Monthly Archives: October 2014

The sunlit path

Watching my home nation undergo a tidal change in social understanding has been an amazing experience. There are very few times in our lives when we can know, without a doubt, that we are watching history in the making. When … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Tuesday

A little view of home — Coquille Falls, on the southern Oregon coast. Portugal is such a lovely place, but it really does need more waterfalls and ferns. (Click the image to scenify.)

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Don’t lose that number

Recently I placed an order in a shop, and the owner wanted my mobile number so that she could call me when the order came in. I have had the same mobile number for nearly eight years. It’s burned into … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Tuesday

Photographer Vytenis Malisauskas labeled this photo “Glenfinnan Viaduct,” but it could also have been called “The Jacobite.” This is the Jacobite train, better known to moviegoers as the Hogwarts Express. The real-life route it travels from Fort William to Maillaig, … Continue reading

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The great recycle bin caper

A few weeks ago, I packed up after my Pilates class and exited the studio to find that most of my students still hadn’t left. They were milling around the courtyard, having some sort of strategy session, and several of … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

Trying to get back on my old schedule here… The photographer doesn’t say exactly where this is, just that it was taken in Iceland in August 2014 to showcase a traditional sod roof. A quick check on Wikipedia reveals that … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Thursday

Castlerigg Stone Circle, near Keswick, Cumbria (England). Though not as large or well-known as Stonehenge, those in the know say it’s among the most beautiful of Britain’s prehistoric monuments. (Click the image to encirclify.)

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Cool sciency stuff

Or in the first instance, hot. The director of aerial imagery for DJI, a company that builds drones, joined up with a photographer who had the right permits and contacts to get extremely close to Holuhraun’s eruption in Iceland. The … Continue reading

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Austerity hitting home

The sheer breadth of the devastation caused by the austerity imposed upon Portugal is hard to describe without filling a book, but a quick look at this week’s local headlines gives a good overview. I mentioned the €505-per-month minimum wage … Continue reading

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A geek moment

Yesterday I bought the new PCalc for iOS 8, which is a fantastic calculator program that now lets you customize your layout. I’ve been having a fine time tweaking keys and creating new ones that do all of my most-used … Continue reading

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