Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for December, 2006

Do you believe in curses? Do you believe that a diamond can be cursed? Well, regardless of your opinion, you will be interested in this book, The Hope Diamond: The Legendary History of a Cursed Gem by Richard Kurin, which reads like part mystery, part historical narrative. This book details the journey of a large…

Thanks to my Readers

I received several packages in the mail today. The first was the very well-written book by Barack Obama, Dreams from my Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance (New York: Three Rivers Press, 1995). The other package had two Indian music CDs in it. Thanks! I can hardly wait to learn more about Barack and…

Fiery Skipper

Fiery Skipper, Hylephila phyleus. W. 11th St. Park Butterfly Garden, Houston, Texas. 28 October 2006 Image: Biosparite. I am receiving so many gorgeous pictures from you, dear readers, that I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the images and the creatures and places in them. If you have a high-resolution digitized nature image (I prefer…

Is ALL Our Children Edumacated?

A report by the Education Department was just released showing that, as usual, the existing educational inequities are being rewarded and exaggerated with inequities in distribution of education funding;


White-tailed buck, Odocoileus virginianus, with velvety antlers photographed through the bedroom window at the photographer’s farm in eastern Ontario. As you can see, they’re not into mowing the lawn around their house! Image:

Christmas Morning

Last night, the neighbors were blasting their very loud stereo until the wee hours, and this morning I woke up to the lovely smell of a dead mouse. There’s nothing like spending Christmas day searching for dead mouse bodies in your apartment ..

Happy Holidaze to All

The nice thing about email is that, like Owl Post, I can receive mail on weekends and holidays. This is a card I just received this evening. This painting is by a drinking pal of mine, artist Carl Buell, who also keeps a blog. . tags: christmas, holidays

Earth Seen from Santa’s Sleigh

Earth at Night. This is what the Earth looks like at night. Can you find your favorite country or city? Surprisingly, city lights make this task quite possible. Human-made lights highlight particularly developed or populated areas of the Earth’s surface, including the seaboards of Europe, the eastern United States, and Japan. Many large cities are…

Christmas Carols for the DSM-IV

I know this joke is in poor taste, but considering recent events, I think I am the right person to tell it to you. But I am putting it below the fold so you have to work for it before you scold me for having bad taste;