Boundaries – Separation of professional and social online identities


Social media plays a pretty big part in my blogging / skeptical / scicom life, as it brings our truly global community together, allowing quite rapid collaboration and communication with thought leaders, content creators, researchers, writers and so-forth. The usual suspects, Twitter and Facebook, have served me well, and I now routinely communicate with other … Continue reading Boundaries – Separation of professional and social online identities

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TAM Australia – Impressions from Day 3 (day 2.0)


The Amazing Meeting Australia 2010, hosted in Sydney, has officially wrapped up, ending with a standing ovation for James "The Amazing" Randi as he announced the Australian Skeptics Inc. and JREF's eager intention to hold the next TAM Australia meeting in 2011 in non-other than my own home-town, Melbourne Australia. I write this as I … Continue reading TAM Australia – Impressions from Day 3 (day 2.0)

The role of social media in the 2010 Australian Election


The day after the astonishing outcome of the Australian 2010 Federal Election, which saw an historic potentially hung-Parliament outcome with power pivoting upon the whims of three or four independents and one Greens MP whom a new Government will need to accommodate to be appointed by the Governor-General, it seems inconceivable that the role social … Continue reading The role of social media in the 2010 Australian Election

Religious dogma, Atheism and Hate


Every belief or issue has its extremists. Whether you're talking about climate science, politics, faith, healing, sport, gun control, or activities as simple as driving, there are dogmatic, unmovable groups and individuals who will not alter their views, even when faced with rock-solid evidence to the contrary. These people are set in their ways. Reason … Continue reading Religious dogma, Atheism and Hate

TPG Network Outage last night seems to be a mystery


Last night the author and many users around Australia experienced a network outage which severed their connection to the outside world for a small window of 1-4 hours, based upon my reading of the Twitter hash-tag #tpg. Fellow Tweeter @samotage suggested that Senator Conroy was "installing disk 1 of his cleen (sic) feed!" which I … Continue reading TPG Network Outage last night seems to be a mystery