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: June 2013
My wife found a whole page of glorious photos of this bird — the Taiwan (or Formosan) Blue Magpie, Urocissa caerulea, and I suddenly had an urge to travel to Taiwan. In the meantime, however, I’ll be happy with my … Continue reading
While watching Rizzoli & Isles last night, my wife hit the pause button to fetch something from the kitchen, leaving me in front of a static screen. In the scene, one of the police detectives was typing in commands to … Continue reading
I didn’t bother reading Scalia’s dissenting opinion in yesterday’s DOMA decision, but after hearing about his creative word usage, I had to go back and check it out. This marks the first time I have ever searched a PDF for … Continue reading
I was one of those people waiting by my computer at 10:00 EST — the moment that the decision on the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act was announced — and downloaded the file as soon as I could … Continue reading
I just learned a new Portuguese idiom, courtesy of an old (well, 1986 counts as old nowadays, right?) Brazilian song: Lança perfume, which translates literally as “throw perfume.” It means to be charming or flirtatious. How great is that? I … Continue reading
I love the name of this place: Doubtful Sound. That’s either a great band name, or the perfect title of a book. It’s on the South Island, New Zealand, a place that appears frequently in my fantasies about a long … Continue reading
National Geographic has launched a new Tumblr, called “Found.” For every image published in the magazine over the past 125 years, many, many more were rejected for various reasons, dropped into archives, and never seen again. Now they are finding … Continue reading
UPDATE: This is July 19, not June 19. I must need new contact lenses. Get ready to smile next month! Was everybody in the US smiling at around 2:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time today? Because that’s when Cassini was taking … Continue reading
Electron scanning microscopes famously offer immense magnification, but with a similarly large caveat: anything being viewed must be in a vacuum. The machine uses a stream of electrons to take the magnified picture, and air molecules would interfere with that … Continue reading