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: music
Our brains do amazing things while we sleep: solve problems, sort out emotions, file memories, make non-linear associations that our conscious, more logical brains can’t manage. Mine also plays music. I wake up most mornings with a tune playing in … Continue reading
Popular music group OK Go, famous for their unusual and meticulously planned videos (which often put Rube Goldberg to shame) have done it again, this time with a video that explores a world we cannot see. The video opens with … Continue reading
I was browsing our CD collection for something new to hear in the car and picked up an album I hadn’t heard in forever: Waking Hour by Vienna Teng. All the way to Pilates and back that day, I was … Continue reading
Today while we were puffing along on our daily hill walk, my son asked me what my favorite album was. (He loves to ask the “favorite” question, which almost invariably leads me to say, “I don’t have a favorite,” which … Continue reading
In honor of the season ender of “Game of Thrones” (which we haven’t watched yet…it airs on Portuguese TV tomorrow night), here is a floor-shaking cover of the theme song. It features 23 players on 32 low brass instruments, including: … Continue reading
My stereo consists of a 1979 Pioneer amplifier, a 1990 NAD compact disc player, and a pair of Magnepan speakers from 1991. The combination gives warm, full sound, and I’ve never had an urge to update. Affordable modern equipment looks … Continue reading
Raise your hand if you’ve ever blown air across the mouth of a Coke bottle (in your youth) or beer bottle (in your more mature years, right?) and thought about what a nice tone it produces. Maybe you thought about … Continue reading
This interesting little video takes viewers through the history of the electric guitar solo, from the moment when Chuck Berry exploded on the scene with “Johnny B. Goode” through Santana, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, and on to…a whole bunch of … Continue reading