Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for August, 2009

More Free Books for my Readers

Everyone loves free books, right? Well, I know I do, and since I’ve got a huge stack of books in my apartment that are seeking a loving home, I want to share them with you. These books are duplicates of review copies, advance reading copies and uncorrected proofs as well as some books that I…

tags: US endangered species list, parrots, aviculture, captive breeding, position statement, Parrots International, politics NOTE: This position statement just came to my attention. I wish I had learned about it on 10 August, since I would have shared it immediately on that day. August 10, 2009 Public Comments Processing Attn: FWS-R9-IA-2009-0016 Division of Policy and…

Tombstone

tags: art, tombstone, Hietaniemen Hautausmaa, Hietaniemi Cemetery, Helsinki, Finland, cities, nature Tombstone. Photographed at Hietaniemen Hautausmaa (Hietaniemi Cemetery), Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 21 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

Birdbooker Report 81

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: Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Nycticorax violaceus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Nycticorax violaceus, photographed at Bolivar Flats, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 24 July 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/750s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400. Please…

Scientia Pro Publica Needs YOU!

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…

tags: religion, violence, mental illness, fundamentalism, MtlRedAtheist, streaming video This is the first in a series of videos that address some of the violent, absurd and atrocious Bible stories being taught to children in Sunday School around the world today. This video discusses how Abraham almost murdered his son because he heard god telling him…

Ali-G on Religion

tags: religion, violence, mental illness, fundamentalism, MtlRedAtheist, streaming video In this video, Ali-G interviews religious representatives from several Abrahamic religions about their beliefs. He seems to have confused his mythologies though, which makes for entertaining viewing.

Update: Antarctic Vote Count

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 5370 – 1817 – 1569 – 1202 – 1117 out of 533 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…

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…