Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for February, 2010

Birdbooker Report 107

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: Large Flycatcher, African Grey Flycatcher, Bradornis microrhynchus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] African Grey Flycatcher, also known as the Large Flycatcher, Bradornis microrhynchus, photographed in the Pangani River Camp, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen, January 2010 [larger view]. Nikon D300, 600…

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) – Sir Francis Bacon. Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) is almost here once more and it is still seeking submissions for tomorrow’s edition of this blog carnival! Can you help by sending URLs for well-written blog essays…

God is Mad!

tags: comedy, humor, funny, fucking hilarious, self parody, wingnuts, hate group, religion, cults, institutionalized mind-control, Westboro Baptist Church, streaming video If this video doesn’t scare you, then this piece of information might: this video is by the Westboro Baptist Church hate group of Topeka, Kansas. After you see the title of their homepage, I think…

A Free Thinker is Satan’s Slave

tags: comedy, humor, funny, fucking hilarious, religion, cults, institutionalized mind-control, streaming video The meaning of christiantiy — in their own words. Rather damning, in my opinion.

Image: wemidji (Jacques Marcoux). Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est (And thus knowledge itself is power) – Sir Francis Bacon. Scientia Pro Publica (Science for the People) is almost here once more and it is still seeking submissions for Monday’s edition of this blog carnival! Can you help by sending URLs for well-written blog essays…

tags: Taveta Weaver, Taveta Golden Weaver, Ploceus castaneiceps, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Taveta Golden Weaver, also known as the Taveta Weaver, Ploceus castaneiceps, photographed in the Pangani River Camp, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen, January 2010 [larger view]. Nikon D300, 600…

Birds of a Feather Strum Together

tags: comedy, humor, funny, fucking hilarious, birds, streaming video This particular exhibit is a living art piece made up of 40 zebra finches jamming on electric guitars and cymbals at the Barbican, in London. The artist, Boursier-Mougenot creates a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other musical instruments.…

tags: comedy, humor, funny, fucking hilarious, elderly couple pay piano, streaming video An elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They’ve been married for 62 years and he’ll be 90 this year. Check out this impromptu performance. We are only as old as we feel,…

tags: Tilikum, Tillikum, Tilly, Orcinus orca, Killer Whale, SeaWorld, Sea World, Orlando, Florida, whales, animals, news, behavior, streaming video Are orcas too brainy for captive life? Should they all live only in “the wild”? This video is only the beginning of the debate .. what do you think?