If This Is Fascism, Leunig – I’ll Take Community Immunity, Thanks.

Leunig is a funny one, as they say over here in Australia.We all seem to love the man with the teapot and the duck; the aphorisms and the poetry, and the simple line drawings that have been around ever since I was a child. I even enjoyed seeing a documentary about him and his influence on Australian cartooning, done a while back.Then as an English teacher, this cartoon about creches was used in an examination ("thoughts of a baby lying in a child-care centre"), with the request … [Read more...]

New Podcasts Out! Token Skeptic #203 And AtheistAus 6 With Shelley Segal!

New shows now out! Token Skeptic episode #203 - On After The Gold Rush, Skeptical Archaeology And Light For Riley: I spoke to Miles Greb – creator and writer of After The Gold Rush, on the impending launch of the Kickstarter you can contribute to – check it out today at http://www.afterthegoldrush.space The Pregnancy Babies & Children’s Expo was held over the weekend in Claremont, and for many attendees it was a chance to meet Greg and Cath Hughes, the parents of Riley.Light for … [Read more...]

Questioning The Efficacy of Homeopathy? Be A Skeptical Pirate!

For a call-to-action, you have to be pretty desperate to make fun of my support of local fashion designers when complaining that there should be more support for homeopathy in Australia: "We have a very special sceptic here Down Under. She is trained in media, partly in psychology and likes to be photographed in shirts or headbands featuring skulls for crying out loud. I never dreamed that my profession would be attacked and attempted to be brought down by someone dressing like pirate!" [Big … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast #201 Now Out – Science Vs, Pluto, Saving Discovery Centre

It's all happening over here - I'm heading out to do more radio interviews about the local environment and economy, which should appear on the next Urban Legendary show. After doing a 1am-4am live music radio show.At some point, I'll sleep...But in the meantime? How about downloading the newest podcast of mine - Token Skeptic Episode #201? I'm even going to change the intro theme song... depends on feedback. If you'd like to help support the show, just hop over to … [Read more...]

New Podcasts Out! Skepticism, Belle Gibson, Psychics, Scientology and More!

Damned hayfever. I have no idea what's causing it, but here's some podcasts to tide us all over until I can actually breathe again!Urban Legendary Episode Nine -  Belle Gibson was recently interviewed on Australia's 60 Minutes program, about the claims she had made about treating her terminal brain cancer with wholefoods. Her book The Whole Pantry, is still available for sale at some bookstores, although the app and new editions are no longer being produced. Yet with the realisation that B … [Read more...]

New Token Skeptic and Urban Legendary Podcasts Now Out

A quick recap of what's been happening podcast-wise, as I get down to more work on producing all the skeptical/atheist things I do while not dealing with a cold! Episode One Hundred And Ninety Nine of the Token Skeptic Podcast – On Skepticism 101 With John Scalzi, Daniel Midgley and Kylie Sturgess -  This is a very long, panel recording – with tremendous thanks to SwanCon and their organisers (and the fellow panelists, John and Daniel!) for allowing this to happen.A 101 on skeptical thinki … [Read more...]

Podcast Update (And More!)

It's been a bit intensive with the podcasting recently:Episode One Hundred And Ninety Seven – On The Escapist – Interview With Lawrence Leung over at  http://tokenskeptic.org/2015/05/01/episode-one-hundred-and-ninety-seven-on-the-escapist-interview-with-lawrence-leung/It's not often that I get to do an interview in person; this one was done at the Toast cafe in East Perth and the day before his UWA show (which was great!) and it was mostly just an opportunity to catch up. Lawrence is an i … [Read more...]

Robin Ince Happiness Through Science – Perth Review And Photos

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

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)

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...]


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