About Oregon Expat
Sometimes the best view is from the outside, and an American expatriate living in Portugal is, in many ways, outside of both nations. The views can be spectacular. I'm also a science nerd, Mac dweeb, and grammar geek, so the posts in this blog tend to be eclectic.
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Monthly Archives: January 2012
It’s been a while since I posted something musical. As a child I drove my parents nuts by rubbing a wet finger around the rim of wine glasses. Stupidly, I taught my stepson this same technique (and then had to … Continue reading
This has been all over the astronomy/geek blogs since NASA released it last Thursday. It shows the potential of NASA’s newest Earth-observing satellite, the Suomi NPP, which photographed sections of the Earth on 4 January. The high resolution sections were … Continue reading
The Atlantic’s In Focus (edited by Alan Taylor, formerly of The Big Picture) has two features on the wreck of the Costa Concordia. The first is of the wreck itself, as it happened and shortly afterward. There are some spectacular … Continue reading
I saw a Jesus fish decal on the bumper of a car this morning. It caught my eye because that was the second Jesus fish I have seen in five years of living here. In the US, these decals are … Continue reading
After the global hullabaloo caused by the so-called “Stop Online Piracy Act,” which didn’t do much to stop online piracy but did a whole lot to protect the interests of certain large corporations with expensive teams of lawyers and lobbyists, … Continue reading
Today I learned a Portuguese proverb: Laranja de manhã é ouro, à tarde prata, e à noite mata. Which translates to: “Orange in the morning is gold; in the afternoon, silver; and at night it kills.” The Portuguese love their … Continue reading
The Algarve has been a little too sunny lately, and I’m starting to crave a good rainstorm and the resulting temporary streams and waterfalls. As a substitute, here’s a lush scene from Mpumalanga, South Africa: Mac-Mac Falls, dropping the Mac-Mac … Continue reading
Tech bloggers and columnists are having a freakout over Apple’s newly introduced iBooks Author, a program that allows authors to format e-books using interactive images, music, videos, and spoken recordings. It was designed largely for the textbook industry, and offers … Continue reading
Here’s a little something to brighten up your monitor…an HD time lapse in Yosemite National Park. The glimpses of fall colors are marvelous. (via Bad Astronomy)