By Chey Scott
on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 4:25 PM
Spokane's Sister Madonna Buder could outlast most of us when it comes to running. In swimming, and biking, too. The 86-year-old Catholic nun has competed in 45 Ironman Triathlons, breaking the world record for the oldest person ever to finish the grueling race, which she obtained four years ago at age 82.
The video's narrator (actor Oscar Isaac, recent star of The Force Awakens and Ex Machina) introduces Sister Buder and her athletic endeavors with admiration — though his entire narration is rather awkwardly presented in a tongue-in-cheek tone — as clips of the outstanding triathlete play across screen.
Cutting to a scene of Buder in an Ironman swim cap and wet suit, Isaac says, "Wait, what — Ironman? Oh no, no, no, no, no sister, this is a bad idea, sister. A real bad idea — somebody stop her!"
"Relax, she's the Iron Nun!" a guy in the crowd of racers says.
"But she won't make it, this is an Ironman!" Isaac's voiceover proclaims.
"The first 45 didn't kill me," Buder yells over her shoulder to anyone else ignorant enough to doubt her.
"You've done 45 of these? Okay. Do your think sister, do you your thing."
Nike also produced a behind-the-scenes video that gives more insight into what keeps this amazing woman and athlete going strong, defying expectations for her age demographic.
"The only failure is not to try. Your effort in itself is a success," she says.
Also, don't forget that this weekend, on Aug. 21, Coeur d'Alene is hosting its Ironman race, kicking off early Sunday morning. While Buder isn't participating this year, there are plenty of amazing endurance athletes who could use the support as they push themselves to complete the 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2 mile run.
Have you ever wondered what film — in all of movie history — provides us with the most accurate depiction of time travel? The answer, dear reader, is Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. We'll share more about that with you on Thursday nightat our outdoor edition of Suds and Cinema.
Orlison Brewing will be providing beer and One Tree Cider is also pouring so you can enjoy a cold one while basking in the warm summer evening air in Kendall Yards' Olmstead Park (it's at the far end of the neighborhood, FYI.)
We'll have ice cream from Brain Freeze creamery and food from the 3 Ninjas truck. And sponsor Horizon Credit Union will have some giveaways to help you enjoy that food.
Speaking of giveaways, you could walk away from this truly excellent event the owner of a new virtual reality setup courtesy of Sprint. Yeah, they're giving away this decidedly futuristic technology — so make sure you enter to win at their booth before the movie starts.
By Chey Scott
on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 3:11 PM
Simone, Gabby, Laurie, Madison and Aly celebrate their team gold win in Rio.
The Final Five have fulfilled their destiny, living up to everyone's lofty but entirely realistic expectations of becoming team gold medalists in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
Tuesday, while most of us were busy at work, the unstoppable quintet of Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian displayed impeccable performances, finishing more than eight points ahead of the silver medalists from Russia. (Click this link to watch routine recaps for the team if you missed any of the action.)
NBC commentators expressed ceaseless amazement during the competition, event after event, in which the five women continued to outperform themselves compared to their qualification routines just two days earlier. (Check out this sweet feature from the New York Times to see how they pulled it all off.)
With the team gold locked in, next up this Thursday (streaming live starting at noon Pacific Time, with a tape delay airing during NBC's prime-time Olympic coverage) the Greatest Gymnast of All Time, Simone Biles, along with her teammate and now two-time Olympic team gold medalist, Aly Raisman, will vie for spots on the podium in the women's individual all-around competition. (Only two team members per country can compete for the all-around event, which means that even though she placed third overall, 2012 all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas won't be able to defend her title).
The 60-plus-mile Centennial Trail is a destination for bikers, runners, and more.
The Spokane River Centennial Trail and the North Idaho Centennial Trail together boast about 61.5 miles of paved, outdoorsy goodness for non-motorized wheelers and runners of all shapes and sizes to explore and enjoy — as of now.
On Monday, August 15, however, the trail's total traversable terrain will expand with the official opening of a new two-mile stretch running from Sontag Community Park to the Nine Mile Recreation Area in Riverside State Park. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Nine Mile Recreation Area on Monday at 4 pm to mark the occasion, featuring a presentation by park officials and an opportunity for those present to be among the first to set foot on the brand new section of trail.
Established in 1989, the Centennial Trail, named for the Washington State Centennial its opening coincided with, has long been serving as an accessible, multi-use recreation destination for citizens of the Spokane area and North Idaho, and represents an important, literal connection between the two areas. When the trail's pavement expands, its purpose as a means of connectedness will as well; the new stretch readily welcomes residents of some northeastern Washington pockets into the Centennial Trail community.
Last night, Oliver gave an impassioned and funny treatise on the importance of newspapers, and the annoyance of clickbait and "Digital First" business models for news organizations. Naturally, we loved it. As did many in the media, who today are filling their websites with stories about Oliver's piece, including The Guardian, Fortune magazine and Vanity Fair.
By Chey Scott
on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 1:16 PM
Not to brag or anything, but I recently opened the app while sitting on my couch, and the elusive Pikachu just happened to show up in my living room!
Just because you're not being inundated with Pokémon Go-related news stories this week doesn't mean the mobile gaming fad was just a flash in the pan. It's definitely still going strong, including in our local community. The following local events and Poké-gatherings are surely evidence of that.
Later this afternoon, Friday, July 26, from 4-6 pm, Spokane Falls Community College is hosting a Pokémon Scavenger Hunt, with goodie bags going to the first 151 players (that's a cute reference to the fact there are 151 Pokémon to catch in all!) who show up, and prizes will be awarded at 6 pm. Meet outside the SFCC planetarium lawn at 4 to partake in the hunt. Parking on campus is free for this event, regardless of the signage in the lots.
