Archives for March 2013

Little Kitten – Ben Goldacre – Squabbles About Homeopathy

Interview with Ben about his latest book Bad Pharma features over on the Token Skeptic podcast! … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Radio Breakfast Host Hypnotised

I don't know about you, but I find this terrifying... … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – The Film Before The Film

THE FILM before THE FILM from ntsdpz on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour – Neil Gaiman On Radio Neverwhere, Golden Girls On Marriage Week And Lifehacker Gets Chiro-crazy

Morning! It's early on a Wednesday here and I'm working on a few projects before heading off to class and then getting a billion other things done before easter... surprisingly fewer chocolate eggs out there, I've noticed, but perhaps that's because I'm leaving things so late. Even though it's 6:21am already. Oh dear.Over on Science Based Medicine, Dr. Amen’s Love Affair with SPECT Scans: Daniel Amen loves SPECT scans (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography). And well he should. They h … [Read more...]

The Checkout – Skepticism And Consumer Rights On ABC Australia (Video)

For those of you who may have missed it, or can't see it due to being outside of Australia? You're welcome:Julian Morrow and Craig Reucassel from The Chaser team reinvent consumer affairs TV in a new show that will inform, entertain and empower ordinary consumers.This is particularly for Digital Cuttlefish, who needs something to enjoy after all the hard work they've been doing - and to Gerry, who I really appreciate for keeping in touch. I owe you both emails!![EDIT - sorry, fixed … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – SMC

SMC from Svensk Magisk Cirkel on Vimeo.I don't know about you, but it's only Tuesday and I'm exhausted. Thankfully it's resort-time soon and I'll be blogging from pool-side wifi at the worst, and not blogging at all if I can! In the meantime, this is with thanks to Tony Barnhart, who made me smile today as I was stuck in traffic on the way to school. Do check out the 365 Days of Philosophy site, that will continue on throughout the Easter break! … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour And Sunday Morning Survey – Tim Minchin On Broadway, More Henrietta Lacks, Support Baba Brinkman & Conference Feedback (Adria Richards)

There's a number of links flying about, here's a few that have caught my eye this Sunday morning:  No one knows what we may someday learn about Lacks’s great-grandchildren from her genome, but we know this: the view we have today of genomes is like a world map, but Google Street View is coming very soon. One of the best books I read the year it was released - Rebecca Skloot writes in the New York Times, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Sequel".I know I've been doing a lot of "s … [Read more...]

Lizzie Bennet Diaries On Kickstarter (And What Appears To Be Final Q&A)

If you're not a regular watcher of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, you have a lot of episodes to catch up on (and I envy you for being able to watch it all from the beginning, when there's only two left to go!). But I did want to mention this Kickstarter, in case you want to get the series on DVD:They've already reached close to $200,000, after their $60,000 goal... so you can pretty much assume that there's a lot of Jane Austen fans out there like me who are keen to see this happening! Do … [Read more...]

Reason Stick’s Venn Diagram of Irrational Nonsense

Looks like Crispian Jago has got a new name for his blog, and a little redesign to spruce up his posts - and there's a little diagram making the rounds that is very amusing: The curiously revered world of irrational nonsense has seeped into almost every aspect of modern society and is both complex and multifarious. Therefore rather than attempt a comprehensive taxonomy, I have opted instead for a gross oversimplification and a rather pretty Venn Diagram. Some of the comments are debating … [Read more...]

Vote For Jocelyn Bell Burnell ‘s Discovery of Pulsars!

How about another boost for a space-race today? Pop in a vote for Jocelyn Bell for the Top British Innovation! In 1967 student Jocelyn Bell (born 1943) was using the university’s four-acre array telescope, designed by her supervisor Tony Hewish (born 1924), and noticed a regular pulse in her data. From the transcript of the audio by Gia Milinovich, which features in the right-hand sidebar of the site: After months of checking and rechecking these signals, and discounting the idea that they w … [Read more...]

Helping Out CosmoQuest – NASA’s EPO Funding Issues Related To Sequestration

It's a gorgeous Saturday here and the second blog-post that I write for Patheos was intended to be a cheerful one about what I got up to last night and today (such as checking out Bad Apples' opening in Applecross, seeing Silver Lining Playbook and dressing up as a bee and so forth)......But there's something that I should draw your attention to instead (particularly if you love supporting education, space exploration and all that good stuff): “Effective immediately, all education and p … [Read more...]