Multnomah County Fair

by Steve, May 26th, 2008




Oregon Reddit Button WP Plugin

by Steve, May 22nd, 2008

Update, September 2009: This plugin has been rendered obsolete by changes to Oregon Reddit. If I find the time, I’ll try to update it.

I was browsing links over on Oregon Reddit this evening, and I noticed that Mike Vogel‘s got an Oregon Reddit button on his post. Now, I’ve had a “Share This” plugin on this blog for a while, but I don’t even use any of those social bookmarking sites.

I do use Oregon Reddit, though, so I thought I’d figure out how he did it. As best I can tell (and being too lazy to just send Mike an e-mail), it’s a hacked version of the WordPress plugin Reddit Button. So I grabbed that plugin and hacked it to work with OregonLive myself.

In addition to making it go to our regional Reddit, I also made it a little smarter about filling in both the URL and the title on the submission form (the original only sent the URL).

Now, I’ve hacked WordPress plenty for my personal use, and this seems to work. But I’ve never redistributed a plugin before. This is GPL 2, free, open source software; use it as you wish, redistribute, whatever, but don’t be surprised if something doesn’t work like it oughta.

If you’re interested in the reddit documentation that this WP plugin is based on, I found it both at the Oregon Reddit site, and the more readable main Reddit site.

The original author did a nice job making this configurable to use any of the three Reddit buttons, and control where on your blog the button appears, etc.

Download Oregon Reddit Button, make it better, and send me your edits! Leave me a note if you like it or have any suggestions.

Update, May 23: I’ve tweaked the formatting a little bit to make it behave a little nicer, at least with my style sheet. The archive linked above now contains version 1.0.1 with these minor tweaks.

Election results coming in

by Steve, May 20th, 2008

Not too many surprises so far in the big races… Obama up by a healthy margin over Hills; Merkley looks like the winner going away, soon to be the Sacrificial Lamb against incumbent Gordon Smith for US Senate.

In the Portland races, it looks like Sam “The Tram” Adams has dispatched Sho Dozono without a runoff. The tally is currently 57.84% to 33.99%. Dozono’s campaign was tough to watch. I’m not thrilled about Adams, but I’ll take him over Dozono and thank my lucky stars there won’t be a runoff.

Nick Fish also looks to have avoided a runoff for council seat #2, with 61.79% to Jim Middaugh’s 21.31%.

Seat #1 has always been about second place, with Amanda Fritz expected to take a plurality (though hoping for an outright majority). Indeed, she’s got 43.41% now, with the rest of the field bunched up in the 9-12% range.

In second place, Charles Lewis has a narrow lead over John Branam and Jeff Bissonnette, with Mike Fahey and Chris Smith taking up the rear. (I called this race all wrong at the outset, predicting a Fritz-Smith runoff, but Smith hasn’t even garnered 10%. I feel bad for having been so tough on him.)

Here’s the field for seat #1 as of Multnomah County’s update #3 at 9:45:

           John Branam.  .  .      13,154   11.93
           Jeff Bissonnette .      12,934   11.73
           Chris Smith.  .  .      10,392    9.43
           Mike Fahey .  .  .      11,683   10.60
           Amanda Fritz  .  .      47,846   43.41
           Charles Lewis .  .      13,770   12.49
           WRITE-IN.  .  .  .         451     .41

I have no idea how many more ballots are left to count, so it’s hard to know if Branam or Bissonnette can close the vote gap to overtake Lewis.

Meet Amanda Fritz

by Steve, May 17th, 2008

Amanda will be meeting voters at the St. Johns Booksellers, 8622 N. Lombard tomorrow (Sunday) from 3:30 – 4:30 in the afternoon.

If you’re still undecided for Portland City Council seat #1, this is a great chance to come out and meet the only woman running for city office this election. Amanda is clearly the most qualified and experienced candidate in the field, and has garnered endorsements and support from the Oregonian, Willamette Week, Just Out, labor unions, community organizers, political leaders and Portland neighbors like me who are ready for a new, smart, independent voice in City Hall.

More fun at the St. Johns parade

by Steve, May 15th, 2008

There’s still some serious funkiness at the parade. Love the old trucks (I moved to Oregon from Iowa in a ’63 Chevy Step Van).











Broke Bike Mounters in the St. Johns Parade

by Steve, May 14th, 2008
Prize winning float, St. Johns Parade

As somebody who commuted six miles daily on a one-speed cruiser Frankenstein for several years (before I gave it away, I had changed every part, including the frame, except for the front wheel), I can much better handle the kind of clown who welds together some funky cool bikes than some other kinds of clowns I saw last weekend.

Plus it turns out we’ve got a zero degrees of separation going with some of these folks, so a big shout out to the creators and occupant of simply the best “float” in the St. Johns Parade, bar none.



I wish I had some better pictures of the bikes. Post links if you got ’em!

So there you have it… not all clowns are evil, people.

My favorite video of the political season (so far)

by Steve, May 13th, 2008

I had no idea Randy Leonard was a thespian. Then I saw this:

Randy Leonard’s Raw Interview from dalas verdugo on Vimeo.

What kind of “change” does the Mercury want?

by Steve, May 12th, 2008

In a piece titled The Status Quo Can Suck It!, the Mercury, darling of Portland’s pop-rock fans, endorses consummate City Hall insider Sam Adams for Mayor. They also endorse Erik Sten’s City Hall chief of staff and anointed successor Jim Middaugh.

This is change? With that ticket, I’m surprised they endorsed Jeff Bissonnette for council seat #1, which should go to Chris Smith if you want the kind of “change” the Mercury seems to want (i.e. no change at all).

Adams is the new Vera Katz, so that does represent change from Mayor Potter’s generally cautious and inclusive style back to the city rubber stamping the plans of condo developers like Homer Williams, full-time and unfettered. Middaugh, as the new Erik Sen, represents no change at all.

So does the Merc want all Homer, all the time in City Hall? What status quo are they bucking here? Somebody help me out here, cuz I’m not seeing it.

St. Johns Parade part II: the clowns

by Steve, May 11th, 2008

Clowns for Christ… I have not the words (but Lelo does).

Clowns on tall bikes…

Regular old clowns.

Next installment: the princesses. Here’s a sneak preview of my favorite, Princess Olivia.

Walking the talk at the St. Johns Parade

by Steve, May 10th, 2008

The first installment of photos from the St. Johns parade: candidates walking their talk (or not).

Fritz Walked
Fritz walked.

Fish walked
Fish walked.

Bissonnette walked
Bissonnette walked.

Branam walked, too (sorry, no picture). But what about Chris “Streetcar” Smith, the guy who wants to cut our carbon footprint in half by replicating the Pearl district on the east side?

Chris Smith rode
Smith got a ride.

Say what?!?

Is that a Prius, Chris?

I don’t think so!

Chris Smith's ride
But it’s okay, he’s sharing the road with bikes. You can’t make this stuff up, folks!

Mayor Potter
The Mayor rode, but he hitched a ride with the convertible club. Plus, he’s a real dignitary.

Sam Adams
The Mayor-in-Waiting, rode, too. It was good to see him looking so comfortable mixing it up with the regular folk. “Hi neighbor! Hi neighbor!” he called, trying really hard to smile. Or at least not grimace.

Next installment: Clowns for Christ. I’m not kidding. What a great day for a parade!