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Portland's Toilet Crusader Goes International

When I first met Carol McCreary last year ("Tour de Porcelain", May 17, 2006) she was Portland's foremost toilet activist, working tirelessly as the head of PHLUSH (Public Hygiene Lets Us Stay Healthy) to improve Portland's public loos. It se...   More
Saturday, October 27, 2007 by Adrian Chen

Love Portland but hate pants? Try Second Life!

A few things I hate about Real Life Portland: 1) you have to wear pants; 2) weird smells; 3) it's really bright sometimes and it hurts my eyes; 4) You have to take showers once in a while (see 2).

So I'm super glad that the online community of Second Life exists. This 3D world...   More
Tuesday, September 18, 2007 by Adrian Chen

The Nerd Vote: I Can Has Steve Novick?

If just nerds constituted the Oregon electorate, we could skip the election and give Steve Novick his Senate seat right now, along with the crown fashioned from 8-bit Nintendo controllers that would have to accompany the office in such a world. Either Novick has stumbled upon some sort of play book (w...   More
Thursday, June 28, 2007 by Adrian Chen

John Hodgman on Steve Novick: "Vote Hook!"

I was kind of taken aback when I first saw U.S. Senate candidate Steve Novick's campaign slogan, “The fighter with a hard left hook.” Not to mention his campaign website: www.votehook.com . OK, Novick, we get it: You have a hook for a hand. Now end the wa...   More
Monday, June 4, 2007 by Adrian Chen

HABITAT: I'm Buying a What?

A field guide to Portland's vintage architecture.

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You've seen these phrases blaring from real-estate listings: "BEAUTIFUL CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW!" "OLD PORTLAND!" "COZY CAPE COD!" These, supposedly, are the classics: oldies and goodies. But how old, and ...   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2007 Adrian Chen

Comet Watching, Mount Tabor Style

It's a few minutes to five atop Mt. Tabor on Friday night. About two-dozen people swaddled in scarves and jackets watch the sky to the southwest, through a break in the trees. A small telescope sits on a tripod; a family of five sits in a line while the father scans the sky with what looks to be the sc...   More
Sunday, January 14, 2007 by Adrian Chen

Cheap Eats 2006

Food Reviews & Stories
On the outskirts of Northeast and craving a slice? Try Pizza-A-Go-Go for a quick in-and-out that will definitely satisfy your urges. Slices range from $2.50 for cheese to $3.50 for the daily meat special. The vegan option ($3) is a nice touch for non-carnivores. And although pre-prepared slices some   More
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 Adrian Chen

Tour De Porcelain

After two hours and seven restrooms, Adrian Chen finds out what drives Portland's fiercest public-toilet advocates.

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Carol McCreary, wearing a large red coat and an oversized winter hat with rainbow stripes, is gesturing inside the men's public restroom at South Waterfront Park. "Look at all of this excitedly natura ...   More
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Adrian Chen

Ten Who Hit The Mark

When it comes to the outdoors, these Oregonians get a bull's-eye.

Put these 10 Oregonians in a room and they might not have much to talk about. The only thing they have in common is that they did something interesting, outside. But in the varied nature of their acco ...   More
Wednesday, May 17, 2006 Adrian Chen

Baby, You Look Like A Pimp

Portland-based Pimpfants incites a national tantrum with its line of baby clothes.

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Ever look at your 2-year-old and think, "You know, my kid's cute, but what he really needs is a hooded velour track suit"?Well, Portlander Jared Parsons, brother of Fox 12 News anchor Shauna Parsons, ...   More
Wednesday, May 10, 2006 Adrian Chen
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