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Portland, Oregon's Annual Disaster Relief Trials

150 pounds, 35 miles, 4 eggs, dozens of cargo bicycles, and one skateboard trailer [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jul 21, 2014 - 28 comments

Real title: I Am Infallible; You Are Lucky To Receive My Wisdom

James Mickens (previously) gives a talk at Monitorama 2014 about distributed computing and security.
posted by A dead Quaker on May 13, 2014 - 10 comments

It's only supposed to be 30% of your income

In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class. Here's What $800 in Rent Gets You in 11 Major Cities [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 10, 2014 - 293 comments

This is cold war shit

Burn, Destroy, Wreck, Kill - SB Nation reports from the inside of the fan culture of the biggest rivalry in the MLS, the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers. The rivalry game between the two cities is on April 5th.
posted by Punkey on Mar 29, 2014 - 46 comments

"Tell them to be careful - the police."

7 month old baby pulls tail of cat. Cat scratches baby. Father of baby kicks cat butt. Then things go rapidly downhill between the 22 pound house cat "with a history of violence" and the family... [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Mar 11, 2014 - 143 comments

Off Brand Portlandia

What happens when your neighborhood gets overrun with upscale stores and the rich posers move in? You make fun of them, of course, and realize that the good old days there are fuckin over
posted by josher71 on Feb 28, 2014 - 51 comments

Let's "liven up our dour wardrobes with a few shades of traffic cone"

"Replace the paint of your car and accessories with reflective material" is the first of several suggestions from TriMore, a brilliant parody of the "Be Seen, Be Safe" campaign from TriMet, provider of public transit for Portland, OR. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Dec 8, 2013 - 33 comments

The Strange Case Of Vahid Brown

Is Vahid Brown An Agent Of The State, Or Are Portland Anarchists On A Witch Hunt? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 12, 2013 - 64 comments

Portraitlandia

Portraitlandia, a series of portraits of residents of Portland, Oregon (one nude). [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Jul 19, 2013 - 42 comments

The Build

Explore the world of custom motorcycle making through the stories of three independent builders in Portland, Oregon [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 14, 2013 - 10 comments

Portland Fluoridation

Will Portland have fluoride in its water? This is a hot button issue with people on the pro and the con sides feeling strongly about the issue. See also "Why I’m voting for fluoridation in Portland today".
posted by josher71 on May 22, 2013 - 234 comments

Still curious about that slice of log he's holding.

Yesterday the Green Machine beat the Portland Timbers 10-9. What makes this unusual is that the Green Machine is a youth club, and the winning goal was scored by Atticus Lane-Dupre, an 8yd old with cancer. And that the match, organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, was attended by thousands of enthusiastic fans.
posted by troika on May 2, 2013 - 21 comments

Why We Abandoned the Public Realm, and Why We Need It Again

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Great Public Spaces
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 23, 2013 - 35 comments

Sellwood Bridge

Tomorrow, January 19, you can watch as the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, OR is moved 33-66 feet to the north in order to allow a new bridge to be built in its place, while still allowing traffic to move over that part of the Willamette River while the construction is taking place.
posted by curious nu on Jan 18, 2013 - 30 comments

I drank a lot of yerba mate, played Words with Friends for a while, then made all this stuff up.

"The History of Food & Drink in Portland, Oregon" presented by the Portland Mercury and written by Chris Onstad.
posted by griphus on Oct 15, 2012 - 23 comments

XOXO, darlings

A festival of indie creativity in Portland, Oregon, XOXO was Kickstartered into existence as an alternative to SXSW and sold out in just over two days. Its speakers spoke of a new kind of individual creative entrepreneurship enabled by technology, and included Dan Harmon, Adam Savage, MakerBot's Bre Prettis (previously) and MeFi's own mathowie, while its attendees were a kind of who's-who of the Internet. Anil Dash wrote up every session, and you can pre-order videos on the main site.
posted by bwerdmuller on Sep 18, 2012 - 13 comments

"My kids have forgotten what it's like to even be in a car."

Six kids, one bike, one tough mother. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 8, 2012 - 93 comments

Craig's Lift

A dude found his stolen bicycle on Craigslist days after it had been lifted and then drives 160 miles to find the thief and confront him.
posted by gman on Aug 16, 2012 - 148 comments

Nothing is withheld from us...

Two things about working in coffee shops. First, don't assume everyone else in there is a hipster. Second, don't assume that the elderly person who befriends you is a crazy old man telling tall tales. Else you may miss out on the meeting experience of a lifetime.
posted by Wordshore on Aug 8, 2012 - 71 comments

A Portland Time-Lapse

Weathering Spring
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jun 25, 2012 - 8 comments

We love Cascadia! Oh yes we do!

