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Monday, February 29, 2016

Hydro Flask Acquired by Helen of Troy

Posted By on Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 9:27 AM

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Bend, OR—
Hydro Flask, the award-winning leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel flasks, today announced it will be acquired by a subsidiary of Helen of Troy, a leading global consumer products company.

Helen of Troy will add Hydro Flask to its strong portfolio of well-recognized and trusted household brands, including innovation- and design-oriented brands such as OXO® and PUR®. Hydro Flask will continue to be managed and headquartered in Bend, Oregon, and will retain all employees.

“Our team is thrilled to join the ranks of Helen of Troy’s smart and creative brands,” said Scott Allan, Hydro Flask president and CEO. “This offers us an incredible opportunity for continued growth and industry leadership, thanks to the efficiencies and global resources provided by Helen of Troy. We’re excited about the next chapter, and remain committed to our mission: To Save the World from Lukewarm.”

“Outdoor enthusiasts love Hydro Flask’s products, as well as its genuine brand heritage rooted in the outdoor mecca of Bend, Oregon. The company is led by a group of passionate end users, who we look forward to working with and welcoming into our family,” said Helen of Troy CEO Julien Mininberg. “Helen of Troy is dedicated to providing innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier, and Hydro Flask’s robust product line fits in perfectly with that quest.”

The acquisition of Hydro Flask comes on the heels of a tremendous year of growth and recognition for the company. In 2015, Hydro Flask landed on the Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Private Companies for a second year in a row, was named as one of Portland Business Journal’s Fastest-Growing Private 100 Companies in Oregon and was named REI’s Action Sports Vendor Partner of the Year.

About Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask is the award-winning global leader in high-performance, insulated stainless steel flasks. Founded in 2009 in beautiful Bend, Oregon, the company’s mission is to save the world from lukewarm. Using Pro Grade 18/8 stainless steel and the company’s unique Temp Shield Insulation™, Hydro Flask food and beverage flasks are stylish, BPA-free, recyclable, and backed by a lifetime warranty. Hydro Flask strongly believes that great flasks and great causes go hand-in-hand. Through its charitable arm, 5% Back, consumers can allocate a portion of the net profit of their purchase to a charity of their choosing. Learn more about Hydro Flask’s charitable giving at https://www.hydroflask.com/5-back.
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Sunday, February 28, 2016

OSCAR 2016 Predictions

Posted By on Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 12:11 PM

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Well, it's not Oscar night unless we make some Oscar predictions, so here are a few of mine before the big night happens. These aren't necessarily all the things I want to win, as much as they are the things that will probably win, but I've never been that great predicting the Oscars anyway. 

BEST PICTURE: "Spotlight"

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE: Leonardo DiCaprio- "The Revenant"

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE: Brie Larson- "Room"

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Sylvester Stallone- "Creed"

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE: Alicia Vikander- "The Danish Girl"

ANIMATED FEATURE FILM: "Inside Out"

CINEMATOGRAPHY: Emmanuel Lubezki- "The Revenant"

COSTUME DESIGN: Jenny Beavan- "Mad Max- Fury Road"

DIRECTING: George Miller- "Mad Max-Fury Road"  (It will probably be Innaritu for "Revenant, but I'm pulling for Miller.

DOCUMENTARY: "Amy" (although it should be "Cartel Land" or "The Look of Silence")

DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: "Body Team 12"

EDITING: Margaret Sixel- "Mad Max- Fury Road"

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: "Son of Saul" (but "Mustang" might sweep in)

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING: "The Revenant"

ORIGINAL SCORE: Ennio Morricone- "The Hateful Eight"

ORIGINAL SONG: "Earned It"- "Fifty Shades of Grey"

PRODUCTION DESIGN: "Mad Max-Fury Road"

SHORT FILM ANIMATED: "Bear Story"

SHORT FILM LIVE ACTION: "Ave Maria"

SOUND EDITING: "Mad Max-Fury Road"

SOUND MIXING: "Mad Max-Fury Road"

VISUAL EFFECTS: "Mad Max- Fury Road"

WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY): "The Big Short"

WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY): "Spotlight" (although it should be "Ex Machina")


Well, there are my predictions. Most will be wrong, since I'm terrible at this, but since I get paid to write about movies I felt an obligation to be a better film writer. Let me know your choices in the comments.
 



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

2/24/16 Crossword: "Sop, Just Sop" —time for one letter to go

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 3:29 PM

"Sop, Just Sop" —time for one letter to go.
Matt Jones

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Across
1 Not plugged in
4 Artist's tribute
10 Bawl out
15 Water filter brand
16 Bedelia of kiddie lit
17 Ham preparer, perhaps
18 Before, to Keats
19 Instant coffee brand that'll shock you awake?
21 Mark Twain's real last name
23 Fender Stratocaster inventor's zodiac sign, aptly
24 Mineral hardness scale
25 "Un momento, ___ favor"
26 Butcher's cuts
28 Medal of Honor recipient
30 Notwithstanding
35 Lyft alternative
36 Gasoline additive
37 Dir. opposite NNW
40 Big golf competition using devices emitting electromagnetic waves?
43 CBS segment, for short?
44 Military shoulder pad
45 Cosmetics company that sells door-to-door
46 Ties in (with)
47 Actress Catherine ___-Jones
48 Deli hanger
52 "The ___ Is Mightier" ("Celebrity Jeopardy" category on "SNL")
53 Like marked-up textbooks
54 "Epic ___ Battles of History"
57 Onetime mall bookstore name
61 Play-by-play announcer show mixed with a police procedural?
64 "South Park" baby brother
65 "Tap" star Gregory
66 Time out
67 Bygone period
68 Start of a Caesarean trio
69 "Star Trek" captain's order
70 Joined the table

