October 9, 2011

Steve Jobs, neuroendocrine tumors, and alternative medicine. Orac, a clinical oncologist posts his views regarding claims that Steve Jobs shortened his life by initially delaying cancer treatment for nine months in order to pursue an alternative diet-based approach: Jobs was unfortunate in that he appears to have had an unusually aggressive form of the disease that probably would have killed him no matter what. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t take into account his delay in treatment and wonder if… Read more

October 9, 2011

I’m heading into the final proofs and formatting of an anthology I’ve been working on for a while, featuring transcripts from the Token Skeptic podcast. This segment is from Episode Sixty-Nine, On Miracle Detectives – Interview With Dr Indre Viskontas; head there to listen to the entire interview. The reason why I’m transcribing select interviews for my book is two-fold: firstly, I’ve always enjoyed reading as well as listening to interviews in general. The book ‘Lunch of Blood’ by Antonella Gambotto-Burke and the Enough… Read more

October 8, 2011

A counter protest for 40 days doesn’t seem right – why draw attention to them? Instead, lets do something for the people who are probably most affected and could use the boost. Let’s give the nice people at BPAS 40 days of treats – Okay, we’ve got to do something about this – 40daysoftreats.tumblr.com. You know something that may not often come to mind with anti-abortion protesters and prayer groups? They can legally ‘block’ the way to providers… and make it very, very… Read more

October 8, 2011

Digital Cuttlefish just reminded me that there’s the wonderful Donors Choice boxes, over there to the right.  Oh look! Here’s a link again in the blogpost! And here’s my donation box! I’ve already started on the leaderboard, but can certainly use more! Thanks! 🙂 What’s it for again? DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Here’s how it works: public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on… Read more

October 8, 2011

Now online! The NZ Skeptics’ Convention article for Curiouser and Curiouser that I mentioned a day or so ago – now on the CSICOP website. They also have a CSICOP convention coming up soon. 🙂 If any readers have been to Christchurch’s Twisted Hop pub on Poplar Street in order to attend a skeptical event or tour, I have some sad news. The pub sits, seemingly undamaged, right next to collapsed buildings. Rumbles of machinery and sounds of toppling cement… Read more

October 7, 2011

It isn’t only Ada Lovelace’s day today! Of course, we all know of Tim Minchin because of Storm. But I’ll always remember him for the first time I saw him on stage, here in Perth. And if you’re not familiar with his work: (more…) Read more

October 7, 2011

This Ada Lovelace Day on October 7, share your story about a woman — whether an engineer, a scientist, a technologist or mathematician — who has inspired you to become who you are today. Write a blog post, record a podcast, film a video, draw a comic, or pick any other way to talk about the women who have been guiding lights in your life. Give your heroine the credit she deserves! When deciding who to write about, I found… Read more

October 7, 2011

Now that the site is working and all – here’s Stephen Fry on the late Steve Jobs: Their work met however and it is through it that you are reading this. I will not be so presumptuous as to mourn the loss of Steve as a personal friend, but I will mourn his loss as a man who changed my world completely. As the great writer, wit and sage John @Hodgman (who played the pasty-faced PC in the old Apple TV commercials)… Read more

October 7, 2011

Can you read this? Anyone hear me? Hello? Say something. Okay, what you’re doing there is jumping. Uh, you just jumped. But never mind; say apple. “Apple.” No, that’s Greg, you just said “Greg”. …close enough. If you CAN read this, go read this. I’m certain the site will be fine soon. Or clicky-click the picture. Enjoy yourself and I’m sure we’ll all be just fine in a jiffy. * * WhateverTheHellAJiffyIsIThinkIt’sAnAmericanThing. Read more

October 6, 2011

Three things to finish off my Thursday: The Young Australian Skeptics podcast just released a brilliant  Episode Thirty-One, with Martin Pribble at Think Inc. and a fascinating interview with everyone’s scientific hero, Eugenie Scott. Over at the Token Skeptic podcast: Episode Eighty – now out! On Paranormal Belief In Queensland – The Truth Told By Dr Martin Bridgstock.  Until recently, Queensland was regarded as the hillbilly state of Australia. It was dominated by fundamentalism and flirted with bogus cancer cures and creation science. After determined… Read more

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