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), then you … [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...]

Ben Goldacre On Bad Science At TED

I'm mostly posting this because Dr Ben Goldacre is from my home town. That and anyone who manages to finish a Q&A at a skeptics' convention with the words "I'd rather slam my cock in a door" deserves to win all the lobster he can carry. … [Read more...]

In The Beginning…

1. In the beginning...a) A strange blue dot appeared on the TV screen and I thought it was some new kind of QR Code. b) There was a massive pile of grading that resembled a Möbius strip of unending work. c) I was four sheets to the wind in Copenhagen d) A very dear friend of mine recommended me as a writer for FreeThought Blogs.2. Which led me to think... a) I wonder why all the plants have died and the pets have fled the house? b) "At some point I really have to focus on getting a … [Read more...]

‘Dare To Think’ – Attending Philosophy In Schools Conference In Melbourne (2011)

Currently in Melbourne, attending a three-day conference: VAPS 2011 Conference 'Dare to Think: Philosophy in Schools'.So far a highlight has been an opportunity to chat to Alan Saunders of ABC Radio National's Philosopher's Zone and discover that my podcasting equipment is better than his. :pThe Friday night lecture by Dr Nurin Weise was excellent - she is the curator of several exhibitions at the Melbourne Museum, such as the Mind/Body exhibition and she had some fascinating insights as to w … [Read more...]

Tim Minchin’s Storm – Now Officially Featured Online

The official 'nine minute beat' poem - Storm. As authorised by Tim Minchin, nice and clear. :) Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, December 2008.As suggested by commentator (hello!) Gib - I am re-posting the 'lyrics' (or should that be verses? It is a poem, not a song...) from the post called 'Lyrics To Tim Minchin's Storm'. Here they are again, thanks to Angry Feet Forum, as kindly written out by Tim himself. Yes, I agree - having seen his show live, catching this on the stage is not s … [Read more...]


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