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: October 2012
…as viewed by Henri, the French existential cat. (hat tip to Power Wench) Advertisements
While going through the avalanche of Sandy news today — the flooding, the power outages, the destroyed homes, the fires — I only came across three references to a fact that for me had stood out above all others: that … Continue reading
Remember when aerial views of storms consisted of pixellated radar scans on the local TV channel’s weather forecast? Maybe I’m dating myself here, but I’m still goggled by the kinds of images we routinely get on our computers these days. … Continue reading
Earlier this week, I was driving down the highway and listening to the radio when the DJ tossed out a morning quiz: Which song were these lyrics from? In a monotone, he read out the words, “It’s gonna take time, … Continue reading
I’ve been watching the US election cycle with a wary eye, grateful for my distance from it (US elections mean a constant, unrelenting bombardment of TV and radio ads, yard signs, highway billboards, mail flyers — and total misery for … Continue reading
We’ve been having torrential rains lately, which is typical of the drought-breaking autumn rains. Yesterday was no exception, but after a morning torrent it seemed to dry out, despite the layer of clouds. I put on my shoes to head … Continue reading
Wired has a short but charming article on the recent discovery, by researchers at South Africa’s Wits University, that dung beetles have an interesting method of thermoregulation. Those of you who are geeks probably already know that dung beetles got … Continue reading
Endeavor’s landing at Los Angeles International Airport wasn’t the end of her final journey. She still had to get to the California Science Center, 20 kilometers away, and there was only one way to do it: driving down the streets … Continue reading
This gorgeous Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the Milky Way, the Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks of the Italian Alps, and…airglow. Unlike aurorae powered by collisions with energetic charged particles and seen at high latitudes, airglow is due to … Continue reading