Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for August, 2009

Talla

tags: Bridge, Talla, nature, Helsinki, Finland Talla (Bridge). Photographed on the way to Tarvaspää Café at the Gallen-Kallela Museum near Tarvon Salmi in Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 2 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image) Here’s a look at the floating wooden bridge that I walked across on my way to visit the Tarvaspää Café at…

Helsinki Daisy, 2

tags: Daisy, Gardening, Horticulture, Botany, nature, Helsinki, image of the day Daisy. Photographed at Tarvaspää Café at the Gallen-Kallela Museum near Tarvon Salmi in Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 2 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

NYC Area Cricket Crawl

The cricket sang, And set the sun, And workmen finished, one by one, Their seam the day upon. The low grass loaded with the dew, The twilight stood as strangers do With hat in hand, polite and new, To stay as if, or go. A vastness, as a neighbor, came,– A wisdom without face or…

Birds in the News 182

tags: Birds in the News, BirdNews, ornithology, birds, avian, newsletter Sandwich Tern, Sterna sandvicensis, photographed at the Bolivar Ferry, Texas. Image: Joseph Kennedy, 4 August 2009 [larger view].

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…

tags: Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Coccyzus americanus, photographed at High Island, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 19 May 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/500s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400. Please…

Wild Parrot Safari in NYC

tags: birds, parrots, Quaker Parrot, Monk ParakeetGrey-Breasted parakeet, Myiopsitta monachus, NYC events, NYC Life, Brooklyn, Wild Parrot Safari Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Image: Magnus Manske, 10 May 2008, Wikipedia [larger view] Even though NYC is located in the armpit of hell where, during the summers, the air is a humid…

Happy Birthday to the Tangled up in Blue Guy, Mike Haubrich! Mike is a good guy who is involved with all sorts of media-related things, ranging from writing articles for the Los Angeles Times and directing the Atheists Talk Radio Show in Minnesota to helping the HMS Beagle Project in the UK. Besides being my…

tags: parrots, pets, birds, behavior, animal training, basketball-playing parrots, streaming video This amazing video of parrots playing basketball is fascinating watching because it shows the results of patience combined with excellent animal training techniques. This video shows clips from “1 on 1″ and “2 on 2″ basketball games, starring parrots, Bo and Yoda (Congo African…

Update: Antarctic Vote Count

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 5481 – 1819 – 1575 – 1205 – 1117 out of 534 candidates registered. I am in third place and sloooowly creeping up on second place. With less than 6 weeks remaining (especially if the Quark site crashes), voting is changing rapidly as previous voters reassign…