#40DaysOfTreats – Showing Pro-Choice Support In The UK – With Cake!

A counter protest for 40 days doesn’t seem right - why draw attention to them? Instead, lets do something for the people who are probably most affected and could use the boost.Let’s give the nice people at BPAS 40 days of treats - Okay, we’ve got to do something about this - 40daysoftreats.tumblr.com. You know something that may not often come to mind with anti-abortion protesters and prayer groups? They can legally 'block' the way to providers... and make it very, very uncomfortable for those … [Read more...]

Curiouser And Curiouser On NZ Skeptics’ Convention – Now Out!

Now online! The NZ Skeptics' Convention article for Curiouser and Curiouser that I mentioned a day or so ago - now on the CSICOP website. They also have a CSICOP convention coming up soon. :) If any readers have been to Christchurch’s Twisted Hop pub on Poplar Street in order to attend a skeptical event or tour, I have some sad news. The pub sits, seemingly undamaged, right next to collapsed buildings. Rumbles of machinery and sounds of toppling cement echo throughout the Zone and beyond, with d … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Tim Minchin!

It isn't only Ada Lovelace's day today! Of course, we all know of Tim Minchin because of Storm. But I'll always remember him for the first time I saw him on stage, here in Perth.And if you're not familiar with his work: … [Read more...]

Stephen Fry On Steve Jobs – “Le style c’est l’homme – The Style Is The Man”

Now that the site is working and all - here's Stephen Fry on the late Steve Jobs: Their work met however and it is through it that you are reading this. I will not be so presumptuous as to mourn the loss of Steve as a personal friend, but I will mourn his loss as a man who changed my world completely. As the great writer, wit and sage John @Hodgman (who played the pasty-faced PC in the old Apple TV commercials) wrote a few hours after Steve’s death “Everything good I have done, I have done on a M … [Read more...]

Pharmacy Guild Of Australia Withdraws Endorsement Of Alt Med Company Blackmores

My earlier blog-post features the details of the case:  ‘Coke And Fries’ Backlash – Pharmacy Guild Of Australia’s Alt Med Tie-In With Blackmores.Pharmacy Guild of Australia press release (PDF) Link The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Blackmores have agreed that the Gold Cross endorsement of the Blackmores Companions range of complementary medicines will be withdrawn. The mutual decision has been taken in view of the strong level of public concern about the proposal, based on some media reportin … [Read more...]

It’s All Happening… Global Atheist Convention Advert #AtheistCon

Thanks to MsPraxis for this photo! … [Read more...]

Tragic News – Apple Reports Steve Jobs Has Died

Official Statement from Apple.com - they've put up a website.It's also on the front page of The New York Times online edition. Tragic news, statement released by Apple: Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being... If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com This is with a hat-tip to Donna Mugavero, who posted it first and will also be sad about the news:Steve Jobs, from a … [Read more...]

Thursday Morning What-The – Nudity, Art, Floating Feet And Mission Impossible Squirrels

NOTICE - if you're in Perth today (and why wouldn't you be?) - the UWA Atheists and Skeptics Society are doing their weekly pub get-together at 1pm in the UWA Tavern and there's a Facebook RSVP here!By the way, I'm going to be on the next episode of the podcast Science On Top! I don't think the theme of the show has been revealed, but this next video is a tremendously big hint.2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Periodic Table of Videos. Daniel Shechtman is awarded the Nobel Prize for his d … [Read more...]

Felicia Day And Sean Austin With ‘Behind the Scenes: When Galaxies Collide’

Many thanks to Gold for this find! :)Felicia Day explains some of the science behind galactic "collisions," including the upcoming collision between the galaxy Andromeda and our own galaxy, in this mock behind-the-scenes look at the making of a NASA educational video. Starring Felicia Day ("The Guild," "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar") and Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, "Special Agent Oso").Met her at Dragon*Con. Professional and focused. Very impressive. :) … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin And Dennis Kelly’s ‘Matilda’ TwitterView

Okay, sure, not STRICTLY skepticism, I know, I know... but I do love Roald Dahl, especially when combined with the songs of Tim Minchin.Here he is with the writer Dennis Kelly, answering questions about 'Matilda', the musical that was transfered from the The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Stratford-Upon-Avon's theatre to the West End. There will be an iTunes release on the 18th October coinciding with the musical’s first preview night.You can check out more of the musical (the London p … [Read more...]

Iszi Lawrence With Ladylike Lessons: How To Put Your Face On

I saw Iszi perform in August 2008, as a part of the Camden Fringe - and oddly enough, ended up being on the same train as her after the show. I don't recall her make-up being particularly note-worthy, but her tales of her family during her show were well worth catching.Notice in the background, a sketch depicting the main characters from Léon: The Professional.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsgUdPGXUZ8 … [Read more...]