1. We rented The God Who Wasn’t There expecting a scholarly–or at least informative–breakdown of the argument that Christ did not exist. While the evidence for this view is rich and fascinating, very little of it was presented in the film. For the most part, The God Who Wasn’t There is a sneering look at Christianity (including a primer that no one watching the film would need), and an embarrassing exploration of the filmmaker’s personal demons. While he says he isn’t afraid, we get the impression he very much is.

    More biography than documentary, this film could be very cathartic for bitter ex-Christians. As an atheist film, it is greatly lacking.

  2. Having moved to the inner ‘burbs in part to escape frat parties, we are thrilled, thrilled I tell you, to find a bunch of students have moved in a few houses away, and decided to loudly occupy their back yard every night. I hope a meteor falls on the house while they’re all away, and the steaming pit is filled with a Starbucks.
  3. Speaking of Starbucks, one is being built over the ruins of the old Kupie Cone (most recently the breakfast nook Sunday’s). I believe there will be other businesses there as well. Not too far off, I expect mixed-use zoning along Holgate, so some of those old houses fronting that busy road can become cafes and bead shops. Sooner than that, however, I expect the cool kids to start businesses on Foster. A couple of artist collectives have already moved in.
  4. I’ve recently become fascinated with stencil graf. Here’s a favorite. [On edit: there seems to be something wrong at Stencil Revolution. Hope it’s fixed soon.] Directories here, here, and here.

4 Responses to

  1. Kelly says:

    I’m not sure if I would trade you the frat house over our meth house, but it’s close. We don’t have any of the noise, but now there is the potential for transients camping out. Plus the stigma of having a boarded up house with a biohazard sign plastered over the windows. There go the property values.

  2. Cat says:

    Whoah! Which house is it?

  3. Kelly says:

    Behind us and over one. The same people who burned their garage down last November. Now we know what caused the fire. They weren’t bright enough to realize they peaked the Portland Polices interest after the fire, so they moved their meth lab into the house. They must not have been too concerned what affects those chemicals would have on their three small children. Now, the neighborhood is left with a huge trash heap they left behind and one ugly old house that no one can live in.

  4. Cat says:

    Ah man, that sucks. But I bet someone tears down the house and builds something new inside six months. The market is still very good, and so is your neighborhood.

    From what I’ve heard, there’s a meth house less than a block from *everyone* in SE Portland. I’ve been wondering where ours is.