Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for May, 2008

tags: West 86th street subway art, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC West 86th Street Subway Art #20 as seen at NYC’s West 86th Street stop at Broadway for the downtown 1 train. (This piece was completed in 1989; it was mounted on 2 July 2006). Artist: Nitza Tufino. Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [larger…

tags: Harry Potter, JK Rowling, charities, prequel From the prequel I am not working on — but that was fun! JK Rowling 2008 At the request of UK bookseller, Waterstone’s, JK Rowling recently wrote an 800-word outline for a Harry Potter prequel, all to benefit the British charity Dyslexia Action and English PEN. Dyslexia Action…

Long-toed Lapwing

tags: Long-toed Lapwing, Long-toed plover, Vanellus crassirostris, birds, Image of the Day Fourth in a series of non-passerine images by this photographer. Long-toed Lapwing, also known as the Long-toed plover, Vanellus crassirostris, which is endemic to southeastern Africa. Image: John Del Rio [larger view].

tags: Alex And Me: A 30-Year Adventure, Alex & Me: Lessons from a Little Bird with a Big Heart, ethology, cognition, learning, parrots, Irene Pepperberg, book review As a scientist, parrot researcher, aviculturist and parrot companion, I have met Irene Pepperberg several times, at both scientific meetings and also at avicultural meetings, and I have…

tags: West 86th street subway art, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC West 86th Street Subway tile mosaic art #19 as seen at NYC’s West 86th Street stop at Broadway for the uptown 1 train. (This piece was completed in 1989). Artist: Nitza Tufino. Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [larger view].

A reader of mine, knowing I am going through a rough time right now, sent me this to cheer me up. Of course, I had to share it with all of you, too!

What’s a Mountain Cow?

tags: mountain cow, Baird’s tapir, Tapirus bairdii, mammals, streaming video This streaming video shows you a little bit about the mountain cow .. the tapir. In this case, the Baird’s Tapir, Tapirus bairdii, the state animal of Belize, a country in Central America. This animal, which is endangered, is not a cow at all, but…

tags: West 86th street subway art, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC West 86th Street Subway Art #18 as seen at NYC’s West 86th Street stop at Broadway for the uptown 1 train. (This piece was completed in 1989). Artist: Nitza Tufino. Image: GrrlScientist 2008 [larger view].

Hamerkop

tags: Hamerkop, Scopus umbretta, birds, Image of the Day Second in a series of non-passerine images by this photographer. Hamerkop, Scopus umbretta, also known as the Hammerhead Stork or the Anvilhead. Image: John Del Rio. [larger view].

tags: My Guy Barbaro, horse racing, horses, Kentucky Derby, Edgar Prado, John Eisenberg, book review Like most of America, I fell under the spell of the talented athlete, Barbaro. I was riveted by his brilliance and ability. Despite Barbaro’s tragic end, I wanted to read a book that told his story, that gave him a…