Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Disney Buys Lucasfilm for $4 Billion

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Mickey vs VaderListen up nerds, this directly affects you! Disney announced on Tuesday that it had purchased Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion. 

The force is strong for Disney who have already announced plans for Star Wars Episode VII, to be released in 2015. George Lucas, who directed six Star Wars films, was the sole shareholder and retained 100% creative control of Lucasfilm which brought theworld beloved sci-fi classics like the iconic Star Wars and Indiana Jones.

Disney now owns the rights to Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar. In other words, the trifecta of super-nerd film culture.

What does this mean for Jar Jar Binks and Short Round? It’s a mystery but prepare to be completely impressed, or thoroughly disappointed. Here is a video of Lucas talking about the future of the Star Wars franchise. 

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Chris Christie: Obama "Outstanding" on Sandy

Governor will not play politics, he says.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, says he will not play politics. Hear his assessment of  Obama's handling of the storm here.

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Inside Look at New Cafe/Gear Shop/Pub That's Opening Downtown

Crow's Feet Commons is going to be mega.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 2:27 AM

This afternoon, I went down to Crow's Feet Commons, the new cafe/boutique bike shop/backcountry ski shop/pub that's opening in the Rademacher house downtown, to see how things were coming along.

They're coming along nicely, in fact. Good enough to have a soft opening on Friday, Nov. 2 (First Friday). Assuming the Health Dept. signs off, Friday Nov. 9 is their projected grand opening.

Okay. The front-left room houses their cafe. Their La Marzocco espresso machine is up and running and owner David Marchi has piles of Stumptown beans on hand. Aside from offering endurance food (bars, gels, electrolyte mix, etc) CFC will also stock Sparrow Bakery pastries and make their own waffles. Waffle sandwiches!


And they have SIXTEEN taps. Because they're smart, they're pouring fermented beverages that you won't find elsewhere in town. Sours, ciders, Belgians—including two from new Hood River brewery Pfriem—CFC is going to great lengths to separate themselves from other Bend retailers/pubs/cafes.


Oh, and kombucha too.

The large room to the left of the cafe (west wing) holds a long high-top metal table and a FIREPLACE. This room has cozy written all over it. Beers/coffees in the winter? By the fireplace? While thumbing through a coffee table book about Seth Morrison? Deal!


The fireplace!

CFC will also sell high-end backcountry ski gear and bike stuff. The retail part is in the back room (north end of the store).

PLUS, they fix bikes! They're even working on program where, during off hours, you can sign up to use their tools and bike stand. Neat. The mechanic's area is located in the northeast portion of the shop.

Upstairs is a boot-fitting and bike-fitting space and another lounge.

This should be good.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Territory for Hip-hop, Macklemore Speaks Out on Gay Marriage

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Remember MacklemoreThe Pacific Northwest rapper in a pink polo shirt who came through Bend earlier this month?  

Well, he’s blowing up, and he’s got a message. Beyond his lighthearted songs about his favorite thrift store outfit, Macklemore is politically conscious and completely relevant. Here he is making his television premiere on Ellen performing “Same Love” in support of same-sex marriage.

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Macklemore’s home state of Washington will vote on Tuesday on Referendum 74, which will determine the legality of same sex-marriage. “Same Love” makes some hard hitting points about the gay marriage and equal rights debate in relation to hip-hop and politics. It’s a showstopper, and new territory for the hip-hop community. 

Way to go, Macklemore. 

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If There's an Upside to Hurricane Sandy It's...

Clearly we're reaching here, but we think we've found a bright spot in all this dark news.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 8:27 PM

...that eastern ski resorts can open early.

We here at the Source like to think of ourselves as optimists.

While our hearts are certainly with the victims of the Frankenstorm, which is battering the east coast and has already claimed at least 38 lives across eight states, flooded countless homes and business and left millions without power, we've been desperately searching for a bright spot in all this dark news.

I think we found it.

Snow in the mountains! Hopefully the early snow storm translates to a healthy ski season for the numerous Appalachian ski resorts throughout the Northeast. Many of them have already received two to three feet of snow, with more on the way, according to forecasters. 

Seven Springs Resort, PA.

Seven Springs Resort in Penn. is getting theirs.

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Must See Videos of Sandy's Devastation

A collection of several stunning scenes from the storm.

Posted By on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 6:26 PM

In this video a man videoing emergency workers on his street catches the facade of a building in Brooklyn sluffing off.

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Power provider Con Edison eventually shut down power to much of New York City to prevent damage to equipment. Watch an initial explosion at a ConEd facility in this video.


David Letterman tells hurricane jokes to empty studio. Weird.


Jimmy Fallon does an awkward and quiet show, too.


