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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- On his terms
- Beyoncé: Homecoming
- UPRISING and balance
- The brain radio
- Alsea lovers: This is the one you’ve been waiting for
- The chicken church
- On being happy
- Winterfest! (for Mac users)
- We wants it!
- Celebrating the return of rights!
- Share your gifts
- The kilogram redefined
- Down the research rabbit hole
Monthly Archives: February 2010
Twenty-four hours after the Chilean earthquake, the resulting tsunami has rolled across the Pacific Ocean to wash up on the shores of Japan and Alaska. It was easily managed nearly everywhere it hit, almost always less than a meter in … Continue reading
This morning I woke up to a tsunami warning in my email inbox. The automatic email, generated by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), informed me that there had been a massive 8.8 earthquake off the coast of Chile less … Continue reading
While taking my daily walk today, I came upon an older Portuguese man standing at the end of a right-of-way, holding an umbrella in one hand and a cane in the other. The right-of-way cuts through an orchard, and is … Continue reading
Deborah Blum has written a fascinating article on a bit of American history that I certainly never learned in school. Did you know that the US government used poison as an enforcement tool during Prohibition? Doctors were accustomed to alcohol … Continue reading
Back in the glory days of NASA, when the budget was vast and the race was on to beat the USSR to the moon, US engineers developed the most powerful rocket engine in human history. Fifty years later it is … Continue reading
In 1908, Mark Twain wrote a letter describing a torrid romance he had just read by a young English author named Elinor Glyn. The idea of women writing such things was practically unheard of then, and Twain was most impressed … Continue reading
Is there a point to the classic liplock other than romance or foreplay? According to a 2007 study in Evolutionary Psychology, kissing is actually a sharing of biological data. (Warning: this is more than you may ever want to know … Continue reading
The Mariana Trench is the deepest point in the oceans (that we know of). It’s so deep that the true dimensions of it are hard to grasp, but this visual illustration does a great job of clarifying things, even as … Continue reading
Why this story is not getting more attention, I do not know. It’s got everything sports journalists usually drool over: top ranked athlete, injury, gutsy performance, medal against all odds. But this top ranked athlete is a cross-country skier, which … Continue reading