Portland’s Freeway Names, Pacific Highway

Portland’s Freeway Names, Pacific Highway

Start at the beginning

Pacific Highway (99W, and surface streets):

While essentially a “Dead” highway, Portland’s highway system starts with the Pacific Highway. The Pacific Highway was completed in 1923, as the first “border to border” paved highway west of the Mississippi, it ran 341 miles from California to Washington. Eventually it was expanded from Canada to Mexico. This new road spurred a lot of development throughout Oregon. Several smaller cities moved their downtown core to be along the highway, and businesses sprung up along it’s full length to service travelers.

As 99W, Pacific Highway ran through Downtown Portland, crossed Willamette River via the Steel Bridge, and then continued up Interstate Avenue. In the 1950’s, the downtown portion was routed on the west side of the Willamette along Harbor Boulevard. But when Harbor was removed after the Freeway Protests, in 1974, it ran along First Avenue/Naito Parkway to the Steel Bridge.

Remains of the Pacific Highway still run parallel to I-5, along SW Barbur Boulevard.

On to Banfield Freeway

Random Fantasy Names

Random Fantasy Names

Originally posted from Fidonet. Just a random list of names that I’ve kept around for creating fantasy characters.  So Brian Kettering – who ever you are, thanks!

From   : Brian Kettering  (POST 05-May-1993 19:12)
Subject: Names of the Month
Since people liked my post of many fantasy names, I have decided to post a
few more each month for everyone to use and enjoy.  If one or three catch
your eye, write me back and tell me why (oooooh, a rhyme!).
Achiena    Ejaena     Kamithar   Rechinar   Valethar  Cagoril   Goruta
Adhereal   Ethurael   Kavaena    Retaena    Viorzha   Chasetyr  Halura
Akimar     Farenal    Kazil      Rocamara   Vuzarael  Chidildra Henashal
Basemar    Felethar   Korithar   Ruthamaal  Worustan  Cimiryl   Ibohama
Cabistone  Fuliurael  Larostan   Samithar   Xaimar    Daeros    Icanal
Caera      Gaudrael   Lovumar    Savaston   Xalathar  Darital   Idenshield
Camara     Hazuther   Marael     Sezerael   Xemara    Dawndale  Ikajira
Chalutyr   Ichama     Nazarael   Shamara    Zirael    Denecar   Jaaor
Cuathar    Isomar     Oakethar   Shirael    Zothimar  Elizaret  Jacipur
Dachamar   Izether    Panduther  Tarael     Aeothor   Elinilera Jenin
Darael     Jacuraal   Parither   Thalastan  Alalira   Evidar    Jimuril
Dejemal    Jamara     Pedimar    Tharel     Anaer     Ezhuer    Kaera
Dezim      Jizarael   Perom      Theston    Aviux     Fezire    Kajena
Dezir      Joxiral    Piur       Tinuviel   Balisaer  Fosmar    Karashal
Duthurael  Jutham     Ra’kirael  Ulorael    Barthon   Gelesia   Kavin

How to: Use the web to check copyright

How to: Use the web to check copyright

With the size of the Internet a lot a files, thoughts, musings, writings, paintings, pictures, etc, get “accidently” made available for those who have not paid for them. Students copy and paste whole sections of documents for their own papers, and less scrupulous individuals copy for their own reasons. A lot of companies have gotten around this by instigating DRM protection schemes, despite protests by consumers. The worst part though is that for those of us who provide content on the web, it’s actually pretty hard to keep that information secure.

Plagiarized text files are one of the easiest to find. Tools like Google are actually very useful here, but have the potential to come up with way too many hits. There are a lot of pay-per-use or subscription tools available on the market that will search for plagiarism, but Reprint Writers has put a great tool online that searches better then Google does. Unfortunately it only searches Yahoo so it may miss some hits.

On the other hand there are times when one does need to publish materials online and may not be the original author, or the original author may not be readily apparent or available. The Library Copyright Digital Slider tool could be very useful. Geared towards Librarians, it is extremely useful in identifying works that may have become public domain.

If the publication in question is a book it should be copyrighted via the Library of Congress. Some of that information is online via this link . Unfortunately, a good portion of this information is still offline, but it is being added slowly but surely. The provided link also has information about how to contribute to this project.

More recently web photography has really taken off. A lot of people with cheap digital cameras are posting pictures left and right, and just as quickly those pictures are being pulled from services such as Flickr and used by others.

Idee, Inc has a new tool that is in beta called Tineye. It actually goes out on the web and searches for pictures. Pictures that it’s seen before (and it’s constantly searching,) are given a unique identifier based on pixels in the graphic. Tineye scours the web for any picture that comes close, including those that were photoshopped or other wise altered.

In this day age copyright is an important concern for everyone involved. Using the above tools will make it easier to identify such cases and take appropriate action. Doing so will also help keep the unintentional infringements from happening.