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: December 2013
I could stare at this for hours: Well, not this image exactly, because it’s a screenshot. But if you go to the Earth Wind Map site, you can watch the wind currents of the Earth moving in real time. It’s … Continue reading
Back in August, I bought a tiny keychain flashlight and conducted a geeky comparison of it with like-sized flashlights in our house. (For the record, I am still in love with the Streamlight Nano.) On Christmas, a new flashlight appeared … Continue reading
Ball’s Pyramid is the world’s tallest volcanic stack at 562 meters (1,844 feet) high, and only 300 meters across at its thickest point. It’s part of the Lord Howe Island chain, off the southeast coast of Australia, and has a … Continue reading
European refrigerators are not like their American cousins. They’re much smaller, designed for a grocery shopping style that involves daily or almost daily trips to the market for fresh produce and fresh cuts from the butcher. Our fridge is less … Continue reading
Due to the fact that the American Geophysical Union is having a conference in San Francisco right now, at which NASA/ESA-associated scientists are making presentations on their Cassini research, the science world is a-twitter with posts and articles about one … Continue reading
I used to be a total Grinch about Christmas. The commercialism, the greed, the insistence on buying stuff, the stress of being required to buy gifts for people regardless of whether you wanted to, and regardless of whether they’d even … Continue reading
I love watching people exhibit the best parts of humanity, especially because it provides such a welcome respite from all the worst parts we read about in our daily news. Here are two such exhibitions, hailing from opposite ends of … Continue reading