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: December 2011
In celebration of the new year, I’m closing out 2011 with this comic from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal — one of the only two comics I know that regularly addresses grammar: Click the image to find out what happens to … Continue reading
When I was a kid, my parents bought a fake Christmas tree. It was much taller than I was, flocked with fake snow, and I thought it was the most beautiful thing ever. Decorated with lights and ornaments, it was … Continue reading
While reading an Atlantic article on the Finnish education system, I came across this fascinating bit of information: there is no word in Finnish for “accountability.” According to Pasi Sahlberg, director of the Finnish Ministry of Education’s Center for International … Continue reading
Here’s something you don’t often see in Lisboa: the Praça do Comércio with an empty street in front of it. This is normally a booming avenue and a crowded plaza. We went for a walk along the Rio Tejo on … Continue reading
We’re back from Lisboa, after a wonderful family holiday. Good food and adventures were involved, as well as what might be a new tradition: watching scary movies on Christmas Eve. (We watched the remake of The Thing. Brrr.) Thank you … Continue reading
I know, I said I wasn’t going to post today, but this was so fantastic that I had to share. It’s been one year since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell — the US law that forbade gay Americans … Continue reading
It’s time for a short break in blogging. Today is Winter Solstice, the holiday that my family celebrates in place of Christmas. (This makes my stepson doubly lucky — he gets Solstice with us, and Christmas with his dad. What’s … Continue reading
I’m a recent inductee into the world of instant message autocorrect, having never had an IM device until now. But my iPad connects me with friends and family who also have iOS devices, so I’ve been getting used to a … Continue reading
This is an oldie but a goodie: the first stitched satellite image of Earth’s city lights at night. Built from data collected from October 1994 through March 1995, the full image was not published until October 2000. Two years later, … Continue reading