Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for August, 2009

Äidinrakkaus

tags: art, statue, sculpture, mare and foal, Helsinki, Finland, cities, nature Äidinrakkaus (Maternal Love) Bronze sculpture (1927) by sculptor Emil Cedercreutz (1879 – 1949). Photographed at Varsapuistikko, at the corner of Unioninkatu and Kaisaniemenkatu, Kluuvi, in Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 23 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image) I love this sculpture. Does anyone know who…

tags: Common Bulbul, Pycnonotus barbatus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Common Bulbul, also known as the Pepperbird among other names, Pycnonotus barbatus, photographed in Amboseli National Park, Kenya, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen, 7 August 2006 [larger view]. Nikon D2X, 200-400 VR lens…

tags: coming out, sex advice, homosexuality, evangelical families, Dan Savage, streaming video Dan Savage moved to Seattle while I lived there and began writing a sex advice column for The Stranger. I never missed reading his column because he was honest and accurate and entertaining. Regardless of where in the world I’ve been since, I…

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…

Update: Antarctic Vote Count

The current Antarctic Trip Vote count is as follows; 5015 – 1814 – 1558 – 1202 – 1117 out of 528 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…

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…

Bumblebee on my Hand

tags: bumblebee, Helsinki, Finland, cities, nature Bumblebee on my hand. Photographed in Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 23 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image) I am sure I must have looked like I was insane when, walking down the sidewalk, I spied this bumblebee sitting on the concrete. I plopped myself down onto my hands and…

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…

tags: Onion News Network, ONN, detainee torture, humor, funny, satire, fucking hilarious, streaming video In The Know panelists discuss the closing of the controversial detainee labyrinth and debate whether the Minotaur’s sternum-stomping-by-hooves interrogation technique yielded valuable intelligence.

tags: Ross’s Goose, Chen rossii, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Ross’s Goose, Chen rossii, photographed at Tom Bass Park, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 11 August 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/1000s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.…