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August 22, 2012 01:39 PM

Sometimes around the EW office we like to play "predict tomorrow's R-G front page," and sports news is often a sure bet. The not-so- Daily Emerald (online all the time, print, not so much) is already tweeting and posting that Ducks Football has NEW UNIFORMS (or basically an update of the Rosebowl outfits according to Nikeinc.com) and we figure the R-G will be close behind with full frontal Duck coverage.

GoDucks.com indicates the uniforms will of course make Duck football players into knights in shining armor with "Chain Maille Mesh" and even better, there will be "strategically placed seams, pads and cooling zones that help minimize distraction and optimize protective coverage."

So what exactly are the seams distracting us from? And exactly how will the uniforms "redefine reality"?

Photo from www.nikeinc.com

The Daily Emerald is pretty excited about football, it looks like every other post on the site is ball related. 

Hey if football is what it takes to get people to read the news, we're all for saving print media and the Emerald has unleashed some good journalists out into the world. Someone's gotta cover the green issues in this town though (and print Dan Savage), and that's EW. Speaking of green, call us hippies (and we know you do) but we were kind of sad the UO wasn't on the Sierra Club's top 10 green schools list, but hey lucky number 13 is not bad. 

As long as we're on Ducks and the Emerald, it looks like the new Emerald logo is not up on the website yet. We're seeing it around town on new black boxes sitting next to our red boxes.

Is it us, or does it remind you of Atari?

Crossed with the Willamette Week logo …

August 22, 2012 10:53 AM

Some says print news is dead, but when it comes to industry business and gossip it's only getting hotter: Is the Oregonian going to go to mostly online and publishing only three days a week as Willamette Week speculated recently? Is the Register-Guard going to replace any of the reporters that have left for other jobs? (No positions are currently listed on the website). Is Willamette Week starting a chain? 

The Association of Alternative Newsmedia is reporting that in addition to owning Portland's Willamette Week and the Sante Fe Reporter of New Mexico, The City of Roses Newspaper Company is buying North Carolina's Independent Weekly. City of Roses Newspaper Company is owned by Richard Meeker and Mark Zusman of Portland. 

Willamette Week hasn't made any recent offers on Eugene Weekly.

August 17, 2012 04:16 PM

"Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro" (Seamus Unleashed) takes the whole Mitt Romney strapping his dog to the roof of his car to a whole new 80s pop cultural level of awesome. 

According to Rolling Stone

Devo's Jerry Casale wants it to be known that their newest song, "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro," isn't meant as a partisan statement – even though it viciously mocks Mitt Romney for strapping his Irish Setter, Seamus, to the roof of his car for a 1983 family vacation.

"This isn't a red-state thing or Devo stumping for Obama," he says. "But I think any animal lover that hears the story will learn so much about the character flaw of Romney. It's just a deal-breaker about the man. My God, the world is a scary place with seven billion people. What you want in a leader is a guy with some humanity at his core. I just don't feel that Mitt does."

 

August 16, 2012 03:57 PM

Friends of Family Farmers is reporting that the Oregon Court of Appeals has issued a temporary stay on the temporary rule that was to allow canola to be planted in an expanded area in the Willamette Valley. The Oregon Department of Agriculture's plan to reduce the restricted zone in which canola could be planted was met with opposition from specialty seed and vegetable farmers who fear genetic contamination with their crops. Leah Rodgers, field director of FFF says "We have confirmed with the Court of Appeals that the stay is to remain in effect until the court hears further legal arguments and issues a final decision on the motion for a stay."

For more on canola, see our last two stories "Growing Canola Controversy," "Is No Canola Good Canola" and also read Frank Morton of Wild Garden Seed's "Canola Nightmare" Viewpoint this week. Morton is a party in the case.

 

August 15, 2012 11:46 AM

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made an  slip of the tongue when he mispronounced Sikh as sheik when commenting on last week's tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. His faux pas points to just how little most folks know about the Sikh community, even in Eugene where we have a vibrant population right here in our midst.

Folkstreams has been running a 1992 documentary about the dances and songs of Sikh women in Sacramento that's worth checking out. The trailer is below and the full 26 minute film is at: http://www.folkstreams.net/film,108

 

August 13, 2012 12:28 PM

This just in from Lane Regional Air Protection Agency:

 

 

Contact: Sally Markos, 736-1056, ext. 217 Lane County Media: 12-9

Smoke from Area Wildfires Pushes Air Quality into Moderate Range

The Buckhead and Evangeline wildfires near Oakridge grew larger over the weekend and smoke has made its way into the Eugene/Springfield area. As a result, air quality has reached the moderate range. The smoke, combined with hot temperatures forecasted for later in the week, will make conditions uncomfortable for some residents.

