Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for April, 2006

The Basics of Bird Flight

The skull of the Berlin Archaeopteryx lithographica specimen [resized]. Notice that feathers are faintly visible near the throat region. Photo: Nick Longrich. Click image for larger view in its own window. Today is the last day of National Poetry Month. For some reason, I had forgotten this was National Poetry Month until it was more…

Bird at Daybreak

Burning Sun over Iceland. Image appears here with the kind permission of Hallgrimur Sveinn Sævarsson. More spectacular photographs of Iceland can be viewed at his other site, Nykur. (The image is linked to its source). This poem was written by another Seattle pal of mine. Neile Graham is a Canadian poet who lives and works…

The Screaming Panties

Finally, my band has a name! Your Band Name is: The Screaming Panties Band Name Generator And what sort of rocker am I? You Are an Emo Rocker! Expressive and deep, lyrics are really your thing. That doesn’t mean you don’t rock out… You just rock out with meaning. For you, rock is more about…

What’s Your Theme Song?

Your Theme Song is Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd “There is no pain, you are receding. A distant ship’s smoke on the horizon. You are only coming through in waves.” You haven’t been feeling a lot lately, and you think that’s a good thing. The comfortable part is nice… but you should really work on…

Field Guide

Andes, Ecuador [resized]. Photo: Born2Bird. Okay, most people thought yesterday’s poem was a stinker, so I am making up for that today by posting a wonderful poem written by a Seattle pal of mine. My friend, Jim Gurley, supports his poetry by working as a librarian. He writes about nature, science and medicine and was…

Gloat

Okay, my peeps. I just have to brag, just a teensy bit, and this is a gloat that you will enjoy, too. Bob Levy, the author of the book, Club George, stopped by to read my review of his book and he commented, too! Of course, I am trying to work his contact into an…

The Microbe

Germ #14 by Warron Prentice. When I saw the above painting, the first thing I thought of was the poem, The Microbe. This is another poem that I was introduced to by Gene Wilder when he starred in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971), except he quoted the last two lines of this poem…

I and the Bird Available

There is yet another blog carnival to add to the parade of blog carnivals that have been published within the last 24 hours. This time, I and the Bird, issue 22, was published this morning on Home Bird Notes. This blog carnival focuses on the best writing about birds that has been recently published on…

Wow, today must be blog carnival publication day because I just learned that the Carnival of the Liberals, issue 11 was recently published at And Doctor Biobrain’s Response Is…. This is a new blog carnival for me, so I look forward to reading my fellow contributors’ material over the next few days (along with everything…

Tangled Bank Available

Tangled Bank, issue 52, is now available at The Innoculated Mind. This time, it has a Star Wars theme (complete with the streaming soundtrack) and I, as a proud fighter against the Evil Emperor, am referred to as “GrrrlJedi”. Because I am a Jedi, I will tell you my light saber color (below the fold)