Portland’s Artist-Run Spaces Thrive Under the Radar

Last fall I moved back to Portland after a decade-long absence. When I lived here from 1998 to mid-2009, the national DIY trend of that era often manifested itself in Portland’s art scene as a series of ambitious, sprawling curatorial projects. For example, 2003 saw the debut of both Modern Zoo, a scrappy summer-long exhibition series in a 120,000-square-foot warehouse under the St. Johns Bridge, as well as Core Sample, a ten-day 140-artist series of exhibitions produced by volunteers as a response to Portland’s omission from “Baja to Vancouver: The West Coast and Contemporary Art,” a survey that toured four cities in its geographic purview.1 These undertakings were one-off experiments, but others were repeated and expanded, such as the thematic exhibition-in-print zine Portland Modern produced by artist Mark Brandau. Portland Modern ran from 2004 to 2007 and expanded from print into a brick-and-mortar exhibition site for eight months in 2006 before the entire project ended in 2007. Writing about Portland in 2003, novelist and screenwriter Jon Raymond categorized the moment as “a regional art scene arriving at some kind of critical mass, communally discovering the intoxicating n...

Try The Best Beach Towels on Amazon For Your Next Trip

The perfect beach towel is one part plush, one part absorbent, and will keep your beach day as easy as possible. Beach towels can be almost as subjective as bathing suits, but what matters most is how well it’ll dry you off post-ocean. It’s always a good idea to have a stash of beach towels around if you plan on heading to a sandy destination because a regular old bath towel just won’t cut it. We’ve rounded up the five best plush, soft beach towels you can get on Amazon so you’re not caught without cover next beach day. Utopia Towels Cabana Stripe Beach Towels 4-Pack, $32 on Amazon: With a 4.1-star rating on over 1,300 reviews, this 4-pack of cabana-striped towels is made from 100% ring spun cotton and comes in sets of the same color (or you can get one with four different colors). Dock & Bay Microfiber Towel, $25 on Amazon: If microfiber is the name of your beach game, look no further than these. They’re made to dry quicker than normal towels and resist sand. Plus, they come in over 30 patterns and colors. Clotho Turkish Bath and Beach Towel Set of 6, $45 on Amazon: Turkish towels are the black sheep of beach towels, but they’re the perfect option for anyone looking for a m...

Auxiliaries AT NPE: New Controls Link Auxiliaries : Plastics Technology

Industry 4.0—the internet of things—is bringing a new level of connectivity to auxiliary equipment. Here’s a rundown of developments there, along with other news in auxiliaries from the show. Controls were a focus of many auxiliary suppliers at NPE, with Conair proposing tablets and other Bluetooth-enabled devices as replacements for standard operator interfaces. Shown here: Bob Criswell, Conair’s manager of mechanical engineering. Comet’s new 3DX-02 compressed-air dryer is a modular unit with a detachable controller. It’s offered in various hopper sizes down to 2 liters. Setting a new performance standard in vibration welding, Branson’s GVX welders are suited to applications such as auto taillights and large appliances. Datacolor has totally redesigned its portable spectrophotometer to deliver ultimate performance and correlation with its benchtop instruments. L-R Systems WSB 5400 Controller features a new 7-in. color touchscreen that promises easy retrofits to its existing weigh-scale blenders. Ken Bullivant, founder and president of Plastrac, stands next to the company’s new line of cart-based blending systems. Across virtually all categories of auxiliaries, suppliers have t...

