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China shuts access to Twitter, Flickr, Bing, Live, Hotmail, Blogger via the “Great Firewall” filters

China is closing down access to various internet services as they approach they anniversary of the Tiananmen Square democracy protests in 1989.   The early report from TechCrunch  says that Twitter, Flickr, Bing, Live, Hotmail, Blogger have all been made hard … Continue reading

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Of course we are not alone in the universe, but not for the reasons suggested by most UFO enthusiasts.

I can’t tell you how much I wish the UFO stories were all true.   In fact I’d be thrilled if even *one* of them was a credible story.   But they aren’t.  It’s very, very unlikely that even a single … Continue reading

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Nanumea via

My pals Keith and Anne are anthropologists who have spent considerable time in the country called Tuvalu on the island of Nanumea.     Keith’s done a great  job with a website called “” that offers Nanumeans as well as the rest … Continue reading

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Forbes: Shanghai, Beijing as world’s top emerging business centers

It was not surprising to see Forbes suggest that Shanghai and Beijing ranked highest in their recent survey measuring which cities are poised to become major global business capitals. They used a neat picture from Shanghai’s World Financial Center – … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Multnomah Falls in the Columbia Gorge

Multnomah Falls, Columbia River Gorge, Oregon Columbia-Gorge-2008 146 Originally uploaded by JoeDuck Hey, I’m kind of temporarily tired of blogging about technology and politics and even blogging about the Oregon Coast, so how about an Oregon waterfall?  This shot of … Continue reading

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Oregon Coast

The rumors are true.  There’s a detailed Oregon Coast website at, which is the official website of the Oregon Coast Mile by Mile guide that showcases the entire Oregon Coast from California to Washington.   Highway 101 is the spectacular … Continue reading

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Full Sail Brewery, Hood River

Full Sail Brewery, Hood River Originally uploaded by JoeDuck Full Sail Ale is one of the most popular beers in the Northwest, and our Full Sail brewery tour in Hood River helped us understand why Full Sail remains so popular. … Continue reading

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