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Portlandia… Slacker TV? Season Two – now streaming on Hulu!

Posted on January 5, 2012 | By Christian | 1 Comment

There is a new preview episode of Portlandia Season Two that is now streaming on Hulu - check it out!


Portlandia is a television series that debuted on the Independent Film Channel (IFC) on January 21, 2011. The show, produced by Andrew Singer and Jonathan Krisel, is set and filmed both in and near PortlandOregon and features Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen as well as Carrie Brownstein, a member of the now-defunct band Sleater-Kinney and current lead guitarist/singer for Wild Flag.

The name Portlandia refers to the sculpture of the same name above the entrance of the Portland Building on Fifth Avenue in downtown Portland. The statue also appears in the opening montage title sequence.




Say it ain’t so !?! Energy ‘fracking’ found to release contaminants per EPA

Posted on December 8, 2011 | By Christian | 1 Comment

Today the EPA released a draft report, on their study at Pavillion Wyoming,  where residents say their well water reeks of chemicals, ”breaking” the news we already knew.  In 2010  filmmaker Josh Fox released the documentary ‘Gasland’ which revealed the terrible consequences of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and the Slackerfactor reported in our “forget fracking” podcast in July of 2011.  Fracking is the method of extracting oil and natural gas from the rock formations by pumping pressurized water and chemicals into the naturally occurring fissures in the ground, thereby more easily releasing the fuels, leaving behind devastating pollution in the ground and water tables.

The EPA’s draft of their findings shows groundwater pollution containing benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX), which are health and  cancer causing compounds associated with fracking.

While the reality is that we will continue using fossil fuels and need to find new methods of extracting fossil fuels, it should be done responsibly.

I encourage you to read the complete report

Food Feeds More Than Fools

Posted on April 1, 2011 | By Patty Pino | No Comments

Did you enjoy a nourishing breakfast today?  In the last week or so, did you share a delicious meal with family or friends?  If you’re in the US, maybe you were fortunate enough to have watched the finale of Top Chef and you considered replicating some of their dishes?
No matter what your approach to eating, please know that there are people in your neighborhood who, for a variety of reasons, may not have access to food today.

I DID say your neighborhood.

Today is April Food Day and bloggers all over the world are bringing awareness to the needs of the hungry. I serve on the board of a charity called FISH of Greater New Haven.  Our volunteers deliver bags of groceries to people in need. People who are homebound and can’t make it to a food source, people who have economic stress and can’t afford to purchase food for their families, people in crisis – we don’t ask questions, we just get them food.

What can you do to help?

From Connecticut or close by? Join me on Sunday, May 1 for the Walk Against Hunger. It should be a beautiful walk through the East Rock Park area of New Haven.  Click here to view my fundraising page, join the team, and learn more about the walk.

Thank you for considering others.

Holding Up The Mirror And Laughing

Posted on March 30, 2011 | By Patty Pino | No Comments

It’s a thin line between comedy and tragedy. A thin, beautiful line that, when watching Portlandia, makes me wince while laughing hysterically.

Yes, I was hit on by the body fully-pierced-with-safety-pins guy at the Jim Rose Circus Side Show. No, I didn’t go there. Yes, I considered Clown College after high school. No, I didn’t go there. Yes, I’m strangely attracted to things with birds on them. Yes, I found the crazy Harajuku fashion in Japan all glittery and fascinating. Yes, I have declared things “Over” and, most sadly, have probably been a catalyst for things being over, too.

We love Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein and Jonathan Krisel for their absurd and brilliant creation, and we secretly loath them for reminding us of our sometimes lame ways.


Try not to look…

Posted on March 2, 2011 | By Christian | 1 Comment

Train wreck alert!

I’m embarrassed to admit this.  I really am.  But… I’m on the drug too.  The Charlie Sheen drug.

The Charlie Sheen slow-motion train wreck has captured my attention and I’m not exactly sure why.   I don’t watch his TV show, feel no connection at all, and really don’t think he is an especially talented actor.  Certainly not the caliber of his father.  Perhaps its the anticipation of what he may say next.  Or maybe its waiting to see who comes out next to support him.  Thank God for friends like Mel Gibson.  A real stand up guy who obviously has Charlie’s best interest in mind.  It just adds to the freak show.  Maybe Lindsey will step up for Charlie too?

No, for me I think it’s more the astonishment.  The astonishment that Charlie Sheen, is a famous actor, and ultimately just a person like you and me (but with a lot more money), yet no one can help him.  Scenarios like this happen every day to non-famous people and often end in tragedy.  The Charlie Sheen tragedy is being played out on every tabloid and news media with what seems to be hourly updates and no one can seem to help.

I really don’t want to sound like a “bleeding heart” but this all says to me that there is something wrong with the system if this can happen every day and more often than not ends in tragedy.  Read more

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