The Big Float, The Big Pipe and the Human Access Project

On July 14th, the City of Portland celebrated the 8th annual Big Float.  About 4,000 people (this writer included) made the trip down to Tom McCall Bowl at Southwest Columbus and Naito Parkway to, in the words of the event's organizers, "give our river a hug."  Sponsored by a number of local and international companies, … Continue reading The Big Float, The Big Pipe and the Human Access Project

The Mystery of the Granite Sarcophagus and Why It Matters

If the title of this article reads like something out of an old Doc Savage paperback or an old pulp radio serial, good that is by design. Because quite frankly the archaeological discoveries from last week are genuinely exciting. On July 11th, the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities announced that archaeologists had unearthed a massive granite … Continue reading The Mystery of the Granite Sarcophagus and Why It Matters

The Shape of Speed Tells a Story of Innovation and Beautiful Failure

Disclosure: I volunteer weekly at the Portland Art Museum, but this article is in no way associated with the museum. The Portland Art Museum's newest featured exhibit, the Shape of Speed is a great diversion this summer.  The exhibit consists of over a dozen classic cars from the years between 1930 and 1943 (and two … Continue reading The Shape of Speed Tells a Story of Innovation and Beautiful Failure