The latest match in North American soccer's Cascadia Cup was played yesterday between the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps, and the atmosphere was amazing. [more inside]
posted by salishsea on May 27, 2012 - 19 comments

"They’re not as crappy as other cities' toilets."

Why Portland's Public Toilets Succeeded Where Others Failed. A short documentary on the Portland Loo. Official website.
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jan 25, 2012 - 65 comments

West Coast Port Blockade

On Monday, the Occupy Wall Street movement disrupted ports in its West Coast Port Blockade. [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Dec 13, 2011 - 210 comments

A Timelapse Project

Portland Nights is a series of structured motion controlled time-lapse clips taken in and around downtown Portland, Oregon at night over the course of several months.
posted by OverlappingElvis on Nov 16, 2011 - 13 comments

Of Course, of Course

Jasha Lottin says she can't understand why people are so interested in why she bought a horse, killed it, gutted it, then posed naked for photos inside the carcass and posted them on the Internet. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by modernserf on Nov 3, 2011 - 251 comments

68th National Congress of American Indians

The National Congress of American Indians is holding its 68th annual conference in Portland, Oregon this week. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Think Out Loud program talked today with Jefferson Keel, president of the NCAI and with others about food sovereignty on tribal lands. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Nov 1, 2011 - 17 comments

The X-Ray Cafe

The lifeblood of Portland OR's music scene in the early 1990's was an all ages club called the X-Ray Cafe. Here is their story.
posted by josher71 on Oct 31, 2011 - 26 comments

Hello Lovers!

People from Portland OR will already know about the majesty of Roger Nusic. Besides putting ketchup on salads and wearing a gold cape and shorts when he performs, he also writes some good jams. Hey Playa, Welcome 2 the Roger Nusic Arousal center - U can Laugh, Sing, Dance & pray 2 the Lord Jesus, Holla! Some Roger Nusic jams: CAN I COME IN AND SEE YOU? WHAT IS THE NAME?
posted by josher71 on Oct 30, 2011 - 7 comments

Hazel, the band

Hazel were one of the forgotten bands of the “grunge” years. Much more info here at about the band (and a ton of other stuff) at the site of the band’s dancer, Fred Nemo. A sampler: 1.Supersonic 2.J. Hell 3.Comet 4.Boog 5.Day Glo
posted by josher71 on Oct 27, 2011 - 22 comments

Occupy Portland protest clashes with marathon

Organizers for the 40 year-old Portland Marathon arrived at the start/finish area this morning to find the area held by the Occupy Portland protest. [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Oct 7, 2011 - 59 comments

Megaquake hits the Pacific NorthWest

This is how it will happen. Let’s pick a day: June 22, 2012. It’s a gorgeous Friday afternoon in the Pacific Northwest, 75 degrees and sunny. It’s been raining for weeks, and in Seattle the freeways are jammed with people fleeing the city to ­enjoy the rare sunshine. Same story in Portland. Out on the coast, the beach towns are thrumming with tourists. How a monster earthquake and resulting tsunami would affect the coast and cities of the Pacific NW.
posted by jontyjago on Aug 26, 2011 - 152 comments

I knew I should have taken that off after 25 mintues.

SheBop, a "female friendly sex toy boutique," in Portland, Ore., has a great blog where they post comprehensive guides, among other things, on less-often addressed sex and sex-toy issues like the sex toy cleaning guide, Lube 101, how to use a cock ring, and the lowdown on Kegel exercises. Probably NSFW.
posted by Lutoslawski on Jul 25, 2011 - 29 comments

A beer and a smile at the old Horse Brass

If you've ever been grateful for the abundance of delicious beer that's popped up in the last few decades, raise a glass to Don Younger today at three. [more inside]
posted by twjordan on Feb 13, 2011 - 28 comments

"Portland is a city where young people go to retire."

Dream of the 90's is a short music video promoting the upcoming sketch comedy series Portlandia, starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Dec 17, 2010 - 71 comments

"You can get here by bus!?"

Want to get to that town in the next state on the cheap? Sure, there's Greyhound, but it's hardly a bargain at $32 for a journey from Seattle to Portland. When you really need to save the cash, use Epic Transit Journeys wiki to plot your route entirely on local transit carriers, allowing you to get to Stumptown for only $11.50 and a paltry five transfers. For a truly epic journey, cross international borders for the trip to Vancouver, BC, which includes a lovely 2.9 mi stroll across the border. Oran Viriyincy's travelogue of this trip includes lots of photos of buses and trains, and the border official's shocked reaction.
posted by grouse on Nov 9, 2010 - 42 comments

A Great Celebration and Conversation

Worldchanging Bright Green Future City - Alex Steffen sits down with the mayors of Portland and Seattle to talk about which is better the 'future city' and the confluence of urbanization, social justice and environmental change, not to mention political pushback amid high unemployment and cultural inertia.
posted by kliuless on Oct 25, 2010 - 10 comments

Great Hera! It's Wonder Woman day!

