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: September 2010
My mother is visiting from Oregon this week, so posting is going to be a bit spotty. We’ve mostly puttered around and eaten good things and chatted so far…which is pretty much how I define a good vacation. Tomorrow we’re … Continue reading
…this headline does NOT pass the test: What imagery! Bats, plural — it must have been a swarm of them, capturing the child and sucking her dry of blood, right? Well, maybe not. A vampire bat killed the child indirectly … Continue reading
Take a look at this screen capture and see if you can figure out why Sesame Street, the long-running American children’s show, decided not to air a guest appearance by singer Katy Perry: If you guessed “too much cleavage,” you … Continue reading
There is so much to love about Portugal, but sometimes I really crave a road like this one: A lonely highway, lined by tall trees, with a gorgeous mountain dead ahead. All I’d need would be a cooler in the … Continue reading
The Telegraph has just put up a slide show of the 2010 winners of the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year awards. The top prize was deservedly won by Florian Schultz for this entry: That’s a ginormous school of migrating … Continue reading
Ed Yong has an excellent post on whether science journalists should “take sides” in their reporting, and I read it with a great deal of head nodding. The only thing I would add to his reasoning is that it shouldn’t … Continue reading
Residing in a nation sneeringly denigrated as one of the PIGS (Portugal, Italy [or Ireland], Greece and Spain), an oversimplified lump grouping of several EU nations with economic troubles, I have a special interest in learning what happened in Greece … Continue reading
This is one of those stories you can’t even make up: The Hershey Company is in a court battle with software developer Hottrix LLC over dueling iPhone apps that make virtual chocolate milk. Hottrix lawyer Jason H. Fisher said Monday … Continue reading
Recently my wife and I decided to replace the outlets for our central vacuum cleaner. They’ve been in need of replacement for some time, due to shoddy quality (I think the contractors who built our apartment were cutting corners), but … Continue reading