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January 29th, 2015

The Stats on WordPress.com are a special favorite of many site owners — it’s our second-most visited screen. At a glance, you can see when you get the most traffic, which posts are making the biggest impact, who your most frequent commenters are, and more. It’s a great way to gain …

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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. Jorge Luis Borges

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January 28th, 2015

File this under "random."  From the American Chemical Society's Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry comes this finding about an element in hops:One compound found in hops, called xanthohumol, has gotten the attention of researchers for its potential benefits, including antioxidation, car

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Alisa Fairweather grew up in Pennsylvania, moved to Portland in 1996, had a pair of kids and, until recently, worked as an administrator for a local university. But one day, she decided she wanted...

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January 27th, 2015

Brunch Box’s brick and mortar is a tiny place—there’s only seating for about 10 (not including a few sidewalk tables that are put out when it’s nice), plus a short standing bar, á la Seattle’s...

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A funny thing happened on the way Elysian's public flogging.  There I was, bracing for another round of "Judas" called collectively from the internet.  If 10 Barrel Brewing, a nice outfit but certainly nothing like the beating heart of Bend, could generate a week's worth of existential angst, then authentically be

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WordPress.com's default theme for 2015 is the perfect canvas for your creative vision.

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January 26th, 2015

After 24,000 miles, my front tires wore out due to the camber that my car has (the tires are tilted slightly). $522 for the two mounted and installed. Ouch.

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Snow is falling, inches of it, maybe even feet by the time the storm passes. We walked to the hardware store to buy a second snow shovel, as we love to be out in it together, tag team. I can’t remember if I’ve already said this, but snow, and our sheer pleasure at its falling […]

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By Oregon Small Business Association, Delays at West Coast ports, including Northwest ports, have reached a critical point and threaten regional economies, according to recent news reports. The Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents 29 West Coast port employers, has been locked in contract negotiations with th

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While speaking with some friends last night about 2015 goals, one of them stated: “No Drama”. I’m a proponent of the No Drama philosophy. I made the unfortunate decision of hanging around some people who “Love Drama”. I remember lives that were filled with huge ups and

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January 25th, 2015

I don’t have many thoughts on this. The past 6 of 7 days, I’ve had my 3 kids, who are 4 years old and under all on my own. Just getting the post up everyday felt good and to participate. I would like to have listened in and participated to the daily chats. I read a few of the posts, they were

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January 24th, 2015

I’m 42 years old when this post is being written. At this point in my life, I am rarely surprised at myself. I know that I am capable of just about anything, just like every other human on this planet is. So the last time I surprised myself, may have been in High School as Freshman. I joined the s

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January 23rd, 2015

The LEGO Group today announced its partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to develop a collection of LEGO building sets inspired by the timeless and beloved animated franchise, Scooby-Doo. Five new building sets will bring the zaniness of classic characters including Shaggy, Scooby and the entire gang to life in LE

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Today’s prompt is giving advice, on getting unstuck. One thing I’ve learned, is to be careful giving advice. Often times, doing an experience share is more powerful than giving advice – which is often presumptuous and assumes that I know what needs to be done for that person. How I get un

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Can the Trail Blazers survive and make the playoffs without LaMarcus Aldridge?

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Passwords are always going to be vulnerable to being cracked. Fortunately, there are solutions out there that are making it safer for users to interact with services on the web. The new standard in protecting users is Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) authentication which is already available in browsers like Google Chrome. Mozill

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The Trail Blazer sophomore guard tells NBA rookies how to make it through their first year C.J. McCollum has his third article

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Nico can do plenty for this team besides score the ball. As if it wasn't bad enough that the

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Susan Hess Logeais’ lengthy and impressive resume includes stints as a model, actor, dancer, mother, activist and filmmaker. From the covers of Vogue and Elle to acting alongside Nicolas Cage, her...

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Another one down:St. LOUIS and SEATTLE (January 23, 2015) – Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington....

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, along with the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, National Association of Manufacturers, National Retail Federation, and Society for Human Resource Management, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relation

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Portland's season didn't get any better with Aldridge's prognosis, but it just got interesting in ways nobody expected. There'

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Special Correspondent torridjoe shares his first In-Arena Report from the Moda Center on a tough night. How many beers and shooting contes

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Celebrate the Dark Knight”s 75th anniversary with action figures! This first special edition Batman 75th Anniversary Set 1 Action Figure 4-Pack celebrates the Caped Crusader”s 75th anniversary with figures of the Dark Knight based on the designs of Bob Kane, Jim Lee, Darwyn Cooke, and the best-selling Batman: Ar

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January 22nd, 2015

The Blazers soldier on admirably in the absence of LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum but are downed by a last-second twist of fate.

