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John Grisham Novel Camino Island Includes Portland State And A Portland Story Idea

I was cruising Costco and in between food samples of tangy chicken, yogurt drinks, and a new pasta, rolled through the book aisle.   There’s something magic about stacks of books in a big box store. If you’ve got a book on the table you’re a real writer? You’ve arrived? Or is it something worse? […]

Jenny Forrester Widens The River, Brightens The Sky

  On a night of ash falling across Portland, Willamette Writers gathered inside the Old Church. Wildfires be damned, they came and listened to Jenny Forrester talk about her burning memoir, Narrow River, Wide Sky.   I’ve never been more prepared to hear an author talk it out. First because my exchange student came with […]

Microsoft, Amazon, Shocks World With Alexa, Cortana. Houston Next?

Companies with arguably the most sophisticated logistics in the world, the top supply chain to feed demand for their life changing products, Amazon and Microsoft have joined each other at the only possible place: your brain. They should connect over Hurricane Harvey and Houston next.   But first, these business behemoths agreed to let Alexa […]

AMAZON FULLFILLMENT FROM END USER TO YOUTUBE

  An Amazon fullfillment center isn’t the work of the devil. That shade of red is special to places like Walmart. In either example it’s about material culture, things, objects. By watching American Roadshow on PBS you get a sense of the power objects hold. If that’s a little too tame, the same power emanates […]

SPACE NEEDLE BECOMES LAMP POST IF SEATTLE GROWS THE WRONG DIRECTION

    Reading right to left the image of Seattle changes from working port town Seattle to big league sports town Seattle to gorgeous big-city-over-water skyline Seattle, the equal to any world center. And then the forgotten Space Needle. There it is all by itself on the left. Alone. Can we finally agree? Seattle is […]

SEATTLE WORKS HARD FOR THE TOP SPOT

    A money man gave me the short history of how important places draw the right people to them, how they work. In the emerging Industrial Revolution world London was the center of the universe. Anyone with dreams and aspirations of being somebody, of one day being The Man, moved to London. Things changed […]

SEATTLE, WHERE THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST BEGINS

  Few artists could paint a picture of Seattle that looks like Portland, but the comparisons never end. Get on the whine line and listen. Seattle traffic, Seattle housing, Seattle expansion. Look down the road and hear the same thing about Portland traffic, Portland housing, Portland expansion. Although more cites across America lay claim as […]

STATES ON THE PODIUM FOR AN OREGON BLOG ABOUT NOTHING

These states read a blog about nothing. Is yours on it? The biggest problem with people coming to America is they show up without a good grip on their new place. How can anyone expect immigrants and refugees to know American states? Some of them come running for their lives. They’ve been on the track […]

BAD APPS RUNNING HUMAN OPERATING SYSTEM?

3 ways to tell a bad app from good on your own human operating system Consider the human operating system basics, what you demand everyday: If you’re hungry, find food. Too cold? Grab a coat. For a safe night, find a safe shelter. Those are the basics, right? Food. Clothing. Shelter. But not with a […]

BIG MONEY MEANS BIG EDUCATION?

Learn how to use Big Money. Rich guys are smart guys. If you learned that in school, you might be rich, too. What if you got rich another way? That’s when you you slide up on smart people and ask, “If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?” The joke is pretty funny, but not […]