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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- On his terms
- Beyoncé: Homecoming
- UPRISING and balance
- The brain radio
- Alsea lovers: This is the one you’ve been waiting for
- The chicken church
- On being happy
- Winterfest! (for Mac users)
- We wants it!
- Celebrating the return of rights!
- Share your gifts
- The kilogram redefined
- Down the research rabbit hole
Category Archives: history
Many of us are remembering Anita Hill’s trailblazing courage these days, as the dams are breaking and so many women are telling their stories of sexual harassment and sexual assault. What is rarely recalled now is that the 1991 Senate … Continue reading
The ashes filled a black plastic box about the size of a toaster. It weighed three and a half pounds. I put it in a canvas tote bag and packed it in my suitcase this past July for the transpacific … Continue reading
Last night, I was brushing my teeth when our flat was rocked with a deep BOOM. “Fletcher!” my wife called. “Come here! Fireworks!” I dashed down the hall and out to our smaller veranda, where Maria was already watching the … Continue reading
This PDF from the New York Times archives, dated 9 November 1919, is simply wonderful for its “in the moment” glimpse into the state of physics and astronomy at that time. Some obscure physicist that no one outside scientific circles … Continue reading
Time at last for the final installment of the Alcobaça Monastery series! If you are just now joining us, the series started with a wallpaper, continued with a tour of the church, and then toured the monastery. But before I … Continue reading
Oh, look at the pretty lake. Too bad it’s a DEATHTRAP. On 21 August 1986, an invisible, odorless cloud of death came out of Lake Nyos, in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. The nearby village of Nyos was completely wiped … Continue reading
I was one of those people waiting by my computer at 10:00 EST — the moment that the decision on the challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act was announced — and downloaded the file as soon as I could … Continue reading
The Atlantic calls this “The 15th-Century Equivalent of Your Cat Walking on Your Keyboard,” and it first made me laugh, then gave me an odd sense of comfort. How nice to know that through 700 years of lightning fast changes … Continue reading
I have long been fascinated with the story of the Endurance and Ernest Shackleton’s ill-fated voyage to the South Pole. It’s one of the greatest survival stories ever told. So when I saw in our local paper that the original … Continue reading