Robin Ince Happiness Through Science – Perth Review And Photos

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It's going to be difficult to be a fair reviewer, as I was working behind the scenes at the gig.But even if I wasn't, I know this: I knew he was funny. I didn't know he was brilliant on stage. And I really envy the rest of the country who are going to get different shows that only skim the surface of his rather dizzyingly funny brain. Which you'll get to see in 3D during a slide show.Enough review. Here's some photo memories for you that I've taken. Big thanks to The Astor, all the Tims … [Read more...]

Podcasting Your Passion – Video Of #SwanCon Panel

With great thanks to Daniel Midgely of Talk The Talk podcast, here's a video of our presentation at SwanCon!Podcasting – from Serial to Nerdist, from Pharos Project to Smodcast, there’s a number of online radio shows that demonstrate that there’s an audience for anything. But how might you get started? Tips and tricks by Kylie Sturgess (Token Skeptic) and Daniel Midgley (Talk the Talk) on different formats for the curious and quizzical. … [Read more...]

Skepticism, SciFi and Podcasting Panels At Perth’s SwanCon

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I'm heading out today to do a quick fifteen minute presentation on "how to be more skeptical" at SwanCon, but there's also going to be so much more to check out - over the whole long weekend!Here's the three I'm taking part in:FF - How To Be More Skeptical 101 - Friday 10:45 until Friday 11:00 - Intending to be a brief overview, will most likely have me showing how lovely the Token Skeptic logo is, the photo of the cat in this blogpost and trying not to be overexcited when talking about  … [Read more...]

Unholy Trinity Melbourne Review (AKA From Up The Gods Without God)

embiggen books with Seth

Yo all,Great gig. I was holding onto bannisters for much of it and even now my head is a little spinny due to the meds I was on (do not mix food poisoning and travel ever again - I've just extended my hotel stay here due to the thought of '...I can't pack and move, I'll be lucky to walk down the street and see a quiet movie for the rest of the day'), but it went damned well.Before the show - Embiggen Books get-together. People, you must go there. It is fantastic. And for a get-together … [Read more...]

Australia And Friday 13th – A Skeptical Viewpoint

As someone who considers themselves skeptically-minded (and yet still occasionally indulges in superstitious behaviour, as detailed in my TEDxPerth talk), it's understandable why Friday 13th still strikes a note of discord in the average Australian, despite a franchise of twelve movies. Hopefully they'll never make a thirteenth... not because I'm superstitious, but because the movies kind of suck.Essentially, people like patterns. We like patterns because we like to have a sense of control … [Read more...]

Robin Ince Australia Tour Video

And now here's the one for Robin Ince!Thanks to Trent Burton of and Alan Melikdjanian of in the filming and production of this video - and Robin Ince, of course!More details and links to tickets at Thursday 9 April | Perth | Astor Theatre 8pm Saturday 11 April | Adelaide | Dunstan Playhouse 8pm Tuesday 14 April | Canberra | ANU Arts Centre 8pm Saturday 18 April | Melbourne | Storey … [Read more...]

Women And Ghostbusters #NotMyGhostbusters

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Just a brief little blogpost on the topic (I'm heading out today to help behind the scenes at the Perth Fringe World Festival) in regards to what I think will happen with the film:There will be people (mostly guys, from what I see on Twitter) who don't like the idea of a reboot at all, let alone one featuring a primarily female cast. I dither about liking reboots myself - the next Fantastic Four doesn't thrill me, for example. I'm just waiting for the solid facedesk the world will make … [Read more...]

Last Two Days Fundraising For The New Token Skeptic Book!

I'm down to the last two days for the new book fundraiser!Spread the word if you can - just a blogpost, Tweet, a FB post or a Google + can help make it past 50%... or maybe even 60%... ? The whole book is now handed in to Alex, the editor of the new book - I'm now down to a quiet week with sound editing to make the audio version.Let's not forget a cover and a title! I've had two in mind and discovered that one was already used by an author, so that's narrowed it down. I'll be working o … [Read more...]

Water Dowsing And The Head Of Australia’s CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)??

You might be wondering if it's some kind of joke: He's interested in the development of technology that would make it easier for farmers to dowse or divine for water on their properties."I've seen people do this with close to 80 per cent accuracy and I've no idea how they do it," he said."When I see that as a scientist, it makes me question, 'is there instrumentality that we could create that would enable a machine to find that water?'"I've always wondered whether there's something … [Read more...]

QEDCon Ticket Fundraising At Hayley Steven’s Site

Every year, help is requested for people to attend conferences world-wide - Hayley Stevens once again gives the call to help people attend QEDCon in the UK: Another QEDcon approaches and tickets have gone on sale so I guess it’s that time again. Let’s rally together and buy conference tickets for those who can’t afford them! We’ve done it for *counts on fingers* lots of times now. Yeah…lots of times! (I have genuinely forgotten how many times I’ve done this. I think it is three?) Psst, Hayley, … [Read more...]

Fundraising For The New Token Skeptic Book!

There's some details, of course. You can find them at the IndieGoGo site:I'm the author of one self-published book on skepticism, secularism and atheism, published in 2013, called The Scope Of Skepticism: Interviews, Essays and Observations From the Token Skeptic Podcast . In 2014, I worked on creating the second book, which is still untitled. However, the chapters are written, the book is planned out... and I'd like to make it better than the first book. That's where you come i … [Read more...]