Quick Update On The Blogging Situation (News I’ve Read Rather Than Written)

Current situation? Still visiting the physiotherapist for my aching shoulders about two to three times a week, but things are improving at a rapid pace… unless I do too much typing or exert myself too much. I’ll get better but it’s taking time.

[Know what hurts most? Removing tape. I can handle avoiding poking aches and pains, but removing tape and annoying residual tape-mess is just irritating and icky. Can't even look at bandaids without crinkling nose at this rate.]

Since I’m awake at 4am after attempting to send in feedback to an education module (yay for skeptic resources!) and found myself starting at a brisk pace and then writing shorter and shorter notes as I went on, I don’t think I’m up for lengthy blogposts on a regular basis anytime soon. It just got too twingy, like I’d been hitting my funny bone again and again, except throughout the arms and fingers. Which is a pity as most of the “big hurdles” of the year are over and done with (still a little unfinished Melbourne-related business to deal/finish with; I’ll be volunteering at a science museum Christmas party for children; a meeting and/or event here and there to attend – the rest of the year is still relatively calm compared to this month). I’d hoped to get into writing more on future projects and some of the news items out there – mind, everyone else seems to be thinking and writing about them… so without further ado:

Recent issues in the news:

An Antiquated Abortion Law in Ireland – further reflections on Dr. Halappanavar’s death, in the New York Times

Stephen Law reblogs his contribution to the book he edited, Israel, Palestine and Terror

Science-y stuff:

Behold 10 best science books of 2012 

To blog or not to blog: Why female academics should take the risk

Vaccines: because it’s good when babies don’t shit themselves to death” is how Ed Yong summarised this article on Twitter

Pseudoscience has always been with us and probably always will – The Guardian

Experimental Science Gifts that You Can Make or Buy – i09

Sexism at Nature Magazine 

‘If everyone who goes to a sci-comm event is a qualified scientist doesn’t it mean sci-comm is failing?’

On BBC axing the Naked Scientist show (something I’ve been tracking for a while)

Other reads:

Alexander Brown, previously interviewed on the TS podcast, writes on visiting Australia (and points out something that always discomforted me about visiting the Northern hemisphere too – the different tracking of the sun).

The AFA puts out the call for Australians: Submission to the ABS – Change the question on religion!

HAPPY TURKEY DAY to the USA – The New Yorker

That’s about as much as I can manage in a day and most of this was plain cut-and-paste anyway. Never mind. Enjoy David Mitchell on Religious Freedom and sorry about all the infrequent updates and delays with content. :/

The freedom to hold whatever religious convictions we like adds to David Mitchell’s confusion. Just as he is happy to trust the clever chappies who made his TV that he doesn’t actually need to know how it works, why should he have to try and make sense of the human condition himself? Thanks to the cruel tyranny of not living in a cruel tyranny, there’s no generally accepted answer to what the hell is going on.

Oh, and a quick find from Twitter – “This Is Why People Have Kids”:

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • Gina

    Get well soon! Ghostbusters rock!


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