Simon Taylor On Coffee (He’ll Be Appearing In Perth Next Week!)

Catch Simon Taylor in Perth on the following dates:1st Nov: MC at Shapiro Tuesdays – Brisbane Hotel, Highgate 2nd Nov: Stand-up at Laugh Resort Comedy Club- Brass Monkey, Northbridge 3rd Nov: Stand-up at Comedy Lounge, The Charles Hotel, North Perth 4th Nov: Stand-up at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den, Brisbane Hotel, Perth 5th Nov: Stand-up at Comedy Lounge, The Charles Hotel, North PerthThe Perth Skeptics are having a dinner together before the gig on Thursday 4th – details on the official site. … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘Do You Give People A Pass Because They’re On “Our Side”?’

Sunday Morning Survey – Because I Have A Headache For Some Unknown Reason And I'm Kind Of Grateful That I Don't Have To Get Out Of Bed This Time Of The Day To Do A Damned Thing Beyond Writing This .Today I read a short statement from someone (let's call them 'X') praising a speaker at a conference (it was a primarily a science, not an atheist conference - but we can talk about any event you like). People responded by politely agreeing or disagreeing about the relative value of that particular p … [Read more...]

kate Goes To The Conscious Living Festival

WE CAN TAKE YOU UP TO SEVENTEEN TIMES EARTH'S GRAVITY! More like a terrifying vibrating torture-device, making my eyeballs bubble out of my freaking head, as I hang on grim death and pled the operator to please stop lecturing me on how the NASA astronauts use this all the time and just let me get off the bloody thing... Want to be told that sunblock is potentially deadly? Or watch people stand in metal bowls being hit by gongs? Maybe be told not to vaccinate your family?  kate loves a New Age fes … [Read more...]

Australian Gay Sci-Fi Fandom TV Show – Outland

Thanks to Jason for this find - DigitalSpy: Outland's producer Laura Waters said: "[Production company] Princess Pictures is proud that closeted science fiction fans will finally have a voice and that a full family of gay Australian characters can go where they never ventured before - prime-time television." Outland is due to begin in Australia in February and is expected to air in the UK later in 2012. … [Read more...]

New Token Skeptic Podcast – Very Superstitious!

From the 2011 Skeptrack at Dragon*Con, this is one of six panels that I took part in and it's one I was proud to moderate! Head to the Token Skeptic podcast site to download (and please consider becoming a donor to keep the show going!)This is "Very Superstitious - psychology, belief, weird things - what does the research show and when is superstition not the way?" Features Kylie Sturgess, Dr Steven Novella, Barbara Drescher, Stephen King and Robert Blaskiewicz.Many thanks to all the p … [Read more...]

Amazing What A Snake Can Do To Your Mindframe (The Snap-Out Of It Playlist)

It's Friday.One of those Fridays where reading the latest Hyperbole and a Half is both awesome and yet rather sobering in that you look at it and go, 'Oh, not just me then.'And it's a Friday which is not exactly helped by someone cheerfully asking if you're going to be at some unspecified conference at the other end of the planet, which is only identifiable by an acronym that also happens to be an acronym for about a billion other things you've Googled that are not conferences and you're … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin’s Latest DVD – The Heritage Orchestra Concert

Well, I know what I'll have to send to a few friends overseas this year... especially in the USA, I guess?And in case you haven't seen Tim Minchin perform the Doctor Who theme song... … [Read more...]

When ‘Skepticism’ Makes Me *Headdesky* – Not-So-Much A Jefferson Quote After All

From the Friendly Atheist:The Backyard Skeptics in Orange County, California — no strangers to controversy— just put up this billboard yesterday afternoon: "I do not find in Christianity one redeeming feature. It is founded on fables and mythology" - Thomas Jefferson. ...Just one problem with the quotation… Jefferson never said it. Oh bloody hell.Anyway. Today is Friday, I'm thinking of spending a little time checking out the Conscious Living Expo in my town (mostly because the Australian Va … [Read more...]

On Gardasil For Guys / Boys, Girls And The HPV Vaccine

Despite The Hamster Wheel's gentle mocking of the departed Hungry Beast show last night ("Vaginas, Robots, Vox Pops and Graphics?") - you have to admit that they were ahead of the bell-curve when it came to suggesting the HPV vaccine for men as well as women:That is the great Daniel 'Professor Funk' Keogh, local Perth science celebrity and the creator of the 'The Strange Power Of The Placebo Effect' video that I put onto the Token Skeptic podcast about a year ago(with many, many thanks!). … [Read more...]

Send The Secular Student Alliance Some Reddit And Facebook Love!

Okay, I'm going to make it very plain:So, there you go. Nyah.Seriously though, the Secular Student Alliance Facebook page got a TREMENDOUS amount of Reddit love (a popular social networking site) in a short space of time (about gone from 6.5k to over 13k in nine hours) and they'd appreciate the recognition and support from everyone out there - even if you're not currently a university/college student like I am, you can still zip in a click to the Facebook page or 'upvote' the Reddit link ( … [Read more...]

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – This Stephen Fry Walked Into Embiggen Bookshop…

Wednesday’s Links Of Love – Because I Just Got A Cat To The Vet And There Was Nothing Wrong Except For The Effort Of Getting A Cat To The Vet, So Here's Some Links To Recover From That Experience.Cat's okay, in case you were wondering. Just rather miffed that he got put into a box.Anyway. I was chatting to a friend on Google+ today (which considering my earlier grumbles about it's very existence with the post To Google + Or Not To Google +?, I'm fairly convinced that their chats are a deter … [Read more...]