I admit it, I didn't watch the new Mat Kearney video until today. I got the press relases, I saw the R-G did a story, I saw friends posting it on Facebook. But the moment I see something is paired up with Duck football, I lose a little interested (that's blasphemy if you live in Eugene, isn't it?).
But I talked to a couple friends with good taste in music (and a similar "meh" attitude about football) and they praised it so I pulled up the video … and it's pretty darn good. The song is anyway. Given a certain feeling that the Ducks are a little oversaturated, the video is a little football heavy, but the wistfulness of the song and the historical footage make it work. About minute 48 there's a shot of sailboats on Dexter Reservoir with Parvin Butte (pre-current mining destruction) that made me even more wistful.
Also it has horses. I'm a sucker for horses.
If you were unaware that Kearney is a Duck's fan, then you missed "Chip Don't Go."
Tonight is the night we here at the EW offices have been waiting months for — the First Friday ArtWalk when we will introduce the winning box art for our ArtsHound on Broadway contest and the artists behind the winning designs (read more here). Eugene Weekly will be the tour guide for this event and we begin with the first box outside Tokyo Tonkatsu at Broadway and Charnelton downtown at 5:30 pm sharp, so don't be late. Artist will speak about their designs and artwalkers are encouraged to ask questions.
We will stop at each art box along Broadway and Willamette until we reach the Hult Center's Jacob Gallery for the 2014 Mayor's Art Show, with more stops to follow.
I was able to pop into the Jacob's Gallery yesterday and I must say, this is one of the best collections of local art I have seen. Here's a little visual appetizer from the Jacob's Gallery to whet your appetite for the ArtWalk tonight.
It's a pretty well-known fact that you're not supposed to flush prescription drugs, or any pharmaceuticals for that matter, down the toilet. What many people don't think about is that the same rule applies for pet pharmaceuticals. It's unclear just what pet owners do with their pet's unwanted medication, and for that reason, OSU is launching a survey to assess common practices in order to learn more and strengthen its outreach and education strategy. Give it a click, because clean water is good for you and good for your pets.
You can take the survey here.
When I started reading the "long-form journalism" piece on SB Nation about former UO Duck player Colt Lyerla I was speechless. Not because he alleges the UO promised him a house and car (hey at least it wasn't allegations about being offered sex this time) but because of the florid descriptions of Lyerla and over-the-top language that "A Place to Call Home" is peppered with. Papers including The Oregonian and the R-G weeded through it until the pulled out the details about the alleged offer, but I feel that just getting out the actual news in the piece isn't nearly as much fun as reading the rather remarkable prose.
The descriptions of Lyerla are what make the piece. Here's the first one:
In person, he appears impossibly large. His measurements — 6'4, 242 pounds, as of February's NFL Combine — are plausible enough, but up close, the body appears to be something out of a create-a-player generator in a video game, his outsized proportions more virtual reality than man-made. It starts with the hands, soft tensile masses perfectly engineered to catch footballs. His enormous calves challenge the elasticity of his socks, while his forearms seem as thick as telephone poles. Even as he sits at the small glass kitchen table, in a baggy white T-shirt and black basketball shorts, he seems to loom over it. His dark brown eyes, cleft chin and strong, smooth jaw line complete the look of someone who has never been an underdog on the field, and who has never lacked attention.
The metaphors really make the piece. Later, there is this one:
He was used to being an anomaly because his body enabled him to do things that defied what so many others had hardwired into their genetic code, a hacked iPhone when everyone else still operated on factory settings.
Yup, a football player = hacked iPhone.
You can read and enjoy the whole piece for yourself at SBNation.com.
According to the R-G, the UO Athletic Department responded, “The University of Oregon takes seriously any allegation of a rules violation and the compliance department will thoroughly examine the information to determine its validity as we do in all cases.”
Notice the air isn't as clear and beautiful as you might like for Labor Day weekend? This just in from LRAPA: Labor Day weekend air quality affected by Deception Complex wildfire smoke The Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) would like to advise residents and visitors in Lane County to be aware of air quality concerns throughout this weekend. Labor Day weekend air quality is looking to range from “Moderate/Yellow” to “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (USG)/Orange” in Oakridge/Westfir. Eugene/Springfield is looking at ranges from “Good/Green” to “Moderate/Yellow.”
The Deception Complex fire in Oakridge has grown to 2,196 acres as of Sunday, August 31, 2014. Cooler area temperatures and light precipitation is improving conditions slightly. Smoke levels were significantly lower in the Oakridge area Saturday than earlier in the week. The wind is forecasted to push from the Northwest to the North for the next couple days. This will help keep smoke levels down in the immediate Oakridge area. However, if the winds change or conditions do not improve and worsen from the “USG” levels, LRAPA advises that residents stay indoors and limit outside activities.
