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Recently I sent a gift to some friends (in fact two friends, Derek and Swoopy of Skepticality), as a gesture of thanks for the four years that I worked on the SkepTrack at Dragon*Con. I’ve been backstage for a number of events at that convention, had the opportunity to contribute to panels as both a creator of topics and even a presenter, and I know that it wouldn’t have been possible to do that if it wasn’t for them. Since… Read more

Blogging Break – Back To Regular Writing On December 5th. From the comments: Here’s our interview with Zach about how his life has changed after this speech thrust him into the public eye, what it was like growing up with two mothers, what led him to decide to go and speak before the House of Representatives, and what other young people can do to fight for equality and speak out against intolerance. http://patv.tv/blog/2011/04/06/talking-with-yale-cohn-with-zach-wahls/ Read more

TEDX Boulder presentation by Dr Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy. Read more

Thanks to Lawrence Leung for this find. Read more

Early Announcement: 6th World Skeptics Congress – Ticket sales will be enabled on December 1st, 2011. This is the first announcement of the 6th World Skeptics Congress to be held from May 18 – 20, 2012 in Berlin, Germany,  Hotel Crowne Plaza (Berlin City Centre). The Congress series deals with claims ranging from the paranormal and supernatural to fringe science issues and conspiration theories. Major topics at this event will be science and pseudoscience in education, addressing in particular anti-evolution claims and origin myths, as… Read more

Head to the Token Skeptic podcast for Episode #91. The UK Observer on Sunday 20th November 2011, published a moving article about a four-year old girl, Billie Banbridge, and an effort to raise money to seek treatment for her inoperable brain tumor. Despite the noble goal and heartwarming effort, featuring the contributions of a number of celebrities like the band Radiohead and Cheryl Cole, the treatment being sought was at Stanislaw Burszynski clinic in Texas. A number of bloggers, who… Read more

Although it is time for seasonal cheer, beer, what have you – the end of our school year for us in the southern hemisphere includes a fresh batch of abandoned lucky charms to clean out of my classroom. It’s a part of what I study – superstitions. Being superstitious is a world-wide phenomenon. Many of us may have been like one of my students, going in for their exam and carrying with the pencils a cute little item or toy… Read more

Today, I need cheering up. This does come with a bit of a content warning (medieval-style violence, bit of NSFW shouting): I don’t know if this cheers me up or makes me sad that I can’t tell someone about it. This is the Australian peacock spider: (more…) Read more

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