A1: As of the time of this post, Thin Ice had pulled ahead of Water Follies by a small margin. As soon as I finish my current book (John Muir's Mountaineering Essays) I'll move on to story of Lonny Thompson's work recovering ice cores from alpine (including tropical alpine) glaciers threatened by global warming. A couple people commented that these books didn't sound like much fun - well, I think they are. Or at least interesting - and a nice contrast from the escapist fantasy I had been reading. It pays to be at least somewhat up-to-speed on the science that makes the news (even if it is outside my field), so that when someone asks me to express a learned opinion I can attempt to do so. And getting my facts from a well-written "popular" science book is a lot more fun than trying to read journal articles.
A2: Let's just say I am environmental scientist of one stripe or another. I do work in one corner of the environmental arena, but my personal interests are much more diverse. So I am just as apt (or more apt) to blog about a news story or article outside of my actual specialty than to write about the things I am paid to think about. Also, I wanted to know whether any of you had figured out who I was based on my blog - and I got my answer. I don't think this info is really going to change anything that I blog about on a day-to-day basis. And I haven't decided whether I am going to prune my archives - I was thinking about doing that anyway to mark the transition to a new chapter in my life.
A3: Anonymous wrote "Do you have the order 1. scientist 2. woman or 1. woman 2. scientist?" I am not entirely sure what anon was asking, but I guess I'd have to say that I view scientist as a modifer of woman. I was born a female, but I chose to become a scientist. Would it matter if I had answered differently?