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 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
- We’re #1! (Resilience unfolds)
- Halloween = RESILIENCE
- Speaking as a finely tuned predator
- A little geeky problem-solving
- Chronicles of Alsea: Book SEVEN
- Sonic booms
Monthly Archives: September 2011
Whew, just managing to post under the wire and still call it Friday… If you’ve ever wondered about those mysterious undersea cables that news stories refer to every now and then — which carry almost all of our telecommunications and … Continue reading
The great thing about artists is they hear or see art in places the rest of us don’t. Like, for instance, the percussive potential of a dry cleaning shop, discovered by Diego Stocco: I used a puff iron, press and … Continue reading
Today we received a bill from UPS for an overnight international package that we shipped last month. When we shipped it, we paid cash. Nearly 70 euros worth, in fact, so you can imagine that I was a little perturbed … Continue reading
A few months back, we bought a new Canon inkjet printer. We’d been fairly unhappy with the old one, but the final straw was when it ran out of ink in all five cartridges simultaneously. We added up the cost … Continue reading
Photographer Lorenzo Menendez describes his entry into this year’s National Geographic Photo Contest: One morning while on the Big Island of Hawaii i [was] exploring my surroundings to see if i could find something to photograph. I almost went back … Continue reading
I’m taking tomorrow off to focus on a video project, but in the meantime, here’s a big one to throw out there. I’m rethinking my stance on the death penalty. Though the issue is hugely polarizing in American politics, I … Continue reading
This video has been making geeks and space nerds squee loudly. It’s a time-lapse, put together from 600 still photos shot from the International Space Station as it flew over North and South America. The whole thing is magical, but … Continue reading
Portugal, apparently jealous of Italy and Greece for getting all the bad press these days, recently learned that the autonomous region of Madeira has been lying about its debt. Oh, did I say “lying”? Apparently the preferred phrase is “failed … Continue reading
The PNW — Pacific Northwest, for those of you not familiar with the upper left corner of the United States — is an awesome place for many reasons. Here are two of them, from the recent news. 1. Oregon: A … Continue reading