The Skeptical Somnambulist (On A Saturday Morning)

Urgh. Imagine having a lengthy dream about coordinating four cats to get to three different veterinary establishments, all before 9am, with two requiring their yearly vaccinations and taken back home; another needing to be dropped off for an overnight operation at another venue across town, and... then waking up at 5.40am in the kitchen looking for a cat-carrier before realising that you've started sleepwalking again.While I’m not the same league as the active sleeptalker known as 'Sleep Ta … [Read more...]

Encouraging Diseases For Your Kids – From Pox Parties To Bioterrorism Via Mail

Dear holy hades. They are apparently on Facebook, although the Facebook page I found (pictured) said that they were just about having kids attend parties and not about sending viruses through the mail. Mind, it's not difficult for people to start up 'private groups' on this [UPDATE - just found one. About 155 people signed on, some identities clearly visible]KPHO News, Phoenix: Doctors and medical experts are concerned about a new trend taking place on Facebook. Parents are trading live … [Read more...]

The One Show On Spiritualism – With Professors Richard Wiseman And Chris French

Thanks to the The Psychology of the Paranormal E-mail Network - you can subscribe here! … [Read more...]

Monday Evening Muse – I Blame Halloween…

I usually post this in the morning! Sorry to everyone - here's some fun links for this All Hallow's Eve.Firstly - go in to win! Creative cats required! Email your pussycat poem to the Faster Pussycat Production site (or use the contact form). You will be rewarded for your creativity with one their ultra-special, world-famous Smoggy Calendars.I can't help posting this one - this is Pepper, who I sponsored. She wishes you a happy Halloween too! You can support Catherine Donaldson's kittens by … [Read more...]

Simon Taylor On Coffee (He’ll Be Appearing In Perth Next Week!)

Catch Simon Taylor in Perth on the following dates:1st Nov: MC at Shapiro Tuesdays – Brisbane Hotel, Highgate 2nd Nov: Stand-up at Laugh Resort Comedy Club- Brass Monkey, Northbridge 3rd Nov: Stand-up at Comedy Lounge, The Charles Hotel, North Perth 4th Nov: Stand-up at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den, Brisbane Hotel, Perth 5th Nov: Stand-up at Comedy Lounge, The Charles Hotel, North PerthThe Perth Skeptics are having a dinner together before the gig on Thursday 4th – details on the official site. … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘Do You Give People A Pass Because They’re On “Our Side”?’

Sunday Morning Survey – Because I Have A Headache For Some Unknown Reason And I'm Kind Of Grateful That I Don't Have To Get Out Of Bed This Time Of The Day To Do A Damned Thing Beyond Writing This .Today I read a short statement from someone (let's call them 'X') praising a speaker at a conference (it was a primarily a science, not an atheist conference - but we can talk about any event you like). People responded by politely agreeing or disagreeing about the relative value of that particular p … [Read more...]

Australian Gay Sci-Fi Fandom TV Show – Outland

Thanks to Jason for this find - DigitalSpy: Outland's producer Laura Waters said: "[Production company] Princess Pictures is proud that closeted science fiction fans will finally have a voice and that a full family of gay Australian characters can go where they never ventured before - prime-time television." Outland is due to begin in Australia in February and is expected to air in the UK later in 2012. … [Read more...]

New Token Skeptic Podcast – Very Superstitious!

From the 2011 Skeptrack at Dragon*Con, this is one of six panels that I took part in and it's one I was proud to moderate! Head to the Token Skeptic podcast site to download (and please consider becoming a donor to keep the show going!)This is "Very Superstitious - psychology, belief, weird things - what does the research show and when is superstition not the way?" Features Kylie Sturgess, Dr Steven Novella, Barbara Drescher, Stephen King and Robert Blaskiewicz.Many thanks to all the p … [Read more...]

On Gardasil For Guys / Boys, Girls And The HPV Vaccine

Despite The Hamster Wheel's gentle mocking of the departed Hungry Beast show last night ("Vaginas, Robots, Vox Pops and Graphics?") - you have to admit that they were ahead of the bell-curve when it came to suggesting the HPV vaccine for men as well as women:That is the great Daniel 'Professor Funk' Keogh, local Perth science celebrity and the creator of the 'The Strange Power Of The Placebo Effect' video that I put onto the Token Skeptic podcast about a year ago(with many, many thanks!). … [Read more...]

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – This Stephen Fry Walked Into Embiggen Bookshop…

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – Because I Just Got A Cat To The Vet And There Was Nothing Wrong Except For The Effort Of Getting A Cat To The Vet, So Here's Some Links To Recover From That Experience.Cat's okay, in case you were wondering. Just rather miffed that he got put into a box.Anyway. I was chatting to a friend on Google+ today (which considering my earlier grumbles about it's very existence with the post To Google + Or Not To Google +?, I'm fairly convinced that their chats are a deter … [Read more...]

Congratulations Sara Mayhew – Northern Arts Grant By The Ontario Arts Council!

When Sara Mayhew isn't appearing on Pharyngula's blog, giving a well-deserved smack-down to Deepak Chopra - she's lecturing on skepticism and manga at a few of those internationally renown conferences that appear here and there... and winning awards! The Ontario Arts Council (OAC) has awarded Sara E. Mayhew a $10,000 grant for her series, Legend of the Ztarr, through their Northern Arts program. The Northern Arts program provides funding to emerging, mid-career and established individual artist … [Read more...]


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