Then, next week, on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 12-3 pm, area players are invited to attend a community Pokémon Go Potluck in Manito Park, to nosh and bond over their love of the game. Players who go should meet at the upper playground, and bring a dish to share. The park is alcohol-free, and it's a family-friendly event, so keep that in mind if you go.
If you're looking for a place to get out of the continuing summer heatwave and still catch some Pokés to add to your collection, the Spokane Public Library has been setting lures at all of its branches. So bring your mobile device and do double-duty as you hunt for your next good read while also seeking out some of the cute little characters.
If by the time fall arrives you still can't get enough Pokémon Go, and you're a college student at the University of Idaho, a new class that combines pop culture and physical activity is something you shouldn't pass up. The new Pop Culture Games class will "teach students about leading active lifestyles, building teamwork and exploring their communities through games..." according to a release from the university. The class has been in the works for a while, but instructor Steven Bird knew he needed to add the pop culture phenomenon that is Pokémon Go when the game captured our attention earlier this month.
By Chey Scott
on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 3:30 PM
So Facebook went and changed its News Feed algorithm again, and depending on how you use the social media giant to augment your daily interactions, this is either a good thing, or a bad thing.
For media outlets like us, it's a bad thing. The recent round of News Feed changes were implemented about a month ago to prioritize posts by your network of family and friends over the posts of non-human entities you follow, namely pages of businesses and other organizations that also have a Facebook presence. According to Facebook, this change is one that's long been asked for by a large percentage of its more than 1.6 billion users.
However, let's not forget that these days, the majority of U.S. adults — 62 percent — are getting their daily stream of news through social media, with 44 percent of them accessing that news via Facebook. So yeah, news outlets like the Inlander rely a lot on the social media behemoth to disseminate our content. It's the main place where users go to not only connect with friends and family, but to see what's going on in their world, locally or elsewhere. And of all the major social media outlets out there, Facebook is far and away the biggest driver to Inlander content, too.
Without turning this post in a woeful lament of what an unfortunate change this is when it comes to getting you, dear readers, to actually click and read the stories our staff so diligently toil to produce, let's focus on how you can make sure you're not missing the Facebook page content you really want to be seeing in your feed. (To be clear, we have already seen a noticeable decrease in how many followers are seeing our posts, stories from the print edition and new web content which we share on Facebook each day.)
By Dan Nailen
on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 3:46 PM
One aspect of Spokane living that I was totally unaware of before moving to the Lilac City was the booming beer culture.
Little did I suspect that so many breweries dotted our fair city and the surrounding areas, nor that there seems to be a beer festival of one sort or another virtually every weekend. If it's not a Fresh Hops festival, it's an all-cans festival. Clearly we can't get enough beer around here.
Enter the brand-spanking-new Spokane Brewers Festival to the lineup. It will have its inaugural celebration of all things frosty and delicious Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Spokane Arena. Besides a bevy of beverages available for the cost of a $7 sampling mug and $1 per beer token, there will be live tunes from local bands tapped by The Inlander and the All-ages River City Root Beer Garden, and there's no admission charged just to check it out.
Throwing such a to-do requires some serious manpower, and the organizers are looking for volunteers willing to trade some time working for a t-shirt, souvenir mug and 15 drink tokens. The basic requirements:
• be at least 21 years old
• be able to stand or walk from 3-5 hours at a time
• be able to lift 25 pounds.
Many volunteers will be pulling taps, so you could end up chatting with friends old and new
for a couple hours, and at the end you have more drink tokens than you'll know what to do with — oh, who am I kidding, you'll be drinking lots of beer! Just do so responsibly, mmmkay?
The earlier you sign up, the better shift you'll get, so get to it right here.
Second, it's Cornell's 52nd birthday today, so expect a massive round of "Happy Birthday" at the show tonight, even if I have to start it myself. (Here's a Billboard article celebrating Cornell's "10 Times His Voice Blew Us Away.")
The biggest news, though, is the announcement of the first-ever tour by Temple of the Dog, the circa 1990 Seattle supergroup made up of Cornell and his Pearl Jam buddies Mike McCready, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, as well as drummer Matt Cameron, who plays in both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.
The group famously came to be in the aftermath of the death of Andrew Wood, Mother Love Bone's singer and friend to all involved, and was best known for introducing much of the world to Eddie Vedder for the first time on his duet with Cornell on "Hunger Strike:"
The tour is only hitting five cities, and three are on the West Coast: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and best for us Inland Northwesterners, Seattle on Nov. 20.
There's a special ticket pre-sale for fans signed up to the Ten Club, Soundgarden and Chris Cornell email lists up and running and running through July 27. Tickets go on sale to the general public at noon on Friday, July 29. So jump on there if you want to make the trip from Spokane.
$1.50 from each ticket sold will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and an additional $1.50 will benefit Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.
By Chey Scott
on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 1:44 PM
Since its launch last week, the entire world has been utterly transfixed by the new phenomenon that is Pokémon Go.
Here at the Inlander, we headed out to meet Spokane's huge fanbase of players, easy to spot all over town with phones held in front of them, taking pictures of imaginary beings unseen to the rest of us.
Naturally, the free-to-play game has spurned countless headlines, reporting positive effects like getting video game junkies off their butts and outside, as well as the more unfortunate news — people sustaining injuries in the process of upping their Pokémon numbers. Even when you think you've heard it all, some of the following headlines we came across are pretty astounding:
People are using the app at sensitive historical and national sites, including the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Poland's Auschwitz Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery. Some of those sites have asked gamemaker Niantic to disallow its creatures to randomly generate there. (USA Today)
While you've maybe heard that some criminal minds out there are using Pokémon Go to try and lure victims to a spot where they're then easy targets for robbing — or that people have walked into oncoming traffic while playing — some of these headlines are actually fake, so be wary of the source. (Poynter)