Live-Blogging The #ASC2012 – What’s The Buzz? What’s New In Science Televsion

It's a session featuring Alison Leigh of the World Congress of Science & Factual Producers; Sonya Pemberton of Pemberton Films and chaired by Niall Byrne. Niall is the creative director of Science in Public and admits that he's astonished to hear of around 9 years for a film project. When he was involved with a science journalism conference, he was contacted by science and factual producers and went to their NY conference. It's about a third out there who are buying or broadcasting and … [Read more...]

Live-Blogging The Sophisticated Social Media Use And Science #ASC2012

Edit - now features the video that was being discussed! On the video we had short segments of video with Andrew Maynard of 20/20 Science; Alice Bell; Michelle Banks and Shane McCracken. On stage, it's the MC Kristen Alford, Will Grant, Kate Carruthers and Ben Harris-Roxas. Overall, the panel is to look beyond who uses Twitter/FB socially, and who uses the platform to do different things in different ways - what's interesting and what can be exploited? Video "Nuanced communications" Dr … [Read more...]

Movie: The Movie

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Live-Blogging The #ASC2012 – Science Communication Is What I Want To Do… Now What?

This is a session where people's attendance has been building slowly throughout the morning... which is a shame, as a few people have missed seeing Bec Crew's presentation at the very start, which is the one I've taken more notes on than any other speaker. What follows are some post-panel observations as the internet was dodgy and I cracked open a Word document to keep track of my thoughts. By the way - I've noticed that today's fashion trends are jellyfish and galaxy leggings from Black … [Read more...]

Alom Shaha On The Radio And Skeps In The City – The Young Australian Skeptics Book Launch!

Welcome to Tuesday morning at the #ASC2012 - I'm thinking of proposing a PhD proposal: "The Misuse Of Twitter And The Insomnia Of DrPaul Willis - Longitudinal Study of an Online Observance Of The Hours Between 12am - 5am". There's bound to be some benefit to society from such research, even if it's "why you should turn your Twitter phone notifications off". Mind, he's still going to pop in here at 9am sharp for the first session, chirpier than a Generation Y kid on a YouTube skateboard tricks … [Read more...]

“We’re Trending In Sydney!” First Day Of Twitter At The The Australian Science Communicators National Conference #ASC2012

I'm in a little internet cafe on Liverpool Street, Sydney and I think I can best describe the dim, muggy climate outside as "Bladerunner-esque". All we need is a few replicants being pursued by a perspiring Harrison Ford. I've got a radio interview at 7pm with the fine folks at Generation Next 94.9FM Melbourne, which is why I'm not at the Cocktail party down the road at UTS. I'll catch up with friends for dinner afterwards, don't worry. BYO Voight-Kampff machine. Shall we look at some of the … [Read more...]

Live-Blogging #ASC2012 – Monday Morning At The Australian Science Communicators National Conference

Firstly, there's a diverse range of footwear at this event. So far I've spotted tennis sneakers, Chanel ballet flats, Converse sneakers, court shoes and high heels. I'm glad that I'm not underdressed, I was worried it was a "bring your own labcoat" kind of gig. I'm next to Dr Paul Willis and Michael McRae, up in the "Gods" area - got a good view. It's not a particularly full room, but there's quite a few iPads glowing around the arena. Please to not crash the system by downloading every … [Read more...]

18,100 Miles In The Air, With 438 Pages To Read

I'm on the road again. Since I just finished a few days at the Perth Writers Festival (and I promise to blog about how great it was catching up with authors Alom Shaha, Leslie Cannold and Jane Caro - by the way, get their books), what to pack for the plane trip to Sydney and Melbourne (and back again) is on my mind. This is a revised post from a few years back. Many of the recommendations still hold, although for this trip I have packed Anna Funder's Stasiland: True Stories From Behind the … [Read more...]

Reminder! Living A Good Life Without God – At UWA

Judeo-Christian traditions saturate our culture but are they still relevant? Do we need God's guidance to be good? Alom Shaha, Leslie Cannold, Jane Caro and Canon Frank Sheehan discuss. It's happening tonight! Features ... well, kind of an overwhelming number of awesome atheists on the stage. And Canon Frank Sheehan, who thankfully has a rather good humor about these kinds of things (he married Tim Minchin and was hilarious when interviewing Ayaan Hirsi Ali in Perth a little while … [Read more...]

Batman Parody: The Dark Knight Is Confused

Batman's beginning to wonder if his movie makes any sense at all. … [Read more...]