One of the top big-game kayak anglers in the world is preaching the gospel of the

One of the top big-game kayak anglers in the world is preaching the gospel of the surf from his hideaway in Costa Rica The rip of his drag sounds like a kicked hornets’ nest as I pedal my kayak toward him. The sun breaks over the cloud-ringed mountains and casts a sapphire light across the bay—an Instagram sunrise, for sure. And in the center of it all is Clinton, an American expat and recovering drug addict, on his dirty 12-foot kayak, rod bent in half, a boss yellowfin taking line. At 50 years old and 17 years sober, with a growing name in the elite world of big-game kayak fishing and a new turn in his career as a top-flight knife designer, Clinton’s insane, drug-crazed past feels like a different lifetime now. His only present concerns are the fish he’s tied to and me getting my line in the water. “Bro, cast that popper!” he hollers as I get close. “Cast!” So I fire the plug, and as soon as it hits water, the rod behind me that I’m trolling with Clinton’s all-time favorite bait, a Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow, lights up with that heart-thumping sound of 45-pound braid smoking off the reel. “Set it! Set it!” he howls, still fighting his fish. I set the hook with everything I’ve got,...

Aiming infusion at the application : CompositesWorld

With so many process variables to play with, how do you know which new solutions that promise better, faster infusion are right for your application? There has been a good deal of controversy recently over how best to balance the need for greater part quality and performance with the growing need for more efficient processing, especially in large, complex parts like this superstructure shell for EPS Corp.’s (Tinton Falls, N.J.) EPS M10, the first all-composite hovercraft built in the U.S. Source: EPS Corp. Bravolab (Jamestown, R.I.) prefers to use a continuous nylon monofilament mesh to aid resin flow between plies of carbon fabric during infusion. For the Swift gigayacht (see “Learn More,” p. 29), the mesh was used to achieve full wetout in the 8-ply shear webs and faceskins of this helicopter landing pad panel. Source; Compmillennia LLC Fig. 1: The difference in resin absorption (and therefore weight) based on configuration and thickness for 5 lb/ft3 density PVC foam core. Source: Baltek, div. of 3A Composites SAERfix fabrics (SAERTEX USA, (Huntersville, N.C.) come with tack adhesive pre-applied in a light, even layer, improving quality control when adhering fabrics and cores ...

Oddball Mercury Vapor Rectifier Is A Tube Geek’s Delight

Even if you aren’t a tube aficionado, you can’t help but be mesmerized by the blue glow inside a mercury vapor rectifier when it operates. It looks less like early 20th century tech and more like something that belongs on a Star Trek set. [Uniservo] acquired an 866 rectifier that was interesting due to the markings, which he explains in detail in the video below. Most people though will probably want to skip to closer to its end to see that distinctive blue glow. The exact hue depends on the mercury vapor pressure and usually contains a fair amount of ultraviolet light. These tubes have an interesting history dating back to 1901, the year [Peter Cooper Hewitt] developed a mercury vapor light which was much more efficient than conventional bulbs. They had two main problems, they required some special process to get the mercury inside to vaporize when you turned them on, but worse still, the light was blue-green which isn’t really appropriate for home and office lighting. In 1902 though, [Hewitt] realized the tube would act as a rectifier. Electrons could readily flow out of the mercury vapor that was the cathode, while the carbon anodes didn’t give up electrons as readily. This w...

Global Power Inverter Market 2020 by Trend, Type, Application, Major Players and Forecast 2026

Report of Global Power Inverter Market is generated by Orbis Research providing the comprehensive study of the industry. Orbis Research is considering the year 2019 as a base year and forecast period for predicting the growth of the market is 2020-2026. Orbis Research is delivering the reports of market research on several categories by an organized method of judging the client, examining market supply, researching, struggle and demand, accompanied by integrating the feedback of the client. Report of Global Power Inverter Market is providing the summarized study of several factors encouraging the growth of the market such as manufacturers, market size, type, regions and numerous applications. By using the report consumer can recognize the several dynamics that impact and govern the market. For any product, there are several companies playing their role in the market, some new, some established and some are planning to arrive in the Global Power Inverter Market. The report provides the complete study of the Global Power Inverter Market considering the approaches used by industrialists. There are some specific strategies used to safeguard their space in market and enduring the gro...