The birth of Wonder Woman - notes sent between William Moulton Marston and artist H. G. Peter show the genesis of the character . Meanwhile today is the 5th Annual Wonder Woman day - a Portland and Flemington, New Jersey event supporting Domestic Violence Programs. Not able to get over to Excalibur Comics or Comics Fusion to take part in the events or activities? There's still a few hours left in which you can take part by bidding on artwork online (previously).
posted by Artw on Oct 24, 2010 - 19 comments

Child trafficking in Portland, Oregon

Last night Dan Rather reports presented on child sex trafficking in Portland, Oregon. The Oregonian newspaper briefly covered the Dan Rather report and also had a longer article in January about the same issue. Dan Rather wrote a short piece in the Huffington Post yesterday, saying that Portland is second in the nation for child prostitution. The organization ECTAP-USA (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) published this 2005 (PDF) report about child prostitution in the US, linking it, in part, to the strip club industry.
posted by bluedaisy on May 19, 2010 - 51 comments

You ran out of dish soap

The free box is a webseries about eccentric housemates in portland. It has three 10-episode seasons, and a fourth in preproduction.
posted by djduckie on Apr 29, 2010 - 16 comments

Double tall mocha and a vaporizer bowl, no whip cream

America’s First Cannabis Cafe Opens (at 4:20). [Via]
posted by Burhanistan on Nov 16, 2009 - 119 comments

Does your insurance cover llama visits?

We have known almost since we first got him that Rojo was "different" from many other llamas we have been around. Rojo is a therapy llama. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Oct 20, 2009 - 55 comments

"Heroin Makes Him Evil"

Dig! Destroy The System. The entire film about the Brian Jonestown Massacre's rivalry with the Dandy Warhols (after a 30 second ad). One week only on Pitchfork TV.
posted by msalt on Oct 2, 2009 - 56 comments

"Post-recession Meccas for the young"

The Next Youth Magnet Cities, even with double digit unemployment.
posted by Marnie on Oct 1, 2009 - 74 comments

Get on your soapbox!

In addition to poor construction, the vehicles most likely to crash have 1) poorly secured bicycle wheels 2) a high center of gravity and 3) high occupancy. Add in alcohol, a steep down grade and spectators throwing water balloons, and you get the perfect storm for destruction.

This past weekend, the 13th Annual Adult Soapbox Derby (all slyt) was held on Mt. Tabor, an extinct volcano in Portland, Oregon. Cars built for speed can reach 40 mph, and cars built for art can be downright outrageous. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Aug 24, 2009 - 14 comments

Ink Links

Two tattoo artists who go far beyond butterflies and tribal arm bands. Ryan Mason crafts lush pieces ranging from the sacrilegious to the hilarious to the literary. Amanda Wachoub has expanded fine art to the tattoo realm with her delicate watercolor-like works and conceptual bloodlines. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Aug 21, 2009 - 35 comments

It's a metaphor!

8-miles wide: I just saw Storm Large's autobiographical show, "Crazy Enough." It was a great show, and this song concludes a key epiphany she had. [more inside]
posted by dylanjames on Jul 22, 2009 - 19 comments

PortlandFilter

PDX History is a veritable treasure trove of information about (and pictures and postcards of) the history of Portland (Oregon). Department stores, streetcars, long-dead amusement parks (yes, Jantzen Beach was once much more than a dying mall surrounded by big-box stores) and more. The web design leaves a bit to be desired, but the site is wonderful nonetheless.
posted by dersins on May 15, 2009 - 15 comments

Best Beer City USA

Asheville, NC and Portland, OR have tied in the contest for Best Beer City in the USA. It was a heated contest (scroll down for the comments) done in conjunction with Craft Beer Week, an event we can all support. Asheville is a beer city, it is true and clearly, so is Portland.
posted by mygothlaundry on May 8, 2009 - 57 comments

It aint where you're from, it's where you're at

In Portland, Oregon sits the Wilkinson residence, designed by Robert Oshatz. It is kind of neat. [via]
posted by cashman on Mar 20, 2009 - 30 comments

Artifacts From A Previously Undiscovered Space Program

So you go to be spaceman. If the space race had taken a few different turns, we might have ended up with a historical exhibit that looked like the one cooked up by the American Dream Technical Institute. [more inside]
posted by mikepop on Mar 18, 2009 - 6 comments

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