Oregon tennis tournaments: Summer 2012

Summer tennis tournament season is approaching quickly, so I’ve been checking OregonTennis.com and contacting city parks and recreation offices for tournament schedules, as usual. I try to play at least four community tennis tournaments in the Mid-Willamette Valley each summer.
Community tennis tournaments
Here are the tournaments I plan to enter this year, in the USTA [...]

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WebVisions 2012 in review: Part three

This is a continuation of WebVisions 2012 in review: Part two.
On Wednesday through Friday, May 16-18, I attended the WebVisions 2012 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview of all sessions I attended on Friday, with links. See Twitter updates using #wvpdx.
The CSS of Design Storytelling: Context, Spine [...]

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WebVisions 2012 in review: Part two

This is a continuation of WebVisions 2012 in review: Part one.
On Wednesday through Friday, May 16-18, I attended the WebVisions 2012 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview of all sessions I attended on Thursday, with links. See Twitter updates using #wvpdx.
Correspondent from the Future – Baratunde Thurston [...]

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WebVisions 2012 in review: Part one

On Wednesday through Friday, May 16-18, I am attending the WebVisions 2012 conference at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Below is a quick overview of the workshops I attended on Wednesday, with links.
(Also see my reviews from previous WebVisions conferences: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.)
Building HTML5 Games – Alex Porter, Andrew Cooper, [...]

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33 days in Peru

Last week I returned home after spending over a month in Peru. My girlfriend and I flew from Portland, Oregon to Lima, Peru on December 4, 2011. We returned on January 6, 2012 (one day later than intended due to rain in the desert town of Arequipa).
We had an amazing trip to South America, [...]

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A war on Saturn’s return?

About two weeks ago, my girlfriend was playing with a Saturn return calculator and contemplating the impact of celestial bodies, specifically Saturn, on her life. A Saturnian year takes roughly 30 Earth years. In astrology, the Saturn return is an alleged phenomenon that influences a person’s life development at around 29-year intervals.
A magic realism tangent
Because [...]

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Magical books I read in October 2011

If I look back and think about the most memorable, inspiring pieces of literature I consumed last month, four books clearly come to mind. Each one explores parallel realities (or supernatural realms) and the magical creatures and animals that inhabit these universes. Naturally, three of the books were written for children.

The first two are out-of-print [...]

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Glitch in the Grid by the Leiser Brothers

In 2007, I received a DVD screener of the film Imagination by the Leiser Brothers and posted this review.
A few weeks ago, I received a DVD screener of their latest film, Glitch in the Grid. I recently posted my 15-word review to Filmometer.com, but I want to expand on my thoughts here.
Glitch in the [...]

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Mascot Mashup 8-bit art project

Today marks the release of the 200th image I’ve created for my 8-bit art project Mascot Mashup. Every day I post a new famous character that I’ve translated into pixel art.
No. 200 happens to be Johnny Cash (because he died on this day in 2003). Even though I attempt to tie my daily characters into [...]

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Oregon tennis tournaments: Summer 2011

Summer tennis tournament season is here again and I’ve been trying to figure out which weekends I will be on the courts. Most of my information comes from OregonTennis.com. I always try to play four or five tennis tournaments in the Mid-Willamette Valley over the summer.
Community tennis tournaments
Here are the tournaments I plan to [...]

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