Monthly Archives: December 2012

Wallpaper Monday

How timely! What should appear on InterfaceLIFT last week but a glorious wintry beach photo shot in…Portugal. This is the Praia da Adraga, near Sintra. That slanting orange light, in combination with a crisp blue sky, is one of the … Continue reading

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Bom Natal

It’s Christmas Eve, the day when most Portuguese have their big family dinner and open gifts. My brother-in-law is here for a visit, to our son’s great delight, and our dinner is roasting/simmering/refrigerating. The house is full of good smells, … Continue reading

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Midnight on doomsday

Well, it’s 23:30 Greenwich Mean Time on December 21, and the world hasn’t ended yet. Guess that means I have to pay those bills after all. I did try to find someone who believed in this tripe, so I could … Continue reading

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Saturn splendor

The Cassini crew has offered us a holiday gift: this incredible mosaic image of a backlit Saturn. On Oct. 17, 2012, during its 174th orbit around the gas giant, the spacecraft was deliberately positioned within Saturn’s shadow, a perfect location … Continue reading

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Third and first world designs

Here’s a pair of intriguing engineering designs, one for a basic need and the other for a true luxury. In the basic need department, we have a little device called the GravityLight, currently an indiegogo project in the middle of … Continue reading

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A few notes

First of all, thank you to the readers who took the time to review my blog on Expats Blog — you pushed me into a bronze medal! This is pretty cool, considering that 1) the winners are judged solely on … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

Satellite imagery has continued to give us more and better high-resolution views of our planet, many of which are breathtakingly beautiful, but none of which show us the true impact of human settlement. This one does. Courtesy of the NASA/NOAA … Continue reading

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Winter critter stories

From the sublime to the tragicomic, here are two stories about how large animals and ice frequently do not mix. First, from Spiegel, a story about firefighters trying to rescue a deer trapped in the ice of a lake. All … Continue reading

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Take a tour of Portugal’s best-known export

Guess what kind of tree this is? If you said, “A half-naked one,” then you’d be right. You’d also be right if you said it was a cork oak (Quercus suber). To be specific, it’s a cork oak that was … Continue reading

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Just for a laugh

What happens when two hamsters use the same exercise wheel? Hilarity. If it could be scaled up to human size and marketed properly, I bet a whole lot of humans would pay to go on this ride.

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