was located at 1009 Union Avenue, which is now 4749 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.   …

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My grief is a hollow Sometimes inside. Sometimes out. A feeling that rises. A spot on the chair, waiting for me to sit. Other times, it darts, wild attack from around the corner. Hell from on high. M e r c i l e s s. Me sobbing — hideous, maudlin. It has tender moments, […] The post

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Faceoff #1: Reni v. ReynoldsGuido Reni1575 - 1642ItalianLost to Rembrandt in Round 1.

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July 13th, 2016

You may recall that last year Boston-area distributors were caught giving kickbacks to retailers. The repercussions of that incident seem to be rippling through the Massachusetts state house in a serious way:Massach

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From a new paper in Geographical Review by Walsh et al, and a press release from the University of Colorado. Note this is ice extent, which is more than j

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After this post last night about a new paper on Greenland ice loss over 2011-2014, I wrote to the lead author, Malcolm McMillan of  the University of Leeds in the UK.He told me (as I

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The Happiness Hiring team at Automattic continues their effort to build a Spanish-speaking support team.

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Troops conducting drills at the Portland Air Base, 1941.     View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: 1940s

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“Yes officer, I know I was going 80 miles per hour but I did not intend to violate the law.”                                                                                                        TJH (circa 2016) On la

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I love sleeping.Even during those long flights to India, and even if I don't get a free upgrade to business class!  I typically start a movie, wear the awful headset that the airlines distributes, and then a few

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A joint post with my long-abandoned quilt blog.Hey, I finished something!  Mostly! This is, for better or worse, a quilt with an idea behind it.  But before I tell you about that, take a look at the picture.  What do you think of it?

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July 12th, 2016

There's a new paper in GRL by Malcolm McMillan et al, "A high-resolution record of Greenland mass balance." They studied the period 2011-2014, mapping "recent Greenland Ice Sheet elevation change at high spatial (5 km) and temporal(mon

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Sam Chan, Oregon Sea Grant’s Extension watersheds and aquatic invasive species specialist, is headed to Washington, D.C. for a one-year assignment as National Extension Program Lead with the NOAA Sea Grant office. He starts there July 18, but is driving from Oregon to the East Coast with stops to visit several Grea

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Last week, the ever-busy Jason Notte had a great piece on the rise of niche brewing. This is a point I regularly make to visitors coming to Beervana: one of the things that makes the city so interesting is

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While most Americans were celebrating our freedom last week, Monsanto, their allies in corporate agriculture, and the senators they have in their pockets were working hard to undermine it. They succeeded. Last Thursday night, the U.S. Senate voted 63-30 for a disastrous bill that will take away mandatory labelin

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Muselet Restaurant & Wine Bar in Portland’s South Waterfront is closing July 16th. An ambitious project for  demographic in the South Waterfront that may not have been ready for it, Muselet is closing. Owner Ron Acierto made the announcement yesterday on the restaurant Facebook page. I am sad to tell you that

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An interesting video by Peter Sinclair for Yale Climate Connections.These guys in the field always seem to be having a great time out there....One of the scientists says it

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Fleetwood Mac - DreamsWhen my erratic heartbeat put me in the hospital 10 or 20 years ago, it was a bit of a surprise. But after a I'd thought about it for a while I realized that this had been going on for a long time. When I lived in Austin 30 odd years ago there were a couple of incidents whe

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by NW Spotlight CNN reported yesterday that “President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush on Tuesday will speak at an interfaith memorial service in Dallas for five police officers slain late last week, as well as meet with …

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