Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for May, 2006

Impression

Ghost owl. Dustprint on glass of an Eastern screech-owl, Megascops asio. Photograph appears here with the kind permission of the photographer, Dave Rintoul. Click image for larger view in its own window. Dave writes; The image is a dustprint that an Eastern Screech-owl left on a sliding glass door. The bird was pursuing a moth…

Blog Carnival Orgasm

The Tangled Bank, issue 54, is now available. As usual, this carnival has a lot of essays for you to read, including a contribution from me. The Carnival of the Vanities, issue 192 is now available. This carnival is focused on the meaty goodness of the blogosphere, as suggested by the name “carnival” (which means,…

Before I name the winner of the “Nickname That Bird” contest, let me share Pete Dunne’s favorite bird nicknames with you; Solitary sandpiper: Puddlepiper American woodcock: Meatloaf on a stick Rock pigeon: Bronx petrel Belted kingfisher: Aquakestrel Red-headed woodpecker: Tri-colored woodpecker Bluethroat: Rainbow in a Plain Brown Wrapper American Robin: Lawn Plover Yellow-rumped Warbler: Swarm…

After paging through a typical field guide to the birds of North America, most people become intimidated by the many hundreds of bird species that are pictured. When one considers the myriad different plumages for juvenile, immature and adult birds, males versus females, and seasonal plumage differences, the possibilities increase into the thousands. Suddenly, a…

This is the list of all entries received so far, in reverse chronological order, that I will use to choose the winner of Pete Dunne’s book. If I don’t have you listed here, please email your entry or post it to comments here; Natalie Kathy Rolan Entries submitted in the comments section

And yet another entry … this is fun! I wish I could host such a fun contest every week! Below the fold is another entry that you’ll enjoy;

Hello [GrrlScientist] The book would be nice but seeing people’s original and not-so-original names is fun! Here are mine, some original, most not;

Blog Carnivals Available

Yes, a few blog carnivals were recently published that you should check out. First, the Carnival of Children’s Literature, 4th edition, has a mountain of contributions, ranging from commentary to book reviews, and at least a few of those should appeal to you. The Literature carnival, 12th edition, also has a wide variety of contributions…

tags: dinosaur, fossil, Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, pachycephalosaur, Dracorex hogwartsia, Harry Potter . Dracorex hogwartsia, a newly discovered member of the pachycephalosaur family of dinosaurs. Image: Drawing by paleontologist Robert Bakker, provided by the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. It was only a few years ago when JK Rowling was just another single mother who was…

Bob Levy, whose book, Club George, I recently reviewed here, very kindly agreed to participate in an email interview with me that I could publish here. It took me a little while to follow up on it, but thanks to the magic of email, and to Bob’s quick response, the interview is below, for you…