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In other writing news…

This announcement comes via the UK magazine The Skeptic: Special announcement: we have a new legal column, which will be contributed by Geoff Whelan of GMSS and QEDcon, and Helen Dale of skepticlawyer.com.au. Geoff kicks off this issue with thoughts on the legal practicalities of prosecuting psychics. The Skeptic is a magazine of the traditional […]

Zoetrope cakes

Via Cake Wrecks, I became aware of these wonderful zoetrope cakes. Yes you read that correctly. Go have a look! There’s another lovely one at Cake Wrecks, but I can’t get it to embed…go check it out…

Survivors’ Guilt

I’m blogging about Easter again, sorry. This time spurred by an online conversation between friends about the appropriateness or not of being wished “Happy Easter” on Good Friday. Classicists of the world, wrack off – yes I DO know the entire event was probably lifted from pre-existing pagan rites of spring, but for the purposes […]

A wee request

In the last six months or so, we’ve received a number of requests to publish guest posts on this blog from people who are strangers to us. At first, I assumed the messages were spam, and just ignored them. However, over the last couple of months the volume has increased considerably and it’s become clear […]

First star to the right, and straight on ’til morning…

    Scientists have produced a colossal picture of our Milky Way Galaxy, to reveal the detail of a billion stars. It is built from thousands of individual images acquired by two UK-developed telescopes operating in Hawaii and in Chile. Archived data from the project, known as the Vista Data Flow System, will be mined […]

Tippers are sexy, you know

… Just sayin’. I saw this handwritten on a notice stuck to the bar in a pub the other day, and I thought it was pretty good — good enough to steal, anyway. As many of our readers know, we run advertisements on this blog with a view to paying Jacques for his sterling efforts, […]

Frankenmilk?

From China, the intriguing news that scientists have genetically modified cows to produce milk with human proteins in it. This is not the same things as genetically modifying cows to ‘produce human milk’, as it has been reported. To me, this is a truly bizarre story. Presumably, this project was the result of several appalling […]

Is it ghoulish to demand the body?

Because I have a strong feeling that anything less will invite disbelief. In the alternative, I need to give my unwilling suspension of disbelief a bit of a rest. [I am, in case you hadn't noticed, talking about Osama bin Laden, who has cashed in his chips at last. Good riddance to bad rubbish].

Kettling Zombies

It’s really annoying. You go to all the trouble of arranging a Royal Zombie Wedding Celebration and nobody comes… …because they’re kettled by the police a few blocks away being stopped and searched, questioned, arrested and drug tested. “Sorry son, you’re positive for formaldehyde. We’ll have to take you in…” We asked if we could […]

Because I want to…

There was an interesting article in The Australian today that the “Bright burning star at the birth of King Charles II was supernova, Cassiopeia A” but when I went looking for a better picture I found this one of centaurus instead. NASA APOD, April 13th – Centaurus Radio Jets Rising Credit: Ilana Feain, Tim Cornwell […]