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: April 2013
An etymology geek’s idea of fun: tracking the twists and shifts of a word throughout its “native” ranges. Portugal remains united in its embrace of pepino, but Spain seems to have a split personality. That Galicia would be French-influenced is … Continue reading
Wired featured a gorgeous shot of Enceladus as its Space Science image of the week last week: This face-on colour view of Enceladus was taken by the international Cassini spacecraft on 31 January 2011, from a distance of 81 000 … Continue reading
Earlier this week, NASA released a greatest hits video of its Solar Dynamic Observatory, which has been watching the sun for three years. During those years, the Little Observatory That Could snapped images of the sun every 12 seconds, in … Continue reading
I do love a story like this one from Dubai: A bus driver who tried to rape a passenger at knifepoint chose the wrong victim, a court heard yesterday. The woman, an off-duty US navy sailor, knocked the knife from … Continue reading
If you have not already seen this video, stop now and watch it. It will answer the question you never knew you needed answered: What happens when you wring out a wet washcloth in space? My nerdly little heart went … Continue reading
On our final full day in London, we hopped a Thames Clipper and headed downstream. The catamarans are so smooth on the water that even my mom had no issues, and my dad was happy as a clam out on … Continue reading
I just ran across an article in my news feeds that caught my attention, and not in a good way. A Philadelphia couple – serving 10 years’ probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer … Continue reading
Local photographer makes good: Portland reader Paulo alerted me to this Astronomy Picture of the Day, which was taken by his friend, and which is undeniably gorgeous. That eerily moonlit cloud hovering near Mt. Hood (Oregon) is a lenticular cloud, … Continue reading
For some reason, all of our previous trips to London have been in the dead of winter. This time we managed to arrive in early spring, and were thus treated to the spring bulb display at Kew Gardens. I have … Continue reading