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: January 2013
While clearing out an overstuffed inbox, I came across an email from last autumn titled “German eating habits.” Since food seems to be one of the true universal languages (and one of this blog’s favorite topics), I asked permission to … Continue reading
I caught a cold this week, and am quite disgusted about it. In addition to making me snotty, colds make me stupid. A case in point was this morning, when I forgot a basic principle of physics: the superior heat … Continue reading
Back in October, I posted about the research showing that dung beetles in desert environments can literally cool their heels by standing atop their balls of dung. Researchers tested this hypothesis by fitting little boots onto the dung beetles’ feet. … Continue reading
In Rauma, Norway is a road called Trollstigen — the Troll’s Footpath. It’s quite a tourist attraction due to the spectacular views (including a 320-meter waterfall), and includes eleven hairpin turns on a 9% grade. Looking at this, the first … Continue reading
I’ve recently enjoyed two long reads that are very much worth a bit of your weekend time. The first is just a travelogue, but it happens to be a travelogue written by a smart, observant 19-year-old who was handed the … Continue reading
Oh, how I love the BBC. Way back in January 2010, I posted two BBC video clips showing gorgeous flight footage of a Golden Eagle, a Peregrine Falcon, and a Goshawk. The Goshawk was filmed flying through crowded forest undergrowth, … Continue reading
“Cheese fire shuts tunnel” For six days so far! The New York Times has a brief on the situation, the best part of which is this quote: Kjell Bjoern Vinje at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration said this was the … Continue reading
I’ve got a bunch of space stuff clogging up my browser tabs and bookmarks, so it’s time to clean out. First up, in case you have somehow managed not to see this video (which could be called “The Video Seen … Continue reading
Blyde River Canyon is just one spectacular stop on the Panorama Route in South Africa. Photo by Emma Makepeace, who writes: It’s a landscape steeped in history that is entwined with the spectacular views. The Panorama Route, nestled in the … Continue reading