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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 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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July 15th, 2016

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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Aerial view of St. Johns North Precinct and the east side of the St. Johns Bridge, 1976. This building was built as the City Hall for St. Johns and also housed the local volunteer fire department. St. Johns was annexed … Continue

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Sir William Orpen1878 - 1931BritishTied with Adriaen van Ostade in his first try at Round One. Upset Piet Mondrian in his

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July 11th, 2016

After sunset on the Fourth of July, we walked up to Palmer Park to watch the fireworks. There were a handful of us atop the hill, wind whipping and explosions in every color and every direction and nearly every distance (Yikes, that was close!). The best part, and yeah, broken record alert, wasn’t the fireworks, [&

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by Ciara Dolan

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by Dan Savage I'd appreciate your thoughts on a matter of sex worker etiquette and social boundaries. Someone I'd describe as an acquaintance/casual friend recently let me know that she is working as an escort. I've known her for a few years, and have always been m

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I'm so excited to have a new art print in my etsy shop. I've been wanting to do this one for a long time. This is a color print illustrating various restricted items to mail to various countries. All this...

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by Robert Ham Emerson String Quartet Lisa Mazzucco

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There's a (surprisingly weak) piece on the online New Yorker that includes this remarkable comment:Over the past decade, varieties once thought of as boutique beers, such as I.P.A.

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by Erin O'Regan

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Gain confidence behind your camera, and walk away with some great images for your site.

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by Abe Asher Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Nat Borchers lets you know when his team has had a goo

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by Erik Henriksen "This was obviously the first, biggest, and most sophisticated example of a sta

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by Anonymous WHy are they trying to push tiny houses on us so much? What if I want to eventually own a one story ranch style home on 1.7 acres with a double car garage? All those new skinny & tall condos look ridiculous. You have to be super skinny and weird to live in one of

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A few months back I picked up an Amazon Fire TV. I’ve had an Apple-centric household for many years and have been a strong supporter of the Apple ecosystem, but a couple of things changed that caused me to evaluate the Fire TV. First, iTunes is where all my media lived. This used to be great. Everything …

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by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! I think of the days when the sun used to set on my empty heart, all alone in my bed. LET'S GO TO PRESS. Around 100 cops and community mem

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The planet seems a little hesitant to jump into a La Nina, as measured by the sea surface temperature anomaly in the Nino 3.4 region.

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Aerial photograph of the southern section of the Guilds Lake war housing project with views of the Montgomery Ward Building and Vaughn Street Ballpark in the background, circa 1946.     View this image in Efiles by clicking here.Filed under: …

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By Steve Buckstein Now that the massive Gross Receipts Tax measure IP 28 will be on Oregon’s November ballot, we likely will see many estimates of its impact on the state economy. An economic research center at Portland State University … Continue rea

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Things to do for Jul 11-14 by Bobby Roberts Just when you think things might be finally settling back into a normal routine (whatever the hell that might actually mean), along comes this week's worth of things to do, each day apparently under the mis

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