Sunday, May 30, 2010

Banksy Hitting San Francisco

Just caught this on the feed. Some really nice work from Banksy travelling the US.  Some ABC news coverage of the controversy around the work.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

How To Destroy Angels

Just finally clued in that How To Destroy Angels is Trent Reznor's new project.  If you pre-order the album now you can download a copy of the track "The Believers"  immediately.  The rest of the album is scheduled to be released on June 1st.

For those who are interested you can follow the band on Twitter.

Trent Reznor is also still on Twitter from time to time (though not as often as he used to).

Spoiler - LOST Spin Off

Is it just me or did anyone else catch a hint of a possible spin off of the show with Hurley and Ben?

Let's see what we have to play with here...

  1. Magic Island
  2. Guy in charge who likes to help people: Hurley
  3. Seconded by a helpful, smaller, sidekick: Ben

I got it! A remake of Fantasy Island!!!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer?

I am constantly amazed at how much diet plays an important part of your overall health. This talk explores the benefits of anti-angiogenesis on a number of diseases including Cancer and Obesity.

William Li: Can we eat to starve cancer? | Video on

Monday, May 24, 2010

How to Identify a "Good" Scientific Journal

Much as the listener who sent in the email prompting this episode of Skeptoid I am concerned with finding good sound sources to verify suspicious claims. The following podcast answers the question:

"I would love to look a lot of this up on my own, but am unsure about what sources can be trusted. I know you talked about how scientists are not created equal, but as an average person without the background to fully understand the primary sources or the ability to synthesize a consensus without reading meta-analyses, where can I go for reliable information?"

How to Identify a "Good" Scientific Journal

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Podcast Subscriptions

I was hanging with John (a.k.a. Potsie) in Toronto a few weeks ago and I was telling him about some of my favorite podcasts. I decided to publish my subscription list for anyone who might be interested. Asterisk (*) mark my favorites.

I'd love to hear what other people are listening to. Feel free to drop mentions in the comments.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

WireTap Episode - Never Say I Love You

A Particularly good episode of wiretap this week. I especially enjoyed the opening story and the selection of short notes...

This week on WireTap, tune in for advice from Starlee Kine on how toget over a bad break up. Plus, Howard confesses his true feelings for Jonathan, and a selection of short notes to people we have loved from Dear Old Love. And Jonathan reads his story "You Call That Love", with musical accompaniment by John K Samson, Christine Fellows and Leanne Zacharias.

Right click to Download WireTap Episode - Never Say I Love You

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Paul Kurtz resigns from the Center For Inquiry

Just received this news item in my inbox. While I'm relatively new to the world of skepticism I'm a little taken aback by this announcement. From everything I've heard Paul Kurtz has been one of the fixtures in the landscape of contemporary skepticism. While it is true that the man is now 84 years old what worries more is the following loaded statement in the article:

Moreover, in recent years the board had concerns about Dr. Kurtz’s day-to-day management of the organization.

I'd love to see a statement from Paul Kurtz himself explaining why he decided to resign.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Outlook 2007 Color Categorize Autohotkey

I use Outlook 2007 at work and was annoyed by the fact that assigning categories to items involved so many steps depending on the window you are in. I decided to write a simple Autohotkey script to solve my problem. The download below includes the script but I've also compiled it as an executable so people won't need to install Autohotkey to run it. Simply double-click the OutlookCategorize.exe file to run the script in the background.

To activiate the hotkey shortcut simply hit [winkey + s].

Depending on the window that currently has focus in outlook 2007 the script will send a series of keystrokes to open the Color Categories window. Allowing you to quickly assign multiple categories or create a new one for the item.

Works with Mail, Calendar, Contact, and Task items (Single edit mode and multiple selections)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Moving over to blogger

Tired of fussing around with a CMS so I decided to port the site over to blogger. Should have the domain name redirect up and running shortly.

You can find an archive of the old site at