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November 26th, 2014

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up here in the United States tomorrow, I was trying to decide whether to write something thanks giving'ly for today's blog post. Problem is, I don't like forced or expected expressions of any sentiment, including...

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This is a tale of two cities: the San Jose of Silicon Valley, home of the ultra-geek and the ultra-rich, and its counterpart along Coyote Creek. Known as the Jungle, it's the largest homeless camp in the country. In a...

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I'd idly wondered on occasion, over the years, just how the phrase originated, and today I found out: According to the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, a hot cake is essentially a pancake. The term was born in the mid-1800s...

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Speaking of zoonotic diseases - as we did yesterday - I'd intended to mention an important urban vector: the raccoon. It's just as well that I spaced it and derailed the train of thought, because I just ran across an...

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While a bunch of folks were parading through the streets in Minnesota to protest the grand jury's decision in Missouri, some dolt drove a car into them. That's just nuts; people have a right to peaceful protest. Sometimes that may...

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November 25th, 2014

Their new buildings in downtown Seattle will have 10 million square feet - an estimated 71,500 employees will be working there. Meanwhile, in Portland, the mayor crows when a web company moves from San Francisco to the Rose City, bringing...

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A project tracking grizzly bears and hunters in Grand Teton National Park has yielded some interesting preliminary results. The bears have an incredible sense of smell, estimated to be some seven times more sensitive than that of a bloodhound; they...

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What do rabies, Ebola and West Nile virus all have in common? They're among a range of zoonotic diseases - jumping from animals to humans. And West Nile was first noted here in the USA not by the CDC nor...

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The Americanization of the Brits seems well underway, as they're increasingly buying turkeys and roasting them up for Thanksgiving. Tesco American buyer Haris Deane says: ‘It’s now an important holiday in both the U.S. and the UK, so we’ve ensured...

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The Portland Bike Theft Summit is Wednesday December 10th. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post Save the Date

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A curb-protected bike lane proposed for WalkerRoad would serve Nike’s campus, but hasbeen delayed until 2019.(Image: Washington County, modified by BikePortland) Nike is planning to spend millions of dollars to build parking garages for 2,500 cars on its growing Washington County campus, but it’s not yet clea

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Here’s a new one on me: I spent a night of dreams romantically pursuing someone. Nope, no idea who, seems to be someone made up out of whole cloth by my dreaming brain. It certainly doesn’t correlate in the slightest to anyone I know. (Everyone may now breathe a sigh of relief!) Also, it was …

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Join BridgePort Brewing for their 6th annual Ebenezer Pub Crawl through Multnomah Village in beautiful Southwest Portland. As always, this tradition will undoubtedly spread the holiday cheer. Dust off your Santa hat or bust out your wacky Christmas sweater and come join the crawl on Thursday, December 4th! The Ebenezer Pub

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November 24th, 2014

I really like Julian Baggini's retort to the oft-heard saying, "There are no atheists in foxholes." (Meaning, in desperate situations.) Which, by the way, isn't true. I can also affirm that there are atheists/agnostics in dentist's chairs. Here's what Baggini...

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After a significant grant victory, Oregon's largest walking advocacy group had plenty to celebrate Saturday. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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First, the idiot bought a Ford. An F-350. Top of the line. Who buys a Ford? Then, the idiot did what so many with penis issues did: he spent an extra five grand on a lift-kit to stick it higher...

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A sampling of BikePortland comments from the late Kirke Johnson reveals a dedicated and helpful bike advocate. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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BikeCraft, the holiday gift fair for bike lovers, is back. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post Tenth annual BikeCraft s

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This week's best bike links start with what we hope is a pretty funny one. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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There aren't many outdoor activities that embrace wet, cold, and muddy weather quite like cyclocross does. Sponsor BikePortland.org. Advertise here. The post

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Silly. Clever-ish. Photography. Location. Bawdy. Overindulgent. Cast. Score. Sheep. yes.Filed under: 10 Word Review, Film, In My Opinion Tagged: 10 Word Review, a million ways to die in the west, Film, film reviews, movie, movie reviews, opinion

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Sweet. Funny. Heart. Quiet. Lost. Journey. Music. Feel. Characters. Yes.Filed under: 10 Word Review, In My Opinion Tagged: 10 Word Review, Film, film review, lucky them, movie, movie review, opinion, reviews

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Guest photographer Maryann Nielson captured this beautiful scene at Riverfront Park on a recent frosty morning. Thanks, Maryann! The post Frost At Riverfront Park appeared first on

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By John A. Charles, Jr. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently issued a report describing the deteriorating condition of Oregon highways. The authors estimate that the cumulative cost to the state economy from poor roads will be $94 billion …

