THE TUNES THIS WEEK
Radiohead – Bodysnatchers (Featured Musician of the Week)
Bob Dylan – ‘Til I Fell In Love With You (Library Freegal Song of the Week)
Arcade Fire – Intervention
Jane’s Addiction – True Nature
St. Germain – What You Think About (Bonus Vinyl of the week)
The Surf Trio – Back To My Cave (Featured PDX musician of the week and Feature Vinyl Pic of the Week)
THE TASTY BITS THIS WEEK
– Four of our signed players are from Columbia now. Diego Chara, Hanyer Mosquera, Jorge Perlaza and Jose Asolfo Valencia
– Preseason training has started at Jeld-Wen field and fans are already around town wearing their scarves and jerseys and getting ready for the home opener on Monday March 12…The best Monday of the year for Timber’s fans!
– Forward Bright Dike used the off season to train in his family’s home country of Nigeria. Chinedu, his actual first name, set off on a three-week trip bridging the months of December and January, with his parents, four younger siblings and several members of his extended family in tow, to visit relatives, including his 96-year-old grandfather. He hadn’t been there in over a decade. Dike was born in 1987, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Dike said of his trip, “It’s tough out there because it’s almost 100 degrees, but it’s good for you. It was a good way to get in shape. I was running on dirt roads, kicking a ball around in the afternoons.”
-Timbers announced Cameron Knowles as their new assistant coach….more on that next week!!!
Each week, I check in with Marshall Kirkpatrick for the latest in tech news and tweets. Whether he is tirelessly building his new project Plexus Engine, or continuing his work with Read Write Web, Marshall always has his finger on the crystal ball of what’s new in the world of technology. This week, I will show you what Marshall has shared that I think is totally awesome.
-For the next two weeks we are actually going to think backwards and discuss Twitter. NEXT week, I am going to explain the symbols, techniques, and the wandering target that is Twitter. THIS week, I’ll explore a January 24th article from The Music Think Tank website. The article covers five things Twitter teaches, or taught, all of us!
The article shows us that even if Twitter died tomorrow, there are 5 important, transferable skills we can learn from it.
1. Twitter is simply a tool we use to nurture our social and professional networks. Knowing what our colleagues are doing, and where they are at, keeps our interactions with them fresh and relevant.
2. Suddenly, social networking isn’t just about connecting. Now, it’s about engaging. We are talking WITH people, not at them. Artists are speaking with fans. Leaders are asking questions and getting answered!
3. Believe it or not, communicating succinctly is an incredibly valuable skill. It is the core of effective journalism and 160 characters forces us to write concisely.
4. There are thousands of articles that advise us on the best Twitter practices. Absorb them. Implement them regularly. The same skills are transferable to other things you do in your life!
5. Forces outside of our control can change the whole playing field in an instant. Look no further than your own Twitter feed. The most important lesson is learning how new trends apply to you and how to adapt accordingly.
SPECIAL SUPPORTLAND TIDBIT
A few weeks ago, I spoke with Martha at the Immortal Piano and she recommended a cult classic movie called The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, that was written for adults by none other than Dr. Seuss. You should know there is only one place to find just such a movie, Movie Madness! And coincidentally, right next to that Temple of TV entertainment are delicious food carts including my favorite one, Cackalack’s Hot Chicken Shack.
BUT first, let’s explore why Movie Madness is the most important video rental store in the world. In 1991, Mike Clark started with 2,000 movie titles and a big idea. Now, 21 years later, there are over 65,000 titles and over 100 unique pieces of movie memorabilia, costumes and posters. What makes Movie Madness great is how they have expanded over the years. They even carry complete seasons of many TV series, even rare shows from the UK. My Favorite is The Mighty Boosh. If you go to Movie Madness knowing what you want, you will probably find it. If you go there looking for something new, you will have a HARD time making a decision. I have paid many late fees through the years from renting more movies than time allows! BUT should you spend so much time in Movie Madness suffering from Title Shock and become FAMISHED…I have a great solution…
There are now food carts right next door at The Belmont Good Food Here Lot. And, I think the best of these carts is the Cackalack’s Hot Chicken Shack. Best if you have a fire extinguisher (or cold beverage) for your mouth. The Blazer Sandwich is my favorite. (menu here) A boneless breast on a sesame bun with homemade pickles, smoky coleslaw and garlic dill mayo…It is amazing…And even if you order it mild, it will burn you from all sides!@! If I can tear myself away from this favorite, I have my eyes on their Blue Ribbon Bird sandwich…A Cordon Bleu arrangement with Swiss, peppers, ham and mustard…GOOD eats on Belmont Street. Combine this tasty food with an awesome movie from Movie Madness and you have another great Portland Scramble.
AN IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE…If you plan on driving to the food carts and Movie Madness, PLEASE park on Belmont street or 44th when you first show up out of respect to the older customers of Movie Madness and their limited parking. I have ALWAYS found street parking within half a block of both locations, no problem!