Archives for August 2012

Gardening (With Shingleback Guest Star)

Today I pulled out a large dead shrubbery and discovered a guest:Now, a scaly face in a yard might usually faze a more fragile person - but I quite like reptiles and I can spot a lizard easily enough. I've documented one previously:Shingleback (Tiliqua rugosa)Now, there's a few reasons why I won't keep this lizard in my yard - yes, they are great for snail control. But I have recently put down snail pellets, and since they eat the poisoned snails... my yard won't be good for maintaining … [Read more...]

ScienceWeek – The World’s Largest Chemistry Experiment At Curtin University, Perth

Just landed in my in-box: Curtin University Science, ChemCentre and Curtin Guild would like to invite you to participate inGIANT SCIENCE!Date -  Wednesday, 15 August 2012 Time - 12.30pm to 2.00pm Location - Curtin Stadium, Curtin University Cost - FREE!To celebrate National Science Week 2012 we are going to attempt a world record for the most people participating in a chemistry experiment. By registering to attend you go into the draw to win a sciencey food hamper. Come along and join My K … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Firefly Funeral Out-Take

I heard this existed, via listening to the director's commentary. Found it: … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – My Drunk Kitchen – Shepherd’s Pie

Although she calls it Shepherd's curry... … [Read more...]

I’m At ScienceRewired Conference – Sign Up Now For October!

I'm very excited - more details are now posted on the website!11th October at The Science Exchange, Adelaide, Australia.Register now to attend and save $100: Science Rewired is a philanthropic initiative conceived by media140 that promotes public engagement in science through digital and social technologies across science education, science communication and citizen science. Our mission is to act as the bridge between the non-technical science practitioners and the digital domain to look at s … [Read more...]

What Are The Odds? Revisiting First-Year Philosophy

Now, this is the kind of post that I’d usually write and submit to The Odds Must be Crazy, but I don't think if it's what they're looking for. Do check out their site, however.It’s 2012. Back in the 1990s, I was here, exactly as my students are now: waiting to attend a lecture in Introduction to Philosophy. Nearly two decades years later, I am going to teach the same course that first led me to major in Philosophy - same institution, same building.Now, while I’ll even be teaching the very sam … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Come See The Baikonur Cosmodrome!

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Little Kitten – Free Birth Control: Help Spread The Word! Ultraviolet On USA Health Care

Head to their official site for the details (and a bigger picture): … [Read more...]

Geek The Vote – Get Mark Henderson’s Geek Manifesto To Australian Politicians

Now, I had an email from a podcast listener asking about this, seeing if I had any more information - now I do! The interview I did with Mark Henderson for the Token Skeptic will appear on the Curiouser and Curiouser column over at the CSICOP website very soon:Science & Technology Australia (and many of our friends in the science sector) were reading ‘The Geek Manifesto’ and think it is time every MP reads it too. Why? Because even though politicians aren’t obliged to make every decision a … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Marian Call At Wootstock 2012

The first song? Is PARTICULARLY hilarious... you have been warned... You'll see her play the typewriter starting from the second song!In which singer-songwriter Marian Call performs a set which includes "Good Morning Moon," "Shark Week," "I'll Still be a Geek after Nobody Thinks it's Chic," and more.Remember - Marian Call's tour of Europe has been successfully fundraised, check out the details at European Quest. … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – The Uneven Bars Developments (1950s-2010s)

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