January 8th, 2009


Going Retro

EDIT: found what I was looking for at Naked City. Thanks for the tips everyone!

Where are some good places in Portland to buy retro 50s look wearables to accessorize an outfit? Doesn't have to be truly vintage -- reproductions are fine. New or used. Buffalo Exchange or Red Light maybe? Naked City?
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Have you heard about the new CPSIA law?

This is very important - it applies to EVERYONE. As consumers, we will all see major unintended changes put into effect by this law.

Feb. 10, 2009, is being called National Bankruptcy Day, and indeed, for many, this will be the day that a lot of homegrown businesses will go kaput after many years of success.

PLEASE READ: This affects not just retailers and resellers, but consumers as well: buying and selling of anything NEW OR USED that could be seen as "for children under the age of 12" is going to be affected by this new law. This law has unintended effects which will cause many small businesses to shut down, including resellers and consignment stores, but it will also affect the choices you have when YOU go to shop online, in stores, and even on places like craigslist!
Even if you don't have kids, if you've ever bought collectors items which qualify as "toys" or books that could be seen as suitable for children, these options will be affected by this law!!

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The way this law is written right now, it's got the potential to literally clear our shelves of all but the most mass produced items out there.

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I am touched by Neil again...

For any of you who read the Neil Diamond Ticket story: My sad tale of Diamond woe has paid off in that I am the winner!!!! of the four Neil Diamond tickets. I asked rent_32 if he wanted 2 of them for his parents, as I felt they are more deserving than I am, but THEY CAN'T GO! So, now I need whoever else wrote a story to contact me - if you want two tickets. Please email carolyn at rosesequipment dot com if you want them. Preference goes to whoever wrote a story. And then, who knows.

SOrry, but I'm a retard and don't know how to link to the original posting and i am in a huge hurry because we are doing inventory at work and i don't have time to deal with this right now.

But Neil!!!!!! YAAAAAAAY!

1st Thursday: Meeting Modernity -- Found Photos from Japan



Curated by Ian Lynam

Reception: Thursday, January 8th, 6PM-9PM

Reading Frenzy

The Meeting Modernity series of found photographs is the focus of Neojaponisme's first traveling exhibition. Recently unearthed outside of the city of Sano in Tochigi-ken, this series of pictures document Japan as it engaged with modernization and commercial photography in the Meiji and Taishō Periods. The series is comprised of portrait photography in particular.

A limited edition postcard set is available for sale. Sake and snacks will be provided! Show runs through January.

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LYRICS for lulz

Thanks to my good friend posting about song lyrics that irritated her, I started thinking about all the lyrics of songs that I could never figure out.
For instance....I know these aren't the REAL lyrics but I always sing them anyway:


Name some songs/lyrics which people always jack up...or which you couldn't ever really figure out.

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    Manfred Mann - Blinded by the light
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coupla health questions

So...I have no health insurance.

But I need to go to an eye doctor so that I can get some contacts or glasses.  Therefore, my first question is does anyone know any cheap eye doctors?  I live in NE, but I have a car and am willing to drive.

Also - it looks like I'm in need of a dentist.  Clearly not having health care is going to hurt me here, but I was wondering if anyone has any experience with dentists in the area that have sliding scale or work with non-insured patients in some capacity.

at this point, any information helps.


Internet Girl Quiz:

Are you a Girl? Or have you been one?

Take this simple, four question quiz:

1. What type of stickers did you collect as a child?
2. Are you an Elizabeth or a Jessica?
3. What was the first type of makeup you bought or wore for yourself?
4. Complete the following: "Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack..."

No peeking at other's answers until you complete the quiz!

Need to borrow?

Hey folks!

I need to borrow a dual CD player with a mixer for January 18th for a show at the Doug Fir. I am trying to DJ for Woven Hand, which is one of my favorite bands in the whole world, but in order to do this, I need to obtain this above listed equipment. As I am a fledgling DJ, I don't own those two pieces.

I will provide a nummy dinner cooked by me, a delicious pie, or super yummy cookies. Or perhaps some yardwork? I am very much open.

