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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- Know your gunfire
- Go phish
- Outcaste is coming!
- Gecko tail update
- Nat Geo on the veranda
- Three minutes of art
- Portugal wildfire (we’re okay)
- Alien: Covenant review
- A must read: “My Family’s Slave”
- Dia da Liberdade (Freedom Day)
- Nat Geo moment
- Song of Saturday
- Innovative teachers (subtitle: Ryanair is the Scrooge McDuck of airlines)
- Strange weather
Monthly Archives: September 2014
Remember how, back in March, the science-heads were agog about new evidence of gravity waves from the Big Bang? I wrote a happily awed post about it, in which this sentence is particularly relevant: Of course, the results must be … Continue reading
Not a slideshow of still photos, not a time lapse, but real time video of a gorgeous aurora display in Yellowknife, Canada. How could a person ever look away?
Last night while I was prepping dinner, I heard the most god-awful ruckus of dogs outside. Wild barking is not all that unusual around here. People frequently walk their dogs through the courtyard, and if the dogs aren’t trained — … Continue reading
…a box full of spices and teas from my favorite local spice merchant. One great thing about living in the Algarve is how many of these bags are produced from locally grown crops, including two of my favorite “too late … Continue reading
Winner of the Earth and Space category and overall Winner of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year, 2014 — a glorious aurora photo by James Woodend. You can read more about it on the Greenwich Observatory’s page, and look at … Continue reading
This might be the most perfect thing I’ll see all week. I sincerely hope that as Scotland is reinstalled, the divisions caused by the campaign don’t cause any bugs. Or perhaps I should say, more bugs than already existed. May … Continue reading
It’s not really large enough to be a good wallpaper (975 x 650 pixels), but what a shot! This is the lava flow, smoke, and ash clouds of an eruption from Holuhraun Fissure, near Iceland’s Barbabunga Volcano. If Mordor existed, … Continue reading
Pilots of ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) are always getting to see cool stuff in the ocean depths, but this one takes the cake. Tentatively identified as a siphonophore — a collective group of organisms operating as a single entity — … Continue reading
The Farol de Felgueiras (or Felgueiras Lighthouse) near Porto, Portugal, gets some massive waves during winter storms. This photo is actually a combination of two images: the original showing the wave topping the lighthouse, and another to introduce lower waves … Continue reading