Ada Lovelace Day 2011 – On Paranormal Investigators Extraordinaire

This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves! When deciding who to write about, I found myself not so lacking in inspiration - more overwhelmed with choice! As  … [Read more...]

Stephen Fry On Steve Jobs – “Le style c’est l’homme – The Style Is The Man”

Now that the site is working and all - here's Stephen Fry on the late Steve Jobs: Their work met however and it is through it that you are reading this. I will not be so presumptuous as to mourn the loss of Steve as a personal friend, but I will mourn his loss as a man who changed my world completely. As the great writer, wit and sage John @Hodgman (who played the pasty-faced PC in the old Apple TV commercials) wrote a few hours after Steve’s death “Everything good I have done, I have done on a M … [Read more...]

FREETHOUGHT BLOG SNAFUs – Launch The Emergency Wil Wheaton!

Can you read this? Anyone hear me?Hello?Say something.Okay, what you're doing there is jumping. Uh, you just jumped.But never mind; say apple. "Apple."No, that's Greg, you just said "Greg"....close enough.If you CAN read this, go read this. I'm certain the site will be fine soon. Or clicky-click the picture. Enjoy yourself and I'm sure we'll all be just fine in a jiffy. ** WhateverTheHellAJiffyIsIThinkIt'sAnAmericanThing. … [Read more...]

Skepticism In The Shaking City Of Christchurch – Dr Bridgstock’s Lecture at NZ Skeptics Convention

Three things to finish off my Thursday:The Young Australian Skeptics podcast just released a brilliant  Episode Thirty-One, with Martin Pribble at Think Inc. and a fascinating interview with everyone's scientific hero, Eugenie Scott.Over at the Token Skeptic podcast: Episode Eighty - now out! On Paranormal Belief In Queensland – The Truth Told By Dr Martin Bridgstock.  Until recently, Queensland was regarded as the hillbilly state of Australia. It was dominated by fundamentalism and flirted w … [Read more...]

Pharmacy Guild Of Australia Withdraws Endorsement Of Alt Med Company Blackmores

My earlier blog-post features the details of the case:  ‘Coke And Fries’ Backlash – Pharmacy Guild Of Australia’s Alt Med Tie-In With Blackmores.Pharmacy Guild of Australia press release (PDF) Link The Pharmacy Guild of Australia and Blackmores have agreed that the Gold Cross endorsement of the Blackmores Companions range of complementary medicines will be withdrawn. The mutual decision has been taken in view of the strong level of public concern about the proposal, based on some media reportin … [Read more...]

It’s All Happening… Global Atheist Convention Advert #AtheistCon

Thanks to MsPraxis for this photo! … [Read more...]

Tragic News – Apple Reports Steve Jobs Has Died

Official Statement from Apple.com - they've put up a website.It's also on the front page of The New York Times online edition. Tragic news, statement released by Apple: Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being... If you would like to share your thoughts, memories, and condolences, please email rememberingsteve@apple.com This is with a hat-tip to Donna Mugavero, who posted it first and will also be sad about the news:Steve Jobs, from a … [Read more...]

Thursday Morning What-The – Nudity, Art, Floating Feet And Mission Impossible Squirrels

NOTICE - if you're in Perth today (and why wouldn't you be?) - the UWA Atheists and Skeptics Society are doing their weekly pub get-together at 1pm in the UWA Tavern and there's a Facebook RSVP here!By the way, I'm going to be on the next episode of the podcast Science On Top! I don't think the theme of the show has been revealed, but this next video is a tremendously big hint.2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Periodic Table of Videos. Daniel Shechtman is awarded the Nobel Prize for his d … [Read more...]

Felicia Day And Sean Austin With ‘Behind the Scenes: When Galaxies Collide’

Many thanks to Gold for this find! :)Felicia Day explains some of the science behind galactic "collisions," including the upcoming collision between the galaxy Andromeda and our own galaxy, in this mock behind-the-scenes look at the making of a NASA educational video. Starring Felicia Day ("The Guild," "Do You Wanna Date My Avatar") and Sean Astin ("Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, "Special Agent Oso").Met her at Dragon*Con. Professional and focused. Very impressive. :) … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin And Dennis Kelly’s ‘Matilda’ TwitterView

Okay, sure, not STRICTLY skepticism, I know, I know... but I do love Roald Dahl, especially when combined with the songs of Tim Minchin.Here he is with the writer Dennis Kelly, answering questions about 'Matilda', the musical that was transfered from the The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Stratford-Upon-Avon's theatre to the West End. There will be an iTunes release on the 18th October coinciding with the musical’s first preview night.You can check out more of the musical (the London p … [Read more...]

Iszi Lawrence With Ladylike Lessons: How To Put Your Face On

I saw Iszi perform in August 2008, as a part of the Camden Fringe - and oddly enough, ended up being on the same train as her after the show. I don't recall her make-up being particularly note-worthy, but her tales of her family during her show were well worth catching.Notice in the background, a sketch depicting the main characters from Léon: The Professional.httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsgUdPGXUZ8 … [Read more...]


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