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: February 2012
Yesterday’s post got an interesting comment conversation going, so I thought I’d add in a bit of data. The term “safety net” is more applicable than some might think. Because most Americans get their health coverage from their employers, being … Continue reading
Portugal certainly has its share of problems, but one thing its citizens don’t have to worry about — even if they have lost their jobs in this miserable economy — is the “luxury” of basic health care. This narrative, written … Continue reading
National Geographic captions this photo: “African buffalo create tracks in the salty mud at the edge of a crater lake in Queen Elizabeth National Park.” Uganda isn’t a nation I hear any good news from, so it’s nice to be … Continue reading
For those who keep up with the EU economic situation, it will probably not be news that one of Greece’s biggest ongoing issues is the (non)collection of taxes. But it might be news that at one point, the Greek finance … Continue reading
The contest: “Tell it Your Way.” The judge: Ridley Scott (director of Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down, to name just a few). The rules: Make a film of no more than three minutes in … Continue reading
To my surprise and glee, I learned this morning — courtesy of web comic xkcd — that I am not the only one to have made a certain observation about a certain constellation. They told me it was a sword, … Continue reading
I’m often startled by the English (or American) words that are incorporated into the Portuguese language. For instance, “okay” or “OK.” There is no letter K* in Portuguese, and yet “okay” is a word in frequent usage, meaning exactly what … Continue reading
Two weeks ago I said that if I were an astronaut, I’d spend all my time with my nose pressed against the window. So it was with considerable enjoyment that I found this on NASA’s Flickr page: astronaut Tracy Caldwell … Continue reading
(I just found this in my Drafts folder, from mid-November. The news content isn’t current anymore, but the fun is.) MacDuff Marine Aquarium is preparing to release Rip, a 6-foot (1.8 meter) conger eel, so that he can migrate to … Continue reading