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…just in case you’re interested…

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this site.  It’s kind of interesting (if you want to know stuff about who is listening with you & where they’re from…Here’s a hint: 64 countries):

It’s all interactive & ‘graphics-y’!  Here’s an excerpt:

This blog got about 3,400 views in 2012.

Click here to see the complete report.

Guests:
Me (Samson Davis), Don Pardo & some echo-voiced guy from Chicago


We talk about
:
Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Xmas, New Year’s Eve, computer-generated spam, #GreatMomentsInJournalism

 

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'2012 End of the World Xmas'...or 'A Bunch of People Who Experienced Miraculous Re-births'?

‘2012 End of the World Xmas’…or ‘A Bunch of People Who Experienced Miraculous Re-births’?

 

 

 

Hey folks! I’d really like to make a living doing something I love (it would even make these shows a ton better in the process).  It’s really easy to help…


If you like what I’m doing
:

1) …say so on the iTunes comments page for the show

2) ‘Like’ the portlandians facebook page!

or…

3) Tell your friends to listen:
I’ve made it easy for you.  You can use the ‘share’ buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Reddit, etc…
Go to the bottom of this post.  If they’re not visible, click here.  They shall magically appear at the bottom of the post.  (You can also tell your friends ‘face to face’ like the old days…couldn’t hurt, right?).

4) You can also donate through PayPal by using the ‘donate’ button.  It’s on the homepage: (it’s a bright yellow button on the right & a little bit down)…

 

 

Also, you can buy my damn music:

temperature & pressure–’geology’

 

…and get things like this from @portlandians1 on Twitter:

“It’s weird DC changed the name of the Bullets to the Wizards because it was offensive…but they STILL have a team called the ‘Redskins’.”

 

 

Thanks for listening and looking…Luv you guys–Take care!!!

 

 

Great interview question: "What do you own?..."

Great interview question: “What do you own?…”

 

 

 
OK, this is more like it...stereotypically boring.  Got it...just as expected.  You don't even need to look at the third article.

OK, this is more like it…stereotypically boring. Got it…just as expected.                                                                                              You don’t even need to look at the third article.
Are you fucking kidding me?!  How can you use this headline?...and think I'm not going to tear you apart on my podcast?

“Paul McCartney Dead”!!???  Are you fucking kidding me?!  How can you use this headline?!                                                             …and think I’m not going to find a way to tear you apart on my podcast?

 

!!!!!Thanks for tuning in to this edition of, #GreatMomentsInJournalism!!???

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guest: 
Samson Davis (me)

We talk about:
Oh, you know how HE do!!!  He CRAZY, yo!!!  He all be talkin’ ’bout RELIGION and shit…yeah, he crazy

 

 

 

Most of you couldn’t make it to see my first stand-up set in person.  Some of you asked to hear it anyway.  Here it is.

Posting this could be the most egotistical thing I’ve ever done…but it’s also a moment of ‘personal history’.  I’ve loved comedy since I was a little, skinny, idiot of a kid.  Now as a skinny idiot of an adult, I finally considered it as something that I could possibly pull off (or at least I wanted to try).  I took a quick course at Curious Comedy Theater with Gabe Dinger, a local favorite of mine.  Six weeks later, there I was onstage…giving people a moment of my own ‘personal history’.  At this point, I’m planning on continuing down the stand-up path (hence the cocky ‘part 1’ in the title of this episode).  Let’s see where this goes–strange times are ahead for sure…I can’t wait!

P.S. I’m sorry the sound quality is not the best (pretty good for an iPod™ audio recording device onstage, though).

 

 

 

 

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–Inspiration & the Voluntary Loss of Fear–

–When good people don’t vote, bad people win…Vote with your conscience, not your fear.–

 

 

Stay tuned for the next ‘portlandians’ for a bit of investigative journalism, perhaps?…

…and get things like this from @portlandians1 on Twitter:

(to @GregProops) “Thanks for your politics…and your Dokken references.” 

 

 

 

Hey folks! I’d really like to make a living doing something I love (it would even make these shows a ton better in the process).  It’s really easy to help…

If you like what I’m doing:

1) …say so on the iTunes comments page for the show

2) ‘Like’ the portlandians facebook page!

or…

3) Tell your friends to listen:
I’ve made it easy for you.  You can use the ‘share’ buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Reddit, etc…
Go to the bottom of this post.  If they’re not visible, click here.  They shall magically appear at the bottom of the post.  (You can also tell your friends ‘face to face’ like the old days–It couldn’t hurt, right? ).

