Upcoming Events For The Perth Skeptics

This is a group that I started a few years back (in 2009!) - and thanks to the wonderful people involved, there's a few things happening for the first half of the year that I'll pass on:Book Club Meetup: Sleights of Mind Fri Jan 13 6:30 PM RSVP on the Perth Skeptics site. The next book for the Skeptics Book Club is Sleights of Mind by Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde. NB: You must RSVP to get more details at the Perth Skeptics Meetup Group.Darwin Day at Perth Zoo Sun Feb 12 12:00 … [Read more...]

Get Into Guitarrista – By Bridget Mermikides

Classical Masterpieces for Solo Guitar - Guitarrista by Bridget Mermikides.I would highly recommend the final track El Ultimo Tremolo (Live), but then I'd feel weird for not equally highly recommending all the other tracks, because they're brilliant too. For example, a very popular solo arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy appears in Guitar Techniques Magazine.You can buy the album from bandcamp, at Bridget - Guitarrista. … [Read more...]

Project Barnum Educates Into 2012 With Horoscope Hijinks

You can't keep a good project down. You can read the interview I conducted with Hayley Stevens at the CSICOP Curiouser and Curiouser website.Each month a new action will be added that supporters and visitors are encouraged to try out. These actions will provide insight into how psychic trickery works, how easy it is to fall for the idea that vague statements are the result of paranormal abilities, and provide you with demonstrations you can use on other people to help them understand the … [Read more...]

Stella Young At The Global Atheist Convention #AtheistCon

More news from the convention! Stella Young is a comedian, disability advocate and Editor of ABC’s Ramp Up, the online space for news, discussion and opinion about disability in Australia. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdkWVUQScEo ...Since then she has been active in the disability community in a variety of roles, including membership of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Department of Victorian communities and Women With Disabilities Victoria. St … [Read more...]

WA Fail – Whooping Cough Epidemic With Double The Cases Since 2010

An article on the Stop The Australian Vaccination Network has been submitted to the Curiouser and Curiouser column over on CSICOP - here's yet another reason to be concerned (even on the other side of the country, where I am) about vaccination rates.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I_JXUyfCY4ABC News Breakfast segment on WA's steadily rising pertussis epidemic, brought on by low immunisation levels. Sydney Morning Herald: A whooping cough epidemic is rampant in Western Australia, prompting … [Read more...]

Scientific American On The Skeptical Blog Anthology And SkeptiXX On Hoyden About Town/Finally A Feminism 101 Blog

I'll just put these links here...What is: The Young Australian Skeptics’ Skeptical Blog Anthology - Scientific American's The Network Central: Inspired by the Open Laboratory, the Skeptical Blog Anthology is a collection of blog-entries turned book chapters, taking online investigations and essays and preserving them beyond the life-span of a RSS feed. Plus, it was a great way for a group of young scientists and designers to put their stamp on the burgeoning skeptical-scene. Online outreach is … [Read more...]

Episode One-Hundred Of The Token Skeptic Podcast – And A Short Break

Token Skeptic Episode #100 - On One Hundred Episodes.  Contained within this show are segments from a talk I did for the New Zealand Skeptics, called "Podcasting Skeptically: The Token Skeptic Podcast", recorded at the New Zealand Skeptics Convention in August, 2011. It also contains clips from the second "half" of the last one-hundred episodes. By the way - UK's Hayley Stevens is starting a new podcast: Talk About Strange. Do yourself a favour and check it out. Hello - this is going to be the … [Read more...]

…I Thought Anti-Vaccination Ads In Times Square Was Enough Of A Scandal (“Imagine” Lyrics Changed)

I appear to have more curse words in the blog for 2012...Which isn't something I plan on doing on a regular basis, but man. Man. Seriously?Camels with Hammers has already fired off a blunt John Lennon Did Not Imagine That “All Religion Is True” blog-post (complete with video of the performance, which I can't stomach watching for a second time): I don’t even particularly like the song very much. But don’t take something deliberately provocative and counter-cultural and neuter it as an express … [Read more...]

Five Podcast Episodes In One Day (And Get Well Michael Blanford!)

Oh man - what an end to 2011?After skateboarding on and off for more than thirty years, Michael was doing some night street skating fractured his hip and broke the head off of his femur. After  emergency surgery this morning, he's doing better but not sure when he's going home.Michael, in case you didn't know, is the JREF's Director of Educational Programs and the most wonderful director of a group of us who contribute to the fabulous resources that are slowly building up on the JREF site … [Read more...]

On The Token Skeptic Podcast – #StopAVN On Protesting At Woodford Folk Festival

Now out on the Token Skeptic podcast!An exclusive interview with four members of the Stop the Australian Vaccination Network (Stop the AVN on Facebook) on the day of the protest at the Woodford Folk Festival - Jason Brown, Dave The Happy Singer, Daniel Raffaele and Robin Hilliard. Operation Nutcracker Media Release. While unhappy that Ms Dorey will still be speaking at Woodford, the Stop the AVN Facebook group, a loose-knit consortium of concerned citizens, scientists,  doctors and nurses, de … [Read more...]

Star Trek TNG: Single Ladies

I once liked this song, then avoided it - now I think I like it again: Captain Picard, Geordi LaForge and Data get down to Beyonce's Single Ladies in this stop motion dance video. … [Read more...]


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