…I Thought Anti-Vaccination Ads In Times Square Was Enough Of A Scandal (“Imagine” Lyrics Changed)

I appear to have more curse words in the blog for 2012...Which isn't something I plan on doing on a regular basis, but man. Man. Seriously?Camels with Hammers has already fired off a blunt John Lennon Did Not Imagine That “All Religion Is True” blog-post (complete with video of the performance, which I can't stomach watching for a second time): I don’t even particularly like the song very much. But don’t take something deliberately provocative and counter-cultural and neuter it as an express … [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...]

How Not To Do A Festive Photo Shoot With Cats

"Meanwhile, over in Shiro's bowl, not a single fuck was given." … [Read more...]

Thank You To Those In 2011

Firstly - to QEDCon. You were a wonderful start to the year and you'll be a brilliant event in 2012, I just know it. Special shout-outs to Milton and Bridget, all the people I met at Westminster Skeptics and Prof Chris French and his team at Goldsmith's College. I just hope the podcasts and vodcasts I did of that time reflect a glimpse of how much I admire you all.Secondly - to the Young Australian Skeptics. I went to Melbourne and got to do talks thanks to the Freethought University Alliance. … [Read more...]

Five Podcast Episodes In One Day (And Get Well Michael Blanford!)

Oh man - what an end to 2011?After skateboarding on and off for more than thirty years, Michael was doing some night street skating fractured his hip and broke the head off of his femur. After  emergency surgery this morning, he's doing better but not sure when he's going home.Michael, in case you didn't know, is the JREF's Director of Educational Programs and the most wonderful director of a group of us who contribute to the fabulous resources that are slowly building up on the JREF site … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday Greta Christina!

...it might be early here, but tohellwithit, never too early for birthday wishes! … [Read more...]

My Drunk Kitchen – Realistic Resolutions

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On The Token Skeptic Podcast – #StopAVN On Protesting At Woodford Folk Festival

Now out on the Token Skeptic podcast!An exclusive interview with four members of the Stop the Australian Vaccination Network (Stop the AVN on Facebook) on the day of the protest at the Woodford Folk Festival - Jason Brown, Dave The Happy Singer, Daniel Raffaele and Robin Hilliard. Operation Nutcracker Media Release. While unhappy that Ms Dorey will still be speaking at Woodford, the Stop the AVN Facebook group, a loose-knit consortium of concerned citizens, scientists,  doctors and nurses, de … [Read more...]

Star Trek TNG: Single Ladies

I once liked this song, then avoided it - now I think I like it again: Captain Picard, Geordi LaForge and Data get down to Beyonce's Single Ladies in this stop motion dance video. … [Read more...]

…And Then, Like A #StopTheAVN Plane Appearing In The Sky…

Edit to add photo - credit to @thewetmale...the world doesn't seem such a bad place to be in. At least not today.Operation Nutcracker Media Release.While unhappy that Ms Dorey will still be speaking at Woodford, the Stop the AVN Facebook group, a loose-knit consortium of concerned citizens, scientists,  doctors and nurses, decided to use a little humour in order to have ‘the last word’.The group has hired an aircraft to fly over the Woodford Folk Festival site during the two hours surr … [Read more...]

Carl Sagan On Science and Religion – “Figuring Out A Prudent Balance Takes Wisdom”

From The Demon Haunted World: Science As A Candle In The Dark, the chapter called The Marriage of Skepticism and Wonder (admission - I was looking over the chapter called House on Fire, late last night, in preparation for a talk I'm going to be giving in the future. I don't sleep very well during the summer and doing something productive passes the time): In every such society, there is a cherished world of myth and metaphor, which co-exists with the workday world. Efforts to reconcile the two … [Read more...]