Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for June, 2007

New Blog By A Good Pal of Mine

Okay, a frequent commenter on my blog, Bob O’Hara, has started writing his own wonderful blog, called deep thoughts and silliness. Bob is an English statistician who lives in Finland. So far, he has made a great start because he wrote a fun entry about using statistics to predict the number of pages in the…

tags: Icadyptes salasi, giant penguin, ornithology, birds, avian Two fossils recently discovered in Peru reveal that early penguins responded differently to natural climate change than scientists would have predicted. The larger skull, Icadyptes salasi (top), would have been fearsome to encounter because this penguin stood over five feet tall, and had a seven-inch beak, and…

tags: Scientific American, free magazine The July issue of Scientific American is avilable for download as a PDF for free. They are introducing an appealingly bright, colorful design and open layout along with deeper changes in content that make the magazine an even more valuable resource for understanding the pivotal role of science and technology…

Welcome To Hell

tags: hell, humor, streaming video This streaming video is Rowan Atkinson’s sketch about the Devil Welcoming People to Hell [3:04]

tags: blog carnival, books The 4th edition of the Festival of Good Books is now available. They were so kind as to include a piece that I wrote in their round-up.

tags: blog carnival, life The most recent installment of the Observations on Life blog carnival has been published. They were so kind as to include one of my pieces along with their other links that you will enjoy.

Birds in the News 89 (v3n16)

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Lark Bunting, Calamospiza melanocorys — the official state bird of Colorado. Image: Dave Rintoul, KSU. [larger]

tags: microwave science, humor, streaming video This week’s science experiment while drunk asks what happens when you light a match, place a glass over it, and then microwave it? [1:03]

Fast Car

Some days, we learn too much about everything that we prostitute so we can have a wee bit of belonging and meaning in our lives. Today has been one of those days for me;

I am a Parisian At Heart

tags: online quiz How about you? You Should Learn French C’est super! You appreciate the finer things in life… wine, art, cheese, love affairs. You are definitely a Parisian at heart. You just need your tongue to catch up… What Language Should You Learn?