Girl With A Pearl Earring – With Just A Pen…

If you're reading this? Donate! Go on, donate, help push my tally over the $400 mark- if just three people can get projects going and make the tally go this far, I'm certain even a small donation to Math with Words or Did You Know That? or Time For Current Events will make a big difference to students and schools. It all ends this Saturday!It's amazing how it's done with just one single line. Just one. All in spirals for a Faber Castell ad campaign. … [Read more...]

Our Future In Space – TAM9 Panel

Panel - Our Future in Space from JREF on Vimeo. Featuring Dr Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. … [Read more...]

OCCUPY THE BOOKSTORE THIS THURSDAY! Secularism Talk In Melbourne

Wednesday Morning Links Of Love - Because If You Don't Know Then I Won't Tell More People And It Then Becomes Some Kind Of Inception-Style Vortex Of Missing Out On Cool Things.So, a comedian, a politician and a secular author walk into a bookstore...Firstly - this Thursday. 6-7.30pm at the Embiggen Bookstore, 97-203 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Email to RSVP at events (at) embiggenbooks (dot) com.If you're one of the people who have been keeping an eye on the Ron Williams high-court c … [Read more...]

F’ing Magnets – And HOW Do They Work! (I Can Has Hoverboard?)

You've probably seen the news reports getting excited about hoverboards - Tel-Aviv University demos quantum superconductors locked in a magnetic field.From Gizmondo: "An unidentified member of the university's Superconductivity Group School of Physics and Astronomy shows off the quantum locking, or quantum trapping, effects of a magnet that's been super cooled with liquid nitrogen. Now we've probably all seen demonstrations of super cooled magnets floating above a track before, with promises of … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Taking A Break From Reality

Monday Morning Muse – Because Even When I Can't See Straight Or Breathe Without Chemicals, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.I'm still unwell. I know, I know - I should be offline and working on getting better. Remember the old days? Didn't matter if you were missing a leg, it was more important to get the job done: “What if you were sleeping?” I had stupidly asked. “So get up and answer it,” she’d answered while filing down a scraggly nail. “Sitting down to a really fancy meal?” “Be like every other Ne … [Read more...]

I COULD Just Scream, But Instead I’ll Promote Science – XOJane Health Column On Birth Control

I don't want to do any kind of nasty, mean-spirited post about the news over on Gawker - Ranting Lady Blogger Hates Birth Control, Only Uses Plan B.Of course, it's caught the attention of a few sites you might read already (like XO Jane's Health Editor...are you playing with me? by Scicurious). The article in question is a column called "GET IT TOGETHER, GIRLS: EVERY GODDAMN PHARMACY IN NEW YORK IS OUT OF PLAN B! EVERY ONE!"What I will say is that apart from the casual attitude regarding Plan … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘When’s The Right Time To Announce You’re A Young Atheist?’

Sunday Morning Survey – Because On A Morning This Nice It's More Fun To Stretch Your Brain Than Stretch The Spine Of A Hymn Book.Firstly - hat-tip to the very kind Digital Cuttlefish who has blogged about the Phiten necklaces in Prime Time Superstition and gave a hat-tip to my blog-post on NRG TitaniumION Bands.More importantly, as mentioned by WWJT in his recent blog-post, Digital Cuttlefish once wrote about Jessica Ahlquist, in a blog-post called Fox News Commenters Hate America. Young peop … [Read more...]

Unwell And The Links That Don’t Help Much (A Bill Cosby Drumming Interlude)

I have a cold. I've just written the Sunday post that I'll schedule for tomorrow morning... but I thought that I should write something here.Something.Oh god my head hurts. And I feel awful as I'm letting someone down about a meeting tomorrow but I don't think I should drive a car let alone be typing anything other than pls get hdache tablts thx into my phone.I could post you links to illusionist Derren Brown talking to Philosopher, author and Open University lecturer Nigel Warburton about … [Read more...]

Because I Love You – The Princess Bride (In 2011)

I remember the first William Goldman film I ever saw - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. I ended up studying it as a Media student at university. This, however, remains one of my favourite films and books, let alone works by Goldman - and I've been fortunate enough to teach and recommend both to students. Enjoy this if you know what I'm talking about and click to embiggen. This one is for Kathy. … [Read more...]

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 bumper iss … [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...]


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