October 16th, 2008

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Ballot Measure Forum!

Come learn and discuss the billions of ballot measures with awesome folks!

Partnership for Safety and Justice, Oregon Action, APANO and SEIU join together to provide critical voter education for Oregonians in the Portland Metro Area.

Although most of the election attention is focused on the presidential race, more is at stake than America’s next president. Oregonians will be presented with 12 statewide ballot measures that will have a profound impact on our lives and communities. These measures could fundamentally change the quality of our children’s education, the availability of funding for vital health and human services, as well as Oregon’s approach to addiction, crinimal justice, and public safety.

The presentations at each forum will provide accessible information about the issues these ballot measures cover, what is at stake, and the positions the host organizations have taken on these measures.

Refreshments served. Childcare will be provided if you RSVP at 503-335-8449

Brentwood Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave.

Thursday, October 16th. 6-8pm. TOMORROW.

If you can't make it out, please see DefendOregon.org. It's spectacular site.

Seriously, even if you don't vote for Pres, vote for the ballot measures, they really do/will affect you.

P.S. If anyone wants to volunteer for any of the campaigns against crazy ballot measures, particularly against the mandatory minimum ballot measure, please email Caylor at SafetyandJustice dot org. Thanks!

Sweet Kitty

Hello all!

I recently moved to the Portland area from Atlanta. Damnportlanders makes me a little less homesick because it reminds me of the old discussion board there, but with less BOLOs and Public Safety issues.

I see that there are many animal lovers in this group and wanted to share information about a sweet cat that was left behind by her previous "owner".


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I have read good things about the Oregon Humane Society. Does anyone have any personal experiences with them?

Metal clothes hangers?

I have used up all of my metal clothes hangers on previous projects and I'm in desperate need of some new raw materials!

Does anyone know of where I can pick up some old school metal hangers or does anyone have any I can take off their hands?

I need about 10-15.

Or if anyone knows of where I can find wire that size and thickness that's not on a roll. I need it to be more straight than circular. My next bet would be going to a hardware store as I'm sure they have something I could salvage. Any suggestions?

What am I making? Fairy wings.. BIG ones.
My costume this year is the obnoxious bad joke Fairy. It's going to be hilarious.. I want to make some kick ass weird wings.

Thanks for helping me out Portlanders!

Warm gloves

Dear DP, I need advice on outdoor gear:

I'm looking for a good pair of gloves to see me through a winter of bike commuting in Portland. I have this weird thing where my fingers go numb when they get a little cold, and I really want a pair of well-insulated, warm, preferably waterproof gloves that are also not mittens and leave me some finger dexterity. Any recommendations? Are fancy neoprene cycling gloves like they have at REI any good, or are they just there to make bike jocks look fancy?
bruce lee
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Feelin' crafty

First off: big thanks to the small-but-fierce circle at Stitch 'n' Bitch last night! I enjoyed myself, when I wasn't distracted by trying to figure out what I was doing after a 6+ months of not knitting or crocheting a single stitch. ;)

Second, I have a bit of sewing to do, in the name of Halloween-related awesome. Unfortunately, I don't have a sewing machine, and it's not enough sewing that it'd be worth buying one. Back when I lived near UO, I used their Craft Center, which was also open to community members, so I could pay a few bucks for a day pass and get my stitching done.

Is there something similar in PDX? Bonus if it's in SE.
Angel of the north
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Picture of the day. What was McCain thinking???

US Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) reacts to almost heading the wrong way off the stage after shaking hands with Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) at the conclusion of the final presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, October 15, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008

Athens Boys Choir

Hey DPers!

Friday, October 24 SMYRC is going to be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC after 7 PM for a show! Athens Boys Choir! $5 sliding scale! Free for folks 23 and under, though you can still donate a few dollars to SMYRC if you can and you want to. It's a smoke-free (and drug- and alcohol-free) venue so come in and let yr lungs and ears enjoy the show!

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DEREK GREEN - Media & the Internet

'Online Newsgathering'

MLRC Institute presents media attorney Derek Green, an associate with Portland's Davis Wright and Tremaine, who will discuss online newsgathering, the importance of the First Amendment protections of freedom of speech and freedom of the press, and how the Internet has changed journalism and news gathering.

Twenty-Third Avenue Books
1015 NW 23rd Ave.
TONIGHT! 7:00 p.m., Free


ballot measures

I know how I'm going to vote for just about everything in this election, but am having difficulty completely understanding the ramifications of a couple ballot measures.  I'm hoping that some dp-ers might have some insight and/or information that could help me decide how to vote - references are greatly appreciated.

1. Measure 57 - This is supposed to be the saner version of measure 61, which creates mandatory minimums for nonviolent offenses.  I come from the perspective that mandatory sentencing is never a good idea and that throwing people in jail is rarely the solution in nonviolent cases.  Given that perspective, I want to vote no on measure 57.  But then there is all this talk that voting no on 57 will contribute to 61 passing, which (from my perspective) is obviously significantly worse than 57.  Are people really going to vote yes on 61?  Is 61 really in danger of passing?  I hate the idea of voting yes on a mandatory sentencing measure, but does it really look like we're going to be stuck with one and I should vote for the better of the two?

2. Measure 65 - This is the one changing the primaries to a "top two" system.  I honestly can see both sides of this debate and need to get more information before making a decision.  How has this worked out in Washington?  Anyone passionately for or against this want to make their case?

