The This Is What I Think Of You Below The Line Voting Guide To The Western Australian Senate Re-Election

For everyone who isn't in my part of the world, the Western Australian Senate re-election will be held on Saturday April 5. The reason why it's a re-election is because we voted last September, but a re-count was called for because the contest for the last two seats left were really close... and it was discovered that around 1300 ballot papers went missing. This isn't typical for this country, you'll be pleased to hear. So, we're back to the polls again. It is recommended that if you … [Read more...]

Founder Of Wikipedia Makes A Stand Against “Holistic Approaches To Healing”

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I only just landed back home yesterday and everything is still kind of blurry and so on. I'll post a blog entry about the Melbourne adventures later. And chase up all that I-owe-you-email-and-postage-and-audio things I am desperately behind on. But I was cheered by the sight of this: … [Read more...]

“Ooh, Aahh, Glenn McGrath” – Notes On The Birth of Uncool: How TISM Gatecrashed Melbourne Music

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There's never been a popular teenager yet who's done rat's with their life. It's the fucking dorks that give it a real go. Glenn McGrath got 5 for 50 that day. - The Parable Of Glenn McGrath's Haircut, This Is Serious, Mum. What follows is the email I sent to Digital Cuttlefish, around midnight, when I couldn't get to sleep due to the time difference while staying in a hotel in Melbourne: Linley has a tattoo. A tattoo about TISM. I don't have any tattoos, but I still don't think I'd be … [Read more...]

“How do we know what is true?” Narrated by Stephen Fry – That’s Humanism!

And a happy St Patrick's Day! A short Humanist animation about how we learn what's true through the use of evidence and science … [Read more...]

Perth: A Few Local Events That Are Science-y (And Awesome)

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I keep meaning to do this and I should just post and tell you to check them out (and they're touring shows, so check your local listings if you're in Australia!): Green Porno - Perth Concert Hall, WA Date: Wed 19 Mar 2014 - 8:00pm Screen icon Isabella Rossellini is coming to Australia to perform her new, playful and wonderfully odd stage show Green Porno, a one-woman comedy about mating in the natural world. In Green Porno, Rossellini takes us on an unusual and fascinating … [Read more...]

Apparently It’s Pi / Pie Day In The USA… Updates On Other Podcasting, Travel-Stuff

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Here is the logo (I made this! I've learned that "hipster" can be code for "I've done five lessons in graphic art!") for the radio show I contribute to. It is kind of pie shaped. You're welcome. Over here it's just March 14th. Or as we have it in our dating system, 14/03/2014. It's very, very confusing to see the US date system and risk screwing things up by thinking it's day/month/year when it's MONTH/day/year over there. At least, it has been whenever I've travelled and hesitated over … [Read more...]

Demo: The Movie

) Head to the official site at ScienceDemo.org ScienceDemo.org is run by Jonathan Sanderson, Alom Shaha and others, all of whom are the sort of people you'd like to take down the pub and yak to for hours on end about science demonstrations. It's a StoryCog production. Nobody's paying us for this, which may explain the lengthy gaps between posts. If you'd like to help fill those gaps, get in touch! This film follows science teacher Alom Shaha as he goes on a journey to explore the use of … [Read more...]

Little Kitten – David And Margaret (At The Movies) Review Scott Ludlam’s speech

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A Quick Token Skeptic Update (With Art! And Radio!)

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I don't usually write about things-I'm-doing-on-the-side (mostly because I find blogging becomes an easy distraction from things-I-should-be-writing-and-completing-for-others-like-oh-an-article-or-two-a-final-draft-of-a-presentation-and-hey-don't-I-call-myself-a-podcaster-sometimes-what-happened-there-hey-what-the?) but I will do this little thank you post because in a day where my cat had a suspected broken leg, I dashed to two different radio stations to produce a show, contribute my little … [Read more...]

Sean Faircloth – Reclaiming a Secular Australia – UWA Lecture From 2013

Way, way back when I did episode #155 of the Token Skeptic podcast (which was a long time ago now, it seems! But it was April, 2013) - I interviewed Sean Faircloth about his pending Australian tour. I had to express regret post-interview that I'd be away on the first holiday with my family since... well, since I can ever remember, really, and therefore couldn't attend his talk in my home town. But never fear. Filmed in Perth, and sponsored by the Rationalist Society of Australia and the … [Read more...]

AVN Renamed As Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network (Despite Skeptics’ Efforts)

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Well, it's official, according to the Australian Doctor Twitter news (I suggest not going to the AVN link they provide, but here's a summary): The Australian Vaccination Network (AVN) was ordered by Magistrate Hennessy of the Administrative Decisions Tribunal to change the name, and some skeptics tried registering business names in several permutations, in an effort to avoid them using the words "skeptic" or "sceptics" in the name. I've been following the actions of AVN off-and-on for quite … [Read more...]


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