Auxiliaries at NPE2018: Packing More Functions in Less Space : Plastics Technology

Auxiliary equipment suppliers are building more and more technology into their products, packing more physical and virtual functions into the same or smaller footprints. Conair says its revamped Carousel plus platform is the first dessicant-wheel dryer that doesn’t require water for the after-cooler throughout the entire size range. Novatec and Advantage Engineering have teamed to create the DryTemp+, a machine that combines a portable desiccant-wheel dryer and a fluid temperature-control unit (TCU) in a single footprint. Motan’s Luxor EM A dryers with integrated conveying are self-contained mobile units with a small, monitored cyclone dust filter and collector. As a new Dri-Air 4.0 dryer is installed, it is automatically added to the group display, updating the list of spare parts required. Novatec will take collection and sharing of data a step further with the DigiTwin, a virtual electronic twin of a physical machine that measures (green sensors) and follows every behavior of the physical machine and every key component. Pelletron has completely redesigned its C-20 DeDuster, which can process up to 100 lb/hr of dry, granular material and requires no additional floor space. T...

Garden Hose Pipes and Accessories | Garden Watering

A garden hose helps to keep your garden looking healthy and hydrated throughout the year. Perfect for covering large ground, you can keep your garden watered during the hotter months and your patio, bike or car clean. Our range of garden hose pipes includes a variety of length options ranging from 15-50m, from leading brands including Hozelock, Karcher and XHose. Whether you’re looking for an expandable garden hose pipe for maximum water flow or a reinforced hose to minimise kinking, our hoses are strong, durable and lightweight for a long-lasting life. To get the most out of your hose, opt for a hose pipe connector. Our range of hose accessories include automatic watering kits, extenders, fittings, valves, nozzles and soaker attachments. From powerful jet cleaning to a light and gentle mist, our garden spray guns are multi-functional for use throughout your outdoor areas. If you want to make watering large areas an easier task, our high-performance garden sprinklers come with oscillating or built-in watering patterns. To ensure your garden hose stays in great condition, choose a garden hose reel, available in freestanding and compact wall-mounted options, for easy wind storage...

Someone who decides to build a house faces a daunting task. It’s hard enough to act

Someone who decides to build a house faces a daunting task. It’s hard enough to act as the general contractor for someone else, but when you decide to build your own house, as my parents did in the early 1970s, it’s even tougher. There are a million decisions to make in an information-poor and rapidly changing environment, and one wrong step can literally cast in stone something you’ll have to live with forever. Add in the shoestring budget that my folks had to work with, and it’s a wonder they were able to succeed as well as they did. It was a close call in a few spots, though. I can recall my dad agonizing over the wiring for the house. It would have been far cheaper to go with aluminum wiring, with the price of copper wire having recently skyrocketed. He bit the bullet and had the electrician install copper instead, which ended up being a wise choice, as houses that had succumbed to the siren call of cheaper wiring would start burning down all over the United States soon thereafter. What happened in the late 60s and early 70s in the residential and commercial electrical trades was an expensive and in some cases tragic lesson in failure engineering. Let’s take a look at how it...

50 Zero Waste Products for your Package Free Business

Zero waste products have become popular. Because businesses have grown increasingly conscious of the impact they can have on the environment. The products you choose to sell, the packaging you use and the vendors you work with make a major impact on your carbon footprint. But you can find ways to run a store or business in a more sustainable way. If you own a business and want to keep packaging and waste at a minimum, here are some of the wholesale zero waste products that you might consider offering. There are plenty of options, from kitchen utensils to baby products and even office supplies. Plastic straws hurt the environment. Consider reusable options instead.  For example, these from Zero Waste Cartel offer a more sustainable option.eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],’smallbiztrends_com-medrectangle-3′,’ezslot_0′,149,’0′,’0′])); Help your customers enjoy their coffee and tea without creating unnecessary waste. For example, offer this reusable Keep Cup made from tempered glass and reclaimed cork. For a reusable water bottle option, Klean Kanteen offers a variety of products that you can sell as-is or with custom logos. Glass jars also...

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