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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- Know your gunfire
- Go phish
- Outcaste is coming!
- Gecko tail update
- Nat Geo on the veranda
- Three minutes of art
- Portugal wildfire (we’re okay)
- Alien: Covenant review
- A must read: “My Family’s Slave”
- Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day)
- Nat Geo moment
- Song of Saturday
- Innovative teachers (subtitle: Ryanair is the Scrooge McDuck of airlines)
- Strange weather
Monthly Archives: June 2011
It’s hot today, though not as hot as yesterday (which was 37 in the shade — that’s 99 for you Fahrenheit folks), and I find myself caught in the grip of laziness. So I’m just going to drink a cold … Continue reading
This one cracked me up. From those irrepressible Brits, a Guardian headline about the Vatican’s entry into social media: MY TWEET LORD: POPE JOINS TWITTER AND LAUNCHES NEW VATICAN WEBSITE Well done, Guardian! Of course, the down side to this … Continue reading
What’s an ant to do when it finds a food item that is too large to carry back to the nest? Army ants, which forage in groups, will form teams that cart the food item back. Workers of other species … Continue reading
Congratulations, New York!
Last April I wrote a post about the golden ratio, among other fun mathematical concepts, and pointed out how often it can be seen in life and art. Today I stumbled across a new example, courtesy of Apple. Most of … Continue reading
The best part of learning a new language is when the metaphors and similes begin to make sense. I was reminded of this today, when my wife and I were making plans for running errands. I said, “Oh, and we … Continue reading
I have found a wonderful little program to save me from myself. As many of us know, computer work (or even play) has a tendency to suck us in for hours at a time, during which we sit on our … Continue reading
I’ve mused in the past about just how long the Algarvean spring lasts, and how to distinguish it from winter. Basing such distinctions on rainfall or blooming times isn’t very effective, leading me to postulate that spring lasts about five … Continue reading
There are a zillion photos of last week’s lunar eclipse, but this one beats them all. Taken by Chris Kotsiopoulos, a Greek photographer whose images have frequently appeared in NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, it’s a wonderful example of … Continue reading