Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for November, 2009

tags: Columbus Circle, NYC, photography, NYC through my eye, image of the day Columbus Circle, NYC, USA. Image: GrrlScientist, 17 November 2009 [larger view]. Delta Airlines sent me an email, telling me it is time to check in for my return flight to the USA, which departs tomorrow at 1140am from Frankfurt. What do you…

tags: education, academic achievement, university, college, Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America’s Public Universities, William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, Michael S. McPherson, book review The second book review I’ve ever published in Nature Magazine appeared last week, roughly the same time I was on a trans-Atlantic flight from NYC to Frankfurt, Germany.…

tags: Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerina, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Chipping Sparrow, Spizella passerina, photographed at Illinois Beach State Park, Lake County, Illinois. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Janice Sweet, 20 October 2009 [larger view]. Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

tags: new species, biology, botany, orchid, tiniest orchid, Orchidaceae, Platystele, Lou Jost A close-up of the world’s smallest orchid, at just over 2mm from petal tip to petal tip. Image: Lou Jost. The world’s smallest orchid was discovered recently in a mountainous nature reserve in Ecuador by American botanist Lou Jost. Dr. Jost, a former…

tags: FOX News, fuzzy math, comedy, humor, fucking hilarious, streaming video Take a close look at the pie chart shown on this FOX Newscast and tell me if you see anything wrong with it?

Japanese Spa Prank

tags: Japan, spa prank, comedy, humor, fucking hilarious, streaming video I love Japan and the Japanese, but watching videos like this tend to make me paranoid. How about you?

tags: Columbus Circle, NYC, photography, NYC through my eye, image of the day Columbus Circle, NYC, USA. Image: GrrlScientist, 17 November 2009 [larger view]. This is one in a series of images I took on one of my last days in NYC. This was the last day I carried my camera with me as I…

Birdbooker Report 93-94

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: Australian Pelican, Pelecanus conspicillatus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Australian Pelican, Pelecanus conspicillatus, photographed at Atherton, Queensland, Australia. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Steve Duncan, 26 August 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200 w/ Nikkor 300mm f/4 & TC17E. Please name at least one field mark…

tags: Columbus Circle, NYC, photography, NYC through my eye, image of the day Columbus Circle, NYC, USA. Image: GrrlScientist, 17 November 2009 [larger view]. This is one in a series of images I took on one of my last days in NYC. This was the last day I carried my camera with me as I…