Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for December, 2007

The Psychology Behind Wrapping Paper

tags: researchblogging.org, psychology, gift wrapping, wrapping paper, behavior, holidays, holidaze Besides bright lights, my favorite thing about the holidays is wrapping gifts. I love covering a boxed gift with colored papers (or even with plain brown paper bags), I get tremendous satisfaction from folding the paper so it makes precise corners and then I especially…

Orpheus, a male Hawk-headed (red fan) parrot, Deroptyus accipitrinus, Christmas day 2007. This is the best picture I’ve taken of him so far, but unfortunately, I didn’t notice that he had a bit of dried food stuck to the side of his beak until after I took the picture. Of course, after removing it, (wouldn’t…

tags: raccoon, Procyon lotor, mammals, NYC, Central Park, Image of the Day Female raccoon, Procyon lotor, named “Brownie”, who lives in Central Park, NYC. Image: Bob Levy, author of Club George. [wallpaper size]. This sweet image is a Christmas/New Year’s gift from one of my readers and long-time friends, Bob Levy, to me and to…

Kissing Under the Mistletoe

tags: kissing under the mistletoe, holidaze, humor, streaming video I love christmas, so Merry Christmas. I hope you enjoy your holidays as much as is portrayed in this video! [0:29]

Carnival of Christmas Now Available!

tags: Carnival of Christmas, blog carnivals The 2007 edition of the Carnival of Christmas is now available for you to enjoy. I admit that, even though I am religiously-challenged, I still participated cuz, hey, I love christmas (well, I love any excuse to celebrate, so I love all the holidays)! (And besides, christmas was co-opted…

Merry Christmas

tags: christmas tree, holidays, photography This is the Christmas tree located in my “watering hole”, where I will be located this very evening, in fact, hanging out with friends. Unfortunately, I am not sure if I will have free wifi access on Christmas or New Year’s days since the public libraries are closed on both…

Seedhead on Ice

tags: seedhead on ice, plants, photography, nature, Image of the Day This is the last image in a series of photos that my friend and long-time reader, Dave Rintoul, took in the aftermath of the recent ice storm that gripped the midwest of the United States. This series began on 20 December. Seedhead on Ice…

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Male Broad-billed Hummingbird, Cynanthus latirostris, with a pollen cap. Image: Greg Scott [wallpaper size].

Modern Euphemisms

I was looking through my unread emails and found a list of modern euphemisms, which was sent to me by a reader of mine. Since many of you reading today are at work, but wishing to be elsewhere, and probably won’t get much done today as a result, I thought that today would be the…

Kitchen Science: Magic Milk

tags: magic milk, surface tension, physics, streaming video This is a really interesting video that shows a fun science experiment that you can do in your kitchen using all that extra milk that you have hanging around in the refrigerator — this is especially good entertainment when the conquering hoards of relatives’ kids have invaded…