“Until the fires are contained, we will see periodic intrusions of smoke into the valley,” says Sally Markos, spokesperson for the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). LRAPA’s air quality monitors in Springfield and south Eugene detected higher levels of particle pollution on Saturday evening. The levels have slowly increased over the last 24 hours. Pollution levels peak just after midnight as drainage winds, which follow the rivers valleys from the foothills, bringing smoke into the valley. Although the winds typically shift to a more northernly direction after sunrise, low wind speeds have not had enough impact to clear the smoke.

Fine particles, also called particulate, are a major component of wood smoke and are especially harmful because they are inhaled deep into the lungs and can enter the bloodstream. Individuals with asthma, respiratory problems, or heart disease are advised to curtail vigorous activity when air quality deteriorates. Residents experiencing health problems associated with the smoke and heat are encouraged to consult with their doctors.

LRAPA will be monitoring conditions over the next few days and will provide updates as warranted. The public can track hourly particulate levels and the Air Quality Index by logging onto the LRAPA website at www. LRAPA.org.

August 10, 2012 12:16 PM

The song is catchy. The spoofs are catchier. This gives some plot points away if you have not seen the movie, so don't watch if you don't want advance notice of Dark Knight Rises plot twists.

August 8, 2012 12:36 PM

Woohoo! Science! Snarky Mars crafts and hot dudes with Mohawks!

The Curiosity Rover drew me in with its Twitter feed

Then SarcasticRover turned up. (I kind of prefer the real one's humor).

But nothing beats NASA Mohawk dude (aka Bobak Ferdowski). There's a tumblr page devoted to images and memes.

Not only do I watch Community, I teach at Lane Community College; love the Starburns reference.

Bobak Mountain! Yes! According to his Twitter feed, he liked it too.

August 8, 2012 10:41 AM

Nothing adds more fun to politics than puppies. Seriously. All this brouhaha over Romney and his competitive horse prancer Rafalca (full disclosure, I do a little competitive horse prancing myself) has distracted us from poor Seamus, the pup Mitt strapped on the roof of his car. Luckily,  "Obama 2012 + Puppies All the Time" is keeping us focused on pups as well as ponies and brings us a link to the Seamus pooping game

August 1, 2012 10:51 AM

I admit, the Eugene Emeralds lost some of their fun for me when they moved to PK Park. I miss Civic; it had that peanuts and CrackerJacks feel that I associate with baseball. Since I associate very little else with baseball, including how to play, this was a rather important element.

But I do give the Ems points for all their promotional efforts. This week it's Grateful Dead night at PK Park. 

Press relase: 

 

Ems Host Grateful Dead Night Thursday

Eugene, Ore. - The Eugene Emeralds, Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, will host Grateful Dead Night Thursday at PK Park. The gates for the game, against the Everett AquaSox, will open at 5 p.m. for a performance by Dead Ringers, in advance of the 7:05 p.m. game.

The Emeralds will be wearing custom Jerry Garcia themed Grateful Dead uniform tops (pictured below) to commemorate the themed night.

Springfield’s Kaleidoscope Clothing will be at the game, selling tie dyed shirts and bandanas. Some will be in Emeralds colors. Fans are encouraged to bring in their own items to tie dye.

Like every Thursday home game, it will be Thirsty Thursday. This features discounted domestic beers and soft drinks.

Current University of Oregon and Lane Community College students can buy a ticket to the game for just $5 by showing their valid Student ID at the Ticket Office.

Great tickets are available for this game and remaining home games, online at EmeraldsBaseball.com and at the PK Park Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located 2760 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and open during the week from 9-5. 

Yup, that's right, you can drink beer, get tie-dyed stuff, tie-dye stuff yourself and listen to a Dead cover band. But best of all are the special T-shirts the Ems will be wearing, proudly emblazoned with Jerry's face. I want one. Nothing says the Grateful Dead like a baseball player wearing a purply-bluey-red Jerry T-shirt.

August 1, 2012 02:11 PM

I'm a little puzzled by all the "Julia Child would have been 100 this week" stories I've been reading — did we expect her to live to be a 100? But that aside, she is wierdly fascinating even to someone like me who thinks cooking is putting a little bag of TastyBites in the microwave for 2 minutes. Also, she makes large cuts of meat chic.

Watch Julia Child's 100th birthday on PBS. See more from WGBH Specials.

July 27, 2012 03:35 PM

As promised in "Let's Boogie"; Dog dancing, aka, canine musical freestyle videos.

The merengue:

 

Britain's Got Talent has kicked off a new wave of dog dance enthusiasm:

 

And Oregon's own Julie Flanery dances to "Baby, Darling Baby" with Kashi.

July 27, 2012 03:41 PM

In case you missed our July 16th post mentioned in this week's "Cruel Rabbit Roundup" story, here it is again as filmed by Heather and Alex Crippen of the Red Barn Rabbit Rescue.

Heather Crippen points out that YouTube has designated the video not suitable for those under 17 due to the animal cruelty portrayed. Ironic, she says, since the participants in the "animal scramble" are 4 to 14.

July 27, 2012 05:45 PM

The long-awaited follow up to the Mr. Rogers song is here!