Category Archives: Know your current events

Moist Coalition

If any of y’all are interested in checking out an interesting social phenomena or just partying along with soccer, head out to Delta Park this weekend during the daylight hours. Our little subculture called the Moist Coalition is gathering to play in the Classic tourney over Memorial Day. It’s ridiculous, great fun, and full-on immersion in something beautiful.

It’s really pretty amazing…so many people, often many have never met, and just good times. For the uninitiated, it all started 5 or 6 years ago as Gremio North under Sturtz. It was a blast, but Sturtz went civilian the next year, so Paul, Dave, and I took it over, renamed it to the Moist Coalition, and got a coupla teams together (FC Moist and Moist United). From there we grew, folks come and go, but almost everyone comes back for more. Last year we added a lady team, the Moistresses, now Real Moist, and they’re bursting at the seams.

Swing by, or have a fantastic weekend.

Ignite Portland

Went to Ignite last week, it was pretty sweet. The premise is a bunch of presenters get up and talk about something presumably interesting for a little while. The catch is that they have exactly five minutes, 20 slides (power-pointish), 15 seconds each, and they roll automatically. That keeps things moving and keeps you on your toes. And from experience (not at Ignite), talking about something for five minutes can be tough. It’s about two minutes longer than is comfortable, and you could see that. After about three minutes, almost every presenter went through a change, momentum slowed, the words didn’t come as easily. But they all remained stoic, and the presentations were really good.

My favorites were how to be an undercover prostitute and the one about eating sushi. But that’s because they’re the ones that apply most directly to my life. Depending on what you’re into, you may relate best to a discourse on pepper, the history of stick figures, wtf is biodiesel, or venture capitalism in portland. Or one of the others.

I was a bit surprised, as I’d expected there to be a bit more of a technical focus. But this was fine, I love random stuff too. But what I don’t love is lines. And there was a huge line to get into the place. Getting off the bus I ran into a fellow nerd-buddy heading to the event as well, so we walked the line down thirty-seventh, and took a left on Clay where the line bent, and continued nearly to the end of the block. As we walked, blowing off the show and grabbing a pint sounded like an increasingly good idea. Some lady friends remained in line while we went to Oasis Cafe for some tasty malty beverage. They called us when they got in to say that it looked like there were still seats. The line still extended into the distance, so we continued sipping our pints. We finished and decided that we’d give it a shot. They had stopped letting people in, but we were queued up near the front and with a little luck and conniving, we were able to join our friends on the “inside”.

The event was around two hours, for the most part is was good. Informative and/or entertaining. It’s still young, so I imagine that things will get smoother. I think they should do away with the free food part. It’ll help eliminate freeloaders and fence-sitters. That or move it away from the center of the city. The size is good, the energy is great, I’m excited to see where Ignite goes.

UPDATE: added actual link to the event.

Not not caring about Iowa anymore

Personally I don’t really give a crap about who Iowans think should be president. I know one or two people from there, but that’s as far as it goes. But man, did they just hammer some hork into the republican gameplan. Romney just got hosed by Huckabee, and Giuliananinaniani didn’t even show. A couple other dudes got some votes. I missed Ron Paul, who despite my serious issues with libertarians (in brief I believe it’s a great philosophy for an ideal world) is better than all the others. Except maybe McCain, and that’s because he didn’t suck so much a few years ago.

As far as the Democrats, I dig Kucinich. Too bad he didn’t really show. I’ll sign the petition and support and vote. He’s the most real dude out there and he has my vote any day.

But. Seriously, I have faith in all three of the front-runners. Obama is charismatic and idealistic, full of energy, and new. Of the likely’s he’s my pick. I get chills when he’s on. Really, he could be a great man. And I’d love to see Kucinich at his side, or the other way around.

Hillary has pissed me off a lot. She stands when she should sit and sits when she should stand. She’s been playing the game, and I was angry with her for a long time, for underperforming. But it’s true. She is a politician. She is doing that political crap, playing the game blah blah. And I think her endgame is to kick ass for our country, and for the people who live here. She may be power-hungry, I don’t care and I don’t know, but if she is, her power is the power of the people. I’m down.

Edwards. A bit curious. He hasn’t played it up too well. He hasn’t generated excitement. I don’t know. I can’t say anything I feel strongly, because I just don’t know that much…but I think his heart’s in the right place, he’s a sharp dude, and he’ll work hard. Funny thing is, if that’s what’s important, I can think of a president who is entirely lacking in all three of those.

So, Iowa happened. I really didn’t care. But then I browsed the results, and all I could see was some elephants trying to backpedal. Because the running as a social conservative alone isn’t enough to win.

It always has to be the wrong way

There have been a number of tragedies involving bikes and motor vehicles around Portland recently. Very sad for all involved, I truly feel for the families of the victims, and for the drivers of the vehicles as well. But setting up bicycle stings at innocuous intersections is just not the right way to go about fixing the problem. Why are the victims being punished?

Cyclists, watch out at Flint and Broadway, the man is waiting to swoop in and wreck your beautiful day.

NaNoReMo

In response to NaNoWriMo, an event in which you write a novel in a month, Defective Yeti came up with NaNoReMo (same but read a novel in a month). The event starts today, and the book is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. I just picked mine up at Powell’s and have read a whopping 2 pages (~15/day is the target).

So I’ll be reading along and writing my ficlets.

Thank you early adopters

Well, the iPhone dropped in price way faster than I expected. I’d figured they had a price point figured out and would keep the phone around there. But they had the trendsetters figured out and took their cut. The 8GB iPhone is now $399 instead of $599. So tempting. But for all of you who are upset that you paid the extra two hundred bucks to strut it around for two months, I’m still not rushing out to buy one. Though I sure drool over it. Honestly, I really want it to have a GPS in it. But no whining. I saw enough iPhone cage matches in the first week or two to know you got your money’s worth.