4) You can also donate through PayPal by using the ‘donate’ button.  It’s on the homepage: (it’s a bright yellow button on the right & a little bit down)…

 

 

Also, you can buy my damn music:

temperature & pressure–’geology’

Thanks for listening and looking…Luv you guys–Take care!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Guests:

Lauriel Arwen, Orion & The Philosoraptor

 

We talk about:

…how US culture deals with death, but specifically:
the anniversary of the death of Osama Bin Laden, vengeance, the philosophical comedy of Greg Proops, population control, Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s thoughts on celebrating death, Was the US reaction to 9/11 the wrong one? & Why did a facebook ‘friend’ delete our entire conversation?

 

 

 

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‘Like’ the portlandians facebook page!

…and get things like this from @portlandians1 on Twitter:

@ the DNC tonight: Telemundo personality Cristina Saralegui (a woman with 100 million viewers)
says, “Don’t boo…VOTE!”

 

 

 

Hey folks! I’d really like to make a living doing something I love (it would even make these shows a ton better in the process).  It’s really easy to help…

If you like what I’m doing:

1) …say so on the iTunes comments page for the show

2) ‘Like’ the portlandians facebook page!

or…

3) Tell your friends to listen:
I’ve made it easy for you.  You can use the ‘share’ buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Reddit, etc…
Go to the bottom of this post.  If they’re not visible, click here.  They shall magically appear at the bottom of the post.  (You can also tell your friends ‘face to face’ like the old days–It couldn’t hurt, right? ).

4) You can also donate through PayPal by using the ‘donate’ button.  It’s on the homepage: (it’s a bright yellow button on the right & a little bit down)…

 

Also, you can buy my damn music:

temperature & pressure–’geology’

Thanks for listening and looking…Luv you guys–Take care!!!

 

Guest:

Portland Comedian & ‘Professor of Tap’ Sue Ceswick…you’ll love her…

 

We talk about:

tap dancing, wishing ‘making music’ was something everyone did, The Bridgetown Comedy Fest, Doug Benson, Dave Chappelle, MSNBC, Oprah, the Jack London Bar, inside the Portland comedy scene, Helium Comedy Club, the Funhouse, English is stupid, influences/idols, GWAR, fear, comedy philosophy

 

 

 

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Sue Ceswick (file photo)

 

 

 

LINKS:

 

1) Open Tap Dancing Classes taught by Sue on Wednesdays!!!  5 bucks!!!  You don’t need shoes!!!:

Sue’s Tap Class at the Jack London Bar (Portland, OR)

 

2) Lauriel Arwen’s Photo Blog

 

3) Meanwhile…I, Sam Davis, do hereby have a July 2012 Photo Show at New Cascadia Traditional.
(it’s a great gluten-free bakery):

New Cascadia Traditional (Facebook & their site)
1700 SE 6th (SE 6th & Market)

 

 

Hey folks! I’d really like to make a living doing something I love (it would even make these shows a ton better in the process).  It’s really easy to help…

If you like what I’m doing:

1) …say so on the iTunes comments page for the show

or…

2) Tell your friends to listen:
I’ve made it easy for you.  You can use the ‘share’ buttons for Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Reddit, etc…
Go to the bottom of this post.  If they’re not visible, click here.  They shall magically appear at the bottom of the post.  (You can also tell your friends ‘face to face’ like the old days–It couldn’t hurt, right? ).

3) You can also donate through PayPal by using the ‘donate’ button.  It’s on the homepage: (it’s a bright yellow button on the right & a little bit down)…

 

 

Also, you can buy my damn music:

temperature & pressure–‘geology’

 

 

Thanks for listening and looking…Luv you guys–Take care!!!

 

 

Portland photographer Lauriel Arwen just posted some incredible images.

This was not the first time she had done this, but they show-off one of my favorite parts of Portland & they inspired me a bit.

 

“Goats in the City”–by Lauriel Arwen

 

Portland has people who rent goats to clear land.

Thistle, blackberries, ivy, “fire-hazardous underbrush”…whatever you want to get rid of , goats will eat it…trust me:

I once fed a goat a Dixie™ cup. 
(…Yes, the wax-coated kind…Yes, the goat wanted to eat it…No, I don’t know why…Yes, I was a kid when I did that…No, that doesn’t make it okay…)

As a side note, I’ve also seen a cow eat a lit cigarette at night by a castle (…didn’t do that one, but my friend did…and I watched it…and probably wondered the same things you are now…)…

 

…back to the Portland goats:

 

It’s an actual growing trend to use goats to clear urban land  (maybe you’ve heard of California, Idaho & Washington).  There was even an article in the ol’ Huff-Po about it.

Feel free to check out the full article [ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/15/goats-get-work-clearing-land-portland_n_963943.html ], but here are some of the highlights:

 

Goats have shown they can get rid of invasive species that are “choking off native plants and growing into thick tangles impossible to navigate on foot” & “weedy patches between buildings, in lots long gone to impenetrable thicket, in half-built construction sites gone to seed in the Great Recession.

Goats eat all day…Goats are chemical-free. And goats will get the job done.

