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Union Station, 1918

Originally posted by vintage_pdx at Union Station, 1918

Portland’s impressive Union Station is shown here in 1918, 22 years after its 1896 opening. The building itself has remained remarkably unchanged in 117 years but the forecourt, parking and roadways have changed many times over the years. The “Union Station” and “Go By Train” signs at the top of the clock tower were not installed until 1948.

A2004-002.571 Union Train Station 1918(City of Portland Archives)

Filed under: 1910s, Building, Northwest, Rail

I pass by there every time I take the MAX to Powell's.

Dec. 5th, 2012

dear lj: please stop sending me "login to livejournal from unrecognised location" notifications in my email when I log in on my Wii :/

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Originally posted by not_always_righ at Not Specifying Spices Can Spark Speculation

(Restaurant | Atlanta, GA, USA)

(I work a popular sub sandwich chain. I’m finishing up a customer’s sandwich with vegetables and condiments.)

Me: “Would you like anything else?”

Customer: “Yeah, some peppers.”

(Note: the customer is very clearly pronouncing the “s” in “peppers.” We have bell peppers, pepperoncinis, and jalapeños.)

Me: “Which kind?”

Customer: “Peppers.”

Me: “Which kind of peppers?”

Customer: “PEP-PERS. PEPPERS!”

Me: “Yes, but which kind?”

Customer: “Freaking black peppers! Right there in the shaker! The only peppers you have!”

Me: “Oh, pepper! I’m sorry, I thought you were talking about the veggies.”

Customer: “Why would peppers be a vegetable?! It’s just little black flakes!”

Me: *speechless*

Customer: *to her companion* “Dumb b****!”

trying out LJ's new(ish) "share" feature
also: facepalm

Jun. 21st, 2012

Going to see Patton Oswalt on the 29th. Missed him last time he came to Portland. I haven't been to a comedy show since I think 2008 (that one was Louis CK/Todd Barry). Anyway, it's at the Helium Comedy Club, which I've never been to before. I hope their food is good, because there's a two-item minimum purchase requirement.

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Kaze no Shoujo Emily

I'd been wanting to watch this anime, which is based on my favorite L.M. Montgomery series, the Emily trilogy (Emily Of New Moon, Emily Climbs--the best of the three IMO--and Emily's Quest) and I finally found the entire series on YouTube. For the first episode, the title song was subbed in English so I thought the rest of the ep would be too. Nope--it was subbed in Arabic or something similar. I don't understand more than a handful of words in Japanese, and I definitely can't read Arabic. But, I figured since I've read the books many times and know what happens anyway, I'd watch it. From what I could gather from characters' actions and expressions, it was very faithful to the books with some minor changes (e.g. Emily's "second sight" is mostly swept under the rug, as it were), and at least they didn't completely ruin Ilse Burnley (my favorite literary character of all time) and kept her short hair and hair-trigger-temper (mostly, anyway) and funny, loyal, passionate personality like she's SUPPOSED to have. I'm talking to you, producers of the 1998 Canadian Emily series. >:/ Anywho. I'm not going to recap every episode individually though, since I've already watched all of them and that would probably require understanding more than about every 20th word or so. :p Yes, I watched all of the episodes, and even cried at a few. Like I said I've read the trilogy so I could get the gist of each episode from the actions of the characters. Hell, I even have a favorite episode, 21, which I can't remember the title of but which is based on the Emily Climbs chapter "At The Sign Of The Haystack" in which Emily and Ilse are canvassing for subscriptions to the Shrewsbury Times, get lost during sunset, and spend the night on top of a haystack. Then again there's a lot of Ilse in this episode and did I mention I love her?
There are a few nitpicks I have with the series, mostly that the first book, Emily of New Moon, gets 20 eps to itself, while the last two books of the trilogy are literally crammed into the last half-dozen episodes. I would have loved to see an adaptation of Emily being locked in the church at night, during a storm, with Mad Mr Morrison; or Aunt Ruth locking Emily out of the house and the latter, in a rage, walking seven miles to New Moon, venting to Cousin Jimmy while eating donuts, and then walking back to Shrewsbury; or Emily visiting a famous (in-universe) author she'd written to and each of them thinking that the mud-covered, misbehaving dog that follows Emily into the house is the other's. Or Dean Priest telling Emily he hates her book, and Emily burning the MS and then falling down the stairs and impaling her foot on Aunt Laura's sewing scissors. I could probably go on, but yeah, there was a LOT of stuff in the last two books they skipped completely.
Another nitpick is that Emily cries FAR too much. She didn't cry half as many times in the books, jeez. And when she did, she mostly cried alone.
All in all, though, it is a good series in and of itself, and for the most part, very faithful to the source material (esp. the first book). I think if they'd made another 10-15 eps they could have worked with more of the last two books.

