lurkitty: (maneki neko)
Here's the story: I got depressed. I let myself get too far down. I needed to do something to recharge my batteries. I used 2.5 gallons of gas, drove nearly 100 miles rt, and got me some nature.

Trip to Gamont, Part 1 )
lurkitty: (proud)
This is a red letter week for Oregon.

We've signed Civil Unions into law. It took a change in balance of the legislature so that both houses of the legislature are Democratic to do it.

Now Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) (who voted against funding the war from the beginning, by the way) has teemed with Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) on the Internet Radio Equality Act of 2007.

The act overturns the decision of the Copyright Royalty Board and makes internet radio rates commensurate with those paid by satellite radio - 7.5 percent of total revenues.

I love this quote from the arstechnica story:
"Our bill is about standing up for folks ranging from a small webcaster in a basement in Corvallis to an innovative startup in Beaverton to a new band trying to be heard in Portland to a huge music fan in Coos Bay," said Wyden, a statement which raises the obvious question: who named all these towns in Oregon, anyway?

A bit of trivia - What is now Oregon Public Broadcasting, one of the oldest public broadcasting stations in the US, did start in the basement of the engineering building at Oregon State University in Corvallis. KOAC (K Oregon Agricultural College) started up with students reporting all the farm news on AM.


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