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WP 2.6: image alignment complaints

Ok, blogging about blogging here. Most of my time spent around here, and the other sites I run for friends, is playing with code, not blogging. Obviously. But I am annoyed enough by WP 2.6 and 2.6.1 that I decided to write about it.

2.6.2 came out a week ago, and it would be awesome if it would revert to the older way of aligning images–you know, the way that worked. Unfortunately, I was hoping for that with 2.6.1 as well, and no such luck. So, for the time being, my images are all messed up, and my style.css file is littered with attempts to find a fix. I kid. It’s fine. But the images aren’t.

Men: the one group overlooked in antipoverty planning?

Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow’s Boston Globe article, “Missing Men,” briefly outlines the history of US anti-poverty measures and points to a sector of the population that has been left out: men. Her treatment is fairly nuanced and worth a read.

Metafilter: What happens when you’re the last nonprofit gal standing?

A Metafilter member discusses her nonprofit employer’s descent into chaos and wonders what to do.

I’m working for a nonprofit that’s just barely able to patch itself together. Nine months ago, I started off as the communications manager, but as of today I’m covering everything from booking plane tickets to washing dishes. Should I tell my boss that I’m unhappy in the midst of chaos, or just wait it out until I find a better job?

There’s more, but you can read it at the link provided. What I find interesting is the larger issue: why do smart, capable people stay at dysfunctional nonprofits? Nonprofit work in our culture is equated with “meaning” and “good,” but these nightmare situations come up all too often–and people stay and sweep things under the rug. A healthy dose of pragmatism seems in order. If your job is making you miserable, find another one. There’s nothing essentially good about nonprofit work, which in my mind exists to fill gaps that should not even exist.

Can’t trust a moderate, apparently

Some good Monday morning reading here:

Trying to appear moderate is not always the best strategy for capturing votes during an election, reveals a new study. Extreme positions can build trust among an electorate, who value ideological commitment in times of uncertainty.

“The current political advantage of the Republican Party stems from the ability of its candidates to develop ‘signature ideas.’ This strategy is rewarded even when the electorate has ideological reservations,” says University of Southern California economist Juan Carrillo, adding that this poses a challenge for the Democrats.

Er, yes. And a bit more…

Carrillo and Castanheira’s paper is an important challenge to the widely accepted median voter theorem. In the median voter theorem, voters who are fully informed will use their understanding when casting a ballot, choosing the platform that is closest to their own beliefs. Thus, it stands to reason that to attract the majority of votes, parties should try to appeal to the majority of voters.

But, as the researchers point out, it is rare for a voter to be fully informed in real life. More likely, voters will have incomplete and sometimes inaccurate information about how left-leaning or right-leaning stances actually translate into high quality proposals for, say, withdrawing troops safely or reforms.

Source:  a discussion of research findings published in The Economic Journal.

Living in Portland: Indigo Traders in Multnomah Village

Indigo Traders, a family business owned by Karla Bean and Samir Naser, is one of my very favorite shops in Portland. The selection of soaps, textiles, and ceramics makes for a wonderful sensory experience, and on First Friday, their open house includes a veritable feast of Middle Eastern cuisine.

They recently opened an outpost across the street from the original location, Indigo Bath. We dropped by to replenish our soap stock and take some pictures a few weeks back; the new space is needed, as they outgrew Indigo Traders quite some time ago.

For what it’s worth, I would post some pictures of Indigo Traders too, but there was quite a crowd, and I am not too happy with any of the pictures I took there.

Olive and lavendar soap...mmmm

This olive lavender soap is my favorite ever; the scent is wonderful and clean, and the olive oil makes it very soothing and moisturizing.

Turkish bath towels

Turkish bath towels…certainly not what you get at Macy’s. They come in a rainbow of colors, dry super fast, and as Samir told us, need less washing than their “standard” towel counterparts because they are not damp all the time.

Assorted soaps

Indigo Traders (and Indigo Bath) are both full of beautiful displays of the products for sale. There’s a lot of attention to color and texture, especially in the displays of soaps. Even when I don’t necessarily need anything, I love stopping in and gawking. Trust me, it’s fun.

