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September 29th, 2014

Guest photographer Terri Jo Adams attended the car show at the Jordan Chicken Dinner even in nearby Scio yesterday, and took a whole bunch of awesome images of the awesome cars on display. I made a little slideshow thingie which you can peruse through and see all the pretties. Thanks, Terri Jo! The post

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September 28th, 2014

 Saturday was another milestone event for Greenbelt Land Trust.

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Press Release:

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Guest photographer Maryann Nielson spotted these birds sitting on a light post, which seems to me to be the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Thanks, Maryann! The post Best Seat In The House appeared first on

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September 27th, 2014

Last week I drove my Viper to Automattic‘s annual grand meetup in Park City, just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. On the way home I was apparently unlucky enough to puncture my tire but thankfully it wasn’t bad enough to quickly deflate because I made it home safe. It was only a few days […]

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These were very special times!

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… With a camera, that is. Guest photographer Denny Barnes caught these turkeys turking around near his house. His description: Seeing your birds the other day which I think may be starlings, thought I’d send a couple of shots of my birds this morning. You’ll have to excuse the quality because they were

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Putting together a video is quite an undertaking. There can be just a few cuts or maybe.....a few

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September 26th, 2014

About a decade ago, before smartphones and tablets, when Flash games were a big thing, there was a genre of Flash games known as “Escape the Room.” One of the first popular such games was The Crimson Room. I simultaneously love and hate the genre. I like the aspect of puzzling your way out of […]

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On Thursday evening the Kiwanis Club of Corvallis, Noon Club and Sunrisers, installed new officer

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Corvallis Men's Rugby team will be playing against the Bend Men's Rugby team this Saturday

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Guest photographer Chuck Martin took this beautiful sunset image from Berry St. in nearby Sublimity. I recognize those irrigation pipe wheels from a photo I posted not long ago. Thanks, Chuck! The post Sunset In Sublimity appear

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September 25th, 2014

Mixing full-throttle rock with dollops of blue-eyed soul, vintage R&B and melodic pop radio anthems in-the-making, Parachute has arrived.

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New Icon for American Foreign Polic

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Saturday from 10 - 5 in conjunction with Fun on Foster, we will be celebrating Cartoberfest with a special beer menu, special price menu from all the carts, and great music. If you ever wanted to sample them all, this is the time to do it.

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The weekend has arrived and so has fall! Mcmenamins is hosting Oktoberfest this weekend and the Handmade Bike & Beer Festival returns to Hopworks! Help animals at Animal Aid Casino Night at Northwest Forestry Center or take in a free museum on Saturday's Free Museum Day. This is your last weekend to enjoy Dr. Horrible

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The rocky island from

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There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are messengers of overwhelming grief. . . and unspeakable love. Washington Irving

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We may be officially into Autumn (and a few rainy days), but guest photographer Maryann Nielson brings us some sunshine to remind us of summer. Thanks, Maryann! The post Let The Sunshine In appeared first on

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ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission in a Nutshell - The Curious EngineerPretty succinct description of India's mission to Mars, at least until he gets to the four minute mark, then he kind of wanders off into the weeds, but it's understandable given the amount gibberish that infest our communicatio

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September 24th, 2014

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Here's a dirty (or let's say, sawdusty) open secret: the City of Salem doesn't really care much about trees. It allows beautiful healthy trees to be cut down when they don't need to, bowing to special interests rather than the...

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Here’s the scoop for the weekend. For more ideas on what to do this weekend, check the Events Calendar on Metro Parent's PDX Kids Calendar and the urbanMamas calendar page. Friday, September 26th Open Studio at the Portland Child Art...

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Pipeline is once again giving away many Portland event tickets this weekend including to the Bridgetown Comedy, H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, The MAiZE & more.

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Don't miss Museum Day Live on Saturday, when several museums across the region will open their doors for FREE. Visitors must have a valid ticket, so see smithsonianmag.com and reserve your ticket today!

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The largest tattoo expo in the Northwest, The Portland, Oregon, Tattoo Expo is the show that opened the doors to out of state artists looking to tattoo in the state of Oregon. After months of work with the state legislators, the laws were changed to allow artists from outside of the state to tattoo legally in Oregon. Now in

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In honor of its 150th anniversary, Multnomah County Library will host a free outdoor community celebration at Central Library on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 11 am to 5 pm. The event will feature music, dance, tours and library programs for people of all ages.