The City of Oakridge and Lane County Government has set up a smoke relief room at the Willamette Activity Center (47674 School St.), Room 10. The room is open Saturday-Monday this weekend from 9 AM – 5 PM. People are welcome to turn on air conditioning and escape from the smoke. People feeling health impacts from the smoke should contact their doctors or health care providers.
More information on smoke related health impacts can be found here, at the United States Environmental Protection Agency website brochure: http://www.epa.gov/airnow/smoke/Smoke2003final.pdf
nformation on the Deception Creek Fire can be found at the Willamette National Forest website and twitter, @willametteNF or the Incident Information System: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4093/
For more information, please call Jo Niehaus, LRAPA’s public affairs manager at 541-736-1056 ext 217. # # #
We just heard that Tom Peter, noted journalist, author and foreign correspondent, will be speaking at noon Sunday, Aug. 31, at First Church-Christ Scientist, 13th and Pearl in Eugene. Peter has most recently been covering Syria, and before that Afghanistan and Iraq. See http://www.tomapeter.com/
The 2014-2015 school year marks the first year that students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment, a standardized test aligned with the new Common Core State Standards. The Eugene School District 4J recently shared Smarter Balanced's request for community members to weigh in on how difficult the test questions are, in light of the fact that "the state of Oregon and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium want to ensure Smarter Balanced achievement levels reflect challenging but fair expectations for all Oregon students."
Groups like the Oregon Education Association, which called for a moritorium on the test, feel that the implementation is too rushed, and some say the standards were not tested on children before they were implemented.
Although students will be the ones taking the test, the Smarter Balanced Consortium is asking "educators, parents and business leaders" to "recommend achievement levels after reviewing test questions from selected English and math tests."
The Smarter Balanced website says volunteer reviewers will have the opportunity to "review actual test items, recommend proficiency scores and help establish consistent measures of student progress." In order to participate, register here by Sept. 19.
Dr. Samuel Metz explains how single payer health insurance could work in Oregon.
Gender disparity in the tech field: It's still there. That's why Portland-based Janice Levenhagen-Seeley, an alum of Oregon State University, created ChickTech, a group dedicated to fostering opportunities for women and girls to pursue robotics, coding or any other aspect of the computer science world that is traditionally dominated by men.
A free, upcoming workshop for high school girls, Aug. 23-24 at OSU, will offer robot-building classes, video game programming, smartphone application designing and more. Girls get to stay overnight at the dorms, and on Aug. 24, they'll display their newly-made projects at Kelley Engineering Center on OSU campus.
According to OSU's website:
The event is designed as a fun, positive learning experience to build participants’ confidence in their technical abilities, provide positive role models, and create connections with other young women from the area.
For more info and registration forms, see ChickTech's website.
Last night at the Summer in the City runway show, the team behind Eugene Fashion Week announced the new location of the next fashion week: Ninkasi's new administration palace, err, building in the Whit. Eugene Fashion Week will take place the second week of October this year, rather than its usual springtime dates, shortly after Portland Fashion Week (Sept. 29-Oct. 2).
Eugene Fashion Week has also added a fourth show to the festivities this year. In addition to lingerie/swimwear, ready to wear, and couture, audiences will also see a retail show.
Until then, enjoy these pictures from last night's packed show featuring all-local designs in the lobby of the Hult Center:
This short blurb quoting Peter Van Buren was sent out today by the Institute for Public Accuracy, http://www.accuracy.org/
Peter Van Buren is a 24-year veteran of the State Department who spent a year in Iraq. Following his first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, the Department of State began proceedings against him. The book, published in 2011, called out the State Department for failing to reduce the root problems in Iraq, both the Sunni-Shia tribal/political/religious divides as well as the failed civil and municipal infrastructures that underlay widespread discontent with the Iraqi government. Instead of reviewing Van Buren's arguments, the State Department sought to prosecute him as a whistleblower, until the intercession of the Government Accountability Project and the ACLU allowed Van Buren to depart his 24 years of government service on his own terms.
He wrote the piece “Why Air Strikes in Iraq Are a Mistake,” in “the Dissenter” blog at Firedoglake, which stresses the need to "Understand how deep the U.S. is already in. It is highly likely that U.S. Special Forces are active on the ground, conducting reconnaissance missions and laser-designating targets for circling U.S. aircraft. If U.S. planes are overhead, U.S. search and rescue assets are not far away, perhaps in desert forward operating positions. This is how bigger wars begin. Go Google 'Vietnam War,' say starting about 1963.
"The U.S. media is playing the meme that the U.S. is worried about Christian minority in Iraq, as a way to engorge the American people with blood. But the media fails to note that over half of Iraq’s Christians were killed or fled during the U.S. occupation. ... Separating the people from the insurgents is CounterInsurgency 101. Instead, via airstrikes, the U.S. has gone all-in on side of Iraqi Shias and Kurds. You cannot bomb away a political movement. You cannot kill an idea that motivates millions of people with a Hellfire missile."