Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2006

Lush Rumball: An Ignoramus?

In my opinion, Rush’s comments only served to publically reconfirm that he is an enormous asshole. But you be the judge;

Fatuity

Fatuity (fah·TOO·i·tee) [Latin fatuits, from fatuus; silly, foolish.] n. pl. -ties. smug stupidity, utter foolishness. absurdity. A ludicrous folly. something that is utterly stupid or silly. Usage: The possibility that the Rethuglicans can maintain their stranglehold on both houses of congress appears to be an exercise in fatuity. Do you have a better usage? If…

One question that people like to ask me is how I decided to study evolution in birds? The fact is that I had always been particularly interested in birds so I have a life-long history of watching and feeding wild birds as well as breeing and training captive birds, so it would seem natural that…

When you see Bush’s bone-headed responses to cutting-edge scientific research, especially global warming and embryonic stem cell reasearch, it’s easy to think that he is the worst thing to happen to science in the history of this nation. But other 19th and 20th century presidents have ignored science to further their own political and religious…

Colliding Galaxies

The latest spectacular image from the Hubble Space Telescope: the sharpest picture ever of the merging galaxies known as the Antennae. The Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies may be doing something very similar in about 4 billion years. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image that you’d like to share with your fellow readers,…

Birds in the News Update

After long hiatus, I think you all will be pleased to know that Birds in the News will return soon — I think it will be the Monday before Thanksgiving, but I am still not sure yet. If you have high-resolution images that you’d like to share with the world as the featured photograph for…

Clouded Sulfur

Clouded Sulfur butterfly, Colias philodice, nectaring at the garden of the (now defunct) Tierra de los Suenos Bed and Breakfast near Patagonia, Arizona, mid-July 2003. Image: Biosparite. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image that you’d like to share with your fellow readers, feel free to email it to me, along with information about…

Summer Snowflake

A friend emailed this picture to me, so I am sharing it with you — just to let you know that I am here and thinking about all of you. This image has inspired me to share some images with you throughout the day today. I hope that you enjoy them! Male Indian Peafowl, Pavo…

Am I Special?

Thanks to my blog colleague, John, I learned that I am special in one way …

A friend emailed this image, prompting me to ask; when will the pastor of this congregation be arrested and detained indefinitely as a terrorist?