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My friend and fellow Viking Andy Ngo first made waves at Portland State University with his feature on minority students who support Donald Trump:

Last April, Andy lost his job at the Portland State Vanguard for simply publicizing the words of a Muslim speaker in an open forum:

'At one point, a woman in the audience asked the Muslim student if a specific verse in the Koran actually permitted the killing of non-Muslims. “I can confidently tell you, when the Koran says an innocent life, it means an innocent life, regardless of the faith, the race, like, whatever you can think about as a characteristic,” he began. At this point, I took out my mobile phone and began recording as he continued: And some, this, that you’re referring to, killing non-Muslims, that [to be a non-believer] is only considered a crime when the country’s law, the country is based on Koranic law — that means there is no other law than the Koran. In that case, you’re given the liberty to leave the country, you can go in a different country, I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. So you can go in a different country, but in a Muslim country, in a country based on the Koranic laws, disbelieving, or being an infidel, is not allowed so you will be given the choice [to leave]. ...'

The video clip is here:

And more on the incident at The College Fix:

Andy was punished, not for anything he himself said against Islam or Muslims, but for simply reporting what a Muslim speaker said, publicly, about Islam. What's being punished is the imagined "intolerance" of someone daring to question Islam, but not an expression of intolerance from within Islam itself.
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This isn't close to where I am right now - the incident was in the north-west part of the city and I'm working in the south-east. But it was in the middle of a very popular and fashionable shopping district, so I'm concerned about casualties.

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Moving van due soon. Next stop: Portland!
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After six weeks away from work, I'm back at my old gig at Big Pharma. My job is mainly interoffice deliveries, which obviously involves a lot of walking - I'm basically on my feet and MOVING eight hours a day. When the attack of the fascist peanuts made it impossible for me to work any longer, I told my manager I was taking a break from work for three weeks. He wasn't able to keep the position open, so I was technically "fired" at the end of the three weeks and I started interviewing again. But the Office Services angel was on my side, and the manager managed to eventually get me back on board at the same site after all. So, I'm working again, and it's good.

The foot problem, as it turns out, was the result of bad posture - as were the back problems that had been plaguing me with increasing ferocity over the past couple of years. If you, dear reader, have been suffering from random lower back and/or foot pain, I urge you to read up on Esther Gokhale and the Gokhale Method without further delay.

At any rate, Gokhale provided me the key to the things I was doing wrong with my posture and how to correct them. To wit, keeping my lower back (lumbar) firm and curved in the proper direction, bending at the hip (rather than reversing the curve of the lumbar spine) when I need to bend over; and keeping my feet pointed forward, with the weight on the balls and outside edges, rather than walking duck-toed and pronating as I did in former days. And that was all it took to get my body working properly and pain-free once again.

In other news, I went to Portland with G and Bunny last week/weekend. We left SFO on Thursday and returned Sunday. The main purpose was to get Bunny familiar with PDX so that she knows where I'm moving to, and understands that I'm not moving because she did anything wrong. We had a great time. Bunny loves Portland, and apparently G is warming to it too. I wouldn't mind if G decided to move there too - but that's a whole 'nother drama, and subject matter for another post.

But the plan as it stands is that I'll finish out this calendar year here in SF, work as much as I can and build a strong resume, and move to PDX around the beginning of 2014.

Oh Oregon

Jun. 8th, 2013 10:53 pm
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PORTLAND -- The World Naked Bike Ride is scheduled in Portland this weekend and police have asked riders to ensure that at least their heads and feet are covered. ...

According to Portland City Code, "It is unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex." But Simpson said there are exceptions under Oregon law.

"Although many participants may violate City Code, the police bureau will be exercising tremendous discretion as long as participants stay on the route with the rest of the riders," he explained.

"The Portland Police Bureau recommends that at a bare minimum all riders at least wear a helmet and shoes to avoid any potential injuries," he added.
Facebook's first data center ran into problems of a distinctly ironic nature when a literal cloud formed in the IT room and started to rain on servers.

Though Facebook has previously hinted at this via references to a "humidity event" within its first data center in Prineville, Oregon, the social network's infrastructure king Jay Parikh told The Reg on Thursday that, for a few minutes in Summer, 2011, Facebook's data center contained two clouds: one powered the social network, the other poured water on it.