Merry xmas

Hey!  Hope is was nice.  If you’re not into xmas, cool.  I hope it was a good day for you anyway.  Also, James Brown rest in peace.  A true star and visionary.

Beer in the Skidmore?

Could it be true?  Word on the street is that beer will be flowing from the Skidmore fountain in about 10 minutes….3pm, September 22.  I haven’t found any real confirmations, but a lot of rumors and such.  And me bound to the house. arrrr!  Always the bridesmaid, never the fratboy doing a kegstand over the Skidmore Fountain.

Moment of zen

Beerdrinker zen.

Arrested Arrested

This is sad: Arrested Development is getting canned.

Dear Fox,

You create and maintain some great shows. 24 has been awesome, Prison Break is good, The Simpsons is a classic, Family Guy is amazing. But Arrested Development. Please don’t do it. Keep Arrested Development. Sometimes a joke comes to me days later. I laugh at strange times thanks to your show. Keep it. Laugh at me laughing. The characters are amazing. The plots are ridiculous. The depth of creativity unprecedented. Don’t allow another tragedy like Freaks and Geeks. Unlike animation, the actors change, so you can’t go back. Keep Arrested Development. You can get rid of that cooking show, I don’t hate it, but I certainly don’t love it.

Sincerely,

beerdrinker.org

what’s a little debt?

Wow. Is this true? prezzo has borrowed 1.05 trillion dollars, which is as much as the previous 42 presidents combined. Holy crap. That’s pretty scary. It’s a lot of money. It’s basically around 5000 bucks per american. Sweet. And now he wants to get rid of my mortgage interest writeoff. That writeoff is huge for the middle class (which I work hard to maintain my membership in), and the loss will dwarf any gain I ever saw in his tax cuts. This is evidence that they really were entirely for the rich (in case you had any doubts whatsoever). cheers.

notes on the Terri circus

The flippant flopping that I’ve been witnessing has been astonishing. After working so hard to save the institution of marriage from the gays who would destroy it, Republicans now seem to be working to destroy it themselves. Listening to Tony Snow this morning, he asserted that Terri was not Michael’s wife because he’d taken up with another woman, with whom he had lived, had kids, found comfort, and if that’s not marriage then what is. Well, Tony, you just described the nice couple across the street from me, who happen to be women. The convenience with which the current Republican representatives and pundits change their definitions and arguments to suit their latest need is appalling.

Why are they doing this? While I believe that the majority of ‘civilians’ who want to ‘Save Terri’ truly to mean well and are compassionate individuals, I do not believe that is why those leading the charge are beating their drums. They are making an attack on the judicial branch of government—those activist judges. What right do they have to interpret the constitution and make a judgement? The judicial branch is the piece of government that does not have party ties, no constituency, no lobbyists (or not as much). Local and federal courts (look, I’m no specialist here…please correct me if I make mistakes) and judges interpret the law, and determine how it relates to the constitution. They can overrule measures voted on by the majority of the people. And yes, that’s a good thing. There are checks and balances built into the system everywhere. Save our judges.

It is sad that Terri’s life has come to this, but we have to believe that Michael has done what he can to save her. He is her husband, despite what the definition du jour is, and we have to believe that he is acting on what he believes are her wishes. I cannot imagine that this decision has not been hard on him. If he believes that he is doing the right thing, we are in no position to question him. Really, it’s that simple. He is the husband. Loss of life is tragic, but it’s inevitable, and my heart goes out to the entire family.

a quick thought

sorry, I’ve been trying to keep out of the political arena since I’m not that good at it. But this seems a bit messed up:

Iraqis are voting in the first free elections in half a century
as mortar and suicide attacks rattle polling booths in Baghdad
and beyond..(CNN news)

I totally agree that free elections are a good thing, but doesn’t it seem just a bit messed up that there are mortar and suicide attacks? I’ve said many many time here that however right the intention is that prezzo finally identified as his reason for going to war (wtf wmd?) the way that it was gone about was horribly horribly wrong. Nearly two years later I’ve still never seen a single reason strong enough that I should even consider bending on this one. And don’t get me wrong…I’ve never stated that we should never go to war with Iraq, only that we went about it terribly, in a frenzied mad dash for war, that we actually did need to consult and gain approval from other political entities (I still believe the CotW was a farce). It so pains me that our leadership is utterly incapable of stepping back and giving something a second thought. Elections really do not have to be this painful.

US passes judgement on election

What the heck? We have some nerve passing judgement on anybody else’s election at this time. Our elections over the last 4 years have been corrupt, failed disasters. And now we’re calling out the Ukraine? If we’re not able to do it right ourselves, we just need to STFU and go sit in the corner. And we couldn’t. Let’s figure out our elections mess for ourselves before we try to bring democracy to the world, because right now it’s just not working. So, do we laugh or do we cry?

read this kos

This one here. If nothing else, it builds nicely. But it is also quite plausible, there’s no telling.

hmmm the south?

via Blue Oregon, a nice little rant responding to the usual conservative hoo-haw. PG-13, but work friendly bee-yatch!

Elections Fraud

I no longer believe that Bush won the election fair and square. That’s a bad thing. I thought that there would be problems, and wondered why the heck the conservatives were fighting so hard to _not_ have printed receipts from the electronic voting machines. Well, here we are. There have been numerous accounts of more votes than voters in Florida and Ohio. Here’s the latest. If it turns out that there’s nothing we can do, or if Bush won anyway, we at least have to make sure that there is a paper trail for every vote cast. We should be able to run a fair election.