Archive for: January, 2010

A Birdday Thanks to the People in my Life

Jan 31 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

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So I have eaten some chocolate-glazed marzipan cake, a few slices of home-made sourdough-rye bread (hot out of the oven, squeeee!) and now I am drinking some hot Gl├╝hwein while watching HP4 (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), and thinking about how magical the past few months have been for me.

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Suomenlinnan Telakalta, 1

Jan 31 2010 Published by under Helsinki, Finland, Image of the Day, My Pictures

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Suomenlinnan Telakalta (Suomenlinna shipyard).
Soumenlinna, Helsinki, Finland.
Image: GrrlScientist, 19 July 2009 [larger view].

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Birdbooker Report 103

Jan 31 2010 Published by under The Birdbooker Report

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"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 books that currently are, or soon will be available for purchase. This report is written by one of my Seattle birding pals and book collector, Ian "Birdbooker" Paulsen, and is edited by me and published here for your information and enjoyment. Below the fold is this week's issue of The Birdbooker Report which lists ecology, environment, natural history and bird books that are (or will soon be) available for purchase.

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Mystery Bird: Trumpeter Hornbill, Bycanistes bucinator

Jan 31 2010 Published by under Birding, Education, Harry Potter, Mystery Birds, Teaching

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[Mystery bird] Trumpeter Hornbill, Bycanistes bucinator, photographed in a classroom in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, somewhere in Scotland, UK. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
[larger view].

Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.

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*Bleep* *Bleep* *Bleep* Cock*Bleep* Mother*Bleep* *Bleep* and *Bleep*

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When the contractors were once again in the flat, trying unsuccessfully to fix the IKEA kitchen fiasco that has cost my spouse many thousands of euros, I said to one of them (who claimed he didn't know any English); "I'll bet I can name at least three English words that you do know: shit, fuck and damn."

His speechless laughter was confirmation enough.

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Christian Wingnuts Whinging about Harry Potter

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This video is a report on the christian wingnuts' response to Harry Potter -- it seems this is another cult of mind-control that is unable to distinguish between reality and fantasy. Since today is my birthday, and I am a rabid Harry Potter fan, I will spend this entire day brushing up on my spells and wand-work by watching Harry Potter DVDs. Since alcohol will also be involved, I urge you all to watch out, lest I (accidentally?) change someone into a toad.

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Mormon Control Over Public and Social Policies

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As a group, mormons are some of the passive-aggressive people I know. They are nice to everyone, but they are vicious and intolerant behind your back. This film trailer is one example of the double-face I've seen and experienced while growing up among mormons. This is a trailer from the documentary film, 8: The Mormon Proposition. This film investigates how the mormon cult was behind the banning of gay marriage in California. In short, mormons dumped millions of dollars into taking away peoples' rights in America -- rights that are protected by the same constitution that protects mormons' rights to practice their own form of wingnuttery!

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Yes, The Rumors are True: Today is my Birdday

Jan 31 2010 Published by under My Pictures

Since I live in Germany, all the stores, shops and pubs are closed today (Sunday), meaning I cannot go out to relieve my birthday depression by spending the day in a state of giggly inebriation with my NYC drinking pals.

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Scientia Pro Publica -- Will Publish Tomorrow!

Jan 31 2010 Published by under Uncategorized


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 to the host?

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Suomenlinnan Muuri, 3

Jan 30 2010 Published by under Helsinki, Finland, Image of the Day, My Pictures

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Suomenlinnan Muuri (Suomenlinna wall).
Soumenlinna, Helsinki, Finland.
Image: GrrlScientist, 19 July 2009 [larger view].

This image makes me wonder about the bricks that were (obviously!) added much later to this lovely rock wall: why were they added? Who added them and why? What did those people think about what they saw while they were adding these bricks?

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