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.

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.