Girl With A Pearl Earring – With Just A Pen…

If you're reading this? Donate! Go on, donate, help push my tally over the $400 mark- if just three people can get projects going and make the tally go this far, I'm certain even a small donation to Math with Words or Did You Know That? or Time For Current Events will make a big difference to students and schools. It all ends this Saturday!It's amazing how it's done with just one single line. Just one. All in spirals for a Faber Castell ad campaign. … [Read more...]

Our Future In Space – TAM9 Panel

Panel - Our Future in Space from JREF on Vimeo. Featuring Dr Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. … [Read more...]


Wednesday Morning Links Of Love - Because If You Don't Know Then I Won't Tell More People And It Then Becomes Some Kind Of Inception-Style Vortex Of Missing Out On Cool Things.So, a comedian, a politician and a secular author walk into a bookstore...Firstly - this Thursday. 6-7.30pm at the Embiggen Bookstore, 97-203 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Email to RSVP at events (at) embiggenbooks (dot) com.If you're one of the people who have been keeping an eye on the Ron Williams high-court c … [Read more...]

The Great Vaccination Debate Infographic

From The Great Vaccination Debate Infographic, created by, thanks to @JAlbietz (who got it from @ImmunizeCOKids, and so forth...).Created by: Medical Coding Career Guide … [Read more...]

F’ing Magnets – And HOW Do They Work! (I Can Has Hoverboard?)

You've probably seen the news reports getting excited about hoverboards - Tel-Aviv University demos quantum superconductors locked in a magnetic field.From Gizmondo: "An unidentified member of the university's Superconductivity Group School of Physics and Astronomy shows off the quantum locking, or quantum trapping, effects of a magnet that's been super cooled with liquid nitrogen. Now we've probably all seen demonstrations of super cooled magnets floating above a track before, with promises of … [Read more...]

Frenetic Kinetics

Thanks to Milton for this find: … [Read more...]

Siri Has Nothing On The Weirdness People Look For On FreeThought Blogs

Someone on has been redirected to my blog while looking for 'morning nudity.' Yeesh.I just woke up after being unable to sleep from 4am to 7am. You don't want to see what I look like. Here, have a plush cold-virus instead.Yes, I'm still unwell. Thoughts for the day: I'm going to go do X. No, I can't - I don't think I can risk driving a car.  I could always... no, I can't focus enough to get that done and that will require being able to keep track where is that damned tissue box a … [Read more...]

SkeptiCamp Melbourne – This Saturday (And They Need A Hand!)

How to tell you're unwell? You interrogate everyone on Google + as to why they're following you, and become moved to tears when someone says 'I only follow teh awesum'. Then you have a bath for an hour... and forty-five minutes later, can't remember if you had a bath or not. I've accidentally let the cat outside and brought him in twice within ten minutes. In short, I am an absolute mess. :(But there's one thing I will remember to do correctly - give a shout-out to SkeptiCamp Melbourne. It's … [Read more...]

Monday Morning Muse – Taking A Break From Reality

Monday Morning Muse – Because Even When I Can't See Straight Or Breathe Without Chemicals, I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.I'm still unwell. I know, I know - I should be offline and working on getting better. Remember the old days? Didn't matter if you were missing a leg, it was more important to get the job done: “What if you were sleeping?” I had stupidly asked. “So get up and answer it,” she’d answered while filing down a scraggly nail. “Sitting down to a really fancy meal?” “Be like every other Ne … [Read more...]

I COULD Just Scream, But Instead I’ll Promote Science – XOJane Health Column On Birth Control

I don't want to do any kind of nasty, mean-spirited post about the news over on Gawker - Ranting Lady Blogger Hates Birth Control, Only Uses Plan B.Of course, it's caught the attention of a few sites you might read already (like XO Jane's Health Editor...are you playing with me? by Scicurious). The article in question is a column called "GET IT TOGETHER, GIRLS: EVERY GODDAMN PHARMACY IN NEW YORK IS OUT OF PLAN B! EVERY ONE!"What I will say is that apart from the casual attitude regarding Plan … [Read more...]

Sunday Morning Survey – ‘When’s The Right Time To Announce You’re A Young Atheist?’

Sunday Morning Survey – Because On A Morning This Nice It's More Fun To Stretch Your Brain Than Stretch The Spine Of A Hymn Book.Firstly - hat-tip to the very kind Digital Cuttlefish who has blogged about the Phiten necklaces in Prime Time Superstition and gave a hat-tip to my blog-post on NRG TitaniumION Bands.More importantly, as mentioned by WWJT in his recent blog-post, Digital Cuttlefish once wrote about Jessica Ahlquist, in a blog-post called Fox News Commenters Hate America. Young peop … [Read more...]