Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for November, 2008

tags: Blue Grosbeak, Passerina caerulea, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Blue Grosbeak, Passerina caerulea, photographed at High Island, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 11 April 2007 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/500s f/8.0 at 500.0mm iso800. Please name at least…

tags: Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, film trailer, streaming video This is another official trailer from the upcoming Harry Potter film; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — just in time for the big film-going season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (too bad the film is not being released now, as…

tags: Times Square, 42nd street, The Revelers, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC The Revelers (2007). Artist: Jane Dickson. Photographed in the passageway at 42nd Street/Times Square traveling east between the 8th Avenue/Port Authority Bus Terminal A, C, & E trains) and the 7th Avenue/Broadway (1, 2, & 3 trains) platforms. I watched…

Well, that’s it. I am in deep trouble now. The one employment opportunity in the world that I thought I could rely on as a “fall back” to pay my rent when all else fails — such as working as a research scientist or as a pet care provider — is now also experiencing a…

Hietakannas

tags: Hietakannas, Helsinki, Finland, nature, image of the day Walking through Helsinki after the snowstorm. Hietakannas, Helsinki, Finland, 24 November 2008. Image: GrrlScientist, 24 November 2008 [larger view].

This is too good for me to leave alone. Apparently, Illinois’s Miller Park Zoo is making its own Christmas ornaments .. out of reindeer crap .. and selling them for $5 each in the zoo’s gift shop.

America’s Food Availability Crisis

tags: Hunger in America, food banks, food pantries, soup kitchens, food stamps, poverty Image: Orphaned. One thing that the Thanksgiving Holidays has made clear: America, the land of plenty where holiday overeating is celebrated as a social good, is suffering from a food availability crisis. The Economic Research Service of the United States Department of…

tags: American Avocet chick, Recurvirostra americana, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] American Avocet chick, Recurvirostra americana, photographed in Arizona. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Richard Ditch, 2007 [larger view]. Date Time Original: 2007:06:01 18:52:32 Exposure Time: 1/159 F-Number: 7.10 ISO: 200 Please name at least one field mark…

tags: Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, film trailer, streaming video This is an official trailer from the upcoming Harry Potter film; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince — just in time for the big film-going season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day (too bad the film is not being released now, as…

Hietaniemen Hautausmaa

tags: Hietaniemen Hautausmaa, Hietaniemi cemetery, Etu-Töölö, Helsinki, Finland, nature, photoessay Gravestone shrouded in snow. Image: GrrlScientist, 24 November 2008 [larger view]. On my last day in Helsinki, my host and I walked through the northwestern portions of the city (Etu-Töölö — my recent featured Image of the Day includes images from this walk) to visit…