Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for April, 2006

Ode

The Rocks near Pourville at Ebb Tide (1882) by Claude Monet. Click image for larger view in its own window. This painting and this poem (below the fold) also seem to be made for each other. This poem is one that I discovered several years after Gene Wilder first introduced me to it. When I…

The Carnival Of Education, Week 64, is available at The Education Wonks. This carnival focuses on the best writing about education that has been recently published on a blog, and there is a lot of really great stuff there! They also saw fit to include something insubstantial by me, more as comic relief than anything…

The 188th edition of the Carnival of the Vanities is now available. For those of you who don’t know, this is the first and longest-running of all the blog carnivals, and it celebrates the best writing on any topic that has been recently published on a blog. In addition to the long list of great…

Harry Potter Personality Quiz

I have been preoccupied with other things recently, so I did not post an online quiz over the weekend, as I usually do. I hope that you can forgive me, especially since I found this quiz that you might enjoy. Harry Potter Personality Quiz by Pirate Monkeys Inc. But if I change the answer to…

Can You Hear My Joy?

I always enjoy picking up my mail from my post office box, but there are days — many days, recently — when walking to my post office to check my snailmail is the only thing that I look forward to each day. And so it was yesterday; once again, I enjoyed a small break by…

Club George

I first learned about this book, Club George: The Diary of a Central Park Bird Watcher (NYC: Thomas Dunne Books, 2006), when the author, Bob Levy, was interviewed recently by Brian Lehrer on the local National Public Radio affiliate, WNYC [mp3, 17:54]. After that interview concluded, I poked around on the internet, found the publicist’s…

The Onion

Garlic on Onion. This image appears here with the kind permission of the photographer, Katrin Eismann, PhotoshopDiva. After I read this poem by Wisława Szymborska, I knew I had to read more of her material. I love the way that she plays with words. This is even more amazing when one realizes that all of…

The Road Not Taken

Autumn Path through the Woods (1876) by Camille Pissarro. Click image for larger view in its own window. Not only do I love this poem (below the fold) and this painting, but I think they were made for each other.

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Red knot, Calidris canutus rufus. This image appears here with the kind permission of the photographer, Arthur Morris, Birds as Art. Click image for larger view in its own window. Ornithologists fear the red knot could go extinct in as few as five years due to overfishing of horseshoe crabs in Delaware Bay, which is…