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: July 2012
Amid the storm of criticism against NBC for airing its Olympic coverage long after the rest of the world has seen (and tweeted) all of the events, a Gawker blogger notes that the channel managed to do something right. Here … Continue reading
I’d thought of a London wallpaper, in honor of the Games, but decided to go a bit further afield. This is Southend-on-Sea, in Essex. The blue light and utter stillness of the air (as evidenced by the clear reflections) say … Continue reading
(AP Photo/Morrey Gash) Holy COW that was fun! As we watched the replay of the 2008 Beijing opening ceremony, my wife said, “This is kind of cruel to London, showing this right before their effort.” I agreed, because Beijing’s ceremony … Continue reading
Since today is all about preparing for massive TV watching (because the Eurosport Channel is airing the Beijing opening ceremonies before the London ceremonies, and I’m excited about rewatching the Beijing extravaganza in high definition, whee!), I’m taking a lazy … Continue reading
We’re stockpiling beer and pretzels for the opening ceremonies tomorrow (and feeling quite chuffed that they’re in our time zone), and I’ve been reading up on London’s preparations/dilemmas/scandals related to the Olympics. In the process, I ran across this wonderful … Continue reading
As a bibliophile and certified geek, this little DIY project for hiding your router made my heart go pitter pat: Could it be more perfect? Find an old hardback with an interesting title, tear out the pages, slide your router … Continue reading
Dr. Sally Ride broke a huge barrier in 1983, when she became the first American woman in space. After a second trip into space a year later, she embarked on a long and distinguished career in physics and education, directing … Continue reading
A lone tree in a farmer’s field, somewhere in Switzerland. The photographer writes: After braking hard, a couple of peeved drivers passed by me and I got out of my car to take a photo of this lonely tree, sitting … Continue reading
Oh, poor Spain. First it was the crash in the construction industry, which cratered the economy. Then it was the horrific unemployment rate, which is at the same level the US saw during the Great Depression. Then the bank bailout. … Continue reading