7881 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
503.780.2422 | website

Living in Portland: Mia’s Boutique in Multnomah Village

Mia’s is tucked away on SW 35th Ave off of Multnomah Boulevard in the Village. Despite a recent change in ownership, the shop continues to offer the kind of apparel I had come to expect after a few months of shopping there: classy, funky separates and well-chosen accessories.

Hearing that the new incarnation was going to include some home goods, I felt a little concerned, as Multnomah Village already has some very strong contenders in that area that an upstart could not hope to compete with (Indigo Traders, for example.) Based on our recent First Friday visit, Mia’s home goods seem restricted to just one little shelf of soaps and frames, and the clothes are still the bulk of the business. Fine by me! Plus, their oatmeal soap really is quite nice.

I was experimenting with my new camera and avoiding use of the flash, so many of these photos are less than perfect, and as is usual with my pictures, focus on the details. Or maybe sort-of-focus on the details. Sigh. Flash is not always bad!

Try the oatmeal soap. I did, and I love it.

The prevalence of black and “neutral” colors remind me of the old Mia’s. Personally, I think it’s great.

The dresses at Mia’s have been and continue to be charming. I look forward to seeing what they have to offer for the summer, whenever summer finally happens here in Portland. Plus, the staff there are friendly and awesome–awesome enough that I even let one of them try on my new shoes from Switch on First Friday.

7824 SW 35th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 244-7727

Living in Portland: Switch Shoes in Multnomah Village

I’ve been frequenting the marvelous, locally-owned Switch Shoes for quite some time. For one, it’s easy walking distance from my house. Even if it weren’t, though, they have lovely shoes, and the owners are even more enthusiastic about footwear than I. On First Friday this month, my wonderful roommate and I were in for a while, bought some shoes, and appreciated once again the eclectic selection and perfect combination of shoes, live music, and wine that makes Switch one our favorite First Friday destinations.

I snapped a few pictures with their permission. These don’t begin to do justice to the array of cool things they have, and indeed seem more calculated to show off the spring-like colors and their liberal use of cut flowers in the shop. See the shop for yourself.

One of the things I love about Switch, besides the shoes, are the lime green shelves and the rows and rows of color that great you when you walk in.

They carry a variety of accessories, including both a few locally-made products and hard-to-find pieces by some very unique designers. We were thrilled to see that they are now carrying Espe accessories–from our neighbor to the north.

I hope that they are in business for a long, long time, so do check them out.

7871 SW Capitol Hwy Portland, Oregon, 97219
Phone: (503)445-4585 | website

Living in Portland: a new series

I’m beginning a new category of postings on this site, Living in Portland. I’m reasonably engaged in the community I live in, whether that means being politically active or shopping locally as often as possible. While not really nonprofit in nature, these activities reflect my values both ethical and aesthetic. In this new series, I’ll be posting about local events, businesses, etc. that are part of my life. I hope you enjoy the content.

Job Announcement: Asset Building Manager at NPF

This is not turning into a nonprofit employment blog, but since I did recently write about the Neighborhood Partnership Fund and the awesome work they are doing with IDAs in Oregon, I thought I’d pass this along.

The Neighborhood Partnership Fund, an OR nonprofit, is seeking a full time Asset Building Manager to focus on asset building for individuals and families . Must be detail oriented, have strong written/verbal communication skills and experience in program analysis and evaluation. Requires demonstrated organizational development, research/ analytical skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Access. Three or more years in asset building or a closely related field required. Experience with resident services or employment a plus.

Full job description and application packet available at

Salary based on experience. Good benefits and retirement plan provided. E-mail cover letter, resume, application, and responses to questions by 4:30 PM 06-17-08 Equal Opportunity Employer.

The O covers UFW/Beef Northwest at last

It’s old news for me, as I first wrote about this last August, but hey…nice to see the Oregonian has taken an interest in these farmworker happenings. My own September 07 interview with John Wilson, one of the family owners of Beef Northwest, is here. I remain agnostic on the issue, but I can say that United Farm Worker’s overt smear tactics on every possible avenue left a bad taste in my mouth–and eventually got me to unsubscribe from their email list. I was unclear: do they want to unionize the workers, or do they want to destroy the business so unionizing elsewhere will be easier? Anywhooooo.