A crane on the corner of the One57 building collapsed and spends the entire night swinging ominously in the wind.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Hate leafblowers? You're not alone.

Should we ban leaf-blowers in Bend.

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

We got this letter from a reader and we thought we'd share.

He wants to ban leaf-blowers in Bend.

What do you think?

I would like to propose a Leaf-Blower BAN here in Bend for the following reasons:

1. Two-cylinder engines of leaf-blowers are not regulated by any Federal or State agency and release 100% of their tailgate emissions directly into the environment.

2. A leaf-blower running for one hour emits as many hydrocarbons and other pollutants as a car driven at 55 mph for 110 miles.

3. Their decibel levels that far exceed acceptable limits. 

4. The incessant, high-pitched, pulsing whine of a leaf-blower is enough to raise peoples stress levels to the brink of insanity. 

5. They idea that leaf-blowers save time is a falsity, since it implies that the time stolen from the rest of us is worthless and they don't remove anything, they simply displace it into less ideal areas such as the air we breath (see below)

6. Using leaf-blowers is irrational.  They do nothing more than displace otherwise generally harmless debris/particulate into other parts of the yard/street/driveway, etc, and thrust them into the air where they become harmful, dirty the sides of homes & cars and find their way into homes and businesses increasing asthmatic reaction and thus reducing indoor air quality levels.  Even passerby's are greatly inconvenienced by the noise and air borne particulate that finds it's way into their eyes and lungs.  It's ridiculous that folks should have to close all of the windows on their homes daily during the "leaf-blower" season to prevent contaminated by this airborne insanity.  

7. And I ask this, "What exactly is the benefit of blowing particulate from one area, where it is harmless contained, and into the street, air, the sides of homes, etc?  It is not being removed, just displaced to a less favorable area.  How does this make even a grain of sense?

8. Additionally, subjecting natural things to blasts of hot, dry, hurricane-force winds (up to 180 mph) opens pathways for pests and disease, while at the same time aiding and abetting the pathogens by distributing them over the widest possible area promoting the spread of invasives, etc.

9. How does stripping off topsoil, desiccating roots, and killing vital soil-dwelling organisms, propelling into the air clouds of dirt, dust and dangerous contaminants including: volatile compounds, mold and fungal spores, weed seeds, insect eggs, pollen, molecules of the myriads of toxic chemicals people spray and sprinkle on their gardens, trees, and lawns, not to mention bird and rodent feces, make any rational sense at all?

  1. Gasoline-driven leaf-blowers have been banned in scores of California counties by logical individuals, including Los Angeles and hundreds of municipalities across the U.S. and Canada, and none of the horrors that were predicted by landscapers - untidy lawns, escalating costs, declining property values - has ever come to pass.
  2. The proliferation of leaf-blower use has far more to do with marketing than actual realized benefits.  When all the REAL costs are factored in, their alleged benefits don’t even BEGIN to justify their penalties, risks and reduction in quality of life to all whom are subjected to them.

Cheap to produce, priced to sell, and aggressively marketed, the real function of leafblowers is to rake in money for the huge corporations that manufacture them with complete disregard to the environment and the sanity of all within ear and breath shot.

Credits given for the original post to: Winifred Rosen, Guest Commentator, News
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Frankenstorm. Product of Climate Change? You Betcha!

Hurricane Sandy to global warming skeptics: "Can you hear me now?"

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Hurricane Sandy is a big one.

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on the East Coast (see above graphic) and residents scramble to protect themselves from this historic storm, our staff scientists are asking the question, "is this storm in any way tied to an average rise in global temperatures across land and ocean surfaces?"

In the words of infamous climate-change-denier Sarah Palin, "You Betcha!"

The storm, which is already lashing northeastern states with high winds and heavy rains, is expected to hit land later today or tonight. And it's big one. Forecasters say that they expect the hurricane/Nor'Easter hybrid to "paralyze life for millions of people in more than a half-dozen states in the Northeast, with widespread power failures, a halt in transportation systems and extensive evacuations."

And just days before a presidential election in which global warming was largely ignored by both candidates! What's more expensive, continually cleaning up after these monsters or investing in green energy?

Kevin Trenberth, head of the Climate Analysis Section at the USA National Center for Atmospheric Research and one of the world's foremost experts on changes to global energy and water cycles said this, in regard to Sandy:

"Climate change is changing the weather," Trenberth said. "The past few years have been marked by unusually severe extreme weather characteristic of climate change. The oceans are warmer and the atmosphere above the oceans is warmer and wetter. This new normal changes the environment for all storms and makes them more intense and with much more precipitation."

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, "the average global temperature across land and ocean surfaces during September 2012 was 1.21 degrees above the 20th century average. That temperature ties with 2005 as the warmest September in the 133 years that records have been kept."