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Colorado Springs’ TRiNiTY BREWiNG has recently hit the national and international stage again with some notable awards and humbling mentions. Earlier this month TRiNiTY BREWiNG was awarded two Silver medals at Chicago’s Festival of Barrel Aged Beer (FoBAB) and has also been listed as one of the Top 25 beers in the w

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ESCONDIDO, CA (Nov. 20, 2014) – Stone Brewing Co. will celebrate Portland, Oregon’s Holiday Ale Festival from December 3 to 7 with events throughout the city featuring special-release and one-off beers, as well as appearances by Liberty Station Brewing Manager Kris Ketcham and Craft Beer Ambassador “Dr.” Bill Sysak.

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Roscoe’s 5th Annual Holiday Beer Summit will be celebrating all of the flavors and beer styles that are perfect for the holiday season. Some of the beers will be fresh, like Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom Cask Fa La La La and super-fresh stone enjoy by 12.26.14 IPA, but many will be rare vintage kegs! […]

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November 23rd, 2014

650b, porteur, and a baguette. Time to shop!

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This being a halfway family-friendly blog, I'll let readers of this post mentally fill in their favorite profanities to shower on DirecTV and the Pac-12 Network after... Once #%!@#! again yesterday, I missed a U of O football game that...

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  Portland, Ore. (Nov. 19, 2014) – Ecliptic Brewing, a craft brewery and restaurant in Portland’s Mississippi neighborhood, will celebrate the holidays this month by hosting a seasonally inspired Lunation Dinner. Executive chef Michael Molitor’s delicious menu will feature the best of the region’s bounty paired wit

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Guest photographer Maryann Nielson caught this very cool spider web hanging off the pedestrian bridge off of Florence St. Click on it to see it in better detail. Thanks, Maryann! The post Florence St. Bridge appeared first on

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by Aaron Moran Next year we’ll celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. There have been several major wars in the intervening decades – Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq – and countless smaller conflicts, but, thankfully, …

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Kale, chocolate, pepperment – three great tastes that DO NOT

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November 22nd, 2014

One of our interior doorknobs fell apart an

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Ooh! I bet the title of this blog post will irk spiritual types who believe that enlightenment is some sort of mystical transformation of consciousness requiring lots of meditation and/or other practices to achieve. I certainly would have felt that...

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This is the first ever post in this blog with the title of "Practice what you teach?" and yet I have added the "continued," in case you didn't notice it already ;)Just to let you know that there was another place where I did--a decade ago, in September 2004, I authored

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Devotees of the Willamette Valley’s world-class Pinot noirs and other fine wines speak knowingly about subregions such as the Dundee Hills southwest of Portland or the Eola Hills west of Salem.

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So this one was entirely new to me: Lewis a

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My sister dropped by last night to return my Bissell rug shampooer. She’s selling her truck and wanted to create a not-mildewy vibe for the new owner. I bought the shampooer on Craigslist probably four years ago, and it’s since been borrowed by at least six different people. It’s one of those items that&

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Another gorgeous statue at the Cascade Lock

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As we headed back to the car to continue with our

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I took this a month or two ago, but completely forgot it existed. I spotted these rocks which had been colored with sidewalk chalk along the edge of someone’s yard off of Wildflower Dr. I thought it was cute, so I took a picture. Speaking of pictures… A call for guest photographers! I’ve been ill [̷

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Michigan, Nov. 20, 2014 — Central Michigan University’s College of Science and Technology is brewing a certificate program in fermentation science by combining scientific knowledge with hands-on experience in modern brewery production processes. The brewing of a malt beverage is very scientific and can b

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Local Muslims speaking on OSU's campus Friday night said there are a lot more positives than negatives for Muslims living in Corvallis.

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Local Muslims speaking on OSU's campus Friday night said there are a lot more positives than negatives for Muslims living in Corvallis.

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Going into its second holiday season at the Benton County Fairgrounds, the Pastega family Christmas light display promises to be even bigger and better this time around. 

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Going into its second holiday season at the Benton County Fairgrounds, the Pastega family Christmas light display promises to be even bigger and better this time around. 

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon’s November quarterly economic forecast was made public last week. The report revealed that the state is continuing its slow recover from the Great Recession. Several Democrat state elected leaders issued glowing reports suggesting that happy …

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Paso Robles, CA—Brewmaster Matt “Merlin” Brynildson and his team of brewing magicians at Firestone Walker Brewing Company have done it again, racking up top honors for the third consecutive year at the prestigious European Beer Star Competition. Indeed, Brynildson was on hand in Germany to accept the competition’s a

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