Down
1 Crude oil cartel
2 Fold, as a flag
3 Uncensored media
4 Detractor
5 Country south of Iran
6 Pigsty, so to speak
7 Part of IPA
8 "The ___ From Ipanema"
9 Minimal effort
10 Acad.
11 New York politico Andrew
12 Hunter of Greek myth
13 Cafe con ___ (Spanish drink)
14 Attire
20 Grow fond of
22 "Where to Invade Next" director Michael
27 "___ Lugosi's Dead" (Bauhaus song)
28 Ambient noises from appliances, e.g.
29 Place to do your bidding
30 Loses hope
31 "At Last" singer James and namesakes
32 Give a hoot
33 "The Alchemist" novelist ___ Coelho
34 "Lady ___" (Chris de Burgh hit)
37 Lava lamp's heyday
38 Little brat
39 Fiery Italian landmark
41 Longtime NPR host Diane retiring in 2016
42 "___ tov!"
48 Tokyo rolls
49 Jellied tomato dish
50 "Bleeding Love" singer Lewis
51 Relevant, in legalese
52 Out of style
55 Need a backrub, say
56 Nuisance
57 B, as in bouzouki
58 Knock out
59 Southern stew ingredient
60 "That's super!"
62 Mao ___-Tung
63 2012 AFTRA merger partner

(C) 2016 Jonesin' Crosswords (editor@jonesincrosswords.com)
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Crossword Puzzle Answers 2/24/16

Posted By on Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 9:33 AM

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Smith Rock Podcast Interview with Mike Volk, by Brian Jennings

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 4:58 PM

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Brian Jennings interview local legend Mike Volk of SmithRock.com in this podcast about the history and local lore of Smith Rock, one of Central Oregon's greatest wonders. 



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Monday, February 22, 2016

Side Notes

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 3:56 PM

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By Brian Jennings

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden discusses Bend’s economic future

Sen. Wyden came to Bend on Friday, Feb. 19, to attend an economic roundtable hosted by Seven Peaks Ventures. “Bend is on the cusp of becoming a technological mecca,” said Sen. Wyden, who elaborated on that statement: “All the pieces are here for that to happen. There are tremendous assets here,” he said. We need to recognize that jobs come from the private sector, and government should set the climate for those jobs to develop.” He added, “There’s extraordinary quality of life here, which makes it attractive for talent to be here. As we grow we need to think about sustainability for that growth.”
 
Internet Tax Freedom Law is good for online businesses in Bend

Wyden’s Internet Tax Freedom Law will be good for Bend’s online businesses. “The President will probably sign it next week,” he said. “Businesses here are making a very significant play for online markets. Online business development is one way to compensate for big distances from major markets,” Wyden said. He explained that under his law, there would be no discrimination against online businesses where there was a concern they could be taxed at higher rates than off-line businesses. “This provides permanent tax-free status for Internet access and commerce,” he said.
 
Highly skilled labor will attract major tech firms

Bend’s challenge is to provide enough highly skilled labor to attract major tech firms. An effort has been organized in the last 18 months to bridge the vocational gap between higher education and industry here in Bend. Venture capitalist Bruce Cleveland formed BendPoly to train liberal arts majors and graduates for careers in high tech. He describes the 10-week courses as the “Ninth Semester.” BendPoly’s first class placed 60 percent of students.  
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Run Them Blades Fast

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 2:31 PM



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In every lifetime, the older one gets, the more repetition one sees in the world around them. In politics, economics and, of course, sequels to movies that more money can be made off of, we see this trend as age begins to set in. In 2018, we will get a sequel to the 1982 cult classic "Blade Runner." Not that we were asking for it, we will finally get an answer to whether Harrison Ford's Deckard is actually a replicant. Before dismissing this sequel as a cynical cash grab, the talent behind this new film is genuinely exciting: Harrison Ford returns and co-stars with Ryan Gosling, scripting duties are being taken up by Hampton Fancher (who co-wrote the original) and the film is being directed by the downright brilliant Denis Villenueve ("Enemy," "Prisoners" and "Sicario.") This is a pretty dynamic creative team and Villenueve is a visual and tonal master, so count this film geek as being optimistic for this one.
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Crossword Puzzle Answers 2/17/16

Posted By on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 9:19 AM

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Crossword Puzzle Answers 2/10/16

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 8:22 AM

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Big Empty

Posted By on Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 11:07 AM

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Since time is a flat circle and all celebrity is forgotten in the sea of change, 90's rock band Stone Temple pilots are on the hunt for a new lead singer. This comes three months after the departure of Linkin Park's Chester Bennington and two months after the death of original lead singer Scott Weiland. In order to find the perfect singer to allow the band to "continue on, to evolve and to do what we do," the remaining STP members are holding a contest searching for amateur singers that might be a perfect fit. So, if singing "Interstate Love Song" and "Big Empty" with a group of strangers is your dream, consider this a chance to live it. 
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Crossword Puzzle Answers 2/3/16

Posted By on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 at 8:46 AM

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