Wacky Blog Search Terms Of The Christmas Season

You people are weird. Just want to put it out there. Again. But I love you.Here's some of the more intriguing search terms that led you to check out my humble little blog:Lots and lots of searches for the blogpost I did on the 18th December about singing hedgehogs. Although spelling it as "hedgeshogs" or "singin" was fairly regular. Maybe you're mostly American and not familiar with hedgehogs. Or expect them to be singing with an accent.my little pony site: http://freethoughtblogs.com/ - … [Read more...]

Shelley Segal – Playing At The Global #AtheistCon!

Another fantastic announcement for the Global Atheist Convention, happening in April next year (get your tickets!). Shelley Segal will be performing at the Saturday night dinner. Initially having been brought up as a Jew, Shelley rejected her religion and became an atheist at eighteen. Over the last few years, Shelley has become involved in the secular movement and it is a cause that she sees as indispensable. In response to her views, this year Shelley has recorded and released, ‘An Atheist Al … [Read more...]

Planning For 2012 (Doing Skepticism Smarter Not Harder – Any Suggestions?)

In short? Ooof. I'm at a loss at what to do for next year.Apart from hold my copy of the UK Skeptic in a goofy manner, and point at the title of the article I wrote for it and hope that the photo isn't too blurry.In case you don't know, Prof. Richard Wiseman has advice for this time of the year, regarding New Year resolutions: Psychologist Richard Wiseman from the University of Hertfordshire has studied the differences between the winners and losers in the resolution race and found those who … [Read more...]

Merry Merry!

Gingerbread recipe here. I used ginger paste, however, and it gives it more kick.Ferrero Rocher and M&M Tiramisu - you'll have to figure it out on your own...With much love to all my followers, listeners, friends and gorgeous ones. Take care of you. … [Read more...]

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...]