Archive for August, 2004

Marooned In the Doldrums

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

What I have to do to get to sleep: a shot and a half of blackstrap rum. I have had problems with going to and staying asleep, despite the enervating job I have. I’ll not be able to go to sleep, regardless of how tired I was at work, until 1030 or so, and will only sleep till about three or four.

This is one of the reasons I am not completely enamored of my own life. I have school coming up, too.

At least I can take the Dreamweaver class online.

Development: Due to a bit of donateware from Telegraphics, a fine Ozzie firm (click this parenthetical to go to their download site), I have the ability to save .psd’s in Win .ico format from Photoshop. Icoformat is a plugin and well worth the cost/effort in acquisition. Free unlimited use, $5 donation to PayPal requested. I’ll probably do it in a little while; right now it’d be the Cruzan Traditional Navy Rum talking.

Right now the result is that now I have my own favicon (that little blue, yellow, and white bit in the address bar). Huzzah me!

Latest acquistitions in the Media department; a good anniverserary with The Wife[tm]. It’s number 14, thankyuvermuch. Such is the glory in getting married on a decadal year, it’s a snap to figure how long you’ve been married (though I sometimes get that wrong in the right way, a subject for another posting). I got her Have Gun Will Travel, the Complete First Season and a Black & Decker food processor she’s been wanting for a while. She was very happy. She got me a gift box of the first thirtteen epis of the Gerry Anderson series UFO (1969), an old favorite from childhood. I’ve wondered: if the science in Gerry’s series (Space:1999, Thunderbirds, UFO, et.al.) is so piss poor, why are they so damn much fun to watch?

She also advance-ordered The Day After Tomorrow. My The Wife[tm] dotes on me, in her inimitable way.

Marooned In the Doldrums

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

What I have to do to get to sleep: a shot and a half of blackstrap rum. I have had problems with going to and staying asleep, despite the enervating job I have. I’ll not be able to go to sleep, regardless of how tired I was at work, until 1030 or so, and will only sleep till about three or four.

This is one of the reasons I am not completely enamored of my own life. I have school coming up, too.

At least I can take the Dreamweaver class online.

Development: Due to a bit of donateware from Telegraphics, a fine Ozzie firm (click this parenthetical to go to their download site), I have the ability to save .psd’s in Win .ico format from Photoshop. Icoformat is a plugin and well worth the cost/effort in acquisition. Free unlimited use, $5 donation to PayPal requested. I’ll probably do it in a little while; right now it’d be the Cruzan Traditional Navy Rum talking.

Right now the result is that now I have my own favicon (that little blue, yellow, and white bit in the address bar). Huzzah me!

Latest acquistitions in the Media department; a good anniverserary with The Wife[tm]. It’s number 14, thankyuvermuch. Such is the glory in getting married on a decadal year, it’s a snap to figure how long you’ve been married (though I sometimes get that wrong in the right way, a subject for another posting). I got her Have Gun Will Travel, the Complete First Season and a Black & Decker food processor she’s been wanting for a while. She was very happy. She got me a gift box of the first thirtteen epis of the Gerry Anderson series UFO (1969), an old favorite from childhood. I’ve wondered: if the science in Gerry’s series (Space:1999, Thunderbirds, UFO, et.al.) is so piss poor, why are they so damn much fun to watch?

She also advance-ordered The Day After Tomorrow. My The Wife[tm] dotes on me, in her inimitable way.

Rain,Rain,Wonderful Rain part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on August 24, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

August and the rain has returned. Lovely. Wet streets are poetic, gray skies the norm. Just looked at the forecast, not an 80-degree-day in sight.

You see, this is the way Oregon’s supposed to be.

Rain,Rain,Wonderful Rain part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

August and the rain has returned. Lovely. Wet streets are poetic, gray skies the norm. Just looked at the forecast, not an 80-degree-day in sight.

You see, this is the way Oregon’s supposed to be.

Portland AM Radio Rundown

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

I listen principally to three Portland radio station. I used to listen to a whole lot more, but then again, Portland radio used to be a whole lot more interesting.

In the 90’s no matter what your tastes there was something that was interesting and local. Now, in the days of Entercom, Infinity, and Clear Channel, there ain’t much. We hear stuff that everyone everywhere hears, including ads from merchants who don’t have a store within 1000 miles of here.

