Politics And Anti-Abortion Efforts On BOTH Sides Of The Pond – On H.R 358

If you're a follower of #EveryThingIDo, you may have noticed that there's a Token Skeptic podcast interview with the articulate and community-minded skeptic Liz Lutgendorff, who along with Carmen D’Cruz started a counter-campaign in response to the '40 Days for Life' called 40 Days of Treats. I've submitted an article to the UK Skeptic based on the interview, so hopefully it'll be out next edition (and you can find out for yourself by subscribing to their fine publication! REALLY good … [Read more...]

Zombie Attack? Never Fear, A Hardware Store Is Here To Help…

I know that the task of advertising a hardware store might not awaken one's creative muse easily... but this is bloody funny. Er, so to speak. ...and there's the zombie take on it:   Westlake has been a valuable resource throughout the zombie awakening with zombie preparedness experts, tools for defense and zombieproofing and now zombies are gathering outside the store in protest. … [Read more...]

Late Thursday Links – Singh Asks Sally To Prove It And Talking Science To Kids

Late Thursday Links - Because I'm Waiting For My Pizza To Arrive And This Passes The Time And Besides, Digital Cuttlefish Needs A Kitteh And A Hug: "Oskar the Blind Kitten Versus Hair Dryer - Epic Cat Battle" Report from the Nigerian Humanist Convention - Graham writes: It was inspiring to be in the presence of so many Nigerian thinkers as the only non-Nigerian and to be the only foreigner ever to present the Humanist Day Talk. The comradeship, love, care, solidarity and support I … [Read more...]

The Spoon Theory, Deafness And Skepticism (I’m One-Degree-Of-Separation Most Days)

Do you know what the Spoon Theory is (pdf link)? If you don't, you can also check the following video after you read about my day. I just came in from a lovely lunch with two wonderful people who work for disability services in town. We all knew each other from different circumstances, as skeptics - and then suddenly realised over a plate of olives, cheese and mocktails that they worked in the same building and never realised it! … [Read more...]

Australian Atheist? Help Out With A PhD

MUST READ FOR TODAY - Creating Ankylosaur Attack: An interview with author Daniel Loxton!! Now that I've finished being thrilled about that link, back to the subject at hand! You might be an Australian atheist... ...which means you should also be subscribing to The AFA's Facebook group, be a supporter of the FreeThought University Alliance, have checked out the offerings and this forthcoming lecture on the 13th October about Darwin at Melbourne's Embiggen Bookstore and getting … [Read more...]

The 360 Degree Bike At SciTech!

I volunteer at this Science Museum. Because they are freaking AWESOME. Tomorrow I'm dissecting squid with some kids and I'll post about that and the Halloween Science CSIRO lab sessions from Tuesday as well. :) We've gone a bit loopy at Scitech -- literally -- and are putting the final touches together on our awesome new exhibit -- The 360 Bike. Unlike conventional bikes, this one doesn't ride on a flat surface, but a 360 degree loop. In this clip you can see our brave Science Squad Manager, … [Read more...]

To Google + Or Not To Google +?

Okay - bear with me with this one, as it's certainly dismissible as 'Well, nice to have problems of only this magnitude, sheesh...'. But do you feel the same? Is it possibly just 'a female thing', as posed by Phil Plait in a quote that follows this? Social networking is useful for getting in touch with other secular and skeptic people. I can't tell on G+ whether all the people adding me are those kinds of people. Some people I know are definitely secular/skeptical, but I don't know them well … [Read more...]

Must-Reads That I’m Reading – Separating Skepticism From Values, A Guide To Conspiracies (And Unicorns!)

New Podcast Out! On Forty Days Of Treats - Interview With Liz Lutgendorff I'll see about making this a fortnightly blog-post, although during the school holidays I have a little more time for reading than usual. So, here's a magazine, a blog-post, a book for research and a book for the fun of it. I'll make this a regular feature in the future and feel free to put in your own recommendations in the comments! Magazine -  Skeptic Magazine, Vol. 16. Number 4. I just got this in the mail … [Read more...]

Congratulations Matt Parker – 2011 Joshua Phillips Award for Innovation in Science Engagement

Matt Parker - an awesome Australian! We met briefly at QEDCon in February and again when he visited Perth to catch up with family before heading to more comedy shows in Melbourne. Lovely, lovely person and absolutely fantastically smart and funny. He even got an award for it! Here he is with hanging out in a bookshop in Leederville with another friend of mine, science communicator Daniel 'Professor Funk of the Placebo Effect Video' Keogh (and they're posing with a book written by another … [Read more...]

International Cephalopod Awareness Days – Digital Cuttlefish And Noadi’s Art #cephalopod

UPDATE - sobering news from 'Cuttlefish Country' in the comments - appears the desalination plant has been approved in SA. Keep in touch with their site for updates. It's International Cephalopod Awareness Days! I encourage you to do something to celebrate these days, which happen to be: October 8 – Octopus Day, for all the eight-armed species October 9 – Nautilus Night, a time for all the lesser-known extant cephalopods October 10 – Squid Day/Cuttlefish Day, or Squittleday, … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Great Skeptical Books For Kids

Monday Morning Muse - Because Cute Can Be Creative Too. Apparently the best Halloween costume of all time? Pup even has his own Facebook page. Many of you would have read the blogpost on the recent talk at the Texas Freethought Convention in Houston by Christopher Hitchens, where he was asked a question by a young member of the audience: Though he was asked a variety of questions from the audience, none appeared to elicit more interest than the one asked by eight-year-old Mason Crumpacker, … [Read more...]


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