Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for November, 2007

Cat Does Dog Tricks

tags: cats, kizzy, cat does dog tricks, streaming video This is a video showing the amazing Kizzy, an eight-year-old bengal cat that does tricks as well as any dog does [2:03]

Those of you who have been unemployed realize that businesses are always trying to figure out another way to punish you for committing the crime of being unemployed while not being wealthy, but hey, this has got to be the worst: one of our elected congresscritters is working on another way to further disenfranchise you.…

English (House) Sparrow

tags: house sparrow, Passer domesticus, birds, Image of the Day House sparrow, Passer domesticus, which I usually refer to as an English Sparrow, in honor of where it originally came from. This is a young male that lives in Central Park, NYC. Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George. [larger view]. More below the fold;

This story reminds me of those days not so long ago when I was teaching molecular biology to a small group of motivated and talented high school sophomores and juniors. Basically, a group of high school biotechnology seniors from Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco, California, were invited to participate in the international Genetically…

Image: orphaned. It seems that I am really having some strange but memorable Thanksgiving holidays in NYC. For example, since I arrived in NYC, I spent my first three Thanksgivings at a local natural history museum (whose name I am not allowed to mention on my blog) where I was employed as a postdoc, wandering…

Susan Richards Responds

One of my readers, who shall remain anonymous, recently purchased the 2006 book, Chosen by a Horse, by Susan Richards, for me. I loved that book so much that I reviewed it on my blog (I usually only review new books, and almost all of the books that I review are sent to me by…

White-crowned Sparrow

tags: white-crowned sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys, birds, Image of the Day White-crowned sparrow, Zonotrichia leucophrys, in the central valley of California. Image: Madhu [larger view].

Another Little Brown Job

tags: song sparrow, Melospiza melodia, birds, Image of the Day A friend who is a professor of Biology at KSU sent me a bunch of lovely images of sparrows that he took recently while birding. The song sparrow is one of the species that I studied for my dissertation work, although most of my dissertation…

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…

Even when life is overwhelming and I find myself hiding from everyone and everything, as I have been for awhile now, I still find pleasure in feeding my birds. I know that many of you understand and share in this pleasure, so I thought I’d tell you what’s on my parrots’ menu for this week;