Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for March, 2009

tags: books, memoir, religion, godlessness, losing faith, William Lobdell Unlike most people who were raised in a religious household and grew up surrounded by religious people, I never experienced a “crisis of faith” since I never believed there was a god any more than I believed there was a Santa Claus or a Tooth Fairy.…

Birds in the News 165

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter American Avocet chick, Recurvirostra americana. Image: Richard Ditch, 2007 [larger view].

tags: Gray Jay, Perisoreus canadensis, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Gray Jay, Perisoreus canadensis, photographed during a snowstorm on Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Olympic Peninsula, Washington [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Lee Rentz, March 2009. Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

tags: politics, good citizenship, humor, America, streaming video This streaming video provides essential educational advice to Americans on how to be good citizens — I was especially impressed with Mary’s frugal meals, but seriously, she’d spend le$$ if she stopped eating meat altogether! [10:39]

tags: Chambers Street, Park Place, World Trade Center, Oculus, Andrew Ginzel, Kristin Jones, subway art, NYC through my eye, photography, NYC Oculus #23, 1998. Stone mosaic on walls throughout Chambers Street station complex (A & C trains); also, there is a stone and glass floor mosaic at Park Place entrance, which connects to this station…

Suomenlinna, 3

tags: Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland, image of the day Photographed on Suomenlinna on Kalevalapaäivä (Kalevala Day). This is one of my favorite places to visit in Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 28 February 2009 [larger view].

Birdbooker Report 59

tags: Birdbooker Report, bird books, animal books, natural history books, ecology books “One cannot have too many good bird books” –Ralph Hoffmann, Birds of the Pacific States (1927). The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of a wide variety of science, nature and behavior books that currently are, or soon will be available for…

tags: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Tyrannus forficatus, photographed near Brookings, South Dakota. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Terry Sohl, 18 October 2008 [larger view]. Photo taken with Canon 40D, 400 5.6L. Please name at least one field mark that supports your…

Do you remember how I’ve been campaigning to save several science-y blog carnivals from oblivion? Well, since one blog carnival is currently being revived, partially due to my noisemaking, I am taking my support one step further: I am hosting the upcoming issue of the Circus of the Spineless on 6 April. So this means…

tags: religion, atheism, humor, streaming video Eternal purity requires eternal vigilance against the devil’s hand. Here are some practical tips to keep you from “playing with your Genesis” [5:02]