Monthly Archives: September 2003

Super Torta

A new taqueria opened recently near 56th and SE Woodstock, Super Torta. I stopped there after coaching the kiddies the other evening and had a red chile burrito. I must say that it was dissapointing. The shredded beef was not shredded enough, lending a toughness inappropriate for this burrito, and the red chile, which looked to be added only as an afterthought was lacking in flavor, quantity, and spice. The salsas served with the burrito were alright, but still lacking in any true depth of flavor. I’ll likely give them another go, either wednesday or another after coaching, at which point I’ll try the Torta with carne milanesa. If there’s an upgrade in the review I’ll post that, but for the time being my recommendation is to head somewhere else (Aruapan?) if convenient…while not bad, it’s not good. The prices were decent (maybe leaning slightly high for a taqueria).

Tainted Love

This is insane. An e-card to spy on your lover. It’s appallling, rude, jealous, base. Here are some details. Don’t do it. Bad. Of course it was only a matter of time, but I hope they all go to jail. props Abrichar.

Plame Tale

via genfoods, OSpolitics has a lucid overview of the White House’s Plame mess. I’m quite curious to see how they spin this one, but even the most staunch supporters of these jerks will at least have to to take a step back if they are at all capable of critical thought.

Women’s World Cup

Some weekends end up totally devoted to soccer, and, happily, this was one. From my coed indoor game friday night (we won, though we were a lady short! woohoo!) to coaching the kiddies saturday morning (they’re looking up) to playing outdoor on Sunday to watching the ladies play world class soccer in P-town. What a treat it is to have women’s World Cup soccer here. Yesterday we had two matches, the first between Australia and Ghana, and the second between Russia and China. Australia was lagging the first half of the game and finished the half down 2-0. I predicted a 3-1 victory for Ghana at that point, but was wrong…Australia kicked in and managed 2-1. The China-Russia game was excellent. China is an extremely tough team, quick and brutal, but Russia managed to hold them to 1-0. Because China won, there is a chance that we’ll get to see them face off with the USA here next Sunday in the semi-final double-header. Also, Thurday brings us the quarter-finals, I don’t recall the matchups that we’re likely to see, so I’ll check on that and fill y’all in between now and then.

in the air

Seemed like there was something in the air yesterday making people a bit aggro. On my bike I got honked at and a basketbal thrown at me, all with no provocation. At soccer practice we had a pretty good practice, but at the end some of our guys heard a ruckus and went to check it out, three guys had jumped and kicked the crap out of some other dude to the extent that they called 911. Has the weather just been too nice for too long for people? Is the economy bringing us down? Or was it just a moon phase? Or bridge toxins?

Sleeping in Airports

Blogging can be used as a trumped up Bookmarking tool sometimes, if you don’t want to remember which computer, which browser, and which profile you used to mark that page that looked vaguely interesting 17 months ago (9yrs, internet time). So, Utterly Boring mentioned a cool site about sleeping in airports, tips about doing it, and reviews of many airports. I’ve usually just slept in international airports, and that tends to work well except when the obnoxious French Family parks on the other side of your bench in a sparsely populated room and plays the screaming game with the pre-pube hyper up-all-night-in-Istanbul child. But anyway, for tips for crashing out in airports, see this site.

Gallery Back

I’ve uploaded the gallery photos, upgraded the s/w, and made it work. cheers.

Maybe the Schwartz Needs Him

Wow, one of the Bush’s people who has really gone about wrecking this country may be stepping down. This is great news, as this Michael Powell sucks ass and maybe he’ll relieve a bit of the stranglehold round daddy’s privates from the pressure on his coattails. Yes, I feel strongly about the frickin evil horrible non-representing of the people, corrupt, base legislation he was hired to force upon the American people like[insert tasteless sexual reference here]. Good riddance. via Atrios, Drudge. If you don’t hate him you’re not paying attention, and this is all-partisan.

Augie Diaries

Oh, hey, in case y’all find such things interesting, my dog has a blog. His name is Augie, he’s a sweetie, and he posts weekly (Mondaysish).

Smell the Glove

Nedra from Crafty Girlie blog has laid the challenge to Sean at Ojingo blog. For one month they have to post regularly (by regular I don’t mean on a monthly basis!), and the loser must treat the other to either the dessert (blech) or 6-pack (yay! my favorite currency!) of the winner’s choice. So who will it be, mild-mannered Nedra, crafty lady, webgeek, or Sean, visitor of foreign lands, wild-eyed and frothy from adventures in the far East? Sean has already jumped ahead with not one, not two, but three fresh posts this morning. Stay tuned as I go meta on their asses.

