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About oregon expat

Socialist heathen and Mac-using writer who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.

Wallpaper Thursday

Storvatnet Lake, Lofoten Islands, Norway. Photographer Stian Klo took some chances getting this photograph: I was desperately searching a good sunrise spot this particular morning. Normally Storvatnet Lake is completely covered in snow, so you can only imagine my surprise … Continue reading

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Link dump (with pretty pictures)

It’s time to clear out a few saved links, which I haven’t found time to build entire blog posts around. So for your reading and viewing pleasure: Take an aerial tour of the world on this page featuring 46 aerial … Continue reading

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Mason bee first aid

It’s April, and the air is warm, and that means…mason bee season! A female red mason bee (Osmia rufa) carrying a mud ball. I wrote about my mason bee colony last March, when the boys were popping out. We’re well … Continue reading

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Hollywood’s conventional “wisdom” proven wrong by actual data

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight news site launch has had a bit of a rough start, but an article published on 1 April showed the team doing what it does best: applying statistical analysis to the real world and coming up with … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, United Kingdom. There is something about rounded, weathered mountains that gets me in a whole different way than the sharp-edged ridges that spike through so much of the American West. I love them both, but … Continue reading

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The Internet justifies its existence

This. This is why the Internet exists, to encapsulate everything that makes a geek go “squee!” in a single photo, and then disseminate it across the globe. Because what is more perfect than Gandalf emailing on his MacBook Pro during … Continue reading

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Do it for Denmark

One of my favorite things about Europe is the decidedly non-puritanical view of sex and reproduction. In the US, sex sells everything, yet at the same time you’re not supposed to talk about it. (Unless you’re singing in leering terms, … Continue reading

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Wallpaper Monday

I know it hasn’t been too long since we were last in Canada, but Vancouver has always held a special place in my heart (and Victoria, a ferry ride away, even more so). This is a different sort of view, … Continue reading

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We regret to inform you that there will be no joy today.

Last Friday, one of my favorite musical artists of all time made a shock announcement: she was going to perform live, in a string of concerts at the Apollo Hammersmith in London. KATE BUSH IS PERFORMING LIVE. Other than a … Continue reading

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The cat that scented death

From the July 2007 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine: Making his way back up the hallway, Oscar [the cat] arrives at Room 313. The door is open, and he proceeds inside. Mrs. K. is resting peacefully in … Continue reading

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