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: March 2012
Cassini project leader Carolyn Porco tweeted this image with the comment: And now to remind us all what really matters..a fantasy view of Saturn in artful b&w, w/ its moon Tethys. Revel in it! It does look like a fantasy … Continue reading
For the bug lovers among you, check out the gorgeous photography of Ondrej Pakan. You can waste a happy hour browsing this gallery, and there are plenty of wallpaper-worthy images in the collection. The files themselves are not large, but … Continue reading
Friends from my hometown are coming for their first taste (in some cases literally) of Portuguese culture, so expect intermittent blogging for the next two weeks. We’ll be touring around a bit, and of course hitting all of our favorite … Continue reading
I love this quote: “There’s book art…and then there’s extreme book art.” Check out Judy Berman’s Flavorwire article on Spanish artist Alicia Martín, who created the stunning installation shown above at Madrid’s Casa de America. The article features photos of … Continue reading
Did you know that you can take a bunch of footage of Rita Hayworth and her various costars (including Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly) dancing, put it to the music of “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, and it works … Continue reading
My wife came up with a new-to-me Portuguese saying last week, which is one of the least “bem educado” (well-mannered, or properly brought up) things I’ve heard from her. Which, of course, is why it cracked me up. After an … Continue reading
Mokolii, Hawaii, just off the coast of Oahu. I love the contrast of the threatening skies — and the visible rain squalls — with the turquoise water. (Click the image to islandate. It’s linked to the “X2” size — there … Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago I posted about the high costs of health coverage in the US, and the ensuing commentary was quite interesting. So this recent headline from my home state paper caught my eye: Health insurance will cost … Continue reading
This video has been dropping jaws all over the tech blogosphere. It’s a model of what a (freaking huge!) intersection would look like if traffic signals and human driver decisions were eliminated in favor of total computer control: individual computers … Continue reading