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: October 2011
Cassini, the Little Space Probe That Could, has been returning yet more drop dead gorgeous images of the Saturn system. The latest that made a bunch of blogs and news pages was one of four moons all in the same … Continue reading
One of the things I love about living in the Old World is that it’s so easy to step into the past. Especially in rural villages or walled towns, where it often feels as if time has stood still. It’s … Continue reading
Back when I worked at a public aquarium, one of my favorite fish for the sheer cool factor was the Pacific hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii. So ugly that only a mother (or an aquarist) could love them, hagfish have the added … Continue reading
Do you know what else snails are slow at? Sex. There’s a pair on my veranda, tucked beneath the sheltering foliage of a Felicia, and they’ve been copulating all day. I mean that literally — all day, and into the … Continue reading
My mother has been going through old newspaper records, and occasionally sends me little tidbits such as this one. Published on 14 March 1860 (a year before the Civil War began), it appeared on page 1, column 8 of the … Continue reading
Last March I posted photos of a condom dispenser on the outside wall of a pharmacy in my town and commented that you would never see that in the US. Then I added that according to United Nations data, the … Continue reading
Which do you prefer, orange or blue? In East Java, Indonesia, an unusual lake has formed in the crater of a volcano named Kawah Ijen. Unlike most crater lakes, this one is sulfuric acid. When the liquid sulfur at the … Continue reading
The BBC and David Attenborough have done it again. Four years in the making, Frozen Planet looks absolutely stunning. Check out this trailer: Whew! Just to whet our appetites, the Beeb has been releasing snippets of the footage. This video … Continue reading
The highlight of our trip home from London was when my stepson’s bag was pulled from the lineup for a special screening at the airport. The security guard snapped on his gloves, felt around, and pulled out…. (prepare yourself) …a … Continue reading