I just really want to DJ this show. It means a lot to me. I love this band and spinning live music.

keyboard hand D Maj

Thankful Thursdays, Portland-Style!

1. The lovely atmospheric sounds of the intense rain and winds against the windows of my apartment.

2. Late-night noshing goodness: Vegetarian poutine at Potato Champion with gobs of the Secret Aardvark sauce (which the Potato Champion now has on site). A great combination. For The Win!

3. The gorgeous shine of downtown buildings this morning contrasted sharply against the varying shades of grey on the road and in the skies.

4. The UPS peeps delivering package two business days earlier than stated on their package tracking site!

5. Warmer weather! :)

needed: long power strips

Hey DP, I'm looking for some industrial electrical equipment!!! Normally I'd order this online, but I can't wait, or don't really want to delay my project three days waiting on Fedex.
This is what I want/need (for work):

Just a 6-foot long power strip with about 20-24 plugs.
Any stores in town that sell this crap? Checked Best Buy & Office Depot, but no luck there.

Travel agent??

We are planning a trip to Spain in June and I was wondering if anyone has any travel agency recommendations.  We usually don't go the travel agent route when traveling,  but wanted to make  sure we cover all of our bases since it's kind of a big trip.  Thanks for your help. 

Computer/Virus/Trojan Horse help for a dummy!

Dear DP,

Thank you for saving my ass a million and one ways.  I need need an ass saving for the million and second time.  To preface my story of woe:  I'm a PC desktop user.  Around the middle of December my computer got infected with...something.  My somewhat computer savvy roommate got me switched over to Firefox (was using IE), got me AVG free (since I couldn't afford to renew my Norton subscription) and got me set up with the automatic scans and whatnot.  Despite that I STILL have some godawful combination of viruses and trojan horses.  Every few minutes Spybot pops up asking if I want to deny a system registry change of some sort (I deny of course) and randomly my browser (both firefox and IE, the latter I've only used to see if the problem is consistant) will open a new tab/window telling me I have a trojan horse/virus and suggesting I buy some kind of virus protection with something that looks suspciously like the Windows security logo, but is clearly not.  AVG occasionally finds something and asks if I want to delete/heal/move it to a vault but then can't find the specified file. When I try to follow the path in my folders to find and delete said viruses/trojan horses nothing's in the folder.  Half the time the folders don't even exist (like temporary internet files, for example), even when I search for them and include hidden files and folders in the search.  HOW THE HELL DO I GET RID OF THESE?!  I do have an external harddrive though I haven't used it to back anything up for fear the nasties will get on there too.  Not sure if this is possible but I figured I'd better be safe than sorry.  Now firefox is crashing regularly and all sorts of bizarre alerts which look like windows alerts but are different than the last ones are popping up and I just have no idea what the hell to trust on my computer or not.  If anyone can tell me here how the hell to remove these things in VEEEERRRY extreme detail (as in "go to the upper right of your screen, click on edit, click on 'xyz,' etc...) for someone who is not computer savvy in the least I will be extremely extremely grateful.  If someone knows that I can't fix this on my own but can do it for me I can bake you cookies, awesome cinnamon rolls or a lovely meal.  I'm a pretty stellar baker and cook.  I cannot afford to pay someone or a business to take a look, but I'm down for bartering and trade or whatever.  Seriously, I'd give my virginity away to fix this if I could.  Damn my dirty whore of a lifestyle though.  But now you know how badly I want this gone.  HALP.

On another note, hotmail is not working for me.  It does work on my live-in boyfriend and aforementioned roomate's computer both of which are Macs.  I have no idea if this is related to the above problem or not, but basically once I get into my inbox nothing wants to load/work.  I can't access my e-mail messages, I can click on messages but they won't delete (though strangely when I later access hotmail on one of the others' computers those messages are deleted), can't access other folders.  Basically useless.  And I can't forward my messages to any non-msn accounts.  Any help there?

Seriously you will have my undying love and devotion and future virginity if you can help me. 

