Dr. Joan Bushwell's Chimpanzee Refuge

Dr. Joan Bushwell

Jersey bird

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) recently announced the arrival of a peregrine falcon chick. The proud parents nested in the steelwork under the I-95 Scudders Falls Bridge. I traverse that bridge once a week when I’m attending my little class o’ regulatory dabbling at Temple U. It’s a heavily trafficked span, but…

So. The new gig.

After coping with an immediate family member’s severe illness (thankfully resolved; better living through chemistry pays off) and discovering that my talents do not lie in management within a very large company, I stepped back from my almost 20 year career in discovery research several months ago. I gleefully wallowed around the home front, decompressing…

Religion: Poetic License?

The lead article in Salon’s newsletter caught my eye this morning when I perused the ol’ Google-mail Inbox. Under the auspices of Salon’s “Atoms and Eden: Conversations About Science and Faith,” Steve Paulson interviews James Carse (retired director of NYU’s Religious Studies Program) in Religion is Poetry. The byline: “The beauties of religion need to…

Speaking of procrastination, from LOLtheorists: See more funny videos at CollegeHumor

The Art of the Time Sink

Even though my e-mail address in buried amongst the piles of banana peels and dried bonobo scat that litter the Refuge, I receive various “you might want to blog about this” tips from the media and commercial interests. Don’t interpret this as self-importance on my part since all of my dear, dear sweet SciBlings receive…

So AfterElton: News, Reviews and Commentary on Gay and Bisexual Men in Entertainment and the Media just released their choices for the Hot 100 Men List. Granted, this may smack of exploitation a la Maxim’s list of “hot women,” but it prompts me to offer a short list of Guys Who Hang Out (Figuratively) at…

Courtesy of S.T., intrepid Chimp Refuge photographer on assignment, I offer a cast member of the V Monologues for your consideration.

So girth does matter!

“”The Great Wall of China’s attractive, but he’s too thick – my husband is sexier.” So says Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer, whose surname translates to English as “Berlin Wall.” The Telegraph resurrected Frau Berliner-Mauer’s fascinating case of objectum-sexual in a news of the weird article: Woman “married” to Berlin Wall for 29 years. Overall, this is an…

From one of my favorite “Oh, my! Isn’t that quirky?” sites, technovelgy, comes Useful Body Modifications (submitted by Bill Christensen). Here we find a dude who has a ruler tattooed on the underside of his forearm… …others who have small magnets implanted under the skin to attain a “sixth sense” (WTF?) and finally, pierced glasses.…

Bill O’Reilly’s meltdown thanks to a hapless teleprompter is making the rounds again; I saw it on The Colbert Report. Thanks to the wonders of technology, someone has constructed a dance remix of Bill blowing a gasket. Pant-hoot to Bill from Dover for passing this along. Word has it that he found it on the…