Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for December, 2009

tags: invertebrates, comedy, humor, bentekr, animation, streaming video This sweet video shows you how the spider and the fly celebrated Christmas this year.

tags: education, public outreach, SciCafe, science cafe, AMNH, American Museum of Natural History, NYC, streaming video Who: Ichthyologist Melanie Stiassny What: free public presentation, “Mysteries of the Congo: Exploring the World’s Deepest River” When: 700pm, Wednesday, 6 January 2010 Where: Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, American Museum of Natural History, Enter at the 81st Street…

The Known Universe

tags: The Known Universe, education, AMNH, American Museum of Natural History, NYC, streaming video The Known Universe is an educational video about the new exhibit at AMNH that takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen…

tags: Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea (Ajaia) ajaj, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Roseate Spoonbill, Platalea (Ajaia) ajaj, photographed at Arthur Storey Park, Houston, Texas. [I will identify these birds for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 5 December 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/750s f/8.0…

The Science of Christmas Trees

tags: The Science of Christmas Trees, education, streaming video My spouse and I are seeking the perfect Christmas Tree today — our first ever! — so we thought we’d do some homework. In this video, a tree expert talks a little about Christmas trees for sale at his corner shop.

tags: Finnish Father Christmas, Santa Claus, Jack Bauer interrogates Santa Claus, comedy, humor, funny, fucking hilarious, holidays, Christmas, Finland, streaming video Here’s another video documentary that reveals the travails that Father Christmas encounters when he tries to enter the United States. It isn’t easy being generous to strangers in the land of unfettered capitalism.

tags: Northern Pintail, Pintail, Anas acuta, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Northern Pintail, also known simply as the Pintail, Anas acuta, photographed at Arthur Storey Park, Houston, Texas. [I will identify these birds for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 5 December 2009 [larger view]. Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with…

tags: Speak Better English, German, comedy, humor, funny, satire, television, streaming video The man in this television commercial reminds me of myself as I attempt to learn to speak German.

Santa: the Fascist Years

tags: Santa Claus, Santa the Fascist Years, comedy, humor, funny, satire, holidays, Christmas, politics, streaming video We all think of Santa as “Jolly ole St. Nick.” But who knew that he has a dark hidden past that’s very un-jolly? This short film uncovers and explores Santa’s flirtation with politics and …

tags: Common Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Adult female Common Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus, photographed at La Lanterna in Genova, Italy. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Cliff Miles, 11 December 2009 [larger view]. Canon EOS Rebel XT with a 75-300mm zoom lens. Here’s a…