The Spoon Theory, Deafness And Skepticism (I’m One-Degree-Of-Separation Most Days)

Do you know what the Spoon Theory is (pdf link)? If you don't, you can also check the following video after you read about my day.I just came in from a lovely lunch with two wonderful people who work for disability services in town. We all knew each other from different circumstances, as skeptics - and then suddenly realised over a plate of olives, cheese and mocktails that they worked in the same building and never realised it! … [Read more...]

JREF’s Sadie Crabtree – Winning Hearts And Minds For Skepticism

Sadie Crabtree - Winning Hearts and Minds for Skepticism from JREF on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

Australian Atheist? Help Out With A PhD

MUST READ FOR TODAY - Creating Ankylosaur Attack: An interview with author Daniel Loxton!!Now that I've finished being thrilled about that link, back to the subject at hand!You might be an Australian atheist......which means you should also be subscribing to The AFA's Facebook group, be a supporter of the FreeThought University Alliance, have checked out the offerings and this forthcoming lecture on the 13th October about Darwin at Melbourne's Embiggen Bookstore and getting tickets FAST f … [Read more...]

Head-Desk Your Horoscope

When writing a horoscope, it is best to get oneself into the mindset of an astrologer. Therefore, I'll be firmly smacking my head on the table before writing each sign. To establish my authenticity, I will make spiffy, symbolically meaningful logos for every sign. Here's Taurus:(Cute isn't he? I like the ring in his nose.)Taurus the Cow - Don't. Just don't. Put it back in the box, call the exterminators or your local council and turn yourself in now. You'll be doing yourself and the … [Read more...]

The 360 Degree Bike At SciTech!

I volunteer at this Science Museum. Because they are freaking AWESOME.Tomorrow I'm dissecting squid with some kids and I'll post about that and the Halloween Science CSIRO lab sessions from Tuesday as well. :)We've gone a bit loopy at Scitech -- literally -- and are putting the final touches together on our awesome new exhibit -- The 360 Bike. Unlike conventional bikes, this one doesn't ride on a flat surface, but a 360 degree loop. In this clip you can see our brave Science Squad Manager, … [Read more...]

To Google + Or Not To Google +?

Okay - bear with me with this one, as it's certainly dismissible as 'Well, nice to have problems of only this magnitude, sheesh...'.But do you feel the same? Is it possibly just 'a female thing', as posed by Phil Plait in a quote that follows this? Social networking is useful for getting in touch with other secular and skeptic people. I can't tell on G+ whether all the people adding me are those kinds of people. Some people I know are definitely secular/skeptical, but I don't know them well en … [Read more...]

I Found This Oddly Cheering…

Thanks, K.O. And Exploding Dog! :) … [Read more...]

Must-Reads That I’m Reading – Separating Skepticism From Values, A Guide To Conspiracies (And Unicorns!)

New Podcast Out! On Forty Days Of Treats - Interview With Liz LutgendorffI'll see about making this a fortnightly blog-post, although during the school holidays I have a little more time for reading than usual. So, here's a magazine, a blog-post, a book for research and a book for the fun of it. I'll make this a regular feature in the future and feel free to put in your own recommendations in the comments!Magazine -  Skeptic Magazine, Vol. 16. Number 4. I just got this in the mail ye … [Read more...]

Congratulations Matt Parker – 2011 Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement

Matt Parker - an awesome Australian! We met briefly at QEDCon in February and again when he visited Perth to catch up with family before heading to more comedy shows in Melbourne. Lovely, lovely person and absolutely fantastically smart and funny. He even got an award for it!Here he is with hanging out in a bookshop in Leederville with another friend of mine, science communicator Daniel 'Professor Funk of the Placebo Effect Video' Keogh (and they're posing with a book written by another s … [Read more...]

I Get Electrocuted – FOR SCIENCE! All-Ages Physics Show At Dragon*Con

One of the fun things that happened at Dragon*Con this year - the physics show for kids! This is with huge thanks to Matt Lowry and Dr Pamela Gay (of Astronomy Cast fame) - amazing scientists, educators and downright awesome people for putting on this all-ages show during the Labor Day long weekend.I didn't know this was being recorded. Which is why you can see me, with my long hair out, wearing my skull-print headband - going OOOH! at 31.20 min!As Matt writes: This is the footage from the ph … [Read more...]

International Cephalopod Awareness Days – Digital Cuttlefish And Noadi’s Art #cephalopod

UPDATE - sobering news from 'Cuttlefish Country' in the comments - appears the desalination plant has been approved in SA. Keep in touch with their site for updates.It's International Cephalopod Awareness Days! I encourage you to do something to celebrate these days, which happen to be:October 8 – Octopus Day, for all the eight-armed species October 9 – Nautilus Night, a time for all the lesser-known extant cephalopods October 10 – Squid Day/Cuttlefish Day, or Squittleday, covering the t … [Read more...]


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