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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- Know your gunfire
- 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
Category Archives: humor
A friend sent this on with a sniffle warning, and she was right. But it’s a good kind of sniffling, accompanied by laughter. If you don’t mind the potty mouths of a bunch of Brooklyn natives, with an occasional Spanish … Continue reading
And the award for this year’s best April Fools’ joke goes to… CERN, for its announcement that its researchers had confirmed the existence of the Force. Though four fundamental forces—the strong force, the weak force, the electromagnetic force and gravity—have … Continue reading
This is a real book. Based on the 401 reviews on Amazon.com, it’s actually a good cookbook, if you can stop snickering long enough to follow the recipes. A few samples: Dripping Thighs Sticky Chicken Fingers Vanilla Chicken Chicken with … Continue reading
***** Based on the test devised by xkcd author Randall Munroe, my upcoming science fiction novel has a high probability of being good. I’ve invented a few words and concepts, but three in one sentence? Never. Also, the use of … Continue reading
It’s been a busy week of editing and hosting family, hence the quiet blog. But a friend just tipped me off to this, and it’s just too perfect not to share. For the first time since I can remember, the … Continue reading
This paper, containing nothing but these seven words (and the address of the main authors), was accepted for publishing by the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology. It was even peer-reviewed (by an anonymous reviewer, of course) as “excellent.” ***** … Continue reading
I’ve been out of the news stream for a couple of weeks while in a virtual form of writer’s seclusion…but I emerged in time to find this cheery update from The Independent: Monty Python’s “Always Look on the Bright Side … Continue reading
This little animation is just over a minute long, but its protagonist has tons of character (literally), the best eyebrows ever, and an attitude I have to admire. And: the animation studio is in Portland, Oregon! It’s HouseSpecial.
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