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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- 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
- Brexit view from the continent
- “Portugal is not the USA”
- The giant salmon was my favorite
- The right-wing megacorp controlling your local news
Category Archives: tech
As anyone who knows me can attest, I’ve loved using Apple computers since long before it became popular. That doesn’t mean I don’t gripe when it’s called for. Apple prides itself on usability. Way back in the stone age, it … Continue reading
Sometimes, when the world news is too much to handle, I take refuge in geeky things. Science and technology are constantly delivering up good stories and/or cool things to learn. And sometimes, it’s the tiny things that make me happiest. … Continue reading
File this one under “I’ll be danged, I didn’t know that.” Over the last couple of months, the clocks on our oven and microwave have been…off. First a minute, then a couple, then five, then six. I hadn’t consciously thought … Continue reading
This is a long video at 40 minutes, but it is a fascinating and fast-moving talk on the massive disruptions caused by wind and solar in the electrical power markets, as well as the disruption caused by batteries, tech, and … Continue reading
I rarely see spam arriving in my email, due to the very good spam filters employed by both of the email services I pay for. But every now and again, something slips through. This morning, I opened my mail program … 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
Though Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been getting most of the press regarding the technological race to create reusable rockets, they’re not the only game in town. Some other guy named Jeff Bezos, better known as the founder of Amazon.com, has … Continue reading
In 2011, a team of researchers from two different universities demonstrated that they could wirelessly disable a car’s door locks and brakes. Car manufacturers ignored them. In 2013, a team of hackers demonstrated that they could hack almost every activity … Continue reading
The blog has been quiet for several weeks because my brain has been fried. And I do mean that mostly literally. Here in the Algarve, we usually have a couple of awful weeks in August where it’s too hot to … Continue reading