"I got a call, 'Jay, there's a cloud in the data center'," Parikh says. "'What do you mean, outside?'. 'No, inside'."

There was panic.
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At long last, the time has come to start planning for my move back to Portland. I hope to make the move before the end of 2013.
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'A gunman who witnesses say was wearing camouflage and a white plastic mask opened fire in a shopping mall near Portland, Ore., killing at least one person and wounding others before the shooter was "neutralized" by police, authorities said. ... '

My thoughts and prayers to everyone in the Portland area who has been affected by this.
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As San Francisco goes, where I live isn't bad. But I'm looking forward to moving back to Portland.

Long-term, living in SF isn't viable for me in terms of money or mental health. I've toyed with the idea of moving to a suburb or smaller town somewhere in the Bay Area, but I don't really see that happening. It'll still be California, it'll still be the Bay Area, and the cost of living will catch up with me one way or another. It would get me out of the city, but if I wanted city life (entertainment, shopping, culture, work, school) I'd still have to deal with getting in and out of San Francisco - or Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, etc.

And I'm concerned about what California will be like in the next few years. The economy isn't in great shape here or anywhere else, but I'm thinking in particular of what will happen if (or when) the State's budget goes over the cliff. I am not conjuring up apocalyptic scenarios here, but I do worry. California is a big state. What will happen if Sacramento can't keep up basic services like infrastructure and state law enforcement? What will happen when state benefits and programs are cut? I worry about basic things like health, safety, crime.

Oregon is a much smaller state, and its biggest city isn't very big. It's a smaller economy, and I almost feel like it doesn't have as far to fall.

I've been getting job offers steadily - most recently from a Bay Area tech firm whose name is associated with very large numbers. If I can focus on building a good resume over the next year and a half, I'll be in a strong position to get work in Portland when I move back. That new Intel plant [ ] should be opening up just about the time I get there.

Wish me luck.
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Sadly, they've gone their separate ways. But boy could they knock out a tune.
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Marjory Asher was a friend and sometime girlfriend with whom I shared a birthday and a name. We stayed in touch after I left Portland, but I hadn't heard back from her for months. Now I know why.

I'll post a little more later. Right now I'm just stunned. It's been almost a year since she left us; don't know why it took me that long to do a google on her, but there you go.


She was found in the Willamette River.

"It has been determined that she did not fall."

Six Months.

Feb. 9th, 2008 10:38 pm
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Things I miss:

Powell's Books.

The Blue Moon; and McMenamin's, generally.

23rd Avenue. Yes, even though it's yuppified.

Fred Meyer.


My old apartment, the Commodore.

The bridges.

Pioneer Square. It used to be a ten-minute walk from my front door.

Morrison Street.

Michael of . Drinks with Michael and the gang at the Horse Brass on Belmont.

Walkable streets.

Those summers. After the rain that seems to never end ... oh God, those summers.

Polite people.

The Mercury (for people who are toooooo hip for the WW!).

That coffee house with no name on Burnside and Trinity.

MAX to the airport.

The river.

Washington Park.


The library; especially the Central Library on SW 10th Avenue. I like a library that looks like a library.

City just the right size, reasonable cost of living.

Walkable streets.

Free Wi-Fi.

Old friends.
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There's a great coffee shop on the corner of Burnside and Trinity. It's locally owned and operated, the folks there are waaay cool and they know everything there is to know about coffee, and they make the best damn shot of espresso in Portland.

Here's a couple of pictures from the inside:

A couple of months ago, a Starbucks opened up across the street. Here's the Starbucks, same afternoon:

I've never been inside, but that Starbucks looks like a great place to go ... if you're looking for a little peace and quiet.
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We have emergency plans for earthquakes.

We have emergency plans for volcanoes.

We have emergency plans for bioterrorism.

Now, when is Portland going to develop an emergency plan for six fuckin' inches of snow?
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Just got back from Governor Kulongoski's inaugural ball; was invited to go with a friend. Absolutely outstanding affair, had a great time (even though I didn't know anybody there). I really do like Governor K., too. May post some reflections on the event tomorrow. Meanwhile I gotta admire my commemorative mug and get to bed.
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Just friggin' yay, that's all.

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