Archive for 'Internet' Category

Brum Skeptics Blog

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, May 14, 2010

Birmingham Skeptics have launched a new blog, with a post from Jack of Kent noting Birmingham’s tradition of free thought: Birmingham was always more of market town than an industrial town, though it was one where small businesses could easily set up. Before the Cadburys there was really little large scale factory production. And matched […]

Medical and science blogging

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, September 23, 2008

There are two papers out on science and medical blogging. The first is concerned with medical blogging, and I vaguely remember filling in the questionnaire some time ago. It is also reported on the blog of one of the authors, who also makes good use of lecture slides. There’s some interesting findings although the relatively […]

Short book reviews

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Readers may be interested to note that short-book reviews can be inserted into amazon urls. I have taken off the catalogue numbers for the purposes of display within the column of this blog, but clicking through to amazon will show the effect in your address bar. For example: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ben_Goldacre_is_everywhere_like_God http://www.amazon.co.uk/how-to-exploit-the-sick-for-profit http://www.amazon.co.uk/most_alternative_medicine_is_a_pile_of_crap http://www.amazon.co.uk/an-attempt-to-kill-children-with-pseudoscience http://www.amazon.co.uk/Boris_Johnson_blunders_again I’m sure […]

Advice from anti-vaccinators

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The UK’s leading anti-vaccine site JABS, whose website is regularly linked to by BBC news, runs a forum called “experience and support”. Here is a recent example of the standard of support given to parents asking questions about vaccines: Question I have a 7 week old baby boy who has “the jitters” on and off […]

Sisyphus complex

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A friend emails me to say that this cartoon reminds him of me. It’s a curse I tell you.

No more Beta!

By Anthony - Last updated: Tuesday, May 8, 2007

My friend Simon Whitaker has created the site No More Beta!, in a fit of desperation I think, in order to counter the misuse of the letter beta in web applications. Personally, I think he himself oversteps the mark by tacitly accepting the term Web 2.0 in his explanation. Such a transgression is deserving of […]

Alien Abduction

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, November 17, 2006

In a post here about three years ago, I linked to a site about alien abduction. Since then, I have received occasional emails from a group who produced a book called The Black Triangle Abduction. I thought I would share the latest one with you: Due to the exposure of our book: “THE BLACK TRIANGLE […]

Using Google for the public good

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, November 10, 2006

Google directs people to anti-vaccination sites: Researchers from the University of Sydney typed the words “vaccination” and “immunisation” into seven search engines, including Google, Yahoo, Lycos and Altavista. In total, 43% of the links displayed led to anti-vaccination sites. These were varied in content – including what the researchers described as “quasi-official” sites with referenced […]

Rumsfeld gone

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, November 8, 2006

One of the people in my spoof wmd webpage is stepping down. Not before time. You can still make a mug of him though. UPDATE: Evidence that George Bush has a Mac.