Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Archives for June, 2010

tags: Lightning Strikes Three Buildings Simultaneously in Downtown Chicago, Chicago, lightning strikes, nature, weather, storm, wow, your inner child, Craig Shimala, streaming video For the third time in the last 6 days, another line of nasty storms rolled through Chicago on Wednesday evening. Wednesday’s storms towered up to 63,000 ft, unleashed 80 mph gusts, local…

Birdbooker Report 124

tags: Birdbooker Report, bird books, animal books, natural history books, ecology books Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them. ~ Arnold Lobel [1933-1987] author of many popular…

tags: Green Wood-Hoopoe, Red-billed Wood Hoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Green Wood-Hoopoe, formerly known as the Red-billed Wood Hoopoe, Phoeniculus purpureus, photographed in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen, 18 January 2010 [larger view]. Nikon D300, 600…

The Stork Is Real!

tags: The Stork Is Real!, religion, sex, sexuality, funny, humor, comedy, satire, fucking hilarious, social commentary, Edward Current, streaming video Do you really believe that precious life comes from disgusting body fluids? The Truth is, babies are brought into the world by a pure white angel, the Stork.

tags: Best Church of God Vs. An Atheist, religion, cults, faith, funny, humor, comedy, social commentary, Greg Epstein, books, streaming video A silly video about a bunch of wackaloon religious wingnuts and an atheist humanist discussing religion and how god forces people to live moral and decent lives. (The video is silly, but the protest…

tags: Village Indigobird, Vidua chalybeata, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Village Indigobird, Vidua chalybeata, photographed in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania, Africa. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Dan Logen, 17 January 2010 [larger view]. Nikon D300, 600 mm VR lens with 1.4 extender ISO 500, f/8, 1/1000…

tags: Fußball, sports, soccer, futbol, World Cup Soccer, South Africa, FIFA, humor, funny, television, The Daily Show, streaming video This video explores the local South African opinions about the World Cup — in one scene, the reporter asks: “What’s more African than the subjugation of black people?”

Fast Lane — The Rocket

tags: Fast Lane — The Rocket, shopping center elevator, Einkaufszentrum, Berlin, fun, silly, your inner child, entertainment, volkswagen commercial, television, streaming video A sound system turns the ride into a rocket take-off. Welcome on-board! This is the fast lane for elevators …

tags: Ancient Murrelet, Synthliboramphus antiquus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz [Mystery bird] Ancient Murrelet, Synthliboramphus antiquus, photographed zigzagging rapidly roughly 15m below the waves off the south side of Alki Point, Seattle, Washington. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours] Image: Ron Shimek [larger view]. Olympus OM-10 in an Ikelite Housing,…

tags: Inside the Collections: Ichthyology at AMNH, fishes, AMNH, American Museum of Natural History, evolution, variation, biodiversity, Melanie Stiassny, streaming video This video is the first of a new series of behind-the-scenes looks at the collections at the American Museum of Natural History. In this video, Melanie Stiassny, Axelrod Research Curator in the Department of…