Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for July, 2009

tags: Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Indigo Bunting, Passerina cyanea, photographed on High Island, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 7 April 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with tsn-pz camera eyepiece 1/400s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400. Please…

Update: Antarctic Vote Count

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 3425 – 1364 – 1316 – 1242 – 1205 out of 394 candidates registered. YIKES! I am now in fourth place! Obviously, I need your votes more than ever to recapture first place, so please ask your friends and relatives to vote for me now! If…

tags: biodiversity, conservation, endangered species, Encyclopedia of Life, TEDTalks, E.O. Wilson, streaming video As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TEDTalks Prize, he makes a plea on behalf of all creatures that we learn more about our biosphere — and build a networked encyclopedia of all the world’s knowledge about life [24:22]

tags: humor, funny, penguins, streaming video This amusing little video reminds me of something .. life, perhaps? How about you? [1:33]

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) – Sir Francis Bacon. Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) is a blog carnival that celebrates the best science, nature and medical writing targeted specifically to the public that has been published in the blogosphere within the past…

Blogoversary Party in NYC

My fifth blogoversary is coming on 4 August 2009 (FIVE YEARS of continuous blog writing!), and I’d like to celebrate with all of you. I’d like to meet my readers and all those who write for ScienceBlogs and for Nature Networks who are in NYC for a party this weekend, preferably on either Friday or…

Gate into Tallinn

tags: Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia, cities, image of the day Gate. Gate through the fortress wall in Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia. Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

Since I have recently developed quite a history of visiting cold and snowy places, often during the winter, I wish to preserve that tradition. I am competing for the opportunity to go to Antarctica in February 2010 — a dream adventure that I’ve always wanted to pursue (and almost did pursue when I was an…

Update: Antarctic Vote Count

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 3299 – 1318 – 1264 – 1231 – 1192 out of 402 candidates registered. YIKES! I am now in fourth place! Obviously, I need your votes more than ever to recapture first place, so please ask your friends and relatives to vote for me now! If…

tags: Harlequin Ducks, Histrionicus histrionicus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery birds] Harlequin Ducks, Histrionicus histrionicus (mostly males, but there is a female in the foreground), photographed at low tide at Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach, Oregon. [I will identify these birds for you in 48 hours] Image: Terry Sohl, 8 June 2009 [larger view]…