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: December 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.