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...]

From 40 Days Of Treats – UN States Told They Must Legalise Abortion

Subscribers to the Token Skeptic podcast would have caught up with the 40 Days of Treats campaign - and if you haven't, do check out their site and the proactive strategies to support legalised abortion: The idea behind the “Forty Days of Treats” is to show support by providing gifts of not only cakes and snacks, but also urging postcards and donations for the likes of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), whose offices are currently being targeted by the “Forty Days for Life” protest … [Read more...]

Vaccination Misinformation – AVN Seminars In Western Australia On NOT Vaccinating

Today is World Polio Day – 24th October 2011. Tomorrow, a notorious anti-vaccination group will be heading to my town.If you want to challenge anti-vaccination proponents - don't get mad. Get the facts out. There may very well be members of the public who are seeking information and may need some pointers, rather than Meryl Dorey and the AVN's misinformation.This was why I created the website called Australian Vaccination Network's Seminar on Vaccination: Making The Right Choice. This was a w … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – The Behind-The-Scenes At The Museum Ninja Edition

Monday Morning Muse - Because This Light-Headed Feeling Must Be Good For Something Other Than Looking at A Photo Of A Cat And Going Nyaaaaaaaaannnnnnn.But first, let us hail the ninja. Long live the ninja. The full report can be found on the website: that got me thinging? Or something like that. My brain, it went pop:ALL HALLOW'S READ on All Hallow's Eve - the author Neil Gaiman has created a new tradition: give scary books out to kids on Halloween. I am … [Read more...]

Donors Choice – A Message From Women And Hands-On Science

Firstly - today in Melbourne at Embiggen Books! Check out the podcast interview!  The event is Contempt of Court: Unofficial Voices from the DOGS Australian High Court Case, 1981. Not only is it a talk by the book’s author Jean Ely – popular Melbourne comedian Rod Quantock, activist and former politician Joan Coxsedge and Max Wallace, author and 2010 Global Atheist Convention presenter and Director of the Australia New Zealand National Secular Association will be there too. Thursday. 6-7.30pm a … [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...]


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...]