Anyway, these days there’s really only four AM radio stations of note:

KXL AM 750. This was the radio station I religiously listened to when I returned to Portland in 1991. Great selection of real decent, local hosts. I still fondly remember Bob Swanson and Bill Gallagher. Today? Feh. It’s like our little local radio version of Fox News. The only local voice still on it is Lars Larson, and he’s found syndicated heaven since honing his irritating conservative talk. I swear, he’s the only man I know of who’s voice irritates me even when I agree with him. Not saying, of course, that that happens often. He’s the sort of smug-bastard arrogant righty that drives sane people to thier CD players. They also have Michael Savage. Any station who seriously puts Savage on the radio should be ashamed of themselves. And O’Relly is such a sanctimonious twit that he makes be begin a sentence with a conjunction.

In the early and mid 90’s, I could leave KXL on all day. These days, I can hardly bear to admit it exists.

KPAM 860 amWhat a disappointment this station has been. When it debuted what, about four years ago I think, they came on with this big “Radio Free Oregon” campaign – Free your mind!!!. They had this real neat palette of locals, including a missed voice (Ralph Steadman), a really cool sports-connected fellow who never had an uninteresting story to tell (“Dream” Weaver) – I mean, how many local hosts had Bob Costas calling them in the middle of the night just to chat? Pete Schulberg had an extermely engaging morning show, and Dwight Jaynes was sassy and fun. And my favorite from KXL, Bill Gallagher, with his moderate-left talk style, showed up in the afternoon.

That started to flake off soon enough when Dr Pamplin didn’t see the profits he’d hoped and his personal finanacial empire hit a rough spot. Dream Weaver went, followed by Steadman, and Gallagher was limited to an hour in the afternoon (“Gallagher’s Crime Scene”). Now what are we left with? Jaynes a couple of hours in the PM, and the even-more-irritating than Lars Larson (I was surprised, but, yes, it’s possible) Victor Boc.

When I heard Boc was in the top 100 influential voices in a industry publication, all that told me was that that bar is obviously set entirely too low.

Listen to him, I dare you. Angry white guy with a horrible nasal voice. Ai yi yi.

Oh all that and Sean Hannity too, which is another thing to be ashamed about.

Sure, Bob Miller (AM Drive time late of KEX titan) and old friend Jimmy Hollister is on (on the weekends) but since KPAM took a ton of promise only to end up sucking, why bother?

KEX 1190 AMThe only big boy left worth listening to. The Morning Update (5-9 AM) is the grandaddy of Portland radio morning shows. The great Barney Keep held court there for decades, then retired in favor of Bob Miller (who is now at KPAM). Since Bob has moved on, Paul Linnman has filled the spot and is doing so admirably. He’s got chemistry with the morning crew, knows how to make a joke and keep the attitude up, and is generally just a good fella. The rest of the schedule is touch and go, with Rush Limbaugh (why isn’t his 15 minutes up yet? especially after the drug abuse?) and Coast to Coast AM (that joke is entirely stale now). Although Troubleshooter Tom Martino is a bright spot after dark, regrettably, he’s not local.

KPOJ 620 AM. This is the station I listen to the most. Right now it’s because it’s so nice to have an entire station with a left-wing point of view that doesn’t act apologetic about it. Franken is a godsend, he’s funny and right. Randi Rhodes is a kick in the ass. It’s real weak on the local side, though. The news is done by Clear Channel Portland in-house voices clearly on loan from KEX (McLaren, Convery). And they did make the mistake of running those loathsome Francesoni ads. But you do have to pay the bills. Just wish i wasn’t that way..

Over the next few weeks, as the mood hits me, I may expound at length upon a couple of bits of broadcast history as I remember it. In particular, what KPTV useter be, the legend that was Barney Keep, and that gosh-darn-likeable Paul Linnman.

Portland AM Radio Rundown

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

I listen principally to three Portland radio station. I used to listen to a whole lot more, but then again, Portland radio used to be a whole lot more interesting.

In the 90’s no matter what your tastes there was something that was interesting and local. Now, in the days of Entercom, Infinity, and Clear Channel, there ain’t much. We hear stuff that everyone everywhere hears, including ads from merchants who don’t have a store within 1000 miles of here.

Anyway, these days there’s really only four AM radio stations of note:

KXL AM 750. This was the radio station I religiously listened to when I returned to Portland in 1991. Great selection of real decent, local hosts. I still fondly remember Bob Swanson and Bill Gallagher. Today? Feh. It’s like our little local radio version of Fox News. The only local voice still on it is Lars Larson, and he’s found syndicated heaven since honing his irritating conservative talk. I swear, he’s the only man I know of who’s voice irritates me even when I agree with him. Not saying, of course, that that happens often. He’s the sort of smug-bastard arrogant righty that drives sane people to thier CD players. They also have Michael Savage. Any station who seriously puts Savage on the radio should be ashamed of themselves. And O’Relly is such a sanctimonious twit that he makes be begin a sentence with a conjunction.

