Monday, December 24, 2018

Top post for Category Links

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(On my mobile the layout doesn't include my categories widget so I would like to put that in a top post (edit: you can top post in blogger by setting the published on time in the future) so people viewing my site from their mobile can easily find the links. Funny, I thought assigning category numbers then linking the search number to the category was clever, but noticing the iphone tries to recognize the category numbers as phone numbers.. will consider changing to just keyword search links. )

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Why Pacific Underland?

Some people could be familiar with the term Pacific Wonderland, which is even on some of our license plates here in Oregon.

Some people may think or have heard the Pacific Northwest is a natural wonderland filled with natural beauty and liberal thinking people, with killer green bud and dank microbrew. We have clean air, great schools, and a booming economy.

Some of that might be true, but it's not a wonderland when;

You have high rates of depression and suicide

high rates of drug addiction and homelessness

have some of the most unaffordable housing in the country.

I love the Pacific Northwest, I'm glad I was raised in Portland, but we have a lot of room for improvement. Some of the challenges we face are systemic and countrywide, they may need to be addressed on a national level. We might not be able to fix them all by ourselves.

So that's why this blog is called Pacific Underland. Plus it just sounds cool.

Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 almost over

been quite a year. Happy Holidays. Solstice almost here. Changed my background color. I chose black for energy savings on people's screens, but it was getting a little gloomy so I switched to green.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

We have to be smarter than yeast

Capitalism has taken us about as far as it can

We can either abandon it, or ride it off a cliff

Money doesn't care, it takes on a life of it's own

Destroying and eating everything in it's path

To make beer, you add yeast to the malt sugars

and it eats until it dies, choking on it's own exhaust

We have to be smarter than yeast

Monday, October 30, 2017

Mary's peak vlog

trying my hand at vlogging, go for a ride with me! Hope to improve my camera and editing skills. First try I used youtube editor but I think they're shutting down. Mary's peak movie edited with imovie on a mac. enjoy

Categories: cycling hiking biking bicycling Corvallis vlogging blogging blog vlog

Strava link:

Forehead License Plates

'distracted walking?' Ya, some people are probably so dumb they're a liability just walking down the street, but we should probably just feel sorry for them, not punish them.

I think it's funny that you can get the same ticket for running a stop sign on a bike as you can on a car.

The argument is that you could cause an accident I guess?

So some people argue that bikes should require insurance and license plates for this reason, and also to pay for all those great perks like bike lanes.

But a pedestrian could cause an accident too. So should they also be licensed and insured? And made to pay for sidewalks? No that would be dumb. People should be encouraged to walk and bike and discouraged from driving.

Bike lanes are crap anyways, they're mostly gutter. If you have a choice between blocking a bike lane and a car lane, people ALWAYS choose to block the bike lane. They fill them with leaves, park in them, stick their recycling and trash bins in them.

Even when the bike lane is clear, the amount of room left for the bike, after leaving the lawful 3-6 feet passing distance between you and the motorist, is negligible. Then, if you need to turn, you have to go play in traffic. Most bike 'infrastructure' isn't any kind of structure at all, just paint on the road and wishful thinking.

I think if people got out and actually rode their bikes once in a while, they would realize that. But when you're driving everywhere, you only see bikes as a tax-dodging nuisance. NO, cars are clearly the nuisance. The cyclist isn't belching pollution into the air at every turn.

I could rant about this all day. One analogy is that you see a forest where elephants have trampled everything and shit everywhere, polluting the water and felling every tree (cars) Then you see a butterfly land on the piece of elephant dung and take a crap on top of the piece of elephant dung.. and you say "Damn why doesn't that butterfly pay more taxes!?" The cyclist is the butterfly. That's the kind of proportion we're talking about pollution-wise, environmental impact-wise, and damage to our streets that cars do in proportion to bikes.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

new simple logo

trying to make something simple enough to maybe do a DIY t-shirt. I know I could just order them but I feel like DIY is cooler. One color, make my own silk screen or do colored shirts and spray with bleach?