Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2007

Carnival of Cities Now Available

tags: carnival of cities, blog carnival Wow, they like me! The latest edition, the Five Digital Snapshots edition, of the Carnival of Cities is now available for you to enjoy. There are several essays there that really make me miss .. other cities, other homes, that I’ve lived in. But they included a piece that…

Hallowe’en in NYC

In NYC, the going fashion seems to be for the men to dress up as bumblebees (they walk around in suits and ties with the bouncing bee eyes mounted on slender springs on their heads), while the women all dress up as lampshades in red and black. Although one of my friends is dressed up…

A fossilized brown hyena, Hyaena brunnea, which lived in Europe 1.8 million years ago. [Larger view]. An amazing fossil find in the Andalusian savannah in southeast Spain has revealed that a large variety of animal species lived together in that region during the boundary between the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs, 1.8 million years ago. This…

Especially For Hallowe’en

tags: halloween, parrots, birds, Image of the Day This picture is a departure from my normal “image of the day” fare, but it is cute, so I hope you all can forgive me for sharing it with you. Image: Image source [Larger size].

Religious Wingnuts Mystify Me

tags: Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, JK Rowling, sexuality, christian values, hatred Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. [Albus Dumbledore portrayed by Michael Gambon in HP films 3-5] Image: Warner Bros (2003). Okay, now we all know the horrible, terrible evil truth: Dumbledore is (GASP!) gay. Predictably, the religious wingnuts in American…

The Gift of a Digital Camera!

Okay, this is amazing! One of my readers, who shall remain anonymous unless that person chooses to reveal him(her)self, has sent an Amazon gift certificate to me to purchase a digital camera. WOW! So I ask you, dear readers, which digital camera do you recommend? I want to take close-up pictures of birds (and insects…

Update on My New Roommate

The little hawk-headed parrot is settling in fairly well. (S)he is rather cautious about me, reminding me, by flying away whenever the opportunity presents itself, that I am not the human that (s)he is familiar with. This will pass soon enough, though.

Mouse Wine Cures What Ails You

tags: humor, mouse wine, ricey-mice wine, streaming video Do you want to cure your children of ever developing a fondness for rice wine? Here’s the perfect solution! [1:08]

tags: birds, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus, hawk-headed parrot, red-fan parrot, Image of the Day This is a picture of my new roommate, a young hawk-headed (red-fan) parrot, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus. This bird was captive born and raised. This picture was taken last week, so it gives you a good idea of what the bird looks like…

tags: talking parrot, African grey parrot, streaming video This video is a follow-up of the story I linked to earlier from Birds in the News 102 where Gloucester UK residents, Taffy and Jean Howells’ African grey parrot, Severiano Ballesteros, is a big rugby fan [1:19]