Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for November, 2006

A Voiceless Martyr

A picture of protester Malachi Ritscher from 2003. Near a Chicago off-ramp, a mentally-gifted man who suffered from bouts of depression made himself into a living torch as a protest against the war in Iraq. It took one week for officials to identify his body and to piece together the man’s motive. Was this man…

This is a really interesting video that I found more than a month ago but never published it here because I could not view it on the hospital’s crappy Dell computer. However, I can’t resist the suspense any longer since I have shared it with other people, all of whom tell me to post it…

Yellow-spotted Salamander

Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum. Photographed when a friend and I were out looking for herps and spiders in south of Ottawa, Ontario in Sept. 2005. Image:


Even though I know what this word means and I know something of its etymology (I knew its origin was Greek, for example), I chose to share it with you anyway because I like how it looks on the page and how it sounds when spoken. Besides, this word is not used often enough —…

How Evil Are You?

There is a nifty new online test that allows you to determine your evilness. A friend of mine earned the score of “twisted” which is quite evil, overall. Hoever, you have to go below the fold to find my score and to learn what yours is, too.

The Real Reason We Invaded Iraq

Good spelling skills are more important than you realize. Orphaned image. Please contact me for proper attribution. . tags: politics, Bush, Iraq war, humor

Hungry = Verboten at the USDA

In an outrageous and arrogant move, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has banished the use of the word “hunger” from its documents that describe, umm, you know, hungry people. Instead, the USDA prefers to camoflage reality with a new government double-speak phrase, “very low food security”.

Pallid Bat

Pallid Bat, Antrozous pallidous, Big Bend National Park, summer 2006. The photographer writes that she is a research assistant in the mammalogy department at Auburn University and that she took this picture while carrying out biodiversity studies at Big Bend National Park. In the photographer’s opinion, the pallid bat is among the most beautiful of…

Animals in the Womb

elephant embryo at 12 months of development.


How many people do you know who have found a misspelled word in the New York Times — that wasn’t in a letter to the editor?? Well, now you can add me to that illustrious list! I found this word — misspelled as “hautily”! — in A Free-for-All on Science and Religion, by George Johnson…