From a forthcoming episode of the Token Skeptic Podcast (if you’re not familiar with the show, try episode #60 – the best of) – an interview with Rhys Morgan.  In related news, Maryam Namazie, via One Law for All, is calling for a rally in defence of free expression and the right to criticise religion on 11 February 2012 in central London from 2-4pm. “We are also calling for simultaneous events and acts in defence of free expression on 11 February in countries… Read more

I remember telling a group of friends at Dragon*Con in 2009 about my sleepwalking habit – and in return was asked if I’d ever heard of Mike Birbiglia. Because of that question, I started listening to This American Life and haven’t stopped since. This month I saw Ira Glass on his “Reinventing Radio” tour; with an iPad and a microphone, he told us not only the story of the show but some of the stories behind the stories. Before the night… Read more

From Pro-Choice America: The numbers don’t lie: anti-choice politicians in Washington, D.C. and the states attacked a woman’s right to choose with a vengeance in 2011. What’s worse, these very same politicians are ready to resume the attacks here in Washington, D.C. and in state legislatures across the country. Read more

Portrait of the ghost drummer from odaibe on Vimeo. Ghost Drummer is a multidisciplinary project that explores graphic qualities in process of playing on a drum kit. Besides being a musician, drummer when playing is unconsciously engaged in an elaborate choreography. The drum sticks are the extensions of drummer’s hands like a brush is an extension of the painter’s hand. Motion-captured movements become a visual map over a time revealing fragile rhythm structures and invisible notations behind energetic instrumental solo…. Read more

I loved the subway, as much as I loved the London Underground. When younger, like Julie Burchill, I used to say that my favourite artist was Harry Beck. Conductor: www.mta.me from Alexander Chen on Vimeo. At www.mta.me, Conductor turns the New York subway system into an interactive string instrument. Using the MTA’s actual subway schedule, the piece begins in realtime by spawning trains which departed in the last minute, then continues accelerating through a 24 hour loop. The visuals are based on Massimo Vignelli’s… Read more

On the eve of the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich receives a long awaited endorsement from a former backer of Mitt Romney. Bigfoot thanks to the Doubtful Newsblog for finding this gem. Read more

One of my all-time favourites. Brought to you by Bridget – whose album you can get here. So do get a copy! And this? “Bridget’s amazing tremolo performance of Tarrega’s “Recuerdos De La Alhambra” all in one take.” Read more

Hello internet-black out – Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and Protect IP Act (PIPA). See you in February. Read more

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Go check it out!  My goal is to highlight examples of claims that are dressed up like science to sound more authoritative and official; point out those people who claim to use a scientific method to sound more credible or engage in sham inquiry; and unmask the impostors faking science processes in order to spin their way onto the stage of legitimacy. Each month I’ll bring you a new example of sciencey-ness that falls short of giving us credible knowledge… Read more

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