THE TUNES THIS WEEK
Tears For Fears – I Believe/Broken (Featured Artist of the Week)
Bjork – Ruby Baby (Library Free Song of the Week)
Tears For Fears – Secrets
Menomena – Killemall (Featured PDX musician of the week)
I Would Die For You/Baby I’m A Star – Prince (Featured Vinyl Pic of the week)
THE TASTY BITS THIS WEEK
Special Feature Story of the Week
–Timbers loan forward Bright Dike LA Blues For the remainder of the season. Coming off an injury last season the staff feel like it is the best way for him to get the playing time he deserves. And in GREAT news, Mamadu ‘FUTTY’ Danso is back after an injury during a preseason practice. Having him back guarding our back line will be GREAT! He is a proven defender and fan favorite.
-Come to the away game at Thatchers this Tuesday at 5.30!!! With Thatchers being the sponsored PUB PARTNER for the game this week, expect my small neighborhood pub to be bursting with excitement and Timbers Pride. There have been Facebook Links sent out along with emails from the Front office…GO TIMBERS!
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 whats new in the world of technology. This week I will show you a few things that are inspiring us and we think are totally awesome.
-SIRI is going to change your job! I have a link to a great article about the iPhone assistant SIRI and how the lessons WE are TEACHING “her” will ultimately be changing the way search engines work, and even the way we work at our jobs! IF we have jobs! http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/31603.asp The article states that the iPhone alone is larger than all of Microsoft, and we no longer want search engines, but instead ANSWERS. And SIRI is the platform that is teaching programmers how! and I am an unpaid BETA tester! The information gathering and dispensing tasks that SIRI will be able to perform will give us more hours in the day to do….whatever it is we do when we should be working!!!
-I was curious last week about Gamification and so Marshall gave me a definition and then had me Query the word Gamification into his Plexus Engine and this is what I learned. Gamificatoin is adding GAMING elements to other types of experiences or tasks! The Top Tweeters on the Topic seem to be http://twitter.com/#!/welivetoplay out of Amsterdam whos tweets link to so many gamification links, conferences and users it is mind boggling! closer to home is Margret Wallace out of NYC and San Fran. She seems to have her fingers and thoughts on all things Game! Scrolling and reading through her tweets really point out the relevance and freshness of this new learning concept. Making a game out of doing things that are lame!!!
-A time-wasting frustration filled game app called 100 floors has taken me over…The iTunes link app is here on my website along with a explanation app. Essentially, you have to move your phone, shake your phone, touch your phone or whatever to move things around to eventually get the elevator doors to open taking you to the next floor. AND like all games, each level gets harder and harder as new solving solutions are revealed, USUALLY through accident! Great for waiting in lines or if you are ever stuck in the belly of a whale!
SPECIAL SUPPORTLAND TIDBIT
We cannot help but notice that the weather on the weekends for the last few weeks has been AMAZING. Last year it seemed to just rain and drain, but THIS year has been incredible. For the last few weeks, all of the Supportland topics have involved spending money! This week and next, we are going to talk about some FREE stuff! And this week, that mean checking out and hanging out in some of our Amazing Public Parks! We have heard for years that Forest Park in NW Portland is the largest park within City Limits in the country…BUT who cares! $5000 mountain bikes and head to toe spandex models do not make me feel relaxed! If you are looking for a nice place for a picnic or stroll or even to read a book, AND not having any hills around, you should look no further than Laurelhurst Park on Caesar Chavez/39th and SE Stark. This excerpt is from their Portland Website. “Includes basketball court, disabled access picnic area, disabled access play area, disabled access restroom, dog off-leash area, historical site, horseshoe pit, paths – paved, paths – unpaved, picnic site – reservable, picnic tables, playground, soccer field, statue or public art, tennis court, and volleyball court. ” Oh, and did I mention it is flat?? WELL, not so true about Portland’s most impressive Park Mt. Tabor!!! This one is an extinct volcano!!! and its SUMMIT is at 636 feet above sea level…That is the reason the adult soap box Derby is held here each year!. This park has everything Laurelhurst does, AND include magnificent views of Mt Hood, SE Portland, Downtown, the west hills (including that forest park place) and hosts the two sometimes controversial Water Reservoirs. It also has endless combination of biking, hiking, or strolling trails. If that wasn’t enough, there is also a wide stairway on the East side from the road to the top! Portland also hosts the worlds smallest park called Mill Ends Park in downtown PDX near the water front…it is a total of 452 square inches in the middle of Nato Parkway…One really bizarre Portland Scramble. There are so many parks to choose from, the Portland Parks website has a search function based on what kind of recreation you are looking for in your park. Try and get out there and enjoy what makes Portland so Perfect!