Bill McKibben, a leading journalist on global warming, agrees that warmer ocean and air temps do indeed contribute to crazy storm cycles, just like the one we're seeing now.

"This thing is stitched together from elements natural and unnatural, and it seems poised to cause real havoc," McKibben said.

"It’s really important that everybody, even those who aren’t in the kind of path of this storm, reflect about what it means that in the warmest year in U.S. history, ... in a year when we saw, essentially, summer sea ice in the Arctic just vanish before our eyes, what it means that we’re now seeing storms of this unprecedented magnitude," he added.

It's time to listen.

In a lighten take, Kevin Welner, director of the National Education Policy Center, suggested that we start naming these massive storms after their "sponsors."

You know, like "Hurricane ConocoPhillips" and "Hurricane ExxonMobil."

Much more descriptive than "Sandy" or "Irene."

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Welcome to the Weekend.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

There is a crap-ton of stuff to do tonight so grab a costume and get gone. At the Astro Lounge power-pop-reggae-rock band Strive Roots plays at 10pm. Canadian band Cornshed cranks out some alt-country, bluegrass, folk at the Silvermoon Brewery. Seattle’s own Daniel Kirkpatrick & the Bayonetes execute some pop-indie rock with alt-rock band Jacuzzi opening up at the Liquid Lounge. Ike Fonseca drops some county beats off at the Horned Hand. The Monster Ball is at Vince Genna Stadium and hosted by radio personality J-Si from the Kid Kraddick show with music by DJ Kay Rich and $1,000 for the best costume. If you’re looking for some laughs head to the Tower Theatre for the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters 15th Annual Comedy Benefit with Comedians Sharon Lacy and Kermit Apio. Rage-the-Ween is at the Midtown Ballroom and features The Acorn Project playing their own originals and covers by Ween and Rage Against the Machine.


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No Ballot? No Problem! If Registered in Oregon, You Can Still Get A Ballot from the County Clerk

You can still vote, even if you haven't received your ballot by mail. This is how.

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 7:30 PM

If, like me, you haven't yet received your ballot by mail, don't stress.

YOU CAN STILL VOTE. You probably moved and didn't update your address at the County Clerk's office.

Getting a a replacement ballot is easy if you follow the simple steps below. I just got one and cast my vote, all in less than 30 minutes. Be sure to bring your our Oregon driver's license and Our Crack Election Guide.

Here's what to do.

Step 1:


Go here, with your OR driver's license in hand. Inside the Deschutes Services Building you'll find the County Clerk's office—the folks you want to see. They're upstairs. The address is 1300 NW Wall St., but the building is actually on Hill and Lafayette.

Step 2:


Go upstairs and through these doors.

Step 3: 


These nice ladies are very helpful. They will have you fill out a simple form and ask to see your OR drivers license (you did bring that, right?) then they'll give you a new ballot.

Step 4: 


This is the simple form. It takes 45 seconds to fill out. Hand it to the clerk and they give you a ballot!

Step 5: 


Using your handy Source endorsement guide, fill out your ballot. 

Step 6: 


Submit your ballot! Don't forget to sign it. There's a drop box in the Clerk's office and there will soon be a little drop-off kiosk on Wall St. You can also mail your ballot, but this seemed easier since I was standing right in front of this box. Done!

Call the County Clerk at 541-388-6546 if you have any other ballot/election-related questions. Their website is

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Arm Wrestling Competition This Saturday!

Multiple weight classes for men and women mean you could be a contender!

Posted By on Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Oh man, how embarrassing: We told you the wrong day on our very own event!

Battle of the Badlands Arm Wrestling Championship is actually on Saturday, Oct. 27, not that wrong date we told you on our picks page this week. Weigh-ins start at The Old Stone at 4:30 p.m. with competition beginning at 6 p.m.

Multiple weight classes for men and women mean you could be a contender!

So, gather your buddies and get down there for the kind of thing that just doesn’t happen around here often enough—this…

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Winners take home excellent prizes...

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Winter Wellness: Hilarious How-to-Stay-Fit Video

Clearly the most advanced workout video ever.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 9:05 PM


While doing some highly academic research for our annual Winter Wellness issue (on stands Nov. 8) we came across the video below. It's just what we were looking for!

When winter hits, you need to know how to stay fit and remain sane through the seemingly endless cold, grey days. But we were stressing out as we searched high and low for the latest workout fads and winter-appropriate fitness regimes.

Then THIS video fell in our laps:

PGA Tour player and U. of O grad Ben Crane explains how he got his body looking so good; how to keep a workout fun; how to relieve stress with the "snake-shaker" and how to beat the winter blues with the "sledge-wand."

Here you go:


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