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: May 2011
In a recent email chat with my friend in Sweden, I was surprised to learn that Swedish drivers used to travel on the left. The country switched over to the right in 1967. Curious, I asked how this came about. … Continue reading
In 1995, the Hubble Telescope team recorded the famously mind-blowing “Deep Field” image of the universe. By allowing the telescope to stare into the same area for ten consecutive days (“an area the width of a dime viewed from 75 … Continue reading
Once again, our planet reminds us that it never sits still. Iceland’s Grimsvötn volcano blew an immense plume of ash 11 km (7 miles) straight up to the stratosphere last Saturday, giving rise to some amazing photographs like this one … Continue reading
A fascinating study has recently come out of Spain, using a bird species called the European roller (Coracias garrulus). This bird, like many others, has “asynchronous hatching,” meaning that the eggs do not hatch all at once. Since baby birds … Continue reading
Back in 2008, Tim Minchin performed his 9-minute beat poem “Storm” live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London. Minchin fans have loved it ever since, and when word came out last year that an animated short film version was … Continue reading
While in Paris, I saw tourists of all nationalities, and merchants or vendors making open efforts to draw them in. And of course there were restaurants for every conceivable region. But we didn’t see anything specifically American — nor did … Continue reading
The Algarve is heating up, the wildflowers and grasses are turning brown, and I’m already missing the lushness of early spring. So this photograph of a cemetery in Berlin, Germany was very appealing. It looks like a lovely place to … Continue reading
On the stairs to the top of Montmartre in Paris, I ran into some rather unusual 3D graffiti: The face in the center was a mask that had been glued to the wall. Right next to it was a similar … Continue reading
Often, the hardest part of visiting an unfamiliar city is finding bathrooms. The usual trick is to go to a café and buy a drink as a ticket to the loo, but in Paris the drinks were so outrageously expensive … Continue reading