In the early and mid 90’s, I could leave KXL on all day. These days, I can hardly bear to admit it exists.

KPAM 860 amWhat a disappointment this station has been. When it debuted what, about four years ago I think, they came on with this big “Radio Free Oregon” campaign – Free your mind!!!. They had this real neat palette of locals, including a missed voice (Ralph Steadman), a really cool sports-connected fellow who never had an uninteresting story to tell (“Dream” Weaver) – I mean, how many local hosts had Bob Costas calling them in the middle of the night just to chat? Pete Schulberg had an extermely engaging morning show, and Dwight Jaynes was sassy and fun. And my favorite from KXL, Bill Gallagher, with his moderate-left talk style, showed up in the afternoon.

That started to flake off soon enough when Dr Pamplin didn’t see the profits he’d hoped and his personal finanacial empire hit a rough spot. Dream Weaver went, followed by Steadman, and Gallagher was limited to an hour in the afternoon (“Gallagher’s Crime Scene”). Now what are we left with? Jaynes a couple of hours in the PM, and the even-more-irritating than Lars Larson (I was surprised, but, yes, it’s possible) Victor Boc.

When I heard Boc was in the top 100 influential voices in a industry publication, all that told me was that that bar is obviously set entirely too low.

Listen to him, I dare you. Angry white guy with a horrible nasal voice. Ai yi yi.

Oh all that and Sean Hannity too, which is another thing to be ashamed about.

Sure, Bob Miller (AM Drive time late of KEX titan) and old friend Jimmy Hollister is on (on the weekends) but since KPAM took a ton of promise only to end up sucking, why bother?

KEX 1190 AMThe only big boy left worth listening to. The Morning Update (5-9 AM) is the grandaddy of Portland radio morning shows. The great Barney Keep held court there for decades, then retired in favor of Bob Miller (who is now at KPAM). Since Bob has moved on, Paul Linnman has filled the spot and is doing so admirably. He’s got chemistry with the morning crew, knows how to make a joke and keep the attitude up, and is generally just a good fella. The rest of the schedule is touch and go, with Rush Limbaugh (why isn’t his 15 minutes up yet? especially after the drug abuse?) and Coast to Coast AM (that joke is entirely stale now). Although Troubleshooter Tom Martino is a bright spot after dark, regrettably, he’s not local.

KPOJ 620 AM. This is the station I listen to the most. Right now it’s because it’s so nice to have an entire station with a left-wing point of view that doesn’t act apologetic about it. Franken is a godsend, he’s funny and right. Randi Rhodes is a kick in the ass. It’s real weak on the local side, though. The news is done by Clear Channel Portland in-house voices clearly on loan from KEX (McLaren, Convery). And they did make the mistake of running those loathsome Francesoni ads. But you do have to pay the bills. Just wish i wasn’t that way..

Over the next few weeks, as the mood hits me, I may expound at length upon a couple of bits of broadcast history as I remember it. In particular, what KPTV useter be, the legend that was Barney Keep, and that gosh-darn-likeable Paul Linnman.

Saturday Slant:Layover Luck

Posted in Uncategorized on August 22, 2004 by Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis

This weeks thinker:

Today’s Slant is Inspired by my recent and unexpected 3-hour layover in Atlanta. Instead of boarding your connecting flight in a never before visited airport, the airline announces that the flight has been cancelled. You will, however, have a seat on the next flight to that destination—tomorrow. To help make up for the inconvenience, the airline has given you a hotel room for the night and $100 USD. You have 24-hours to yourself in a new city. Where are you? What do you do?

For me, it’s Washington DC. I’ve known people, friends and family, who have been, and they keep saying I must go. The sense of history, I’m told, is palpable. I’ve long admired the layout of the town (props to Monsieur L’Enfant) and the beautiful, beautiful architecture.

I’d love to walke the National Mall from one end to the other.

I’ve always wanted to be to the top of the Washington Monument, see the Pentagon, see the Naval Observatory, see the Tidal Basin.

I’ve always wanted to see the White House in person, rather than on TV, like in the news reports.

I want to see the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and the original copies of the Declaration and Constitution (I have a printed copy of the Constitution at hand? If you’re an American, do you? Do you look at it unfraid of what it says, or do you project what you want it to say on those pages? In times like this, that’s important to know).[1]

I would also collect the maps. I love maps. I must have over two or three thousand city maps from all over the world; maps from the few places I’ve visited, sent to me by acquaintances far and near, and specially bought from places I may or may not evre see. I’d get maps of Washington, ones that show the exquisite street plan of the District, and maps of Metro! I’d ride Metro for hours and fantasize about being selected the person who got to design the maps and signage.

Yes, that’s what I think I’d do.

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