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 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
- We’re #1! (Resilience unfolds)
- Halloween = RESILIENCE
- Speaking as a finely tuned predator
- A little geeky problem-solving
- Chronicles of Alsea: Book SEVEN
- Sonic booms
Category Archives: humor
All the DIY-ers out there will undoubtedly recognize aspects, if not all, of this story. It is the true-life account of our little chore last night: replacing a bare light bulb in the bathroom ceiling (made of plaster, brick, and … Continue reading
Speaking as an observer of Brexit (from a healthy distance), I can only say in response to today’s news: what the hell? It’s anybody’s guess as to what Theresa May thinks she can accomplish by putting off a Commons vote … Continue reading
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.