Sat, 28 May 2011
A short film from the early morning after QEDCon in London, February. This is one of my favorite parts of the city - listening to the bells at St Paul's Cathedral, walking across the Millennium Bridge and then down the Bankside Jetty to visit Shakespeare's Globe.
Here you can see the wrought-iron gates, called the Bankside Gates. Each emblem is inspired by insects, animals and characters from Shakespeare's plays and were created by the best blacksmiths from around the world.
A key to the emblems is featured here: Key To Motifs On Southwark Gates.
Finally - the paving stones around the Globe list sponsors features a joke by two members of the Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese and Michael Palin. Apparently, John Cleese paid for both his and Michael Palin‘s pavers, on the condition that Michael Palin’s name was spelt incorrectly.
Thu, 26 May 2011
This is an edited version (shortened slightly from the over-an-hour discussion!) from the 'PodBiggen' book talk that Warren Bonett of Embiggen Books and I had on Monday, May 16th, 2011. The NEW Embiggen Bookstore will be found near the Wheeler Centre. 197-203 Little Lonsdale Street, behind State Library.
Also note - Leslie Cannold will be appearing at the new location on 28th July at 7pm to talk about her new novel "The Book of Rachael" - details on her site at http://cannold.com.
Many, many thanks to Melbourne Skeptics and Melbourne Eastern Hills Skeptics for hosting us and being such a wonderful crowd! The Embiggen Bookstore will soon arrive in Melbourne - their official site is found at www.embiggenbooks.com.
Books recommended include:
We also mention books like The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer and Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson and a few others that you can ask us about - visit Embiggen Books to get many more!
This show is available on Zune, mp3 via Libsyn or iTunes. Visit www.tokenskeptic.org – and I’d love to get your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. Theme songs are 'P&P' by Derek K Miller of www.penmachine.com and '365' by Milton Mermikides, ofwww.miltonmermikides.com. Please considering supporting the show – head to the Merchandise link on the Token Skeptic site and keep an eye out for the forthcoming Token Skeptic book, available through Lulu.com.
Direct download: Token_Skeptic_71_-_On_Great_Books_In_Skepticism_With_Embiggen_Books.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:58pm HKT
Thu, 19 May 2011
This year at SkeptiCamp Colorado, a unique presentation was made by a unique group of skeptical people. What follows is a funny, fascinating, horrifying and ultimately awesome not-so-ghost story - you have been warned.
Dr Karen Stollznow is an academic, author, investigator of the skeptical kind. She is the 'Naked Skeptic' columnist for CSICOP, was recently made a member of the CSI Executive Council. She is the co-host of Point of Inquiry Podcast and Skeptic.com's Monster Talk, and will be appearing at TAM9 and at the forthcoming CSICon in New Orleans.
Matthew Baxter and Bryan Bonner are the co-hosts of Warning Radio and are the creators of the Rocky Mountain Paranormal Research Society. With extensive experience in investigating paranormal claims, they provide a valuable and ethical resource to the field.
This show is available on Zune, mp3 via Libsyn or iTunes. Visit www.tokenskeptic.org – and I’d love to get your feedback at email@example.com. Theme songs are 'P&P' by Derek K Miller ofwww.penmachine.com and 365' by Milton Mermikides, ofwww.miltonmermikides.com.
Please considering supporting the show – head to the Merchandise link on the Token Skeptic site and keep an eye out for the forthcoming Token Skeptic book, available through Lulu.com.
Direct download: Token_Skeptic_70_-_On_Hoaxing_The_Hoaxers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41pm HKT
Fri, 13 May 2011
With many thanks to Sharon Hill of SheThought - an interview with Dr Indre Viskontas!
Dr. Viskontas holds a PhD from UCLA in cognitive neuroscience, focusing her studies on how memories and other cognitive processes are supported by neural networks. Aside from being the Associate Editor of the journal Neurocase and performing in contemporary and classical operas as a soprano, Dr. Viskontas co-stars in the television program “Miracle Detectives”, which aired its first season on the Oprah Winfrey Network. You can find out more about Indre, her career, and her art by visiting her online at www.indreviskontas.com.
Direct download: Token_Skeptic_69_-_On_Miracle_Detectives.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm HKT