Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for December, 2009

Fencing Flamingos

tags: Fencing Flamingos, ornithology, ecology, endangered species, food webs, research, field work, Marita Davison, Jennifer Moslemi, Jamie Herring, streaming video “Fencing Flamingos” follows the work of Marita Davison, a PhD student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University, and her collaborator Jennifer Moslemi as they study flamingos in the rugged high-Andes of Bolivia. The…

tags: Henslow’s Sparrow, Ammodramus henslowii, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Henslow’s Sparrow, Ammodramus henslowii, photographed on the Konza Prairie Biological Station (Riley County) in Manhattan, Kansas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dave Rintoul, 8 July 2007 [larger view]. Please name at least one field mark that…

tags: Bikini Curling, Drinkers with a Curling Problem, curling, sports, parody, satire, funny, humor, fucking hilarious, streaming video In a new made-for-mobile series, “Drinkers with a Curling Problem,” award-winning Canadian director David Ostry explores deviant variations of the favorite winter sport — curling.

Santa Claus Boot Camp

tags: Santa Claus Boot Camp, Marines, Christmas, holidays, Father Christmas, parody, satire, funny, humor, fucking hilarious, streaming video This amusing video shows you details for how next year’s Santas are being prepared for their respected position as givers of gifts.

tags: airline security, homeland security, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport, LOS, President Obama, politics Helping Airport Security: Fly Naked. (orphaned image) By now, you all are aware that yet another privileged young extremist man, 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, boarded an airplane bound for the United States with the intention of blowing…

Birdbooker Report 98

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: Female Painted Bunting, Passerina ciris, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Female Painted Bunting, Passerina ciris, photographed at Pelican Island (A&M Property), Galveston, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 19 April 2007 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/320s…

tags: What Would Jesus Buy? – Beat The Devil, religion, parody, satire, funny, humor, streaming video This video is by producer Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) and director Rob VanAlkemade. “What Would Jesus Buy?” examines the commercialization of Christmas in America while following Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir on a…

tags: Syngonanthus chrysanthus ‘Mikado’, plants, horticulture, Expat Life, Frankfurt through my eye, photography, image of the day Syngonanthus chrysanthus ‘Mikado’ cultivar. Image: GrrlScientist, 26 December 2009 [

tags: Intergrade Northern Flicker, red-shafted x yellow-shafted Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Intergrade (red shafted x yellow shafted) Northern Flicker, Colaptes auratus, photographed at the Black River Riparian Forest in Renton, Washington. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Michael C. Hamilton, 9 August…