Interesting Prison Quote


“Let’s start with a premise that I don’t think a lot of Americans are aware of. We have five percent of the world’s population; we have 25 percent of the world’s known prison population. There are only two possibilities here: either we have the most evil people on earth living in the United States; or we are doing something dramatically wrong in terms of how we approach the issue of criminal justice,”


Lunch On The Skyscraper


I have this photo hanging in my house, love it for some reason.  This presentation reviews some of the historical photographs captured by Charles Ebbets in the early 1930’s.  Most of them depict daily scenes of the workers who participated in the construction of the skyscrapers between 1920 and 1935.  As you will see, the safety measures were somewhat peculiar and the photos were done trying to play down that situation.

“Resolutions for Couples”

gasI was cleaning up the house over the weekend and found a piece of paper taped to the back of a picture which I think was given to us during pre-marriage counseling with the church we were going to.  Today is my parent’s wedding anniversary so it is especially timely.  For those of you getting married (you know who you are), hope you find this helpful.  Marriage is like fuel you put in your car, every now and then you have to fill it up before the tank empties for it to keep going.

  1. We will do our best not to go to sleep while we are still angry with each other.  We will work hard to achieve peace before shutting our eyes.
  2. We will not add a burden to our relationship by living beyond our means.  It only creates chronic discomfort and triggers an argument.
  3. We will try hard to respect each other’s different way of being in the world.  We will allow that there is not just one way of doing something.
  4. We will each take responsibility for our own contributions to the problem we have, rather than point a finger at our partner.
  5. We will remember to celebrate our strengths as a couple.  These are easy to forget when we are locked in conflict.
  6. We will agree that violence can never be a part of our relationship.
  7. We will accept each other as wonderful, flawed human beings with limits.
  8. We will expand our support system so that our relationship does not carry the entire burden when we are under stress.
  9. We will each take the risk of reaching beyond old, familiar ways of relating and discover a new mutually-rewarding way of experiencing the love that brought us together.
  10. We will become skilled in the art of forgiving each other.
  11. We will listen respectfully to each other.  We need not agree, but we do need to be heard – and to hear.
  12. We will commit ourselves to maintaining a healthy partnership knowing that it takes work to create a rewarding life together.

Hack Your Brain (Click the Graphic)


How to hallucinate with ping-pong balls and a radio
Text by Johan Lehrer, graphics by Javier Zarracina

“DO YOU EVER want to change the way you see the world? Wouldn’t it be fun to hallucinate on your lunch break? Although we typically associate such phenomena with powerful drugs like LSD or mescaline, it’s easy to fling open the doors of perception without them: All it takes is a basic understanding of how the mind works.

The first thing to know is that the mind isn’t a mirror, or even a passive observer of reality. Much of what we think of as being out there actually comes from in here, and is a byproduct of how the brain processes sensation. In recent years, scientists have come up with a number of simple tricks that expose the artifice of our senses, so that we end up perceiving what we know isn’t real – tweaking the cortex to produce something uncannily like hallucinations. Perhaps we hear the voice of someone who is no longer alive, or feel as if our nose is suddenly 3 feet long.”


Traffic to my site has been pretty solid recently, but the comments have been lacking, so I figured I would do a post which is sure to generate some debate.  I don’t think I have ever seen a UFO or an alien for that matter but what about all of you out there?  I generally don’t rule anything out, but I do believe there probably are UFOs and I even have a theory about them.  I think UFOs are alien teenagers traveling where their parents told them not to.  Think about it, when you were younger there was always something you didn’t listen to your parents about right?  What if UFOs are nothing more than punk alien kids messing with us?  My fear is what happens when mommy and daddy come looking for them?  🙂  Oh, common, you have to give me some creativity points for this one.

December 10th 1977

My mom sent me this website which is a birthday calculator.  Below are some of the results.

You were born on a Saturday

As of 12/10/2008 12:10:50 PM EST
You are 31 years old.
You are 372 months old.
You are 1,618 weeks old.
You are 11,323 days old.
You are 271,764 hours old.
You are 16,305,850 minutes old.
You are 978,351,050 seconds old.

Top songs of 1977

You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone How Deep is Your Love by Bee Gees
I Just Want to Be Your Everything by Andy Gibb Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
Best of My Love by Emotions
Torn Between Two Lovers by Mary MacGregor

There are 365 days till your next birthday
on which your cake will have 32 candles.

Those 32 candles produce 32 BTUs,
or 8,064 calories of heat (that’s only 8.0640 food Calories!).
You can boil 3.66 US ounces of water with that many candles.

Life Is Like A TiVo

There is a saying that life emulates art but being a self proclaimed geek and knowing next to nothing about art, my life has always seemed to emulate technology.  Have you ever stopped and thought about how great it would it be to have a TiVo for your life?  Do you buy cable TV and get all that life has to offer or are you satisfied with what life gives you over the airwaves?  If you have a TiVo would you fast forward ahead to see what happens or would you wait patiently through the commercials of life?  Would you maybe rewind and do something over again?  Maybe something in life is going really well and you want it to last so you put life into slow motion.  Perhaps something is not going well and you want it to stop.  Then there are times in life where you say you know what I think this show looks good I think I’ll hit play and give it a shot.  Sometimes life goes too fast and you want to hit the pause button to get caught up on other things or do somthing else.  Do you listen to TiVo’s recommendations or decide what is right for your own life?  At the end of the day our TiVo can only hold so many hours so make the most of it as hard drives don’t last forever and neither do our lives.  Get busy living or get busy dying but promise me you’ll TiVo it for me so I can see what happens.  🙂

Downtown Portland Pearl District Safeway

We went to a new Safeway in downtown Portland’s Pearl District this morning.  It is literally right across the street from Bridgeport Brewing which is pretty cool.  They have a parking garage above the store and a stairwell down from the garage gives you a nice view of the store (pictured above).  It was actually pretty fun because I ran into two people I used to work with almost three years ago now in the store (Kathy Tribe and Melanie Carrol).  >> More on the store