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Evan Turner hit a three with 1 second remaining to stun the Trail Blazers at home. So many times Portland has beaten the oppon

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Batum aggravated his wrist issues on this third-quarter play. UPDATE: Batum reportedly cannot place weight on

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I am a father of three kids, aged 4 and below as well as a divorced/separated for over one year. Before the separation, I stayed at home with the kids every day. I am also a co-founder of an Internet travel startup and CEO of a company with 30+ colleagues. I don’t tell you this because I think I am great,

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Depending on when you show up for this late-riser dim sum brunch, there may be a wait—but it’ll be a short one because the servers wheeling their carts around bring items to your table faster than...

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I fell in love with a stitch pattern back in November, and I’ve had a great time playing with it. It’s my adaptation of a stitch pattern I saw in a Japanese stitch dictionary. It’s kind of like a cable, … Continue

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The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind […]

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By Jan Meekcoms Oregon NFIB The latest numbers released from one of the most trusted economic barometers in the nation showed the most positive gains since 2006, but the Oregon state director for the association that publishes the monthly report was thankful Oregon was only a part of the sampling not the big part of […

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At the end of this month, MONDO will be opening their Gallery doors for a House Show featuring some of their rare and most iconic posters. For the first time, the gallery walls will be filled with prints released from 2007 to Present, hand-picked from their archive by Mondo art directors Justin Ishmael, Mitch Putnam […

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January 21st, 2015

MONDO is thrilled to announce that the Iron Giant Deluxe Figure will be available for Pre-Order starting January 22, 2015. They worked to obtain the digital files used in the film to create the most accurate and detailed Iron Giant figure to date. The figure features over 30 points of articulation, two interchangeable heads

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Tomorrow (January 22, 2015) at a random time French Paper Art Club is dropping Dave Perillo’s silver age Batman print. Follow them on Twitter HERE for the announcement! 6 color screen-print Limited Edition of 100 Certificate of Authenticity signed by Dave Perillo Size: 12′ x 36′ Paper: Cougar natural

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How we educate our children could and should be so much better than it currently is. As Seth so eloquently shared in his free ebook “stop stealing dreams”, the education system that I grew up with, taught and trained me to follow directions and work in a factory. 2 skills that don’t have a

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Aestheticians Jami Sherman and Shannon Milligan both grew up in Portland, and both have loyal followings that trust them with their skincare needs. (Sherman used to operate Treatment while...

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Recently, you may have seen some fascinating teaser trailers and short films about the highly-anticipated Hollywood hit ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. Featuring two of the most renowned and iconic comic book characters of all time, this film represents the culmination of their journey from the page to the silver

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By Associated Oregon Industries On Wednesday, January 7, the Environmental Quality Commission (EQC) adopted rules necessary to implement the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (also known as the clean fuels program). By a 4-1 vote, the EQC approved rules to require importers of transportation fuels to reduce the average carbon intens

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The world is turned upside down when one of the world’s greatest super heroes – Batman – finds himself under attack by his own son in the newest DC Universe Original Movie – Batman vs. Robin. This all-new original film arrives April 14, 2015 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition, Blu-Ray Com

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In LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the wo

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January 20th, 2015

I had heard that California set a temperature record for 2014, but I didn't realize by how much: 1.7°F above the earlier record of 1934:

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Based on the designs of Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr and sculpted by Irene Matar, Barbara Gordon gets the Black and White treatment based on her fresh new look from the hit comic book Batgirl. The statue is limited to 5,200 pieces, measures approximately 7.25″ tall and will retail for $79.95 when it goes on sale in

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Introducing new Red Velvet Oreos filled with cream cheese-flavored centers. The limited-edition flavor will arrive in stores on February 2, 2015 just in time for Valentine’s Day. The cookies will sell for $4.49 for 6-8 weeks, or until packages run out. Nabisco is holding a sweepstakes to win free cookies. All you have to

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Day 2: Tell us about something that’s important to you. Freedom: - to make my own choices - to think how I want or need to think - of choice for me and for all others as well - to choose my path, and but no others - to move around the planet - as long as they don’t encroach on other’s freedoms

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Pretty much every bar and restaurant in this town offers some discounted eats and drinks during happy hour. But often, those discounts are a weekday thing only. When it comes to these generous eat...

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Perhaps here's a way of capturing how slight 2014's record warmth was.<grain of salt><turn envelope over>Assume the surface temperature stations are measuring the first 2 meters of the atmosphere(* but see below). The density of air at the surface is 1.2 kg/m3. So the tot

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