Category: Links

From KPTV:

Firefighters responded to Northwest 23rd Avenue and Glisan Street at around 9 a.m. Wednesday. 

A large cloud of smoke filled the air and could be seen for miles.

A NW Natural spokesperson said a contractor hit a gas line, causing a leak.

After firefighters and NW Natural crews arrived at the scene and evacuated the building, the gas ignited and there was an explosion.

Scary stuff on NW 23rd this morning. This could’ve been much, much worse and I’m glad it wasn’t.

From The Atlantic:

The allegations may seem at odds with the reputation of this city known for its progressivism. But many African Americans in Portland say they’re not surprised when they hear about racial incidents in this city and state. That’s because racism has been entrenched in Oregon, maybe more than any state in the north, for nearly two centuries. When the state entered the union in 1859, for example, Oregon explicitly forbade black people from living in its borders, the only state to do so. In more recent times, the city repeatedly undertook “urban renewal” projects (such as the construction of Legacy Emanuel Hospital) that decimated the small black community that existed here. And racism persists today. A 2011 audit found that landlords and leasing agents here discriminated against black and Latino renters 64 percent of the time, citing them higher rents or deposits and adding on additional fees. In area schools, African American students are suspended and expelled at a rate four to five times higher than that of their white peers.

This is a really, really good article.

From The Verge:

Nintendo is bringing back the NES — only a little smaller.

Today the company announced what it’s calling the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. It looks just like a NES, only a lot tinier, and it comes with 30 games built in. You can connect it to your TV via a HDMI cable, and it also includes a controller designed to work just like the iconic rectangular NES gamepad. (The new controller will also connect to a Wii Remote, so that you can use it to play Virtual Console games on a Wii or Wii U.)

JUST TAKE MY DAMN MONEY, NINTENDO.

From Macworld:

Mail did get a few tweaks that make wrangling the unwieldiest of inboxes easier than ever. I’ve been using the iOS 10 developer beta on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro for the last couple weeks, and the public beta since its launch. Here are four of my favorite new Mail features. If you’ve found any other changes in the Mail app, share them with us in the comments.

The three-pane view in Mail and Notes is really nice on the larger iPad Pro.

From hueniverse:

A decade later, I’m the founder of a scrappy startup trying to reinvent web conversations. We have limited resources and a staff of almost 3, struggling to tame this fucking web. It is amazing how hard it still is to build innovative, quality web experiences. It is very much possible – there are plenty of amazing web developers building mind blowing experiences. The problem is, I can’t afford to hire them, especially since a big chunk of them work for Google and Facebook.

From M.Blazoned:

Hey Kids,

Feel free to leave your stuff wherever you want this summer. Half drunk smoothies in the family room? No problem. I got it. Socks in the hall. I’m on it. Dishes in the sink? Keep ’em coming. Legos? Everywhere? Love it. Oh, and feel free to drag your blankets all over the house and abandon them the moment you no longer want them. I’ll fold them lovingly for you and return them to your rooms.

And doors? Shutting them is optional. I’m right behind you, so, seriously, don’t worry about it. I love when the wasps get in and the air conditioning gets out. Who are we to be sequestered in our climate controlled house? Open door policy in this house. We have endless money.

Hah! My wife sent me this earlier and I feel like I say these things almost every day.

From redsox.com:

BOSTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. is now halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game hitting streak.

It took the Red Sox’s center fielder all of one pitch to extend his streak to 28 games, as Bradley clubbed a 91-mph fastball by Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa for a double off the Green Monster in left-center to lead off the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday night.

Halfway there! Go JBJ!