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: October 2013
I am a chocolate addict. I have zero will power to resist it, which means that if there is chocolate in the house, I will eat it until it’s gone. But if there’s no chocolate in the house, I’m miserable. … Continue reading
With the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy upon us, the US press has been full of reflections, comparisons, opinions, and every other type of story that can be wrung out of the event. I’ve skipped over most of them, but … Continue reading
You have to admire the determination of a surfer in Hofn, Iceland, because nothing says “surfin’ safari” like wool gloves, a wool hat, and a thick coat with a puffy hood. But I’m guessing those waves aren’t crowded. The mountain … Continue reading
…it goes and rains diamonds. Maybe. That’s the theory put forth by planetary scientists Kevin Baines and Mona Delitsky, at the Division for Planetary Sciences conference in Denver earlier this month. They came up with it as a way of … Continue reading
This is Ommatoiulus moreletii, the Portuguese millipede. It’s a friendly sort of critter, minding its own business and spending most of its time tucked away under logs, rocks, and in quiet corners. As the name would indicate, it’s native to … Continue reading
The hits just keep rolling in from Cassini. This semi-polar view of Saturn is a knockout, especially with the artistic shadow. Because the full image is 4000 pixels wide, we can easily make out the hexagonal cloud wall at Saturn’s … Continue reading
For over three and a half years, I’ve posted to this blog six days a week, with occasional breaks for vacations and visitors. You may have noticed that in the past month, my six-day-per-week schedule has gotten a bit scattered. … Continue reading
Using will power and lightning-quick reflexes — i.e., closing browser tabs before I read too far — I managed to avoid all spoilers before seeing Gravity. But this review will be very spoilery, so stop reading at the movie poster … Continue reading
I’m in the mood for space photos after last weekend… (Click the image to aurorate.)