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: March 2011
Remember when I posted that awesome presentation of the Scale of the Universe? And remember how, as you moved from large to small, you realized how absolutely gigantic the wavelengths of radio waves are compared to optical light waves? Well, … Continue reading
Received this joke in the mail yesterday. It could only have been written by a European… Heaven is where: The police are British, The chefs are Italian, The mechanics are German, The lovers are French and it’s all organized by … Continue reading
Reader Erik, taking note of how much I miss hummingbirds, posted a great link in the comments to the Eagle Cam post. It led to a web page put up by photographer Alek Komarnitsky, who discovered the nest of a … Continue reading
I was all set to post a wallpaper, but got derailed by one of the most gorgeous videos I’ve ever seen of the aurora borealis. It’s today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day. Videographer Terje Sørgjerd took advantage of a major … Continue reading
A couple of months ago I took a walk through Lisboa, starting in the Lapa district and heading, via a slight detour to a friend’s flat, to the river and then Belém. Here are some of the highlights: One of … Continue reading
Thursdays are my day to take my stepson to school, because I teach Pilates immediately afterwards and it makes sense to merge the two driving errands together. (Three-person family + one car = careful logistical arrangements.) Since I have now … Continue reading
…because the swifts are back! I just heard a screaming party go rifling past my veranda. And when I checked my blog, I found that I’d posted about their arrival last year on 21 March. Consistency, thy name is Apus … Continue reading
As the struggle to stabilize the Fukushima reactors continues, the media coverage has ranged from understatement to confused to wild overstatement to outright hysteria. It’s hard to know where to look for any actual, y’know, facts. One of my favorite … Continue reading
We’re back to the US for this week’s wallpaper. It’s a place most Americans can immediately identify, but few have actually seen in real life: Monument Valley. The backdrop for a zillion classic western movies, this vast sweep of land … Continue reading