So, I went to a concert recently (in Portland, Oregon) to see George Watsky on his 2013 Cardboard Castles tour. The (sold out) show was on April 21st, 2013 at the Branx in Portland. I’ve seen Watsky live before (on his 2012 tour in Eugene, Oregon), so I was definitely expecting a fun night but nothing like what actually happened. (more…)
I don’t know if you’ve been to Uptown Market yet but it’s the best little beer & homebrew bottle shop in Beaverton. They have tons of different beers in bottles & cans, several beers on tap and you can drink your beer there or take it home. Also, they teach homebrew classes and sell homebrew equipment – among other things. Basically, it’s a store that is all about beer.
I’ve been following the store’s progress for a while now (since it’s right across the street from me) and the latest development is a big one. The guys at Uptown have pooled their resources and collective beer knowledge in an effort to create a new brewery right here in Beaverton! They’ll be modifying their existing building to make room for the brewquipment, which they’ll be acquiring from Two Kilts Brewing Co (Two Kilts is upgrading their equipment so Uptown put a down payment on their old set!). This is a big project for these guys but if you’ve met them, you know they’re handling everything intellectually and nothing is going to hold them back from seeing this brewery created.
If you want to help though, there are several things you can do!
- Contribute Money: The guys have started an IndieGogo fundraiser (like Kickstarter) where their goal is to collect $24,500 in contributions and in return, they’re offering up lots of neat items and opportunities! (Link: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/uptown-market-brewery)
- Shop at the Store: Located at 6620 SW Scholls Ferry Rd (in Beaverton), you can help support the brewery project by being a customer at their store. Every little bit helps!
- Spread the Word: You can share this article, the IndieGogo project page, Uptown’s website/Facebook/Twitter or just mention any of it to a friend! Word of mouth can be very powerful.
- All of the Above!
Every friend you tell, every dollar you contribute and every bit of positive energy you can muster to send their way – it all helps. Go ahead, lend a hand!
It’s time to let Windows XP go.
Alright, settle down with the torch and pitchforks – I’m just trying to give you the truth of the matter. Windows XP was definitely a better alternative to the Windows Vista “upgrade” but there is really no point in using it over Windows 7 today. If you’re still using Windows XP because your computer can’t run Windows 7, you can probably find something from a thrift-store that is capable. There is also a neat service in Portland, Oregon called “Free Geek” that sells used computer hardware or lets you donate some of your time in their shop in exchange for some computer hardware (that should run Windows 7). Basically, do whatever you need to (within reason and legality) in order to bring yourself up into the modern age of computing! Keep reading and I’ll give you some solid reasons to make the effort. (more…)