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 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
- We’re #1! (Resilience unfolds)
- Halloween = RESILIENCE
- Speaking as a finely tuned predator
- A little geeky problem-solving
- Chronicles of Alsea: Book SEVEN
- Sonic booms
Monthly Archives: March 2010
Oh, my. Scientific American has just put up a gorgeous interactive tour of our solar system. Using photos and recordings from our various probes, data collected by astronomers, and breathtaking images by Hugo Award-winning artist Ron Miller, the tour imagines … Continue reading
Ah, the joys of language! Spiegel International reports that the EU trademark authority has approved the brand name “Fucking Hell” for a new beer and line of clothing, because the phrase doesn’t mean what native English speakers think it means. … Continue reading
For the truly geeky among us, the Guardian is doing a live blog of today’s test at the Large Hadron Collider. The LHC is already (as of the November 2009 test) the most powerful collider in the world, but today’s … Continue reading
Phidippus apacheanus, the Apache jumping spider. Posted because I have a huge crush on jumping spiders, and this one is particularly flashy. Also, it’s the colors of one of my alma maters. (Lame, I know, but I had to come … Continue reading
The Painted Hills are an oft-photographed part of Oregon, yet if you were to ask, you’d probably find that 95% of Oregonians have never seen them in person. They’re accessed via a gravel road off a highway in a lonely … Continue reading
I was browsing my hometown paper the other day and stopped on this eye-catching headline: Out-of-control hugging leads to ban at Portland’s West Sylvan Middle School A ban on hugging? Sure enough: The hugs were out of control at West … Continue reading
Striking footage of the volcano currently erupting in Iceland: The haunting music is a perfect accompaniment. Via Slog. I don’t know how that group finds these things — when they first posted it, the video had all of 500 views … Continue reading
India and Bangladesh have been arguing for years over the ownership of a tiny island in the Bay of Bengal. That issue has now been resolved. Diplomacy? No — global warming. While everyone was busy arguing, the water level in … Continue reading
For my European readers: If you think the US health care reform creates a system approaching anything in Europe, this Associated Press article might change your mind. Relief to seniors facing high prescription drug costs is one of the first … Continue reading