It’s now officially a holiday period for me (for some curious reason my university is giving everyone a two-week mid-semester break – but no one’s complaining), but I’m still busy as hell with multiple projects, including coursework, the YAS relaunch, the podcast and just generally trying not to go insane. So! Here are some more interesting/relevant things I’ve stumbled across in the past few days.
Standford University has a free, online writing course through Coursera called “Writing in the Sciences” starting on the 24th of September! It’s free! [...]
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Whoa! Haven’t seen you guys for a while! There’s a good reason for this – it’s my last undergraduate semester of uni before I kick off my Master, and my coursework has completely inexplicably increased dramatically. There are assignments and tests flying at me from all four subjects I’m taking, it’s crazy. Add in my weekly podcast commitment, the relaunch of the Young Australian Skeptics blog and my newfound penchant for caring about my fitness, and there’s little time for some good ol’ Homologous Legs blogging. Very [...]
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It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of Annie Clark, aka. St. Vincent, premiere indie songwriting darling, monstrous guitarist and general badass. So any news that she’s releasing new music is… er, something to my ears. Not going to say music. Was not going to say music.
Anyway, she’s collaborated with New Wave legend David Byrne (of Talking Heads fame) on an album due out in September called Love This Giant, and if the first two tracks – the impossibly catchy “Who” [...]
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It’s the middle of my Semester 1 exam period at the moment (two down, two to go – I finish on the 20th of June), so I haven’t had much time to write anything in-depth. However, I do have a few potential longer-form posts coming: one looking at the new Ridley Scott film Prometheus from an intelligent design (ID) perspective; one analysing Jonathan McLatchie’s recent ENV post on convergent evolution; and probably another on the distinctions between secular ID, ID creationism and traditional creationism, in the context [...]
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When I post about a musician or band on here under the guise of a Tabletop Transitional, often I’ll only embed one video of their music. But surely that’s a bad way to really get to know their musical style, right? After all, a sample size of 1 is negligible, statistically speaking.
So, yes, in this short introduction to Andrew Bird, singer-songwriter and violin virtuoso, there will be three songs to listen to: each from a different album of his. Ooh, variety! Variety indeed.
Andrew Bird is a [...]
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In 2010, Dirty Projectors and Björk, two of my favourite musical artists/bands, teamed up to record an EP called Mount Wittenberg Orca, a group of songs inspired by Amber Coffman, one of the vocalists in Dirty Projectors, seeing a pod of whales off the coast whilst hiking. See, it’s tangentially related to biology! Anyway, the EP is great, and one of the best songs on it is “All We Are”.
Just listen to the beautiful vocal duet with Dave Longstreth and Björk at the end. Chilling.
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St. Vincent is touring Australia in March, playing at the HiFi Bar in Melbourne on the 14th, and I’m considering it as a slightly late, but ultimately amazing, birthday present from the universe. It’s not often that North American artists come to Australia to perform, you see, so to have the opportunity to see the glorious solo musical project of Annie Clark in my hometown is something I’m incredibly grateful for. I’m not quite sure who I’m grateful to, since none of the organisers had me in mind [...]
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This video has been making the rounds in the skeptical blogosphere, and for good reason: it’s a goodnatured jab at the skeptical community from the inside. Everyone loves making fun of themselves. Well, almost everyone. There’s nothing wrong with analysing your own movement every now and again!
I’m sure we all have our favourite lines, but mine is “We should totally start our own podcast!” Ahh, so true, so true…
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Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you spend it with friends, family and/or cyborgs you programmed to be optimal social partners. Whatever makes you happy.
In my opinion, the greatest Christmas song ever written is Tim Minchin’s “White Wine In The Sun”. Chances are you’ve heard of it, but if not: prepare to develop a whole new level of respect for the guy.
Have a good one.
Tim Minchin! Australian native! Funny man! Piano player! This song of his, written for the Jonathan Ross Show on UK channel ITV, has been making the rounds, as it was cut from the December 23rd show due to fears it would cause outrage from sensitive Christians. Well, there’s nothing like the Internet to amplify banned or censored content against the wishes of those who would suppress it, so Tim uploaded the cut clip to YouTube. It is – naturally – embedded below, for your convenience.
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