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  • Aug 25-31, 2011
  • Vol. 15, No. 34

News

  • Local News
  • One Tweet Over the Line: How social media is breeing a new brand of tech addicts

    Diana Adams dreamed in Tweets. One hundred and forty characters at a time, the Atlanta-based computer consultant's subconscious bubbled up. 'Sometimes I am literally sending someone a message on Twitter and sometimes the ideas just kind of come out that way,' she said recently. On most nights Adams woke up two or three times to check her Twitter stream and reply to @ messages from her nearly 50,000 followers. 'I sleep with my phone under my pillow,' she confessed. 'But if you think that's bad, you don't know any real Twitterholics.' Living among media-obsessed New Yorkers, including some who employ two computers, one for work and one for TweetDeck, a reporter assured her he did know a little something about the siren song of the micro-messaging service. 'If I'm away from Twitter for more than an hour or two, I get nervous and break into a sweat,' she countered. OK, we acknowledged, you win. Adams' voracious use of Twitter earned her a score of 78 on Klout, a service that measures social media influence. This put her a little below President Obama, but a little above Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter, who is among Adams' many followers on the service.
  • Local News
  • Kanner Fired, Buses Roll

    Bus System Rolling Along Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) Deputy Director Karen Friend last week presented a one-year update to the Bend City Council on the transfer of Bend Area Transit operations from the City to COIC. The transfer of grants marks the "second phase" of the shift, which began on Sept.

Opinion

  • Editorial
  • COBA's Creative Acounting

    The Central Oregon Builders Association (COBA) has a long history of contesting the city of Bend's fees. So it's no surprise that COBA took an early interest in the city's recent effort to update the street construction fee assessed to builders.
  • Guest Commentary
  • Out of Work, Out of Office: Obama's inaction on the economy will be his undoing

    As a pundit, it's my job to explain why politicians do the things they do. Every now and then, however, a pol behaves so irrationally that I have to throw up my arms and ask: What the hell is this guy thinking? That's what Obama has me doing. For over two years. Why isn't he worried about unemployment? Thomas Frank wondered in "What's the Matter with Kansas?" why Americans don't vote their (liberal) self-interest. What I can't figure out is why President Obama isn't following his self-interest. Obama says he wants a second term. I believe him. Every president wants one.
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  • Warm Fuzzies

    On Monday, County Commissioners abruptly and unexpectedly dismissed County Administrator Dave Kanner after five years on the job, citing a difference in management style. The firing comes on the heels of a contentious contract negotiation with county staff and a prolonged pissing match with the district attorney's office.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • CrossFit Critique Was Way Off

    The biggest misconception about CrossFit is that it is "too intense" or "too hard" for "normal" people. I don't know how many times I've talked to people and had them tell me they are scared to try it...obviously the writer of this blurb fits into that category and hasn't done the research to back up his comments. I'm not sure what exactly folks think happens in CrossFit gyms, it seems that maybe they think we show up, get yelled at and made to lift super heavy weights and wreck our bodies with no thought to our fitness level or goals. The awesome thing about CrossFit is that EVERYTHING you do is scalable. Which means there are many movements you can substitute for the "prescribed" movements and this can change daily, weekly, monthly as your fitness level gets better and better. That is why it works! And CrossFit coaches are trained to make sure that everybody who shows up is doing the correct movements (in the correct way) for where they are at fitness wise.
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Shut Up and Drive

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  • Bike Letter Was Right On

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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Bend, Briefly

    Deep in Leonardo da Vinci's Codex is the sketch of a siege machine. Pedal-powered by a dozen warriors, seeing this monster isn't the true terror - it's the screams. Joshua's horns fell Jericho yet the drunken beast that encircles Bend daily may topple High Desert society. Neighbors cringe and traffic crawls, add mescaline and a cart of chickens and the inevitable accident will defy description. Leonardo labeled his invention "Rolling Shit Show" (loosely translated) but even he couldn't foresee how mixing booze and altitude enables extremes. Welcome back to Bend. Gray hairs more bitter, Bachman and Paul, sniper rifles selling well at pawn shops. Why do the panhandlers seem younger and pudgier; where did all of the geese go? And the white squatters' house with the lava foundation behind the library, wasn't that why we have a historic district? Oh how this urban verb purges after another economic bust!
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  • Market Move Benefits All

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Culture

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Screen

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  • Shooting in the 23rd Century: Children of Eden provides futuristic arm waving and little more

    Behold the Internet, circa 2200. It looks a lot like the 1992 movie The Lawnmower Man imagined "virtual reality" would look - lots of whirling fragments of light and color, like an exploded disco ball seeking to reassemble itself into some new form. Long, twisting, circular tunnels of light flow past, as though I'm commuting rapidly down an intergalactic wormhole on rails - no steering needed. And the soundtrack sounds like a frantic mixtape from the early 2000s that has been run through a blender and poured out onto a dance-club floor. Behold Child of Eden. Behold, as well, me as the Kinect sees me. From its perch beneath my TV screen, the Kinect's glistening red eye witnesses me standing in the middle of the living room, holding my right arm stretched out in front of me, waving it around as though I were directing the rearrangement of some far-off set of furniture. "Over there. No, over there. OK, around there..." Then I flick my hand toward the screen as though rejecting everything. The soundtrack strikes a flourish.
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Outside

  • Outside Features
  • Big Wheels: While not for everyone, 29ers are earning their place on local trails

    It wasn't that many years ago when mountain bike makers started rolling out models with big (29-inch versus the standard 26-inch) wheels. This, we were told at the time, was the dawning of a new era in mountain biking with bikes that were the answer to every rider's need. And while the new bikes promised much, they generally fell short of expectations. The problem lay in the fact that practically all the 29er makers had simply put the larger wheels on frames made specifically to handle 26-inch wheels. Yes, the first generation of 29ers could roll fast down old logging roads but were not much fun in technical terrain. The problem lay in floppy front wheels and the need to get any 29er bike up to pretty high speed to roll over, let alone trying to steer around, any and all obstacles. Times have changed. The most recent crop of crop of 29er mountain bikes are designed around frames geometrically configured to match their big wheels. This has led to some pleasant surprises. Surprises, like the fact that 29ers are superior on technical singletrack climbs. Big front wheels track better because there's little or no wheel flop. O.k., how about technical downhills? Because of a 29-inch wheel's ability to roll faster, you have to adjust your thinking and anticipate your moves going into tight corners. But unlike a typical 26-inch wheeled bike, a 29er is easy to lay over, so it carves making nicely arced turns. Next thing to consider are those diving board, vertical drops over big rock outcrops or group of rocks. Having three-plus inches of wheel and tire beneath you makes the drop shallower. Those scary I-could-do-a-huge-ender drops become almost too easy.

Blogs

  • Bent
  • Fire Closes Deschutes River

    Boaters planning to launch on the Deschutes River for the Labor Day weekend may need to rethink their plans after a wildfire forced BLM officials to close the river to rafters and anglers on Tuesday afternoon. The BLM announced today that it was closing the entire Segment 1 of the river from Warm Springs to Harpham Flat just upstream of Maupin after the Razorback Fire jumped the river near Redside on Saturday night and has covered 15 miles since then, burning north and east.
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