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The fiasco continues

Originally posted by electricdruid at The fiasco continues

ACTA in a Nutshell –

What is ACTA?  ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.

Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”

What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.

Essential ACTA Resources

  • Read more about ACTA here: ACTA Fact Sheet
  • Read the authentic version of the ACTA text as of 15 April 2011, as finalized by participating countries here: ACTA Finalized Text
  • Follow the history of the treaty’s formation here: ACTA history
  • Read letters from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden wherein he challenges the constitutionality of ACTA: Letter 1 | Letter 2 | Read the Administration’s Response to Wyden’s First Letter here: Response
  • Watch a short informative video on ACTA: ACTA Video
  • Watch a lulzy video on ACTA: Lulzy Video

Say NO to ACTA. It is essential to spread awareness and get the word out on ACTA.

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Arts! That you can buy!

I've got two new (well, one new and one I just got around to submitting) DeviantART pieces. Both are available for purchase as prints if you want to make me not poor! - 1920s Girl - Awesome Octopus (this one has more print formats)

SOPA/Protect IP Act

This needs to be stopped. I don't think I've ever been so pissed off about a bill potentially passing in my life. I swear this thing is so ridiculous that if there were an Island of Ridiculousness the king of said island would be like "...dude, wtf?" I've been signing petitions left and right protesting this thing.

The small glimmer of hope I have is that if it does get past Congress (who seemingly really, really want to pass it), I've heard Obama is against it (and I know Biden is), so there's a chance he'll veto it.

Bounce laundry detergent, 1986

Holy crap I am on a ROLL today. Except the song was Pointer Sisters, not Van Halen. Oh well.

I actually pretty distinctly remember the people falling backward into that giant ... blanket ... towel ... thing.

EDIT: I meant to post this to vintage_ads! But I'll leave it up here anyway. For context, a previous ad I'd posted to that comm (deleted now because I accidentally the rules) mentioned wanting to find this ad as well, but I thought the song in the ad was Van Halen's "Jump".

New icon

One of my characters, Shirley the Alien (named after Shirley Manson of Garbage).

Writer's Block: Ticket to ride

If you could take an all-expense-paid two-week vacation to anywhere in the world with one friend or partner, where would you go and who would you take?

Amsterdam! (like that's a surprise) And I'd take anyone who wanted to go with me, I'm not too picky.

damn lj

For the past couple of weeks, LJ hasn't been sending about half (give or take; just guessing) the comment notifications I should have been getting. Apparently other people have been having this problem too. Hopefully LJ will resolve this soon, I hate having to remember where I've commented/posted and having to go back and check if there are any replies.
A long time ago--when I was three, almost four years old--I used to watch the early '80s TV show Fame. That is, until one episode that traumatised me so badly I refused to watch the show ever again. That episode's title was lost to me over the years; but the one thing that stuck with me for over twenty years was the fact that the episode contained the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (or "the green witch" as I remember calling her. I distinctly remember being all "I'm not watching this show! I don't wanna see the green witch anymore!" because I think I thought she'd be on every episode from then on--such is the logic of a three-year-old), and that, in fact, was what frightened me badly enough to stop watching the show. Problem was, nobody I told about it later on believed me. They all said I was making it up or had imagined it, and I did dozens of fruitless Google (or whatever search engine we used in like 1995) searches when we first got the Internet, and never found it. Part of me thought maybe it had been a false memory, or a very vivid dream, but the other part was like "okay I KNOW this was real, I saw it, I just have to find it again!" I did some off-and-on searching over the years, never finding anything, until one day in I think 2006--23 years after I'd originally seen the episode--I posted a query about it to whatwasthatone (edit: okay, I think it was actually a different comm, because I just searched all my posts in WWTO and didn't find that entry at all). And someone in that comm finally gave me the answer I'd been searching for--in 1983, there was an episode of the second season of Fame where one of the characters hits her head and dreams that she's Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, and the WWotW (played by the English teacher) had, indeed, been in the episode. The episode was called "Not In Kansas Anymore". So FINALLY I knew for sure that I hadn't imagined, dreamed, or made it up. Now that I had the title of the episode, I looked for anywhere I could watch it online, and again, had no luck. There were a few clips on YouTube, but not the whole episode, and no clips with the WWotW (I wanted to see if she was really as frightening as I'd perceived her as a kid). I did find it on iTunes, but that was on my old laptop and the episode would not play (fortunately, I got my money back for it). I didn't really think about it until one day this week when nevafeva tweeted something about Fame, and I thought about that episode again and then the thought came to me--"Holy crap, I wonder if it's on Hulu?" So I checked and--it was. Full episode, too. So, twenty-eight years after the episode had first scared the crap out of me, I watched it a second time.