Thanks for helping educate me in this election.  I want to turn my ballot in the day after I get it so I can officially ignore everything election-related until November 4th, so I'm trying to decide soon :).

Visiting Seattle

I know there's a good amount of folks on here who have lived in Seattle, so hopefully you can help me out.

I'm planning an impromptu trip to Seattle next week. I've only been once and I flew from CA, and was without a car in downtown. I found downtown itself to be kinda boring and disappointing. I've heard from several people that there are some real fun areas outside the DT area. So, this time I'm driving and want to find an area to stay in that would be central to cool places. I'm thinking like hip areas like Hawthorne and the like. Not really looking to do touristy stuff-just hang out. So, what's a good area to stay in in the Seattle-Metro area? Also, anyone know of any great cheap hotels? It seems like I'm going to be paying $70-80/nt which is not THAT bad, but if anyone knows of anything cheaper let me know.

Go ahead and snark away, as I admit I'm too damn lazy to seek out a Seattle community and be snarked by them.

Thanks in advance.
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Workout Gear

I've been having a hard time finding relatively inexpensive workout clothes.  I'm looking for pants and shirts for the upcoming winter season.  Where do you buy your workout clothes? I'm willing to travel anywhere in Portland. 

Also, I have been trying to find a store that sells wireless headphones (like these).  The cords on regular headphones irritate my neck when I jog.  Please let me know if you have seen them around.


french press question

So, what setting should I choose on the store coffee grinder for French Press?  There's 3 different coarse ones.

(Yes, I know I should have a bazillion dollar burr grinder at home and just buy in tiny quantities and grind right before brewing...yada yada... that ain't happenin' right now what with the 2-year old and the serial entrepreneurship and all.  Mama needz coffee NOW)

TIA deepee.
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Dr. Killinger.  Dr. Henry Killinger.

Why doesn't this picture...

... excite the fanboy in me at all?

It's got kind of a 90210 meets Trek convention vibe to it. Plus, I hate that "Heroes" guy.

Tell me that either 1) I'm right, or 2) I need to get with the program and that a new JJ Abram's-helmed Star Trek is just what this country needs right now.
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Where can I get a lot of clear epoxy resin around town? Like for making jewelry and such. I'm pretty sure Michael's and Joann's both have it, but in small, overpriced quantities. I like to buy in bulk for all of my crafty pursuits. Speaking of which, are there any other cold process soapmakers here? Where do you buy your oils? Are there other Portlanders with Etsy sites?

Also... I'm taking up running again after an extended absence due to injury, and I now have an iPod to run with. Problem is, I have a kind of fucked up ear shape and the ones that come with it don't fit. I've tried just about every other kind of headphones and they all bounce off my head/out of my ears while I'm running. Do any of you damnrunners have tips/brand suggestions for running headphones?
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torchicnono--by me

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So it seems I have to get my wisdom teeth taken out.

Last time I had any sort of operation was almost 19 years ago, and that was my tonsils. Last time I had any sort of medical cuts was when I had a swollen thumb, and let me tell you, "numbing" it didn't do jack.

So what should I expect from this? Moreover, how does it feel? I know I'll be out for the majority of it, but before and after and all that. Also, I fucking HATE needles--are any actually required in this? Can they just knock me out with the gas and leave it at that, or do they have to put the needle in then?

Also, why can't they just correct the path of the teeth rather than taking them out entirely?

EDIT--OK, I should clarify what I mean about needles--I mean when I had my tonsils out they gassed me out and then stuck a needle in my arm to keep me out. Is this procedure short enough that they don't have to do *that*?
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Thankful Thursdays, Portland-Style!

1. There are now six late-night food carts on the corner of SE 12th and Hawthorne, up from three several weeks ago! I enjoy having random conversations with fellow noshers at 1 a.m.

2. Cooler fall weather means more time to snuggle with cats.

3. Incredible dining experience at Plainfield's Mayur Indian cuisine with friends. The atmosphere, the attentive service, and the food were all exquisite! I must say that it was one of the best dining experience for me ever.

4. Work sending me to an academic IT conference, which is being held in downtown Portland early next week (hmmmm. Methinks I may have to introduce out-of-town conference attendees to quaint wine bars and beer houses in the downtown area).

5. Feeling urbane and stereotypically Portland-esque at the same time: taking public transit to a show that I'm playing at.

6. Thank goodness for Wi-Fi at local clubs (so I can post this while waiting to perform!).
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Help me DP!
I'm starting early on my Christmas presents, and one of the things I desperately want to give my Mom is a DVD copy of the Peter, Paul and Mary Christmas video. She has this tradition of wrapping all our presents while watching it, and her VHS copy bit the dust last year.
Anyway, there is a problem with this....it doesn't exist on DVD. I've ordered a VHS off Amazon, but I'm trying to figure out a way I can get it transferred to DVD for her so it won't just wear out again. All of the professional services I've looked at understandably frown on doing anything commercial (ie, if it isn't a home video, they won't copy it), and even if I could get them to make an exception, they all seem to charge in the range of $30 per hour of tape (I don't want to pay $45 for this!).
So, my question is....does anyone here know where I might be able to get something like this done? I don't even know what sort of equipment is involved. Suggestions? Thoughts?

Thank you, oh wise and wonderful DP.