E-Books Just In Time For Christmas – Skeptical Blog Anthology And Unnatural Acts

Remember my mentioning it earlier (it even appeared on the JREF Swift blog)? It's now available to download, as well as purchase in e-book form! Skeptical Blog Anthology - E-Book Format. The Skeptical Blog Anthology  features essays by: Dr Phillip Plait of “Bad Astronomy”, Dr Karen Stollznow of the Point of Inquiry Podcast, Sharon Hill, Dr Petra Boynton, Brian Thompson of The Amateur Scientist podcast, Skeptic Blog’s Daniel Loxton and Yau-Man Chan, New York City Skeptics’ Lisa Bauer, UK Skeptic D … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Podcast – Santa, Tim Minchin, Skeptical Women Online (Oh My!)

Just a quick heads-up about what you can download over the next few days from the Token Skeptic Podcast:Firstly, you should already have sitting in your RSS feed the contributions of not only a scientist who is working for the Royal Institution of Australia, but a talk I did on astrology for the University of Melbourne's Secular Society earlier in the year - which was released to herald the Young Australian Skeptics’ Blog Anthology. You can get your own copy here! Episode Ninety-Three – On Scie … [Read more...]

SciTech Christmas Party (…And One Last Message About Giving And Gilliam’s Greetings)

Oh, okay, but just because I Tweeted about it today. Then no more blog-posts for a while. This is the gang I volunteer my time with at the local science outreach museum - we are assembled for a group Christmas photo, before heading out to the party!This is what I call a 'Flaming Renée' (c'est magnifique): You can find the rest of the photos on my Flickr account.Just in closing - remember my earlier blog-post about being involved locally - The Life You Can Save – Seasonal Giving And Ch … [Read more...]

Boxers For Christmas?

I'm taking a break until post-Christmas (except, of course, to update with news about latest podcast episodes, of which there'll be a few) - I'd suggest turning down the sound for these two videos, I think the music is a tad much.First, Piggy and Puggy:I liked one of the comments for this one: "This is how my brother goes downstairs to get more beer":Enjoy them. Laters. … [Read more...]

The Hobbit Official Trailer

Taught this to Year 9 English once - a class of ten boys. Brilliant fun. I wonder if they'll remember that, now it's nearly a decade later? … [Read more...]

Full Transcript Of Meryl Dorey On 98.9FM Radio

As I blogged previously: Meryl Dorey Of The AVN – Appearance On National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS) Appearing on the 98.9 Queensland radio station – an Indigenous, government funded radio station - Meryl Dorey is now advising the listeners in rural and remote areas on vaccinations. Now the full transcript is up here. Many thanks, by the way, to all the commentators on the previous blog-post that I made on this topic; there are some very interesting viewpoints and lots of support for the Stop … [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 bias. But … [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...]

The Young Australian Skeptics – Skeptical Blog Anthology – Out Now!

A short article on SWIFT about the anthology now out! All proceeds of the anthology go to the Young Australian Skeptics.The Skeptical Blog Anthology features essays by:Dr Phillip Plait of “Bad Astronomy”, Dr Karen Stollznow of the Point of Inquiry Podcast, Sharon Hill, Dr Petra Boynton, Brian Thompson of The Amateur Scientist podcast, Skeptic Blog’s Daniel Loxton and Yau-Man Chan, New York City Skeptics’ Lisa Bauer, UK Skeptic Dr Chris French, Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe’s Evan Bernstein … [Read more...]

Token Skeptic Transcript – Burzynski And Skeptical Bloggers At CSICOP’s Curiouser And Curiouser

Now out on the Curiouser and Curiouser column on the CSICOP website - a transcript of the Token Skeptic podcast episode that featured UK's Andy Lewis of Quackometer:On Stanislaw Burzynski, the Streisand Effect, and Standing Up for Skeptical Bloggers Kylie Sturgess:  Who is Stanislaw Burzynski? Andy Lewis:  Well, that’s a very good question. As far as I can understand, he’s a doctor based in Texas who a number of years ago came up with an idea that certain sorts of chemicals were missing from ca … [Read more...]

Omni-Directional Spider Robot (And It Likes Teddy Bears)

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