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.
Click the "About" tab if that wasn't quite enough detail.
- 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: April 2011
The monstrous tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, spawned a series of amateur videos that take one’s breath away even while viewing from a comfortable, safe and sunny kitchen. This video, however, tops them all. It’s not of the terrifying … Continue reading
I have just watched my first royal wedding. It would never have occurred to me to get up at oh-dark-thirty back in Oregon to watch a wedding in real time, and frankly it didn’t even occur to me to watch … Continue reading
Ph.D. is one of my favorite comics, and this time artist Jorge Cham has outdone himself. He sat down with two physicists to talk about dark matter and what scientists hope to learn from CERN’s Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, … Continue reading
My friend is now winging her way home, after two weeks of being stuffed to the gills with extremely good food — some of which, I’m proud to say, we produced right here in our home. Having a local butcher … Continue reading
We’re back home after a few days of wandering through the Alentejo region, stopping every few hours for yet another massive and delicious meal of Alentejana cuisine. So I thought I’d post a few images to make you hungry. In … Continue reading
My best friend has arrived for her visit, which means my postings will be sporadic for the next two weeks. In the meantime, it’s going to be fun to see my adopted country through new eyes. Having come from cool … Continue reading
Last month, Dart Music International staged a week-long free concert in Austin, Texas. Living up to the organization’s name, the concert featured six bands from six continents back to back, three days running. It also featured a global first: a … Continue reading
From the 27 March Astronomy Picture of the Day comes this stunning view of the largest canyon in our solar system: Valles Marineris on Mars. APOD explains: The grand valley extends over 3,000 kilometers long, spans as much as 600 … Continue reading
The legislature in my home state is the second-to-the-last place I’d ever look for humor. (The federal legislature is the last place.) But it turns out to have hosted one of the most elaborate political pranks ever pulled off — … Continue reading