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
Category Archives: ad worth watching
Clocking in at exactly three minutes, this Volvo ad is really a short film about possibilities. It’s beautiful, with gorgeous cinematography and a whole life packed into one dream, and it made my vision blur at the end. The final … Continue reading →
Most of us have indelible soundtracks accompanying our childhood and young adult memories. The music ranges from the popular radio of the time to commercial jingles, church hymns, TV show themes…and for me, a lot of it came from my … Continue reading →
Ever see the shockwave of a volcano erupting? Phil and Linda McNamara did—and videotaped it—while vacationing in Papua New Guinea. Hearing that nearby Mount Tavurvur was erupting, they hopped a boat for a closer look, and…wow. You can see the … Continue reading →
Volkswagen’s latest ad is a very well done PSA. Imagine this in an IMAX theater… (Hat tip to Scout.)
Why have I never heard of this product before? We could sure use a bottle in our household. Yesterday someone in this family — and I am not naming names but it was neither me nor my wife — exited … Continue reading →
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 →
Someone at Molson Canadian had a brilliant idea for advertising: install a refrigerator full of cold beers in various European cities, then tie the door lock into a scanner that looks for a Canadian passport. ANY Canadian passport. Here is … Continue reading →
This public service announcement out of New Zealand is one of the best I have ever seen. Brace yourself: Via The Dish.
Google designed this ad for the massive Indian market, but its theme of friendship transcends language, cultural and political barriers. The arbitrary 1947 partition of the British Indian Empire into Pakistan and India meant that friends and families found themselves … Continue reading →
Whiskas recently ran an ad campaign called “Feeding your cat’s instincts,” which used a wee bit of Photoshop to show a domestic tabby doing big cat things. The best ones for wallpapers are the action shots — chasing a gazelle, … Continue reading →