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: November 2011
My parents recently emailed about their yard cleaning chores, and how they filled a truck bed two times with fallen leaves to take to the town compost heap. Autumn is so different here. We do have some trees that drop … Continue reading
A wallpaper for the holiday season! Blue, red, snow…can’t ask for more than that. The photographer snapped this image in crisp -10 degree air, in Sulegan, Tehran. I must admit that the name “Tehran” doesn’t conjure up scenes like this … Continue reading
This afternoon I happily watched the launch of the Atlas V rocket carrying Curiosity, the next generation Mars rover. Viewing it live, I was utterly dismayed at an interruption in the live stream at the exact moment of liftoff. By … Continue reading
A University of California (Irvine) team is pursuing the “ultralight material” trophy with this creation, a metallic microlattice that exhibits “complete recovery after compression exceeding 50% strain, and energy absorption similar to elastomers.” Via The Atlantic, which calls it “the … Continue reading
Today is Thanksgiving back home, and all of my friends and family in the US are partaking in the great tradition of stuffing themselves to the limit with food. Afterwards, they will partake in the next great tradition: loosening their … Continue reading
Last week Oregon was in the international news because of the police crackdown on the Occupy Portland protesters. I thought that was fairly remarkable because the number of times I’ve seen my home state featured in international media is minuscule. … Continue reading
In the midst of all the bad news rolling into my newsreader — and wow does there seem to be a lot of it all of a sudden — I’ve decided it’s time for a small link dump of stories … Continue reading
From the National Geographic archives: A man passes one of the lakes of central Afghanistan’s Band-e-Amir, a series of five mineral-enriched, sapphire lakes that punctuate the dusty, travertine peaks near central Afghanistan’s Hindu Kush. Legend has it the lakes were … Continue reading
From one of my favorite nerd/geek web comics, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, a comic that surely describes the majority of visitors to this blog: It may take longer than we could wish, but we win in the end!