Let’s Have A Montage – Cephalopod Awesomeness

Woken up by email at 4am... to learn that I am scheduled to help out with a squid dissection! I'm rather excited, will give me something to report upon for Cephalopod Week. :) From Boing Boing - Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, studies camouflage in cephalopods--squid, cuttlefish and octopus. They are masters of optical illusion. These are some of Hanlon's top video picks of sea creatures. … [Read more...]

NRG TitaniumION Rubber Bands Get Bounced By Rebel Sport

In a blog post over at Science Based Medicine, ('Pseudoscience Sells') Dr Steve Novella sums up TitaniumION Bands: Next up is the Titanium Ion Bands. Their claims are essentially the same – wear a little bracelet on your wrist and you will have improved performance. Instead of holograms and frequencies, their bands are alleged to work through negative ions. This is just another recycled pseudoscientific claim that has been around for years. Just search on “negative ions” and you will … [Read more...]

Climate Change Denial Machine – Flow Chart

From Wilson daSilva - Flow chart of climate denial machine produced by sociologists. It says that it's from Dunlap and McCright, 'Organised Climate-Change Denial' in the Oxford Handbook of Climate Change and Society, Oxford University Press, 2011, p.147. … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Ira Glass On Creativity

Monday Morning Muse - Sometimes It'll Get You Through The Rest Of The Week. Like many non-Americans, I suspect, I came across Ira Glass rather late in life. But, like my interest in David Sedaris, Frank Zappa, John Hodgman and Sarah Vowell, I've been working on my late-bloomer status. Here's a YouTube version (the full, unanimated lectures of Glass feature here) using kinetic typography. … [Read more...]

On Project Barnum – Interview With Hayley Stevens

Thanks to the overloading of vodcasts from Dragon*Con, I seem to have capped my Libsyn account temporarily. However, thanks to the wonderful patience and professionalism of Hayley Stevens, I do have a sneak-preview transcript of the start of the interview that will be appearing on the Token Skeptic podcast, episode Seventy-Nine! When I've figured out the bandwidth issue, you can download Token Skeptic #79 - On Project Barnum – Interview With Hayley Stevens from the official Token Skeptic … [Read more...]

‘Coke And Fries’ Backlash – Pharmacy Guild Of Australia’s Alt Med Tie-In With Blackmores

The more than 200 audits of complementary medicines, conducted between June 2009 and December 2010, found hundreds of instances where treatments failed to comply with regulations and sparked a wave of news reports, opening something like this: ''Many vitamins, herbs and Chinese medicines make false claims and don't work.'' ...Research has shown that more than half of Australians incorrectly believe alternative medicines are independently tested by the TGA before being allowed on sale. That is … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘Can I Attend A Christening Without Being A Hypocrite?’

Sunday Morning Survey - Because, Let's Face It, I'm Not Going To Be Doing Anything Else This Morning. This one was posed by the Guardian Newspaper and it struck me as fairly relevant to my life and perhaps to yours as well. My nephew and his fiancee have a baby son and I have been invited to attend the christening. But as a staunch atheist I find the whole idea of welcoming a baby into a religion repugnant; I would feel a hypocrite attending a ceremony that I disapprove of so strongly. On the … [Read more...]

Just For Laughs – UFO Prank

This is one of the things that my research looked into - the likelihood of UFOs having visited earth. Results? Not that much of a difference in comparison to international belief in aliens (for example, one survey reported a 15% belief in abduction by aliens out of a sample of 8000 in the UK, 1997). Hopefully if firm evidence of alien contact DOES happen on the side of the road, people don't get the giggles at the poor clucking, crashed creatures and their smoking spaceship... … [Read more...]

“I Do” – Support Australian Marriage Equality

Two-hundred and fifty volunteers came together on a Sunday afternoon in Sydney Town Hall for Australian Marriage Equality. The aim was to create a "mega-mob" video to show the statistics in support of marriage equality - for all. … [Read more...]

Mr. Darcy by Marian Call

Why am I blogging about Marian Call? Well, her latest album, Something Fierce, is available on BandCamp. So, I'm popping in a plug for an artist that makes acoustically playing the typewriter a joy to listen to. Plus, she clearly knows her Jane Austen. If you haven't heard her previous album Got To Fly, with songs inspired by Firefly and Battlestar Galactica (especially the track 'I'll Still be a Geek After Nobody Thinks it's Chic (the Nerd Anthem)', which I've seen live at Dragon*Con), … [Read more...]

Helping Skeptics Get To QEDCon

Just a little shout-out to another project by Hayley Stevens (another? Why yes, there's Project Barnum - an interview with Hayley will be out on the TS podcast). This one is about funding to get people to the 'Question, Explore, Discover' science convention, running for its second year in 2012, from March 10-11th. She's already managed to fundraise enough to get one fellow skeptic there, so she's seeing if there's more who can be helped. From Hayley Is A Ghost: ...what if I kept the donations … [Read more...]


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