CSI(COP) – best example of the skepticfuckwits at work

April 25, 2009

Via Greg Bishop, this timely reminder of when the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims Of the Paranormal (CSICOP- now CSI-Committee For Skeptical Inquiry) conducted their one and only scientific study of an alleged paranormal phenomenon. The full sorry tale, ‘sTarbaby’ told by physicist and ex-CSICOP Dennis Rawlins is here. RA Wilson told a […]


Sara Robinson's "The Truth about Consequences"

April 23, 2009

A truly outstanding and stirring piece by Sara Robinson, taking both sides of American politics to task over the CIA torture and other actions of the Bush regime that Obama has said he wants to move on past – starting with noting the difference between conservative and liberal concepts of authority, freedom and justice: Understanding […]


Fred Phelps has a use!

April 21, 2009

Slacktivist, yet again, makes everything that much clearer. Writing about the homophobic astroturfing campaigning of the National Organisation for Marriage, he makes this perfect observation: We could go through a point-by-point refutation of the ad’s innuendo about the Big Gay Stormtroopers menacing California doctors, Massachusetts parents and tax-free beach-front property managers in New Jersey, but […]


Want a new free Bruce Sterling short story? 'course you do!

April 18, 2009

Via Boing Boing, who said this: In White Fungus, an “architecture fiction” published in the first issue of Beyond magazine, Bruce Sterlng marries the sardonic and the hopeful in a gripping, hilarious story about how every aspect of civic life from schools to tomato-farming will be reformed after ecotastrophe and econopocalypse destroy our present way […]


Rending the Veil – Beltane edition

April 14, 2009

The latest issue of the online magical ‘zine Rending the Veil goes live today. Many excellent features and a wide range of viewpoints, as ever. Contributions from Yours Truly include another Guttershaman reprint and my review of Pete Carroll’s Apophenion. If you like this, please share it: Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook share via […]


Grant Morrison on The Matrix 'borrowing' from The Invisibles

April 11, 2009

Since it’s the tenth anniversary of the cinema release of The Matrix (and as I found this synchronistically while looking for something else), here’s Grant Morrison interviewed at Suicide Girls on the subject of just how much the film took from his epic magical (literally) comic The Invisibles: It’s really simple. The truth of that […]


Meeting fictional characters

April 10, 2009

Found this excellent piece on Electric Children on the subject of (specifically comic book) creators who have spoken of fictional characters as being in some sense real – and those who have met them. The classic example is Alan Moore’s oft-told story of having met his creation John Constantine – twice. The article doesn’t accurately […]


Roll-your-own anti-terrorist poster

April 9, 2009

Via Boing Boing, this: This odious billboard appears in my town, encouraging me to rat on my neighbours because I don’t understand what they throw away. Use the text fields below to make improvements to it. And so I did, using a classic theme… If you like this, please share it: Bookmark on Delicious Recommend […]


Pagan myths of Easter

April 6, 2009

Every year since time immemorial, Pagans and Wiccans and witchy folk have told others the tale of how Easter is really a Pagan festival to the Goddess Eostre which was co-opted by the Xtians. And every year, writer Adrian Bott attempts to point out that there’s bugger all evidence for this being true and most […]


Putting the mockers on

April 4, 2009

I have to smile when The Economist agrees with me… in an opinion piece about the awful UN resolution regarding ‘defamation of religion’, they say:  The resolution says “defamation of religions” is a “serious affront to human dignity” which can “restrict the freedom” of those who are defamed, and may also lead to the incitement […]