The US State Of Oregon Was Founded As A Racist Utopia

When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, working, or owning property there. It was illegal for black people even to move to the state until 1926. Oregon’s founding is part of the forgotten history of racism in the American west.

Adults Who Live In Treehouses Aren't As Weird As You Might Think

Before I was born, my mum lived in a treehouse in the Smoky Mountains and had a pet goat with one ear. His name was Van Goat. This was the late ’70s, and even then it was a unique lifestyle. But my how treehouse culture has evolved.

This Wild Concept For The Ultimate Urban Bike Will Soon Be A Reality

Last week we looked at The Bike Design Project, a competition between five design teams and bike builders to create the perfect urban bike. And today we have a winner, which will now be put into production by Fuji — so you’ll be able to buy it, if Blade Runner-looking velocipedes are your thing.

Grove's Bamboo iPad Case Is Typically Nice, Typically Spendy

Wooden gadget accessories appeal to a certain kind of dweebus — I am that dweebus. And Oregon’s Grove has been among the best for years. Now they’re making iPad cases. Are they worth it?

Sherpa Mates With Magellan, Births Garmin's Oregon Personal Navigator

Don’t take your phone hiking — you’re probably not going to get service and bears might eat it. Instead, find your way through the woods with Garmin’s Oregon personal navigator.

Facebook Data Centre Uses As Much Power As The Entire County It’s In

Data centres are power-hungry, and Facebook’s Oregon centre in Crook County is no exception, using 28MW. While that’s fairly standard, it has doubled the power use of the county.

Server Porn: Inside Facebook's Gleaming Green Data Center

Facebook recently took the wraps off its shiny new data centre in Prineville, Oregon and—courtesy the Open Compute Project—we’ve learned the whole massive thing sounds lean, mean and relatively green.

Bored Hunters In Oregon Regularly Shooting Down Google's Fibres

When there’s no deer or quail or whatever it is hunters shoot up in The Dalles around, bored gunmen have been playing target practice with the insulators on Google’s electricity distribution poles. It’s so problematic Google’s moving their fibres underground.

Meet The First US Public Electric Vehicle Quick-Charge Station

Congratulations, citizens of Portland! Specifically, citizens of Portland who own an electric car. You, my fine fellows, are the only persons in the US with the power to charge your lithium-ion battery to 80 per cent in under 30 minutes.

Fourth Dimensional Video Will Loosen Your Grip On Reality

The whole 3D thing is like so early 2010, right? Video artist Don Whitaker has already moved on, using a software script to convert ocean footage into what he imagines a 4th-dimensional perspective might be. Sober viewing is encouraged.