Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for March, 2006

62.5 % My weblog owns 62.5 % of me. Does your weblog own you? I am especially curious to know what my blog siblings scored on this quiz. I think my results are skewed since I am unhappily unemployed, which means that I have no meaningful life whatsoever, outside of my blog, that is. And…

You Passed the US Citizenship Test Congratulations – you got 10 out of 10 correct! Could You Pass the US Citizenship Test? How did you do? I almost missed one of the questions (more below the fold)

Pet Cockroaches

Looking for an unusual exotic pet? Why not get a pet Madagascar giant hissing cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa? Unlike most cockroaches, this one is bedecked with the finest Austrian Swarovski crystals, it has a leash to prevent it from running amok and, as an added bonus, this species is rather talkative, too. My question, what do…

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Here’s a little pronounciation quiz that diagnoses if you are a Yankee (northern USA) or a Rebel (southern USA). The Alpha Dictionary will compute your score and tell you where you’re coming from: are you (all) speaking Dixie English or are you(se) a Yankee Doodle Dandy? The higher your score, the deeper from the south…

Tell Me What To Do, Bill!

This cartoon, by blogger Stephanie McMillan, sums up the situation in South Dakota quite nicely regarding the general stupidity of women and their inability to make their own choices. Oh, did women also help to vote Bill Napoli into office? Well, I rest my case! Incidentally, the phone numbers in the cartoon are real, taken…

Birds in the News 52 (v2n3)

Great Horned Owl nestling, Bubo virginianus. Photo copyright by Bill Hilton Jr. Contact Bill to purchase this and other photos, the sales of which support the wonderful work done by Hilton Pond Center.

Animalcules, Issue 4 is now available. Animalcules is a small but growing bi-weekly blog carnival that focuses on all things microbial and, as usual, it includes some really fine writing. This issue, the first one to travel through the blogopshere, is being hosted by my blog pal, Bora, author of Science and Politics. Surprisingly, and…

Misbehavin’ Rich Snobs

Female red-tailed hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, Lola, with her landing gear retracted. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Karim. Click image for larger view in its own window or go to PaleMale.com to purchase it. Those of you who care about Pale Male and Lola will be outraged to learn that they are once again being harassed by…

Beautiful Science

Circus Colors of Chemistry. What happens when aqueous sulfate salts of cobalt, nickel and copper mix together? Solids of flamboyant colors separate into riotous domains and boundaries that only nature can conceive. Photo courtesy of chemistry graduate student, Jack Hess. Click image for a larger version in its own window. I discovered this stunning photo…

The 183rd edition of The Carnival of the Vanities is now available. This blog carnival does not cater to any particular topic or field; rather, its focus is to draw the public’s attention to the very best writing about any subject or issue that has been recently published on a blog. This edition of The…