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: July 2011
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A few days ago a new spider appeared on my veranda, with a web strung across my succulent pot. I’d never seen anything quite like it. She had vertical stripes of silk woven above and below the center section of … Continue reading
On 8 June I posted the fabulous NASA photo of Endeavor docked to the International Space Station — the last such image that would ever be taken. Today I learned the dark side of that photo: the Nikon that took … Continue reading
Wired.com recently interviewed Carolyn Porco, director of NASA’s Cassini project, which has returned such fascinating results from Saturn’s rings and moons. The interview got interesting when Wired.com asked Dr. Porco which moon she would bet on for extraterrestrial life. Wired.com: … Continue reading
Geeks around the world, watch and learn: After one commenter asked, “What did your wife think of it?” the original poster replied, “She liked it. Wasn’t too happy about me clearing all her icons off her desktop but she liked … Continue reading
In solidarity and sympathy for the people of Norway, who surely live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. If only beauty could overcome the ugliness in the hearts of evil men — what a world we would … Continue reading
In celebration of the final flight of both Atlantis and the US Space Shuttle program, here are some of the best photos from the last two missions, courtesy of Astronomy Photo of the Day. (Click on each photo for more … Continue reading
The story usually goes something like this: “You people in (location X) have never even seen a real storm. Why, where I come from, we get hailstones the size of tennis balls.” Residents of Vivian, South Dakota can make this … Continue reading
Having been a nearly straight-A student in both high school and university (math was always my downfall), I had quite a shock when I took my first Portuguese language class at the University of Algarve and came away with a … Continue reading