One Of Those Days (With Dumb, Pointless Online Stuff, The Host And Zombie Movies)

Quick item! Wrote something about DINOSAURS (well, I didn't write the book, but I did do an interview and it's all over at): Getting Into Pterosaur Trouble – An Interview With Daniel Loxton on the Curiouser and Curiouser column. Wahoo, go read it and then get the book for a young person: Kylie: I noticed (and it's fantastic timing with your book coming out!) some press on “9-Year-Old Girl Gets Dinosaur Named After Her, Makes All Other Children/Adults Jealous,” and yet I also noticed some  … [Read more...]

Links Du Jour And Sunday Morning Survey – Tim Minchin On Broadway, More Henrietta Lacks, Support Baba Brinkman & Conference Feedback (Adria Richards)

There's a number of links flying about, here's a few that have caught my eye this Sunday morning:  No one knows what we may someday learn about Lacks’s great-grandchildren from her genome, but we know this: the view we have today of genomes is like a world map, but Google Street View is coming very soon. One of the best books I read the year it was released - Rebecca Skloot writes in the New York Times, "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, The Sequel".I know I've been doing a lot of "s … [Read more...]

Godless Parenting: What Do You Do To Bring Up #GodFreeKids?

I'm hosting a Google Hangout tomorrow morning (which is 8pm Sunday, USA East Coast time) - and I have a few questions all ready to go!If you'd like to suggest more questions (or even suggest some answers that I can read out!) feel free to add them here in the comments or pop them on the Twitter hashtag #GodFreeKids.QUESTIONS:1) What do you think are some of the biggest challenges that face atheist parents?2) If you did question your faith as a child - what led you to question?3) … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – What Sites Inspire You?

Here's one of mine - what are some of yours?There were tons of red flags in terms of the first information I received about this project and I was wary until, of course, I saw the pilot and read up about Matthew Weiner. The show was gripping and emotional, complex and funny—it took my breath away. By the closing I knew there wasn’t a creative instinct in me that could have turned it down. Matthew had a distinct point of view and came to us with a compelling brief: A man walks into an office bu … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – What Skeptical Topic Gets Your Goat? #ScienceGirlThing

Good morning! Hope your morning is doing well for you - I've got friends coming over in about two hours time and about five half-finished blog-posts on a variety of topics... and I've just decided to cram them all together for your readability-joy and pop in a general survey question at the top because I've not done this for ages. Welcome To Meta-blogging, When Offline Life Is Too Busy To Pretend It's All Smooth-Sailing Tea, Scones And Save Draft At Appropriate Intervals.Firstly - oh dear holy … [Read more...]

On Yesterday’s St Patrick’s Day And Other Interesting Amusements And News

So, how are you doing today? First and foremost! Go check out the guest blog-post I wrote on St Patrick's Day and Luck for The Odds Must Be Crazy website!I've been a mess today - so incredibly tired. It all started with realising that I was attending the opening night of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia at the State Theatre. Yes, during St Patrick's Day celebrations in the city. Kind of a mistake, as you'll discover after reading the Odd's blog-post. Thankfully the chaos of celebrating people didn't … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – Can You Name All The Movies?

Sunday Morning Survey - Because It's Late, I Have Still So Much To Catch Up On, Emails Of That Ilk, And I Need A Break, Oh Look - Cool Links And Now I'm Happier! ...Ish.What a Sunday already... can you name all the movies?ABCinema from Evan Seitz on Vimeo.Chicago Tribune: '"Churches are among the final institutions to get foreclosed upon because banks have not wanted to look like they are being heavy handed with the churches," said Scott Rolfs, managing director of Religious and … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – What Does Your Psychic Reading Of Asparagus (Or Strawberries) Tell You?

Sunday Morning Survey - Because We're Not Doing Anything Else On Sunday Mornings After All And I Did This On A Regular Basis Last Year So I'm Starting It Up Again And You Can Comment As Much As You Like Or Suggest Future Topics (With Or Without Vegetables).This is the kind of thing that Milton Mermikides posts on Facebook, which has me thoughtfully looking at the vegetable bin while making the first cup of tea of the day:A fortune teller who predicts the future using ASPARAGUS unveiled her … [Read more...]

Zombies, Run! A Running Game

Sunday Morning Survey - Would this be a good exercise incentive?Thanks to Swoopy for this find. Running Game & Audio Adventure: Zombies, Run! is an ultra-immersive running game for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android. We deliver the story straight to your headphones through orders and voice recordings - and back home, you can build and grow your base with the items you've collected. … [Read more...]

Starting 2012 – With Violins, Art, Drinking And Luggage (And Something From That New Mission Impossible That Puzzled Me Too)

Those experiences all seem familiar to you - right? Consider that your Sunday Morning Survey.During a visit to Moscow in the 80's, Dave Brubeck met the faculty and students in Moscow Conservatory. While he was improvising on a "Ei, uhnem", a Russian folk song, a young man downstage stood up to play Stéphane Grappelli-style violin jazz with him - at around the 2 minute mark...Not-Sober Lullaby by Ron Minis. "In my mind, notes start playing just after the appropriate amount of hard liquor … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – Should Christmas Be For Everyone (With A Little Calvin And Hobbes)?

Sunday Morning Survey - Up Early Because A Friend Is Having Birthday Brunch In About Two Hours And I Am Going To Collapse For The Rest Of The Day So I Might As Well Exercise The Brain Cells At Least Once Before Then.Someone in the comments (hello!) for another post was rather surprised and thrilled to notice that I referenced Alom Shaha. In fact, Alom Shaha is coming to my home town, to the Perth Writers Festival - so do subscribe to this blog's feed and to Alom's Twitter stream to keep up to … [Read more...]