On Transcribing (aka Support The Podcast, Save The World…)

Back in the early days of teaching, I attended two weekend introductory language courses at the city technical college - one was in Australian sign language and culture, the other was Japanese 101.These days I can only sign 'thank you' and 'lion' [makes big curly mane shape around head] and follow along a little bit with the subtitles on Cowboy Bebop. However, as a result of being completely out of my depth with two languages, when I started doing my own podcast, I kept miniature … [Read more...]

Quick Update – SciComm And Podcasting

I am so focused these days (you can tell by my increasingly sporadic Facebook and Twitter feeds) on working with students on producing and presenting live one-hour radio shows on Radio Fremantle 107.9FM (you can find their shows over here), along with caring for a 13 week old kitten (which is also overwhelming my Instagram feed)......that everything else has taken a bit of a hiatus.I've managed to keep up the 365 Days Of Philosophy podcast, but Token Skeptic  is taking a bit of a beating … [Read more...]

Gravity Is Toxic, The Earth Is Flat And I Don’t Charge You $400+ To Make Those Rubbish Claims (Unlike David “Avocado” Wolfe)

I have a raging, spiky headache, so it must be time to blog something here.During the same week that Murdoch Uni featured a great talk on alternative medicine and the potential dangers, the West Australian published news that David “Avocado” Wolfe, the man who: ...claims there is growing evidence that vaccines are not safe and can permanently maim or kill and he has linked vaccines to autism.“The damage caused by vaccines can no longer be ignored, nor can it be dismissed as a necessary e … [Read more...]

February 2017 So Far – Loss, Lazertits And Lots Of Reading

Well, it's been a while since I've written here - fifty-five days in fact. I know this, because I've been keeping track of the days with my 365 Days of Philosophy podcast. This weekend has been taken over by the Perth Writers Festival, a loss in the family, and plenty of reading.The festivals (Fringe and International) have taken over my life a little this year (although it is NOTHING in comparison to what it must be doing to the volunteers and employees, they're just non-stop).While I … [Read more...]

Census No Religion – An Australian Campaign For The Truth #censusnoreligion

Well, it's been a while since I've blogged... and here's something to blog about.From the site censusnoreligion.org.au: Many people in Australia are born into religion but no longer practice or hold the same beliefs.On the 2016 census, the opportunity to choose ‘No religion’ is now at the top of the list, giving people the chance to consider their answer first.Accurate census data helps policy makers & political leaders make all sorts of planning and funding decisions. So if you … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – Tim Minchin Performing “Not Perfect” At Home #PIAF

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#PerthFest Token Skeptic Special Podcast Episode – Perth Writers Festival

It's been a very busy week with the Perth International Arts Festival (join the Patreon and see the Home event content, including Tim Minchin!) - and now the Perth Writers Festival!With a marathon-style live three hour show yesterday and a sprinkling of interviews prior to the event, I've collected a range of content and put it into one podcast - authors on science, art, blogging, fantasy, humour and more:Token Skeptic Special Episode - 2016 Perth Writers FestivalIt's a yearly … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin’s New Charity Song – About Cardinal George Pell

For those outside of Australia, you might not be aware about the issues surrounding Cardinal Pell and why many in this country wish for him to return from Rome.George Pell AC is an Australian cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and the inaugural and current Prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy for about two years now. His heart condition and resulting ill health was judged serious enough to prevent air travel from Italy to Australia to appear before the Royal Commission into … [Read more...]

Podcasts – Token Skeptic #212 And Fringe / Fest – ing About Perth

I'm kind of surprised that some other local podcasts haven't been doing this more, but I've had a number of opportunities to speak to people as a part of the Perth International Arts Festival and the Fringe Festival... so why not organise them all together in a few special episode podcasts?So, here's what's been uploaded recently, with huge thanks as always to RTRFM and the Patreons who pay for the podcast hosting:Token Skeptic Episode #212: On PhD’s In Anti-Science And The Fading Sym … [Read more...]

Perth Fringe World Festival / PIAF Picks #atheism #skepticism #science #fun

It's kind of obvious (well, in case you missed it - this is Patheos...) that I have a tendency to see local Fringe and PIAF shows that are supportive of science, skepticism, atheism, philosophy, literary, freethinking, secularism and so forth.If someone's dressed as Jane Austen or Darwin (or both - I keep hoping!) - or points out that religious extremism has a funny side, as well as making you think about the unfunny elements and what positive things could be done about it... or does a … [Read more...]

Vale David Bowie – 1947 – 2016

Of course there's a few rumours about hoaxes, because - let's face it - nothing works like a hoax for a bit of clickbait. But the news has been confirmed by a number of sources, including the official ones and that of his family.Here's a few memories from visiting the David Bowie Is exhibition in Melbourne, at the end of last year. I had a small amount of time in transit, and used it to visit a favourite bookstore and go to the ACMI building where the exhibition was running for a limited … [Read more...]