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: July 2014
No, it’s not a Photoshop job. It’s Green Lake (Grüner See), in Tragöss, Austria. Photographer Marc Henauer writes: In spring, snowmelt raises the lake level about 10 meters. This phenomenon, which lasts only a few weeks, covers the hiking trails, … Continue reading
I forgot to post a wallpaper yesterday because holy cow, did you see the Tour de France stage? It was incredible! We were glued to our TV. Today is a rest day on the Tour, thank heavens, because I need … Continue reading
One thing I have always loved about Loulé is that it’s a real Portuguese town, by which I mean there are no chain stores here. If you want Starbucks, try Lisboa. If you want KFC, Burger King or McDonald’s, you’ll … Continue reading
In a rare moment of reading for fun, versus for editing or doing my own writing, I’m hanging with Jasper Fforde’s One of Our Thursdays is Missing, the sixth in the Thursday Next series. I had to stop and laugh … Continue reading
Turn down the lights, turn on the speakers, and watch some fabulous photography of the night sky. Here are the winning and honorable mention photos from the 5th International Earth and Sky Photo Contest, and they’re lovely. A couple of … Continue reading
I’ve been saving up a few links in my tabs, and it’s time to clear ’em out. To get started… — A Saskatchewan, Canada photographer had the opportunity of a lifetime when a tornado photobombed her shoot. The photo of … Continue reading
The imagery from Yorkshire on the first two days of this year’s Tour de France was jaw-dropping. We’ve been parked in front of our TV, working and occasionally looking up to check the screen. “Scenery!” we call out if there’s … Continue reading
Yesterday I spent the whole day writing, to the exclusion of pretty much everything else (just ask my poor neglected wife). Late in the afternoon an email came in from a Spanish friend commenting that it was my “National Day,” … Continue reading
Between 8:00 and 9:15 this morning, the public health clinic of Loulé—which serves a concelho (district or county) with a population of 70,600—had exactly zero physicians working in urgent care. This is illegal, as the law requires a minimum of … Continue reading