What’s In My Bag (AKA What Have I Been Doing) – January 2012

I could do a very, VERY long blog-post about everything I've been doing in January. But to be brutally frank, the contents of my bag (which I've just tipped out over the table, in order to find my phone) says it all - et voilà: Firstly, lower right corner - two books that I've been carrying around. The first is Graffiti and Street Art by Anna Waclawek, which I used as a source of inspiration during a gifted and talented Community of Inquiry session that I helped out with. The COI even had … [Read more...]

NSFW – His Name Is James Bond (And He’s Kind Of An Ass)

H/t to Jennifer Ouellette for this find. … [Read more...]

Scientific American On The Skeptical Blog Anthology And SkeptiXX On Hoyden About Town/Finally A Feminism 101 Blog

I'll just put these links here... What is: The Young Australian Skeptics’ Skeptical Blog Anthology - Scientific American's The Network Central: Inspired by the Open Laboratory, the Skeptical Blog Anthology is a collection of blog-entries turned book chapters, taking online investigations and essays and preserving them beyond the life-span of a RSS feed. Plus, it was a great way for a group of young scientists and designers to put their stamp on the burgeoning skeptical-scene. Online … [Read more...]

Wednesday Links – Critical Thinking And Vegetarianism, Psychic Fails, SOPA And More

There's a few "Christmas trees made out of books" pictures online, but this was the only one that I found that took it REALLY seriously in order to make it pretty and tidy. There's even a video about how they made it at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. Thanks to Michael McRae for this find: Vegan Baloney on PYTHAGOREAN CRANK:  Of course, I could just be yet another crank who thinks he’s thinking critically but really conforming it around a cherished … [Read more...]

The Life You Can Save – Seasonal Giving And Charities Close To Home

I've been having one of those missed-connection discussions on Facebook recently, where I (mostly likely because I was attempting to contribute to the discussion while standing in line for forty-five minutes at KMart by typing on my phone and there's only so many characters you can type before giving up in frustration with the tiny screen and ending up sounding both snappish, random or even completely off-topic) was chatting to DJ Grothe and a few other contributors about a news item he linked … [Read more...]

Christmas Coming A Little Early (Change Nearly As Good As A Holiday)

Wednesday night is usually just the-middle-of-the-week. Today, however, it was: Dye my hair a new colour - well, two colours, actually. This is me, out in the bushland, trying to track down some black swans with my camera, for a friend. Pop on a Santa hat... ...and work at the science museum here in my home town, where I've been volunteering for the past year. Tonight was the children's Christmas party for the 'SciTrekkers' (people who have yearly memberships for entry and get discounts … [Read more...]

Books To Beat Your Baby By – The Right-Wing Biblical Approach To Raising A Child

I noticed Leslie Cannold and a few other skeptics that I follow on Twitter chatting about this (highly recommended Twitter-follow, for catching up on relevant links, ideas and issues that you might otherwise miss) - while at the same time I had open in front of me a petition on Change.org to request that Amazon.com not endorse certain books: Currently there are several books available to buy on Amazon (both .com and .co.uk) that advocate, endorse and advise on parenting methods that involve the … [Read more...]

From #NoOn26 Defeat (‘Personhood’ Amendment in Mississippi) To 40 Days Of Treats

A little oversight on my part (sorry! But it doesn't mean you need to stop supporting!) - but The Forty Days of Treats finished at the start of this week with a rather relevant reminder: Here’s [Twitter] links to all the organizations that I blogged about during these 40 days -  BPAS (@Clare_BPAS) Marie Stopes (@MarieStopes) Education for Choice (@EdForChoice) FPA (@FPACharity) Abortion Rights  (@Abortion_Rights) Abortion Support Network (@AbortionSupport)  Antenatal Results and … [Read more...]

Stephen Fry Answers The ‘What Knowledge Did The Apple Bring’ Question

This is for Digital Cuttlefish, who is wildly busy and should NOT be online, but I'd like you to visit their blog so they can still feel loved. Horrid fishy thing that it is. Neener. To cheer Cuttle up - a nice little slice of Quora, the popular Q&A site: What precisely was the knowledge that God didn't want Adam & Eve to have? It must have been very threatening to God considering his reaction to the eating of the "forbidden fruit." Over the years I have seen many contradictory … [Read more...]

Jon Ronson Gets His Own ‘Friday’ Song

Jon Ronson visits a man named Patrice Wilson who was responsible for the YouTube music hit 'Friday' by Rebecca Black. The video achieved over 200m views, and he believes he can do it again. Jon Ronson is treated to a track made by Patrice Wilson just for him. … [Read more...]