Stella Young At The Global Atheist Convention #AtheistCon

More news from the convention! Stella Young is a comedian, disability advocate and Editor of ABC’s Ramp Up, the online space for news, discussion and opinion about disability in Australia. httpv:// ...Since then she has been active in the disability community in a variety of roles, including membership of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Ministerial Advisory Council for the Department of Victorian communities and Women With Disabilities Victoria. St … [Read more...]

WA Fail – Whooping Cough Epidemic With Double The Cases Since 2010

An article on the Stop The Australian Vaccination Network has been submitted to the Curiouser and Curiouser column over on CSICOP - here's yet another reason to be concerned (even on the other side of the country, where I am) about vaccination rates.httpv:// News Breakfast segment on WA's steadily rising pertussis epidemic, brought on by low immunisation levels. Sydney Morning Herald: A whooping cough epidemic is rampant in Western Australia, prompting … [Read more...]

Critical Thinking: Getting Personal And The Man That Was Made Of Straw

andThat's all. … [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 outreach is … [Read more...]

Weird Al Yankovic, Alice Cooper And Steven Tyler Sing The Beatle’s “Come Together”

New Years Eve 2012 party at Mala Restaurant, Wailea, Maui.I'll be back blogging in late Jan/early Feb. … [Read more...]

Episode One-Hundred Of The Token Skeptic Podcast – And A Short Break

Token Skeptic Episode #100 - On One Hundred Episodes.  Contained within this show are segments from a talk I did for the New Zealand Skeptics, called "Podcasting Skeptically: The Token Skeptic Podcast", recorded at the New Zealand Skeptics Convention in August, 2011. It also contains clips from the second "half" of the last one-hundred episodes. By the way - UK's Hayley Stevens is starting a new podcast: Talk About Strange. Do yourself a favour and check it out. Hello - this is going to be the … [Read more...]

This Is Your Orchestra. This Is Your Orchestra On Drugs Being Attacked By Elephants

This one is for Protium, who said he could only handle about twenty-four seconds of listening. I find the visuals help make it slightly more bearable.Now, I should point out that the YouTube video is mislabled - it's not a "school orchestra" at all. Thus Spake Zarathustra, the music to the title sequence of Stanley Kubrick's "A Space Odyssey" - as performed by the Portsmouth Sinfonia.I remember a Twitter conversation with someone (might have been Milton) who said that he knew someone was … [Read more...]

…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...]