Monthly Archives: January 2013

Even science fiction didn’t think of this

Anyone who has ever noticed that a sick person can sometimes have bad breath will be interested to learn that this concept has been translated into real-world diagnostics: Recently, a group of researchers from the University of Vermont saw this … Continue reading

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Murphy’s Law, Computer Corollary

My wife is a university professor and uses her laptop every time she prepares and gives a class. Two years ago she replaced a 15-inch MacBook Pro with an 11-inch MacBook Air and never looked back. She loves the small, … Continue reading

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Somewhere in Middle Earth?

I’m not sure, but I think Bilbo Baggins mentioned this spot in his memoirs. Actually, it’s the remains of an old mill sitting on the bank of the Ribeira do Vascão, right on the border between the Algarve and the … Continue reading

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A slow dance we cannot see

I remember being fascinated with those high school biology films (films, not videos or DVDs — that should date me) that showed us time-lapse footage of seedlings sprouting and flowers blooming. It always seemed to me that those filmed events … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

The foreground of this image is a bit ‘meh’ for a wallpaper, but the march of those massive lenticular clouds past Mt. Rainier (Washington, USA) is just spectacular. Last June I was treated to a whole horizon full of lenticular … Continue reading

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Geek time

Both the card reader and the USB port on the right side of my MacBook Air have been a bit twitchy lately. Resetting the SMC and the PRAM didn’t help, so I put a call through to our local Apple … Continue reading

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More food!

One of our favorite restaurants is Migas, in the lovely riverside village of Mértola (Alentejo). The castle-on-a-river scenery can’t be beat, nor can the opportunity to sit outside on a veranda, looking over the river, while consuming excellent food in … Continue reading

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“Cracking the egg sprinkler mystery”

There are some mysteries that occur only to the geeks in life. For instance, have you ever noticed that if you spin an egg in a puddle of milk, it turns into a milk sprinkler? Yeah, me either. Perhaps that’s … Continue reading

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It’s officially spring

…because the paper-white narcissi are in bloom! I took this photo along a dirt roadside today. These flowers (Narcissus papyraceus) are one of my favorites, first because they’re such early bloomers, and second because they’re so easily overlooked. The white … Continue reading

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Jaquinzinhos are one of those foods that we love to order for American visitors. Usually a guest will first look a bit wide-eyed, then swallow hard and decide she’s going to prove her cultural openness by trying one. This is … Continue reading

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