Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for July, 2009

tags: TEDTalks, politics, society, Why Societies Collapse, Jared Diamond, streaming video Why do societies fail? In this video, Jared Diamond uses lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana to talk about the signs that collapse is near, and how — if we see it in time — we…

tags: Onion News Report, ONN, roommates, humor, satire, funny, cultural observation, streaming video In this video, we learn that 80% of all roommates got so drunk last night .. what was your roommate doing wasted last night? [1:18]

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…

Spire in the Sky, 2

tags: Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia, cities, image of the day Spire in the Sky, 2. St. Olav’s Church, Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia. Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

Who: Josh Rosenau, policy analyst at the National Center for Science Education What: free public presentation, “Adventures in the Defense of Evolution: From Kansas to Turkey to New York” Where: SLC Conference Center, 352 7th avenue (between 29th and 30th streets), 16th floor. When: 700pm, Tuesday, 4 August

Spire in the Sky

tags: Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia, cities, image of the day Spire in the Sky. St. Olav’s Church, Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia. Image: GrrlScientist, 22 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

tags: Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery birds] Pileated Woodpecker, Dryocopus pileatus, photographed on Katy Prairie, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 3 April 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with tsn-pz camera eyepiece 1/400s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400. Please…

tags: physics, flatland, 4th dimension, Carl Sagan, streaming video In this video, world famous astronomer and astrophysicist, the great Carl Sagan, explains the 4th dimension. I wonder if Carl knew how funny he was? [7:15]

tags: Onion News Network, ONN, children’s healthcare, humor, funny, satire, fucking hilarious, streaming video A recent study reveals that children are strongly opposed to healthcare — according to respondents between ages of three and eight years old, the most common answer to the question “do you want to go to the doctor more?” was a…

Update: Antarctic Vote Count

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 2620 – 1208 – 1201 – 1172 – 1154 out of 397 candidates registered. I received just SIX VOTES in the past 24 hours and now a new third place contender is catching up with me! I need your help to recapture first place, so please…