Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

It is important to me to be included in the book, OpenLab 2007. So I am asking you to help me write a kick-ass essay that will be good enough for this little book. The only reason (I think) that I was included in the inagural edition of this book was because the editor was a great fan of one essay that I wrote. So I need to write another essay that will also be competitive for inclusion in this year’s book.

I think the best approach is to rewrite an essay that I’ve already written or to combine and rewrite several essays on closely related topics that I’ve already written, but I am asking you to be the judges: what would you like to read in this book that I have either already written about, or could write about? (Of course, anything that I write as per your suggestions will appear here, too).


  1. #1 John McKay
    September 21, 2007

    As one of the judges for the last volume, I can say you had at least one vote other than the editor-in-chief’s.

  2. #2 Coturnix
    September 21, 2007

    More than one – with a dozen “judges”, your post had to have at least something like 7 votes to get included in the end. You have magnificient posts this year, just dig through the archives.

  3. #3 Jennifer Ouellette
    September 22, 2007

    I, too, was one of the “judges” last year who picked your hummingbird post for inclusion in the anthology… It wasn’t one person, and it wasn’t a “pity vote.” You earned it, because you wrote an outstanding piece, and I’m sure you have written others on a par with it since, as Coturnix said…

  4. #4 Bob O'H
    September 22, 2007

    Hmmm, ever got the feeling you’re being watched?


  5. #5 chardyspal
    September 22, 2007

    Maybe write an essay on Judge Judy’s recent amazing commentary about birds



  6. #6 PhysioProf
    September 22, 2007

    How about an essay about the fauna of Central Park?

  7. #7 David Harmon
    September 22, 2007

    Perhaps an examination of the different sorts of bird coloring — i.e, discussing diffraction vs. various pigments, dietary and hormonal effects, etc? I seem to recall you did at least part of that (the pigments cs. diffraction) Way Back When….

  8. #8 Elizabeth
    September 24, 2007

    Surely you should write something about parrots. I very much enjoyed the article about Alex. Though I have never kept birds as pets, I have wondered why exactly people seem so drawn to parrots particularly, and parrots to people. Is there some science there?

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