Staff: Director: Shinichirou Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) Script: Ayako Kato, Yuuko Kakihara (Stitch TV series) Character Design: Nobuteru Yuuki (Vision of Escaflowne, Chrono Cross) Supervising Animation Director: Yoshimitsu Yamashita (House of Five Leaves, Hyouge Mono) Music: Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Macross Plus). Read more

Thanks to Protium for this find. Read more

I have to tell you. Some brilliant, unmissable events are coming up next month and it’s going to go like this: MELBOURNE Tuesday, 2 February, ‎6.30pm: Russell Blackford: Freedom of Religion and the Secular State –  BOOK LAUNCH. RSVP essential places limited and seats already half gone! Head to Also in Melbourne will be Alom Shaha, at the Wheeler Centre on the 27th February – more details at the Embiggen Books blog and at the Wheeler Centre site. ***** PERTH There’s a great… Read more

Mike Stuchbery has a response to the complete and utterly offensive dingbattery that has erupted from Australian Margaret Court, the former No 1 Women’s Tennis Player and pastor of the Victory Life Centre in Perth (I’d like to apologise for the content my town is now producing in this regard and hope that it doesn’t get passed on, like some kind of gay vampirism. Especially if it’s accompanied by bad Goth music. Or Christian rock music. Actually, I’d like to see a gay vampire Christian rock… Read more

EDIT: A petition asking for Health Minister Tanya Plibersek to speak out about the dangers of misinformation about vaccination being spread by people like Meryl Dorey and the AVN. Thanks! Now out at the CSICOP website – “Protesting by Plane with the Stop The Anti-Vaccination Network”: In early December 2011, “Operation Nutcracker” was born. Meryl Dorey, the president of the Australian Vaccination Network (AVN), was booked for a talk on December 29, 2011, at the Woodford Folk Festival—an annual festival located between the Brisbane… Read more

Just when you think it can’t get any better! New Speakers for Panel on Religion & Politics: Addressing the subject of the intersection of politics and religion, our distinguished panelists will include Fiona Patten,  leader of the Australian Sex Party;  Marion Maddox, author, academic and political commentator; Dick Gross, journalist, author and atheist blogger for the National Times; and Colleen Hartland, Victorian Greens MLC. Moderated by ABC Radio veteran Derek Guille. Do move quick and get your tickets from the Global Atheist Convention site. Read more

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I get all overexcited about manta rays on the podcast Science On Top… an episode, since I left my Skype recording program on for the entire duration, that I rescued just for you! Some context first. This happens to be one of my favourite essays by Douglas Adams (and you can also find a copy in his ‘last’ book, The Salmon of Doubt) – ‘Riding The Rays’: Every country is like a particular type of person. America is like a… Read more

The part that caught my eye (full transcript here)? “I am at an enviable stage of my professional life. With my international reputation I am fortunate enough to be invited to lecture, operate, direct courses and spend time in foreign neurosurgical programs as visiting professor. I see it as an opportunity to keep abreast of current trends in clinical medicine and basic science research and in so doing, ensure that Australian patients with neurosurgical conditions are getting the very best… Read more

6th World Skeptics Congress, May 18-20, 2012 in Berlin, Germany – full details at the official site at Also note, there’s four guided tours of the city, including one of the Natural History Museum! As the Facebook page says: “Hi Folks, in a couple of days, we will present a new website…be curious about it…” Read more

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