Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for March, 2006

Challenging Harry Potter Quiz

Do you remember how, at some point in the recent past, I wished that the Harry Potter online quizzes were more challenging? Well, someone heard me. Because this Harry Potter quiz relies on questions written by readers, it nicely confirms my working hypothesis that the most difficult quiz/exam that could ever be written is the…

What City Are You?

This is another in a long line of on-line quiz silliness. You Are New York Cosmopolitan and sophisticated, you enjoy the newest in food, art, and culture. You also appreciate a good amount of grit – and very little shocks you. You’re competitive, driven, and very likely to succeed. (GrrlScientist note: um, yeah, whatever you…

The (Real) Simpsons

Does this picture remind you of anything? This clip came from a video that I have been enjoying this morning. The linked video by Texmachina depicts the opening credits for the The Simpsons television program using real life characters [runtime: 59 seconds] . There are other videos available on the linked site that you also…

Questions for My Readers

In a few days, I will be speaking to a graduate student journalism class at NYU about science blogs and blogging and, because you are the experts, dear readers, I would like to ask you a few questions. I have already asked you what you do, where you live and your age (but please do…

Well, it’s day two of jury duty. I have been sitting here in the juror lounge, trying not to freeze to death even though they are running the air conditioning on a 35-degree day, and I am spending more money than I am paid each day to access the internet so I can answer email…

Birds in the News #51 (v2n2)

Carolina Parakeets, Conuropsis carolinensis, (also known as Carolina Conures) Click image for much larger version in its own window. Painting by John James Audubon (1785-1851).

Women and Careers in Science

Okay, are you ready to feel like you really do deserve that drinking bout you’ve been contemplating recently? Well, let me help you make that decision with this little article. If I wasn’t cranking away at Birds in the News right now, I’d be joining you at the local watering hole five minutes ago.

Goodbye, Beautiful Dream

Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof. – Carl Sagan A trio of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, Campephilus principalis. Adult male (left) and female (lower right). Painting by John James Audubon (1785-1851).

Peeps noun (sing.; peep): (1) short, soft, high pitched sounds or utterances, like those of a baby bird; chirps. (2) A shortened colloquial term for “people”, referring to those people who live in one’s neighborhood, now often denotes people with whom one is familiar and fond of; friends. (3) A colloquial term used by birdwatchers…

I and the Bird #19 Available

I managed to get wireless access from the courthouse, yippee! So I am checking in to let you know that the blog carnival, I and the Bird, issue #19, is now available. It is hosted by my blog pal, Bora, author of Science and Politics. This carnival focuses on the best writing about birds and…