President Obama

January 24, 2009 at 3:07 am (Uncategorized)

What do people think about “brain soup” as a blog name?


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The coolest thing ever

June 3, 2008 at 10:58 pm (Uncategorized)

Donald Henderson “Dan” Bain (February 14, 1874August 15, 1962) was a Canadian athlete and merchant. Bain was an all-around athlete, competing in ice hockey, roller skating, gymnastics, figure skating, golf, and shooting, among others. <b>He won two Stanley Cup titles playing with the Winnipeg Victorias in 1896 and 1901.</b>


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There is a god

June 3, 2008 at 10:20 pm (Uncategorized)

The Democratic primary is over.

It’s about fracking time.  Full disclosure: I am registered as an independent, and Oregon doesn’t have an open primary.  I have been looking forward to President Obama since his speech at the Democratic convention in 2004.  Tonight he was respectful, visionary, and inspirational.  Tonight, for the first time, possibly the first time ever, I felt proud to be an American.

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Someone else’s blog

July 22, 2007 at 9:39 pm (Uncategorized)

My friend Emily is taking a month to drive across the country, and is blogging about the experience.  If nothing else, she is a good writer, and I get a shout out on there for a shirt I gave her on her birthday.  Check it out if you are bored.

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Complaint Line

June 4, 2007 at 9:43 pm (Uncategorized)

I actually got a complaint from a reader the other day: “dude, you’ve been way too cryptic on there lately.”  And you know what, he was right.  I honestly didn’t even remember the last post I made, I was pretty wasted at the time and was trying to wax all philosophigical on you.  The thing is, I think about blogging stuff all the time, I just never get around to actually doing it.  But now that I have a real job I can justify paying for access to the global interweb again, so I plan on paying more attention to my online playground soon.  Stay tuned.

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Does anyone wonder

April 25, 2007 at 11:33 pm (Uncategorized)

how many people pray each night

that John Paul Stevens will die?

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How many hours in a day?

February 6, 2007 at 7:14 am (Uncategorized)

If you’re like me, you are kind of a fan of Fox’s blockbuster PC-whitewash known as 24. I won’t get into a discussion of what I like and despise about this show, because I could never do justice to Dave Barry liveblogging each episode.

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Own back, meet right hand

December 6, 2006 at 6:48 am (Uncategorized)

I just finished graduate school. About an hour and a half ago. Although it won’t be official until January 7, whenever someone asks me when I got my master’s degree, I am going to say “December 5th, 9-ish.” It has a nice ring to it. Send flowers and/or monetary awards to JB, c/o Jalalablog, Portland, OR.

Finishing grad school on a Tuesday in December is kind of like when I turned 21 on a Monday in Australia (drinking age = 18).  I am celebrating by sitting on the couch in front of the TV, drinking a 24-oz can of Bud Light. Pretty much the same thing I have done every night for the last 6 weeks. Yes, I have been suffering from the graduate school equivalenbt of senioritis. Let the healing begin.

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The price is right

December 5, 2006 at 6:53 am (Uncategorized)

Portland now has free wireless internet.  At least in downtown, you can now download all the porn and pirated music you can handle, without giving half your savings to Comcast.  The best part is that 95% of the city will be covered “within the next year.”  (translation: everywhere west of 82nd Ave.)  As long as my neighbor doesn’t put up a firewall before then, I should be golden for the forseeable future.

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I love Portland

October 12, 2006 at 7:35 am (Uncategorized)

Someone forgot to tell the weather that it is October. If it didn’t hit 80 today, it was damn close, and not a cloud in the sky. I spent the day riding my bike around, taking pictures. (I finally got my camera fixed. FYI, never buy anything from Fry’s, unless you like things that break and smart-assed customer service reps with names like Justin Tyme) This post and the ones that follow are a snapshot of my day and a window into what an unemployed grad student thinks about. The first 3 are from the eastbank esplanade; the first is my favorite view of downtown (click to enlarge):




From the Sellwood Bridge:


From the Broadway Bridge:



Yes, I have a bias/affinity for skyline shots.

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