Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for June, 2008

Moluccan Lory

tags: Moluccan Lory, Red Lory, Eos bornea, birds, Image of the Day Seventh in a series of images of lories by this photographer. Red Lory, also known as the Moluccan Lory, Eos bornea. There are two subspecies on several closely clustered islands in Indonesia’s Moluccas. Image: John Del Rio [larger view].

Birdbooker Report 20

tags: Birdbooker Report, bird books, natural history books, ecology books “One cannot have too many good bird books” –Ralph Hoffmann, Birds of the Pacific States (1927). Here’s this week’s issue of the Birdbooker Report by Ian “Birdbooker” Paulsen, which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for…

tags: Return To Warden’s Grove, ornithology, birds, field research, biology dissertation, Christopher Norment, book review Throughout my life, certain people have had the audacity to lecture me about how a scientific education and a scientific life forever destroys a person’s ability to appreciate nature. I always tell them how science enhances my appreciation and ..…

tags: West 34th street Penn Station subway art, Circus of Garden Delights, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC Circus of Garden Delights. West 34th Street/Penn Station Subway tile mosaic art #2 [Detail #2] as seen looking from left to right at NYC’s West 34th Street stop at 8th for the A, C and…

A Brief History of Physics ..

tags: Unified Field Theory, humor, poetry, physics, Tim Joseph Einstein’s last blackboard notes in his office shortly before his death in 1955. Seeking the Unified Field Theory consumed his last years. A friend sent this amusing little story of why we do not have a “Unified Theory of everything” in physics (which is one of…

Yellow-backed Chattering Lory

tags: yellow-backed Chattering lory, yellow-backed scarlet lory, Lorius garrulus flavopalliatus, birds, Image of the Day This image depicts another of the parrot species that I bred and raised when I lived in Seattle, and that I researched before my NYC postdoctoral fellowship ended. How I miss my lories! Sixth in a series of images of…

tags: West 34th street Penn Station subway art, Circus of Garden Delights, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC Circus of Garden Delights. West 34th Street/Penn Station Subway tile mosaic art #2 [Detail #1] as seen looking from left to right at NYC’s West 34th Street stop at 8th for the A, C and…

Chattering Lory

tags: Chattering lory, scarlet lory, Lorius garrulus, birds, Image of the Day This image depicts another of the parrot species that I bred and raised when I lived in Seattle, and that I researched before my NYC postdoctoral fellowship ended. How I miss my lories! Fifth in a series of images of lories by this…

As I left my apartment today to come to my coffee shop where I do much of my writing, there were two workmen dangling in the doorway, making improvements to the entryway. Since the landlord has already increased my rent (illegally, might I add) for reasons that have never been explained (he refuses to acknowledge…

Tire Pump Concert

tags: Tire Pump Concert, humor, musicians, streaming video This amusing streaming video is an indication of what happens when a couple musicians get together in front of an audience after having forgotten their instruments at home. Hey, it’s Friday already so it’s okay to laugh! [1:31]