As an adult, it didn't really scare me that much, but I can totally see how it would have freaked me out at age 3. Especially with the WWotW's screechy laugh, and that one part where she's riding toward the camera on her bike. Funnily enough I didn't even remember the Eldritch Abomination-esque trees in the Junk Food Forest or whatever they called it, I think those creep me out more now than the WWotW does.
A small (now, anyway) collection of comics featuring the Sabretooth Vampire, by my favorite cartoonist, Mike Russell:


Feb. 3rd, 2011

My second-favorite part of the movie Tangled (although it's my favorite song of the movie), my favorite part being the boat/lanterns scene--if you've seen it you know what I'm talking about.

Best in full-screen, I think.

Also I made a GIF:

It makes me a little dizzy to watch it, though :p Also there's an icon-sized one, but no direct link to it on GifSoup, so I have to upload it to Imageshack. I'll post it later.


New icon woooo

Figured it was about time I changed it. I actually have a shirt that's pretty much exactly like that (although I couldn't get the colors quite the same), it's one of my favorite shirts. That white thing in my hand is an mp3 player I think, it's what it looked like to me anyway. And my hair IRL is actually a bit longer than that but no avatar maker I've ever come across has my exact hairstyle even though it's the simplest. fucking. hairstyle. ever. At least I could get the color of it right.

(But I didn't want that--or any--background; I thought if I didn't choose one I wouldn't get a background, but apparently I did. Oh well.)


Google/Youtube conundrums

So, YouTube is forcing users to link their YT acct with their Google account. This means that if I'm logged out of YT, I have to use my Google Account email (NOT my gmail address) and GA password to log in. The problem? THIS. DOES. NOT. FUCKING. WORK. No matter what combo of email/username and password I tried earlier to log in to YT, NONE of them worked. Google email with YT password? Doesn't work. Google email w/Google pw? Nope. YT username, Google pw? Not that either. And YT username/YT pw has been phased out, according to the message I got.

Before the forced link, I had my YT/Google accounts linked but unlinked them because of this very problem. I guess I'll have to make sure I never get logged out of YT or I'm screwed.

(BTW, I did manage to finally log in, but I had to change my PW to do so. And I don't even know if it's my YT or Google Account pw I changed.)

Writer's Block: Time after time

If you fall in love with a book or movie, do you tend to watch/read it again and again? If so, what's your upper limit on repeats?

Definitely, there are books/movies I've read/seen upwards of a dozen or more times. Actually I've seen my favorite movie of all time (The Miracle Worker, 1962) at least fifty times, I think. I don't think I have an "upper limit". If I get the urge to watch/read something, I will, no matter how many times I've seen or read it.

And in fact, if I watch a movie or read a book more than once, I end up finding stuff in them that I missed the first time. Hell, sometimes I don't notice stuff until, say, the fifth time through.

Writer's Block: A charming defense

If you could conjure an animal spirit protector, which animal would you choose, and why?

A crow, for the sole purpose of being able to name it Naesala. A million points if you get the reference.

(Also because crows are awesome.)

Writer's Block: Passing the time

What's your favorite thing to do on long car rides?



The American Girl Who Likes Wearing Berets
music I like! woo!

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