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The sheer number of birds nesting

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To see the Summer Sky. Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie, True Poems flee. Emily Dickinson Filed under: Landscape, Nature, Oregon, Photography Tagged: clouds, horizon, Nature, Oregon, Outdoors, peaceful, Photography, Sky, SwittersB

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TAKIMBA (formerly Melting Pot) and SPINOZZA will be at the controls and keeping it funky all night long. Blending hip hop, soul, funk, breaks & house. There's sure to be something for everybody and a night of dancing and fun for all. They'll be switching off sets throughout the night and may be rocking all 4 decks at o

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The Wedge! will feature artisan, specialty and farmstead cheesemakers as well as accoutrement vendors from throughout the Northwest. The farmer's market-style event will appeal to the cheese lover looking to taste and try new flavors and styles. Classes will cover pairing with beer as well as spirits.

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Call it a biergarten, drink a bier, and Prost! One and all are welcome to participate in the German celebration that is Oktoberfest. Begun as a wedding party for Germany's Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese in 1810, today Oktoberfest is celebrated all over the world with singing, beer, food and revelry – including h

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I just noticed, as I last posted, that SwittersB & Exploring (Fly Fishing) now has 1900 followers. Now I know many came long ago and have since left. I know some left when I broadened the vision of SwittersB to not just be focused upon fly fishing. However, may I just say, I have an […]

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‘…Here, hot and cold, fingers thick with thinking, I try to tie the fly and look for the net, loosening the philosophical knot of why I came here today…’ Kathryn Starbuck, Trout Filed under: Fishing, Fly Fishing, Oregon, Photography Tagged: fly fishing, Oregon, Photography, poetry, rainbow trout,

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Saturday was a busy day with multiple events going on in Downtown Corvallis. The Musical Group &q

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A calculated encounter that  was more than I could have hoped for. We finally meet…you are hesitant then finally adamant you must leave. You slip through my grasp…a fleeting memory of what could have been…a darn nice fish pic! Filed under: Beauty, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Oregon, Photography Tagged: Central

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The ducks appear to be mallards, but I tend to think most ducks look like mallards. It could be because most of the ducks in town are mallard. So these might be mallards. This photo was taken at the pond swamp thing behind the park and ride on Cascade Highway at the north edge of […] The post

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Stu got me started when he mentioned that Ms. Thompson had set a new land speed record on a BMW S1000RR at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This video is from The Texas Mile (Warnin

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Simply glorious…how blessed was I. Filed under: Landscape, Nature, Oregon, Photography, Sun & Moon Tagged: Central Oregon, lake, landscape, morning, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, red sky, sun rays, sunrise, SwittersB

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At a time of year when we’re all looking for more ways to bring this wonderful late-summer-early-fall harvest into our kitchen, consider the roasting maneuver. At its most basic level, the act…

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September 23rd, 2014

Recently I've been blogging about Sam Harris' new book, "Waking Up," whose central thesis is that our sense of being a Self or Soul separate and distinct from the brain/body is an illusion. Harris doesn't talk much, if at all,...

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My (fractured?) left hand being bombarded with high-energy photons. (I was left-hooked by a bike ninja l

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Apparently there’s a difference of opinion between Sean Mannion and Hunter Jarmon.

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Corvallis police are looking for help in finding a suspect for a reported armed robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon at Papa Murphy’s Pizza in Corvallis.

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Two Corvallis teens have been charged in connection with the Chip Ross Park fire that started the night of Sept. 5, according to Corvallis police.

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Next Monday my Mercury-sponsored talk show is returning for its 5th season (!) in an amazing new venue, Mississippi Studios. For our s

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Picture it, Portland 2014: I'm walking down the sidewalk on a slightly rainy day when I happen to make eye contact with an ardent lunchtime power walker, umbrella in hand, headphones in ears, sneakers and business casual get up, the whole nine... Being a polite human, I move to the side a bit, however... twas not enough,

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We met her nineteen years ago, the runt of the litter, with giant ears and ever so much fluff. Smitten, we were, and instantly. Loving and cuddly one moment, wild and willful the next, she brought us much joy and many surprises. Like the time she caught a tiny mouse and held it in her […]

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Not Alcatraz, of course, but a rocky island of Co

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