Thursday, April 29, 2010

Podcast Pimping: Righteous Indignation

So, I'm pretty much a politician right now - previously apologising for something bad I did (in this case, pimping podcast rather than proper blogging) and saying how it will improve in future, and then, pretty much doing the same thing again.

This time I'm on this week's Righteous Indignation podcast, with Trystan Swale and Gavin Schofield. Normally, Hayley Stevens presents and without her gender balance there was a risk of it becoming unbalanced and blokey. Might have ended up with an overcompensation.

Hayley did the editing, removing all my idiosyncratic 'ums' and 'ers', making me sound almost coherent - I mean, how else would you explain the comments on this? :)



Monday, April 26, 2010

Podcast Pimping: InKredulous

Another enjoyably self-indulgent pimp for my whoring around various podcasts - this time, InKredulous - the skeptical panel-game-style podcast from the Merseyside Skeptics Society.

On this episode were:
Rich Smith – Chief Editor and writer at (@newsarse)
Brian Thompson – Writer and producer of the Amateur Scientist comedy show (@AmSci)
Trystan Swale – Co-presenter of the Righteous Indignation podcast (@ripodcast)

and me.

Having listened to the edit, I think the four or us have a pretty good shot at comedy (it was certainly tremendous craic recording it) - if you can abide me laughing like a chipmunk, usually at my own gags :/ then I reckon you'll enjoy the podcast.

You can download the whole thing from here.

I know, I know, where are the blogposts? Where is the incisive cutting-edge doggedly-determined investigative journalistic blogposts that were supposed to cover these garish pages? Well, I can only offer apologies and excuses. Time is getting the better of me these days, but hopefully soon there'll be more fun and games for your enjoyment.



Friday, April 16, 2010

BCA drop libel case against Simon Singh - oh, you already knew.....

It all happened yesterday and everyone had toasted, cheered, laughed, tweeted, smoked and cajoled before you could say "chiropractors promote bogus treatments without so much as a jot of evidence."

As it was my birthday, I was drunk.

So, in the time-honoured fashion of the stable-closing post horse, I'll direct you to fuller reports:

Jack of Kent
Skeptic Blog
Zeno's Blog (With reference to Chiropractic awareness week)
Bad Science


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Simon Singh wins libel appeal!

News just in, Simon Singh has won his appeal hearing for the right to rely on the defence of 'fair comment'.

I reckon the BCA will cave very soon......(some might suggest that the BCA happily promote bogus lawsuits, but I wouldn't say that, of course).

BBC report

I'll put the full ruling up once it becomes available.EDIT it's here

EDIT: British Chiropractic Association's response can be found here (pdf). It won't surprise you to read that it is full of slippery talk and transparent nonsense.

EDIT: All your Simon Singh story details can be found here, via the Jack Of Kent blog.