Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for June, 2006

I want to share this amusing video with all of you, particularly with one very special reader, Joe [surname elided to protect him from his stupidity], who was so moved by this piece that I wrote that he has been emailing repeatedly to let me know that I am a poorly-educated liar. In fact, Joe…

Science and Soccer

For those of you who are following the World Cup, I ran across an article this morning at that has quite a few links that describe the science of World Cup soccer. Linked from this article are interesting studies showing that teams who wear red uniforms are most likely to win, that winning is great…

Bomb Iran

Every time I heard that stupid song, that’s what I thought the Beach Boys were singing, too! It took years before I could hear them singing “Barbra Ann” instead. . tags: streaming video, satire, parody, humor, Iran

Birds in the News 63 (v2n14)

Soccer-playing carrion crow, Corvus corone (This is a captive domesticated bird). Image: Koichi Harada, Asahi Shimbun/AP.

Ambush Pantsing at World Cup

Did you know that Dutch football (soccer) fans’ orange lederhosen offended the Fédération Internationale de Football Association or FIFA, because they carry the logo for the Dutch beer, Bavaria? The Dutch brewery that makes Bavaria beer is not a sponsor for the games, so officials did not want the logo to be seen in the…

World Cup Soccer in Manhattan

This entry is for everyone who thinks that World Cup soccer (futbol) is not popular in the USA, think again: it’s danged popular in Manhattan right now! At this moment, I am sitting in a pub, watching the USA-Italy game and there are at least 70 people crowded in here watching along with me, including…

Profile of a Bill-ionaire

I am talking about Bill Gates, of course. Most people have read the recent reports that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates‘s personal net worth exceeds 40 billion dollars. Consider that he made this money in the 22 years or so since Microsoft was founded in 1975. If you assume he worked 14 hours a day on…

I woke up this morning, feeling under the weather, so I have not been doing much writing today. Sorry about that. I had planned to put together a few more pieces for you to read today, but analgesics have dulled my writing ambitions along with my pain. I did download three scientific papers this afternoon…

Okay, my peeps, when you ask questions, I try to hunt down the relevant expert or individual quoted in a news story if I don’t know the answer myself and I pass on your questions to that person (or to the webmaster at their site) and then .. I hope for the best. This time,…

Perfect Parking Test

Okay, after I finished writing that last piece of breaking science news, I am ready to relax with some thought-free fun and games for a little while. How about going out to a restaurant for something to eat? Oh, living in NYC as I do, I forgot that some people have to drive a car…