Starting 2012 – With Violins, Art, Drinking And Luggage (And Something From That New Mission Impossible That Puzzled Me Too)

Those experiences all seem familiar to you - right? Consider that your Sunday Morning Survey.During a visit to Moscow in the 80's, Dave Brubeck met the faculty and students in Moscow Conservatory. While he was improvising on a "Ei, uhnem", a Russian folk song, a young man downstage stood up to play Stéphane Grappelli-style violin jazz with him - at around the 2 minute mark...Not-Sober Lullaby by Ron Minis. "In my mind, notes start playing just after the appropriate amount of hard liquor … [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...]

…And Then, Like A #StopTheAVN Plane Appearing In The Sky…

Edit to add photo - credit to @thewetmale...the world doesn't seem such a bad place to be in. At least not today.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, decided to use a little humour in order to have ‘the last word’.The group has hired an aircraft to fly over the Woodford Folk Festival site during the two hours surr … [Read more...]

Professor Bruce M Hood And The RI Christmas Lectures 2011

Brilliant, brilliant stuff. Enjoy! There'll be more appearing on UK Television and online (iPlayer and YouTube). The Christmas Lectures are a traditional are lectures for 11 - 17yr-olds and therefore very accessible viewing: The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures are a series of lectures on a single topic, which have been held at the Royal Institution in London each year since 1825. The lectures present scientific subjects to a general audience, including young people, in an informative and ent … [Read more...]

Do Skeptics Really Make That Much Of A Difference (NVIC Anti-Vaccine Ad On NYE)?

Infographic from Vaccines.com - The Odds A Child Will...I'm honestly not so sure that they do. Make that much of a difference, I mean.I honestly don't think skeptics make that much of a difference when things like the National Vaccine Information Center's ad running on the ABC Full Circle Screen in Times Square are scheduled and paid for (apparently timed to happen during New Year's Eve celebrations, when television broadcasting occurs?) Simply because I'm starting to doubt that we have t … [Read more...]

Young Australian Skeptics’ Pseudo-Scientists Interview Shelley Segal

The Psuedo-Scientists have just released episode #35 - and it features an interview with Shelley Segal, conducted by Jack Scanlan.Shelley has also updated her JJJ page - with some news! There's two new songs from 'An Atheist Album' and a never-before released pop/rock track available for free download. Over the last few years, Shelley has become involved in the secular movement and it is a cause that she sees as indispensable. In response to her views, this year Shelley has recorded and … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – Skeptical Activism With Brushwood, Grothe, Goddard And More

Episode Ninety-Seven – Skeptical Activism 201: The Skeptics Strike Back over at the Token Skeptic podcast: From challenging anti-vax groups and homeopathy, to consumer awareness raising. What can skeptics do and how to get it right, by doing some research. Moderated by Desiree Schell, panelists DJ Grothe of the JREF, Debbie Goddard, Maria Walters, Brian Brushwood and Kylie Sturgess. By the way - Massimo Pigliucci has just produced a blog-entry called "The goals of atheist activism" that I think i … [Read more...]

E-Books Just In Time For Christmas – Skeptical Blog Anthology And Unnatural Acts

Remember my mentioning it earlier (it even appeared on the JREF Swift blog)? It's now available to download, as well as purchase in e-book form! Skeptical Blog Anthology - E-Book Format. The Skeptical Blog Anthology  features essays by: Dr Phillip Plait of “Bad Astronomy”, Dr Karen Stollznow of the Point of Inquiry Podcast, Sharon Hill, Dr Petra Boynton, Brian Thompson of The Amateur Scientist podcast, Skeptic Blog’s Daniel Loxton and Yau-Man Chan, New York City Skeptics’ Lisa Bauer, UK Skeptic D … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – Santa, Tim Minchin, Skeptical Women Online (Oh My!)

Just a quick heads-up about what you can download over the next few days from the Token Skeptic Podcast:Firstly, you should already have sitting in your RSS feed the contributions of not only a scientist who is working for the Royal Institution of Australia, but a talk I did on astrology for the University of Melbourne's Secular Society earlier in the year - which was released to herald the Young Australian Skeptics’ Blog Anthology. You can get your own copy here! Episode Ninety-Three – On Scie … [Read more...]

SciTech Christmas Party (…And One Last Message About Giving And Gilliam’s Greetings)

Oh, okay, but just because I Tweeted about it today. Then no more blog-posts for a while. This is the gang I volunteer my time with at the local science outreach museum - we are assembled for a group Christmas photo, before heading out to the party!This is what I call a 'Flaming Renée' (c'est magnifique): You can find the rest of the photos on my Flickr account.Just in closing - remember my earlier blog-post about being involved locally - The Life You Can Save – Seasonal Giving And Ch … [Read more...]

Boxers For Christmas?

I'm taking a break until post-Christmas (except, of course, to update with news about latest podcast episodes, of which there'll be a few) - I'd suggest turning down the sound for these two videos, I think the music is a tad much.First, Piggy and Puggy:I liked one of the comments for this one: "This is how my brother goes downstairs to get more beer":Enjoy them. Laters. … [Read more...]


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