Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for January, 2010

tags: birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] photographed near the Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm in Bellevue, Washington. [No one, not even the photographer, knows the ID of the bird that made this snow-print. The photographer is seeking your help IDing this bird] Image: Ben Bardill, December 2008 (many thanks to Denny Granstrand for…

tags: kinematics, kinetics, running,The Barefoot Professor, exercise physiology, barefoot running, NPG, peer-reviewed research, NATURE, 10.1038/nature08723, streaming video Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman ditched his trainers and started running barefoot. His research shows that barefoot runners, who tend to land on their fore-foot, generate less impact shock than runners in sports shoes who land heel first. This…

Baseball versus Football

tags: Baseball versus Football, sports, social commentary, cultural observation, George Carlin, humor, comedy, fucking hilarious, streaming video I despise baseball, but enjoy football (and futbol, too). My fellow NYCers were brainless drooling idiots when it came to the Yankees, and I reminded them of this as often as possible. The fact that I am still…

Suomenlinnan Ikkuna, 5

tags: Suomenlinnan Ikkuna, Helsinki, Finland, nature, image of the day Suomenlinnan Ikkuna (Suomenlinna window). Soumenlinna, Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 19 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image) I love the pattern of different colors and the contrasting shadows between individual stones in this image.

tags: Loggerhead Shrike, Lanius ludovicianus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Loggerhead Shrike, Lanius ludovicianus, inspecting what appears to be a beheaded Black-and-yellow Lichen Moth, Lycomorpha pholus, photographed on the Katy Prairie, Houston, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy, 1 January 2010 [larger view]. Nikon…

tags: health, medicine, TEDMED,health care, medical records, GPS, geography, geomedicine, Bill Davenhall, TEDTalks, streaming video Where you live: It impacts your health as much as diet and genes do, but it’s not part of your medical records. At TEDMED, Bill Davenhall shows how overlooked government geo-data (from local heart-attack rates to toxic dumpsite info) can…

I was reading the words of my brilliant friend, Digital Cuttlefish, this morning (which is the middle of the night for my American friends), and ran across this gem; They were starving; they were homeless; they were dying; they were dead. There were bodies to be buried; there were children to be fed. There were…

Have a Nice Day

tags: Have a Nice Day, social commentary, cultural observation, George Carlin, humor, comedy, fucking hilarious, streaming video George Carlin can make anything funny. No, seriously.

Kukka Suomenlinnassa

tags: Linnoitusta Suomenlinnassa, Helsinki, Finland, nature, image of the day Kukka Suomenlinnassa (Suomenlinna blossom). Soumenlinna, Helsinki, Finland. Image: GrrlScientist, 19 July 2009 [larger view]. (raw image)

tags: Wild Canary, Eastern Goldfinch, American Goldfinch, Spinus tristis, Carduelis tristis, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] American Goldfinch, also known as the Eastern Goldfinch or the Wild Canary, Spinus (Carduelis) tristis, photographed on the Brazoria Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Joseph Kennedy,…