Archives for January 2013

Long Weekend Pending, A Discussion About Bloggers Asking For Help (While Waiting For Students To Arrive)

Oh dear holy hades. My papers are graded and on their way back to students. I have succeeded in my goal to have everything done.What has FTB got in store for me in my mailbox?Two bits of spam, one in response to the snappy video about the next StarCraft game that I posted, which starts with: AFTERLIFE SCIENTIFIC EVOLVEMENT: The following is VERY IMPORTANT if you are interested in being open minded about life after death. ... and then proceeds to go where no StarCraft game has never gone … [Read more...]

2013 Perth Festival Highlights (Tickets On Sale Now)

And, yes - that was Margaret Atwood in the Perth Writers Festival line-up and I'll be seeing her.Check out the whole event here at … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Opening Cinematic

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Little Kitten – Californication : Tim Minchin

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Helping Fundraise For Fight Childhood Cancer (With Australian Chocolate And Skeptic Books On Ebay)

LOOK! Each helps the fundraiser for cancer patients as mentioned on a recent Token Skeptic podcast!  Item One - Be Skeptical Australian Chocolates Basket Australia is known for weird animals and weirder legends, but our chocolate and candy is legendary too! You need to test this scientifically, with numerous repeatable experiments on a wide number of supplied … [Read more...]

Scientology’s “Child Labour Camp” In Australia – Today Tonight

Full text here: In the middle of suburban Australia is a secret compound that's labelled 'degrading' and 'inhumane', with allegations of keeping children prisoner.Right in the middle of a quiet suburb is a place where children are separated from their parents, and forced to work full time for no pay, and live in squalid conditions.Those who've survived this place say they were brainwashed into believing they could not leave. They say they did not deserve the shocking treatment dished out.A … [Read more...]

British Humanists Association Choir – Singing Tim Minchin’s Woody Allen Jesus

Getting better. Slowly. Now I have grading to do, so I'm pacing myself. Many thanks to Alom Shaha for this find.You can find out more about the choir at … [Read more...]

New Token Skeptic Podcast – Bad Pharma Interview

Out tonight! Token Skeptic podcast, Episode One Hundred And Fifty Two – On Bad Pharma And AllTrials.Net – Interview With Dr Ben Goldacre.Dr Ben Goldacre is a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. His new book, Bad Pharma, which exposes bad behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry, was published at the end of 2012.For this interview, we discu … [Read more...]

Sean Faircloth Tour Of Australia – And Kickstarter For An Honest Liar James Randi Documentary

Two quick announcements - one for the diary and one to donate to: The RSA is proud to announce that Sean Faircloth, author of Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Rights is harming us all, and what we can do about it! will be coming to Australia in March 2013. He will be appearing in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and also in Auckland, New Zealand.Sean will be speaking at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 24 March 2013. [Check the Sydney Opera House website for details.]He will be appearing … [Read more...]

Quick Update – Stephen Law On 365 Philosophy And David Gorski And Robert Blaskiewicz On Token Skeptic Podcasts

I'd write to you all, but I can't. I'm still recovering from an injury and I have two weeks of intensive work ahead of me to handle.So, instead - I podcast. As best I can.Firstly - check out the first interview for the 365 Days of Philosophy monthly podcast.It's now on iTunes at 365 Days of Philosophy, where I chat to philosopher Stephen Law: Stephen Law (BA, BPhil, DPhil) is a philosopher and senior lecturer at Heythrop College in the University of London. He also edits the philosophical … [Read more...]

Meryl Dorey Resigns From The Australian (Anti)Vaccination Network

Because it's news and because Doubtful News is on the scene with the info and you should check them out:The AVN’s announcement: Meryl gives her Crayons to Greg – Dave The Happy Singer. Meryl Dorey has resigned as president of the AVN.Her replacement is the splendidly eccentric Greg Beattie.Here is the AVN’s announcement of the news:Greg Beattie, long-time vaccine researcher and author of two books, the latest of which guides readers through an in-depth analysis of the benefits of vaccin … [Read more...]