Seattle gay bar patrons are threated by domestic terrorist

Alright, enough with the Seattle haters - let's all send some love to these gay bars on Capitol Hill up north.  They've got some whack-job threatening to poison their patrons.

Seattle Gay Bars Receive Threatening Letters

RICIN: Seattle Gay Bars Receive Threatening Letters

Posted by Dan Savage on Wed, Jan 7 at 10:00 AM

Originally posted on Tuesday, January 6, at 3:40 PM.


Eleven gay bars in Seattle received letters today addressed to the "Owner/Manager" from someone claiming to be in the possession of ricin, a deadly poison. "Your establishment has been targeted," the letter begins. "I have in my possession approximately 67 grams of ricin with which I will indiscriminately target at least five of your clients."

"I felt sick when I read it," said Carla, the owner/manager of Re-bar. "It's so vile. It's just hatred. It made me worry for all the other bars, and for my bartenders, and our clientele."

According to the CDC's website, someone who has ingested "a significant amount" will develop vomiting and diarrhea within the first 6-12 hours; other symptoms of ricin poisoning include hallucinations, seizures, and blood in the urine. There is no antidote for ricin but ricin exposure is not invariably fatal.

"I just had the police come pick [the letter] up," said Keith Christensen, the manager of the Eagle, when reached by phone. Christensen had already heard about the letter from other bar owners and managers, and so he didn't open it. "It's probably nothing," Christensen added, "but the economy is really screwing all the bars right now, and the last thing we need is something ramping up the not-go-out mode people seem to be in right now. It's really freaky that someone would do something like this at a time like this."

eagle1-6-09.jpgChristensen says he's posted signs at the Eagle advising patrons not to leave their drinks unattended.

"The police have already come and gone," said Roland, the manager at Madison Pub. "They collected the letter and that's about it. I don't think it's anything to worry about it." Roland admitted to being unnerved by the letter at first.

"But after the initial 'what?', it's like whatever."

A letter also arrived in The Stranger's offices, addressed to the attention of "Obituaries." The letter's author said the paper should "be prepared to announce the deaths of approximately 55 individuals all of whom were patrons of the following establishments on a Saturday in January." The listed bars are: the Elite, Neighbours, Wild Rose, the Cuff, Purr, the Eagle, R Place, Re-bar, CC's, Madison Pub, and the Crescent. "I could take this moment to launch into a diatribe about my indignation towards the gay community," the letter concludes, "however, I think the deaths will speak for themselves."

Alison, Luying, and Tippett, local promoters and DJs who do nights at various bars around town, came up with the idea of organizing a pub crawl for this Friday night to show support for the bars that were threatened.

Carla at Re-bar added that, as distressing as the letter was, she was pleased with the response from the community.

"Everyone is calling each other, everyone's got each other's backs."


Need a roommate in SE Woodstock!

Hey DPeople! Anyone looking to move into a cool 2-bedroom with a fun, geeky roommate? (that'd be me) I posted an ad on Craigs List, and figured I'd post here too, in case any of you guys are looking to move, or know anyone who is looking to move. Check out my ad on CL! If you (or your friend) email me, let me know you're a fellow DPer and that'll get you bumped to the top of the list!

That's all I got. :)


Online File Backup

So I may or may not have just dropped my lovely 320gb travel hard drive down a flight of stairs. As of right now it looks like it has survived the crash, though when I went and picked it up I had to kind of pop the parts back in place.

Currently it's still running, but it did force my computer into a blue screen of death once, and I'm worried that eventually it might just stop working altogether.

My question for you all is this: what is the best program online to backup my files? I have documents, pictures, music, etc. on this thing and would really like to not lose it. Free is preferable (duh), but I'm willing to pay if the company or whatever is worth it.

Please point me in the right direction before I lose everything!

Thanks in advance =)

Looking for a website

...that I saw with cool gifts on it. It's something-fire.com or fire-something.com. It has funky things like mason jar flashlights and usb aa batteries and that towel with the outline of a dead body. If you know which one I mean, by some wild chance, I'd love a heads up. Thanks.

also...I think it's UK related or UK based.