The project that might have taken human hands all summer will be completed by goats in less than a month

…it would have cost double or triple to have a landscaping crew do what the facility paid Stiner for her goats, and he didn’t have to turn to herbicidal chemicals he said he’d rather not use.

Sometimes it’s not a choice. In clearing operations close to a watershed, Stiner said she’ll get the call because chemicals can’t be used for fear they’ll enter the water supply.

The weeds invariably return, but in smaller numbers. And since goats like to eat seeds, too, the rate of returning weeds drops compared to machine clearing

Goats are used to control weeds and fire-hazardous underbrush in Oakland, Calif. At a Seattle-area vacant lot next to a city-owned bus depot, goats made short work of Scotch broom.

 

…a revolutionary idea?…or maybe just this:

It’s like an old-fashioned solution to an old fashioned problem.  It’s so obvious, but people don’t think of it.

 

 

 

All of this thinking of what I like about Portland (& looking at Lauriel’s other photos) brought me to what I like about Oregon.

 

“Cannon Beach”–by Lauriel Arwen

 

This great shot was taken at Cannon Beach (for those of you outside Oregon, this is where they filmed the ship coming out into the ocean at the end of ’80s kid flick, “Goonies).

 

 

The Oregon Coast is public land.  There are no private beaches…and this is not even what I consider the best spot (…it’s 5th, if you’re wondering…).

 

 

“May Day 2012”–by Lauriel Arwen

 

…and there’s lots of people who think like me, too…

 

 

 

It seems like this was a post made more for people who live outside of Portland.

Maybe it’s me trying to subconsciously get myself to focus on the positive.

Maybe it’s to get my damn friends from back home to visit me out here…(never!?…really?!…in 11 years!?…I’ve been back there 4 times–reciprocity, anyone?).  I’m not really hurt, I just want them to think I am so they’ll come out here someday…(ok, I am a little…[more than a little?])

 

Whatever the reason was for this, I hope you liked it.

…talk to you soon…

 

Guests:

Mark, Rigel, Wesley Conifer

We talk about:

going to therapy, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, drugs, the Cavalia horse fantasy show, coevolution, epigenetics, the start of civilization, sex, japanese cavemen, cultural evolution 

 

 

 

 

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https://portlandiansdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/portlandianspodcast-returnoftherealguyspart1.mp3

 

"The greatest show I've ever seen!!!"--Larry King--

The show opens with the quote: “The noblest conquest of a man is to have gained the friendship of a horse.”

 

 

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1) This first part consists of excerpts from an article you can find here:

http://rt.com/usa/news/mayor-quan-occupy-oakland-121/

 

Mayor Jean Quan wants OWS to disown Occupy Oakland

Published: 31 January, 2012, 05:13

Occupy Oakland demonstrators shield themselves during a confrontation with the police in Oakland (Reuters / Stephen Lam)

 

“…In the early days of Occupy Oakland, an Iraq War veteran was critically injured after being hit in the skull by a police-fired projectile. On Saturday’s march, law enforcement once again fired ammo into crowds of protesters and were videotaped swinging batons at protesters and journalists alike. As demonstrators declare their intentions with chants of “this is a peaceful protest,” Mayor Quan sees it from another side…”

“…Now the city leader is appealing to other Occupy movements across the country to disown Occupy Oakland in hopes of finally extinguishing the demonstrations that have scarred her administration due to overzealous arrests and the repeated firing of projectiles at peaceful protesters…”

“…Unfortunately for Mayor Quan, the national Occupy movement has by-and-large agreed (and insisted) several times that they are leaderless, so she might have a hard time trying to track them down…”

 

 

2) Here’s an early draft of a statement in response to Mayor Jean Quan.  [This is being created online as I’m writing this, collaboratively & in real-time, by the 99% nationwide]:

 

Dear Mayor Quan,

Your request for Occupy Wall Street and the other occupations to “disown” Occupy Oakland shows a failure to understand the nature of this movement and does a disservice to those you were elected to represent.

Among other things, occupying is about self-reliance, dialogue, skill sharing, and directly democratic decision-making. We organize within our communities to address the issues that affect them. The issues affecting the City of Oakland are not all unique, but, as in each of our cities, core problems of neglect, poverty, inequity, and voicelessness rob families of their wealth, individuals of their dignity, and communities of their togetherness. The unique circumstances of Oakland require customized solutions that your and other administrations have failed to provide. Your city’s people have risen up to take responsibility for their struggle, and it’s you who must answer to them, not the other way around.

Oakland wants change, and so do we.  The use of physical violence, rubber bullets, bean bags and chemical weapons against occupiers, including children, is a disgrace.

Your dispute is between your city and yourself, Mayor Quan. If you’d like our help in addressing some of the causes of Oakland’s burdens, we are here in solidarity. But until you join the struggle for justice, we recommend you do not expect our compliance.

Expect us,

Occupy