Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for February, 2006

The Girls Who Went Away

Anna Quindlen, an extraordinary writer whom I met through her book, One True Thing, has a sad and eloquent editorial in Newsweek speculating on the likely social implications due to the loss of Sandra Day O’Connor from the Supreme Court. Quindlen writes;

Here is a prehistoric album (“prehistoric” because it’s vinyl) to separate UK bird lovers from their hard-earned funds. It is currently on sale on eBay in the UK (click image to be magically transported there). After you buy it, be sure to burn a CD for me. Thanks, Ian!

The 23rd Qualm

How important it is to walk along, not in haste, but slowly, looking at everything and calling out Yes! No! — Mary Oliver Almost everyone has heard about “Darwin’s Finches” — those dark little birds that live on the Galapagos Islands. But most people don’t realize that Darwin didn’t set eyes upon those birds until…

Advice to Corporate Giants

Note: Original sent to me by a reader, I rewrote it a little bit. Dear [feminine hygiene product brand name], I recently noticed that the peel-off strip of my pantiliner had a bunch of “[brand name] Tips for Life” written on it. It was annoying and condescending advice such as;

Quail Hunting School

Like most Americans, I was losing sleep because I realized that Dick Cheney was roaming the countryside, fully armed and seething with rage while inebriated, with the single-minded goal of murdering innocent domestic quail and guilty lawyers. But then a friend sent me to the Quail Hunting School. This is the same hunting school that…

Be Careful What You Wish For …

I Passed 8th Grade Math!

You Passed 8th Grade Math Congratulations, you got 10/10 correct! Could You Pass 8th Grade Math? That was fun! What was your score?

Men With Brooms

MROW!! Brad Gushue has a standing invitation to sweep my apartment floors anytime!

Wacky Fortune Cookie Generator

Your Fortune Is War does not determine who is right, war determine who is left. The Wacky Fortune Cookie Generator Okay, you must tell me, my peeps; what is your fortune?