Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for October, 2009

tags: Cooper’s Hawk, Chicken Hawk, Blue Darter, Accipiter cooperii, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus, Cooper’s Hawk, also known as a Chicken Hawk or Blue Darter (?!), Accipiter cooperii, photographed at Smith Point, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 30 September…

tags: Paraphidippus aurantius, Jumping Spider, macro video, animal behavior, streaming video After taking the video of an adult male Paraphidippus aurantius eating a cricket and waving his arms threateningly at the videographer’s finger, both the male and an adult female P. aurantius were released on a nearby plant. As stated in the video, the videographer…

tags: halloween costumes, effeminate boys, humor, satire, funny, fucking hilarious, ONN, Onion News Network, streaming video Anna Stephenson stops by Today NOW! to show parents of girly sons costume tips to survive Halloween without accentuating their child’s already obvious homosexuality.

tags: DonorsChoose, science education, teaching, fund-raising, poverty This is a poll. I will show you two pictures, and ask you to tell me which picture is more symmetric. Your votes are tabulated after you’ve clicked on that picture: Now that you’ve participated in my little poll, I want to share some information about my own…

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) — Sir Francis Bacon. Have you read an especially good essay about psychology, behavior or neurobiology lately? If so, why not share it with the world by submitting the URL for this essay to a blog carnival designed to…

tags: DonorsChoose, science education, teaching, fund-raising, poverty Here’s the latest news from DonorsChoose: collectively, all of the blog writers and the 4,038 citizen philanthropists who participated in the Social Media Challenge have raised more than $565,000 to help more than 99,000 students in public schools throughout the US!!! I think this is amazing! JUST the…

tags: Rough-billed Pelican, American White Pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery birds] American White Pelican, sometimes known as the Rough-billed Pelican due to the structure that develops on the upper mandible of breeding adults, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, photographed at Smith Point, Texas. Numerous Broad-winged hawks, Buteo platypterus (background) with two red-tailed hawks,…

tags: Tutelina species, Jumping Spider, macro video, animal behavior, streaming video Here is some video (and stabilized from some really shakey footage using Deshaker, a plugin for Virtualdub) of male and female jumping spiders from the genus Tutelina. Not sure on the species, but the videographer’s best guess is Tutelina elegans. The female could be…

Big Freeze in Edinburgh

tags: Edinburgh, Scotland, big freeze, human behavior, streaming video Sunday, 24 Feb 08, Edinburgh, in front of National Galleries of Scotland. Roughly 150 people froze for five minutes in this fab flash mob (this is a long time to remain motionless!).

tags: Mississippi Kite, Ictinia mississippiensis, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Mississippi Kite, Ictinia mississippiensis, photographed at Smith Point, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 30 September 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/750s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400. Please…