Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for April, 2009

tags: NYC, Upper East Side, Manhattan, flowers, nature, image of the day Median. 83rd and Park Avenue (Upper East Side of Manhattan). Image: GrrlScientist, 26 April 2009 [larger view]. In the wee hours of Saturday, the temperature was somewhere close to 38 degrees Fahrenheit at my apartment, then, hours later, it reached 88 degrees —…

Birdbooker Report 63

tags: Birdbooker Report, bird books, animal books, natural history books, ecology books “How does one distinguish a truly civilized nation from an aggregation of barbarians? That is easy. A civilized country produces much good bird literature.” –Edgar Kincaid The Birdbooker Report is a special weekly report of a wide variety of science, nature and behavior…

tags: Northern Parula, Parula americana, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery birds] Northern Parula, Parula americana, photographed at Quintana and Beach, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 20 March 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with tsn-pz camera eyepiece 1/1250s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400. Please name…

Let’s All Pray For Armageddon

tags: Edward Current, christianity, pray for armageddon, vibrations of devotion, satire, humor, streaming video Edward Current is depressed: our once great country is now an Islamic communistic atheocracy where children are forced to learn things like math and science. This video is dated, but it still is worth watching. [3:40]

Heart of the Rose

tags: NYC, Upper West Side, Manhattan, flowers, nature, image of the day Rose. 83rd and Amsterdam Avenue (Upper West Side of Manhattan). Image: GrrlScientist, 23 April 2009 [larger view]. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” — Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2).

tags: Great-Tailed Grackle, Quiscalus mexicanus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Great-Tailed Grackle, Quiscalus mexicanus, photographed in Arizona. [I will identify this bird for you tomorrow] Image: Richard Ditch, 7 January 2006 [larger view]. Date Time Original: 2006:01:07 15:08:24 Exposure Time: 1/159 F-Number: 13.00 ISO: 200 Please name at least one field mark…

The Intelligent Dust Bunny

tags: Edward Current, christianity, the intelligent dust bunny, the big bang, satire, humor, streaming video Just in time for Saturday cleaning day: this video examines a dust bunny, a little ball of dust, it’s miraculous what can be logically inferred about God and outer space. [4:06]

tags: Bronx Zoo, Wildlife Conservation Society, NYC Life, economic hardships Asia Entrance to the Bronx Zoo. Image: Stavenn/Wikipedia. New York City’s Bronx Zoo, the largest metropolitan wildlife preserve in the United States, is being hit hard by the economy. To prevent a $15 million budget shortfall, zoo officials are closing four exhibits and evicting all…

Manhattan Rose

tags: NYC, Upper West Side, Manhattan, flowers, nature, image of the day Rose. 83rd and Amsterdam Avenue (Upper West Side of Manhattan). Image: GrrlScientist, 23 April 2009 [larger view]. “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” — Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2).

tags: polo horses, poisoned polo ponies, Florida, International Polo Club Palm Beach, Lechuza Caracas, Franck’s Pharmacy, Biodyl, selenium A Lechuza pony stands ready for play. Image: New York Social Diary (2008). The mysterious deaths of twenty-one Venezuelan polo horses was apparently due to a mistake by the pharmacy that incorrectly prepared the vitamin-and-electrolyte cocktail that…