Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for November, 2007

tags: Harry Potter, collegiate Quidditch teams, JK Rowling Quidditch balls, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. There is a new sport to be found on college campuses this year; Quidditch. Yes, you read that correctly! This is an earth-bound replica of the airbourne game invented by JK Rowling in her Harry Potter books. As in…

Notable Science Books of 2007?

I was browsing the NYTimes list of the 100 notable books of 2007 and was surprised to note that only one science book is included on that list! This is even more amazing when you realize that Natalie Angier, who wrote The Canon (a book that I reviewed but didn’t like), was not even included…

This Lion and Crow Lay Down Together

tags: crow, kitten, unlikely friends, streaming video This is a story that I’ve linked to before, but the video is new since then; it tells the story of a wild crow that befriended a motherless kitten, fed and protected it and now that the kitten (now more a cat than a kitten) has found a…

Birds in the News 107

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Swainson’s Hawk, Buteo swainsoni, in flight. Image: Justawriter [wallpaper size].

tags: star wars, star trek, lego, streaming video This is an amusing fan-flick using starships made from legos, showing a battle between the starship enterprise and the x-wing fights from star wars [3:16]

Cardinalis cardinalis

tags: Northern cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis, birds, NYC, Central Park, Image of the Day Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George. [wallpaper size].

Northern Cardinal in Central Park

tags: Northern cardinal, Cardinalis cardinalis, birds, Image of the Day Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George. [wallpaper size].

tags: housecat, pets, birth defect, Lil’Bit Do you notice anything strange about the cat in the photo? At first, I didn’t believe this .. er, cat .. was alive, instead of being the product of a zit-faced basement-dwelling photoshop prankster with too much time on his hairy-palmed hands. But after poking around on the internet…


tags: sanderling, Calidris alba, birds, Image of the Day Sanderling, Calidris alba, in the early morning light on Thanksgiving Day. Image: Dave Rintoul, KSU [wallpaper size].

tags: hawk-headed parrot, red-fan parrot, Deroptyus accipitrinus, clicker training, streaming video As some of you know, I recently added a four-month-old hawk-headed (red-fan) parrot, Deroptyus a. accipitrinus, to my household. I plan to learn how to clicker-train this bird (I already have the necessary tools and books). Below the fold is an example of another…