Archive for September, 2009

iWoo: Woo on the iPhone

I love my iPhone. I love the way that photos insert themselves into messages and posts.  I love the fact it’s a real computer that does stuff relevant to my life. I love the screen, the touch screen and I particularly love the fact that when I bought it, I was among the first to adopt this latest 32GB 3GS model. I cannot normally be described as an early adopter; I shop at TK Maxx for goodness’ sake!

But the thing that makes it sing (I like that rhyme) is the apps, or applications for long.  Yes, there is a whole world of people out there who have quickly and brilliantly devised handy tools that you can download and which reside on your iPhone.  Just waiting for that perfect conjunction of need and opportunity to arise.  Then they spring, gazelle-like, into action with just the lightest press of your finger on the screen, bringing almost immediate gratification and a rush of happiness.  “What is my bank balance just now?”; “How much would the payments work out to on that car with £1000 deposit?”; “What time is the next train to Liverpool from where I am right now?”; for that matter “Where am I right now?”. Read the rest of this entry »

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And The Pseudo-Medical Vultures Circled…

Patrick Swayze, courtesy of

Last Monday, actor Patrick Swayze lost a long fight with pancreatic cancer and passed away. Having been diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in late January 2008, Swayze died on September 14th.

The news was met with a sadness from his fans, mostly girls I’ll needlessly add, but certain sections of the pseudomedical community have taken his death with an altogether different message. In an item posted to by editor Mike Adams, the self-proclaimed Health Ranger, Swayze’s death is in fact a chilling warning as to the dangers of Chemotherapy.

Quoting the article:

“Having put his faith in conventional chemotherapy, he largely dismissed ideas that nutrition, superfoods or “alternative medicine” might save him, instead betting his life on the chemotherapy approach which seeks to poison the body into a state of remission instead of nourishing it into a state of health.”

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101 Ways to Save the Earth

Earth is good to us. Like a kindly stable owner in Bethlehem, it gives us a comfortable place to stay in a cold, harsh universe that wants us dead. All it asks is that we don’t pollute or mine it too much, and in return it stops us floating about in the vastness of space and dying like this.

It is a simple deal that works greatly in our favour, yet humans in our infinite wisdom like to casually piss on it. Much like the bloke that stopped his car in the centre of my road yesterday daytime, got out and relieved himself on his own car, then got back in and drove on. This isn’t relevant by the way, it just pissed me off (no pun intended). Back to my original point… Depending on which climate experts you speak to, we’re either on the verge of messing up our planet, or are pretty much already in the red. The time to do something about it is right now, not tomorrow or when the mood strikes: right now. We might not be able to completely reverse the effects, but there’s still the chance to lessen the effects. There are, of course, self-proclaimed ‘sceptics’ claiming it’s all a bit of a mountain made out of a molehill and that everything will be fine some undetermined time in the future (when we’re all dead, probably). I would claim that the evidence for severe and destructive climate change is nigh on conclusive, and that the nay-sayers are simply burying their heads in the sand like environmentally averse ostriches, but then I’m not a scientist. However, the information is out there for all to find, and it’s building all the time. Seek and ye shall find. Who do you think I am, Al Gore? Read the rest of this entry »



Skeptics with a K: Episode #005

Mike, Marsh and Colin return to talk about mobile phones and cancer, geopathic stress, reality distortion fields and mars bars.


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I’ll Defend Their Right To Bore Me To Death…

It’s a situation I’m sure most of us have been in. You book into a hotel (or order at a cafe, or similar venture) and get into a conversation with the manager, only to discover, to your horror, that they are most certainly not somebody you want to be talking to, but you’re trapped, with no hope of escape.

Perhaps they’ve spent the last hour (while you were waiting for your coffee) talking about how their business found its way into their hands only after a string of rich uncles and sneaky cousins

Perhaps they have a knife that they’ve been flicking open and closed, while hinting mysteriously at a past jail sentence.

Or perhaps they’re the worst, most widely-feared of this type of stranger. The religious-minded with a hankering to proselytise.

In this type of situation, I’m usually far too awkward to do anything but nod along meekly, or disagree politely, while my brain is racing through escape techniques (do I try and out-bore them? Claim I have a contagious disease?  Set fire to my chair, and in the resulting confusion, run?).

I hadn’t realised that the solution was actually a lot simpler. I could call the police. Read the rest of this entry »

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Question Of The Week: Unleash Your Unethical Experiments

Scientists don’t have it easy – unlike practitioners of alternative medicine, psychics, faith-healers, anti-vaccination lobbyists and general dangerous crackpots, they have a burden weighing them down at all times – ethics. To test on animals, you have to prove there’s no ethical barrier to carrying out your plans; throw in the notion of human trials and you multiply that ethical rigour even further. And it’s a pain, I can imagine.

I mean, if I wanted to market a new drug, or test out a new psychotherapeutic treatment (which I don’t, by the way, being in no professional position to do either of those things), I’d have to make sure it wasn’t going to harm anyone. Yawn. No wonder homeopaths, chiropractors, ear-candlers and reflexologists are ten-a-penny – take away these concerns of ethics, morality and actually having to prove what you intend to do is beneficial, and suddenly you’re in business.

So, with that in mind, this week’s question of the week to you guys is: If we removed all restrictions on ethics and morals, what experiment would you run? Would you try and breed a man with a monkey? Or try and engineer a race of superhumans? Let your maniacal side run free!

Many thanks to Colonel Molerat for the question.