Remember ladies and gentlemen. You pay for the whole keyboard, but you only need the mouse!

pie hole shutting time

wow, via TBOGG, some guy (World ‘o Crap) lays the smackdown on some other guy’s (Dennis Prager) twiddling sexist, racist, imbecilic rationale regarding why women might vote some way or another as regards weddedness. Entertaining reading the dismantling of this fallacious right-wing spew.

Science Fair

Portland is finding itself on the map for science fairs. Youth Exploring Science is hosting Intel’s big-ole international jr. geekfest. This is way cool news for Portland. props N.

Kangaroo Hero

This is a sweet little tale of love, mischief, commitment, and kangaroo. Certainly a nive way to start the week.

Where’s your Shock and Awe now?

This depressing little tale of a soldier’s disillusionment with the war in Iraq is a pretty good read. I hadn’t heard the words Shock and Awe in quite awhile. That’s probably for a few reasons. When you’re busily rewriting history so that your atrocious war is a humanitarian effort rather than an anti-terrorist homeland security activity, shock and awe doesn’t mix well with humanitarian. It also continues with this administration’s never look back (except in the case of 9/11) policy–who needs 20/20 hindsight when you’ve blacked out the rear window? And lastly, it just doesn’t sound very nice. I believe that Shock and Awe will be looked back on as one of the darker moments in American history.

Update: Oops, via The Left Coaster.

Hotties on Parade

Kudos to the Organizers of Portland’s ‘First Fashion Week.’ I was just down at Pioneer Square and caught some of the show, it looked well done and stayed fun. It has been going on all week, but I’m not sure if it’ll be at the Square tomorrow or a big one at the museum. Anyway, everyone looked great, the designers made some cool garb, and I ate a yummy burrito. Go team.

Bumper Sticker Philosophy

I like bumper stickers. Some say some very witty things, some are wise, and some just piss me off. There are two that have bugged me for a long time, and I think I’ve finally gotten it. You see, while I like bumper stickers, I don’t necessarily approve of the pithy sayings on them just because they’re catchy…I like to apply a bit of critical thought to them. The first, ‘Minds are like parachutes, they only function when they’re open,’ is a load of hoohaa to me. Sure, it’s cute, and we’d like to believe it’s true, but to me it just shouts naive, it is too catchy, and not really arguable (the comments are there…). On the other hand, I’d had difficulty with ‘No one is free when others are opressed’ also. It seemed pithy, but arguable. This morning on my way in to the workplace I saw that sticker again and gave it some actual thought. And it struck me what it means, at least, what it means to me. Sure, you may feel free, but as long as some persons are being opressed you are not truly free because the opression may spread and envelope you, and while the opportunity, the threat of opression exists, you are affected by it, the shadow looms. If you are one of the oppressors you are not free because you are as obligated to the oppressed as they are to you, as you have no freedom to let things fall apart…if they do, you may well find yourself running. Makes sense to me.

letter scramble

via Slashdot via DJ Alden Aslett (and probably 100000 others), letters in words can be scrambled and still read. Just keep the first and last intact. friggin amazing, check out a link. I’m going to have to give some thought as to what this means.

Notes on Tunes

Music is pretty cool stuff, it appeals to something deeper, which I imagine is why it is so pervasive around the world, and through time. You don’t need language for music, and music can be a language, it can be so much, so deep, so affecting. People have their songs, and some take them back to other times, or put them in different moods. Scenes have soundtracks, just like movies. It is pretty amazing the effects of music. So I’m always happy when I discover new sounds, musicians who make interesting and possibly new (?!) sound combinations. I got to see one cool band recently, Fischerspooner at the Crystal Ballroom. The electric sound isn’t my bag usually, but they put it together in a really nice way, with a sort of rock twist. I’ve also found a new rock’n'roll band worth checking out, The Mars Volta. These guys are pretty darn amazing. Really innovative but catchy rock. Like Jane’s Addiction innovative, though probably not as catchy, not as primal. Both sites have a few free tunes for your aural pleasure.

#1 too

like my buddy at ojingo blog, I too am the top google result for my name: beerdrinker. I’m pretty pleased about that. Now if I could just get rid of that “Did you mean: beer drinker?” question I’ll have achieved my goal for world domination, or at least an acceptable life accomplishment.

Krugman Speaks

A painful interview with Paul Krugman. I’d put this one high up on your to-read list. via the albatross (vi robot wisdom methinks). No chance to rant on it now, but holy cow, I think he does a good enough job.