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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- 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
- No good deed goes unpunished
Monthly Archives: May 2015
Until now, I did not know of the existence of a sport called “vertical dancing” or “Bandaloop dancing.” But watching this video made me into a fan. Filmed during the Art + Soul Festival in Oakland, California, it shows two … Continue reading
Over on my Chronicles of Alsea blog, I’ve begun a new series called “Writing Whoops” in which I choose an erroneous writing trope and pick it apart. The inaugural trope is the gun with a silencer—which, as we all know … Continue reading
Last night was a big night in Europe: the annual festival of mediocre pop music, staged brilliantly and then judged almost entirely on a geopolitical basis, that we call Eurovision. Before I moved to Europe, my knowledge of Eurovision was … Continue reading
When photographer Anand Varma was given an assignment on bees for National Geographic, he decided to work with a local beekeeper and keep a hive in his backyard. Familiarity bred fascination, and Varma fell in love with the intricate lives … Continue reading
Today is a departure from the usual scenic photos, because I love praying mantids, and this photo by Hasan Baglar is gorgeous. Have you ever read instructions on what to do if you’re hiking in the mountains and run into … Continue reading
I’ve been in a deep editing dive for what seems like forever, and it finally occurred to me that one of the many things that have been dropped in the meantime are my weekly wallpapers. Which is silly, considering how … Continue reading