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Raising the Bar: 9 Even More Elaborate Proposals

The modern custom of the elaborate public surprise proposal gives us lots of smiles and a few vicarious tears of happiness, even if we wouldn’t want such publicity for ourselves. We’ve posted several lists of them in the past. It’s just lovely to know people in love will go to so much trouble to express [...]

One Does Not Simply Unicycle into Mordor

For your daily dose of geekiness, I bring you The Unipiper (yes, a unicycling bagpiper), practicing his unique brand of performance art in anticipation of the upcoming movie adaptation of The Hobbit. Behold: I have actually met the mysterious Unipiper (Portland is like the Shire, in that we’re all friendly weirdos, and of course we [...]

72 Scenes from the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, 2012

On September 30, I spent a geektastic day at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. I arrived early and got a look at many booths before they opened (later, they would be swarmed by thousands of attendees). For much of the day I was one of several referees for the Classic Tetris World Championship. [...]

That is All: John Hodgman’s Transcendent Final Audiobook of Complete World Knowledge

Today marks the beginning of the end of audiobooks. But don’t cry — there is still time to buy the last audiobook you will need before the coming global superpocalypse. You see, John Hodgman has released his final audiobook of complete world knowledge: That is All. It is full of jokes, celebrity [...]

Big Brother Arrives

(YouTube link) Brothers Bailey Leonard and Meyers Leonard grew up close, especially after their father died. Bailey joined the Marine Corps. Meyers grew a foot taller and became a basketball player. What you see here is older brother Bailey coming home from Afghanistan. The younger Leonard now plays for the Portland Trailblazers. Read more about his [...]

World’s Fattest Wiener Dog

This wiener dog had a wee bit too many wieners. Meet Obie, a 70-pound five-year-old dachshund who weighed twice the normal weight of its breed. He was fed nearly to death by his elderly owners, who had to give him [...]

Six Kids, One Bike

Like many people, Emily Finch gave up her big SUV for a bicycle. But what makes this story unusual is that she’s a mother of six and yes, she bikes them around town in [...]

Kitty Cam Reveals Cat’s Secret World of Slaughter

The world of free-roaming house cat has been a mystery to humans until University of Georgia researcher Kerrie Anne Loyd outfitted cats with "kitty cams." She found out that behind the cute meows lie a [...]

6 Summer Camps for Exceedingly Wealthy Children

For many, summer camp means a week sleeping in a cabin that doubles as a sweat lodge, spider-infested communal showers, and swimming in a scummy pond. But if you have lots and lots of money, you have options. 1. ActionQuest Typically about $5,170 for 5 weeks (plus airfare and other expenses), but the transatlantic voyage is $6,570 [...]

An AT-AT for the Bike Lane

Pedalpalooza is a bicycle festival in Portland, Oregon. Last Saturday afternoon, it conducted a Star Trek vs. Star Wars-themed ride. This tandem bike, though too underpowered for a campaign on Hoth, navigated the city streets with ease. Watch a video of it at the link. Video Link -via Technabob | Official Website