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April 25th, 2015

A few weeks ago I put together a RetroPie. A RetroPie is a small — smaller than a pack of cigarettes, smaller than a game controller — gaming system that emulates all of the classic consoles. There are no cartridges, only files on disk. There are disk images of each and every cartridge, with a …

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April 22nd, 2015

AlGore and Obama should be proud of them, as they've had a "carbon footprint" of near zero for nearly five decades.

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Everybody panic! There's a Planet to be Saved! Consider the language of these news headlines: ‘Fuelling Extinction: Obama Budget Is Killer For Endangered Species’ (Huffington Post, February 2015). ‘“Racing Extinction” Sounds Alarm On Ocean’s Endangered Creatures’ (NBC News, January 2015)....

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Folks around here just assumed it was due to Washington's legalization of weed, but that apparently wasn't the case: it was a Russian assault on our airspace! Large fires burning in Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, were started by...

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President Obama's touting a plan to train veterans for solar careers, noting that it's a fast-growing industry with good-paying jobs. That's an interesting take, when you consider that here in Oregon, heavily-subsidized SolarWorld pays $11 an hour - higher than...

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That didn't take long; a Medford, Oregon jury only deliberated about an hour before returning a guilty verdict. They determined that pig farmer Susan Monica did indeed shoot and dismember two farm-hands and then fed them to her pigs. Circuit...

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The 24 year-old computer science student probably should have stuck to his studies. Instead, he decided to get all "radicalized" and demonstrate his devotion to Allah. PARIS (AP) -- An Islamic extremist with an arsenal of loaded guns was prevented...

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April 21st, 2015

Suddenly, she's "tired of the mean-spiritedness in politics". In her early campaign stops, Clinton has cast herself as above the political back-and-forth, vowing to change the harsh partisan tone in Washington. “I am tired of the mean-spiritedness in politics,” she...

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For every right wing lunatic in an Idaho cabin, there are 500 left wing lunatics with tenure at a state university. -David Burge@iowahawk Yeah, that pretty much nails it.

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Maryland's Hop Theory is getting set to release their first round of teabag-style infusers that they claim will transform plain old lager beer into brews that taste more like craft beers, but without the expense. Supposedly, it takes only a...

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Today's news from USA Today is kind of scary; a new survey confirms that over one-third of Americans are certifiably insane. Many people are woefully unprepared financially for retirement, and they shouldn't count on working longer to make up the...

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April 20th, 2015

April 25 @ Analog Theater - ANDAZ is the West Coast's longest-running Bhangra & Bollywood dance party, a transportive experience that has enraptured feverishly dancing Portland crowds for nearly 13 years. ANDAZ occurs the last Saturday of every month at the Analog Theater. ANDAZ is such a Portland institution it is men

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April 30 @ Aladdin Theater - Dean Simmons now celebrates 20 years of giving audiences across the country the a live Garth Brooks experience that is performed with respect and amazing accuracy. His shows are a real sincere tribute Garth Brooks... and his music.

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Stop by Bar Vivant for Happy Hour from 4-6 p.m. for free tapas & amazing drink specials and tasty treats from their new tapas menu! Come on Tuesdays when it's Happy Hours All Night featuring $4 Tinto & Txakoli + 10% off all wine bottles.

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May 2 @ Esther Short Park - Runners and walkers are invited to bring their dogs, bring pictures of their cats and sign up for 24th annual Walk/Run for the Animals, a fundraising event organized by the Humane Society for Southwest Washington (HSSW). The event takes places on Saturday, May 2, at Esther Short Park in Vancouve

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April 25-26 - Our wineries are bestowing right from the barrel, giving cellar tours, showcasing library and vertical tastings and providing access to their elite selections. Come experience the romance and passion of our winemakers first-hand and revel in the bounty!

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May 1 @ Crystal Ballroom - America's loudest lounge singer Richard Cheese performs swingin' Vegas versions of rock, rap, and Top40 hits, "swankifying" contemporary songs into traditional pop vocal standards. With his Lounge Against The Machine swing band, Cheese has sold more than 200,000 CDs, and played hundreds of sellout

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April 25 @ Crown Plaza Hotel - The Dinner Detective® is America’s LARGEST murder mystery comedy dinner show! You’ll solve a hilarious murder case while you enjoy a fantastic four-course plated dinner. A tantalizing Prize Package awaits our Top Sleuth of the evening. But be careful! In this show, EVERYONE is a suspect,

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April 23-25 @ Helium Comedy Club - Originally from Dallas, Iliza moved to Los Angeles after graduating from Emerson College. She is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC'S Last Comic Standing. Most recently she was the host of CBS's syndicated comedy dating show Excused, in which she filmed 230 epis

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April 20 @ EastBurn- It's Gonna Be Okay is free WEEKLY stand up comedy show EVERY Mondays. The show showcases the best comedians in Portland along with some travelling national comics

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April 22 @ Kelly's Olympian - Rose City Round is a revolving songwriter residency held at Kelly's Olympian. Every Wednesday from 6-8pm, starting in May, two guests will join host Chris Walberg (Dead Teeth) taking turns performing and discussing their original compositions. This unique glimpse into the songwriting process wi

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