Episode 43 – Skeprechauns in the Water

Little bit of horticultural chit-chat.
The abortion issue rumbles on, with pro-life leaflets been given out to young children in school and out Archbishops continue to weigh in, again, again and again.
Sally Morgan awarded a huge payout from the Daily Mail.
Finn will be at Convergence, coming up soon! Devolves into a conversation about Irish slang and Dave Allen on his introduction to religion (video) and teaching a child how to tell the time (video). Just in case you have not seen the Andrew Wakefield comic.
Rebecca puts forward her two cents on the fluoridation “debate”, all spurred on by an issue of Hotpress.
She schools you on the National Health Federation, fluorosis, cancer rates in Ireland and the public good.
Irish Dental Assosciation Fluoride Supplement publication (PDF).

CONvergence 2013 (#cvg2013)

Hi All,

This is a bit of a cross post from my blog (www.ickletayto.com) re: my upcoming panels at  CONvergence in Minneapolis:

I’m heading to the twin cities for my most favourite of all the conventions (sorry OctoconCONvergence.

It’s all out geekery with books, films, radio plays, science, skepticism and party rooms.

I’m going to be on a number of panels, some of which are part of the SkepchickCon… So I’m super excited.

Here’s my “absolutely will be at as I am on the top table” schedule:

Thursday 4th July:

5:00pm:             British Slang 101
I plan on taking over this panel and talking
solely about Irish Slang.. it’s FAR superior to
British slang anyways :oP
7:00pm:            There’s more to British Comedy than Python
I mean, clearly there’s more. I may
crowdsource some ideas from twitter before
the con, or leave a comment here listing your
favourite British comedies.. the less said
about Mrs Brown tho, the better..

Saturday 6th July:

12:30pm: The Gods of Geekdom
They mention the gods of comic books in the
listing for this panel. I don’t read comics, but I
do read all of the fantasy.. the one question
I’ll be raising is how can Brandon Sanderson
still be Mormon?
10:00pm: The British Anti-Science Invasion
I’ll mostly be talking vaccines here. It’s a
pretty good thing that all my masters
assignments revolved around vaccines.. I will
be putting all of that research to good use in
this panel. It’ll be infinitely better than
#Vilten.. honest

Sunday 7th July:

3:30pm: Lesser known British Comedy
I think I’m going to stick with things not
traditionally looked on as comedy here.. I may
even stray into podcast territory.

I’m going through the rest of the program atm and trying to figure out how to split myself into 5 or get one of them Time-Turner thingamajigs.. but once I do figure out what I absolutely cannot miss I’ll update my SCHED (It’s a thing).

I am totally looking forward to #CVG2013..

It’s gonna be LEGEN – (wait for it) – DARY! Legendary.



Episode 42 – The Skeprechauns are alright

The ladies discuss the shockingly nice weather – and its perils!
Rebecca advocates the burkini (kinda…)
Michael Douglas and that statement about HPV, Irish sex education, dentists and dental dams.
Special Report (pdf) from the RCOG implies women should return to the tradition of confinement – criticised here (video), here and here.
All about Finnish baby boxes!
Ireland’s recording of maternal deaths may not be a true reflection of the truth and may soon be very different.
And it turns out the kids are alright (when raised by gay parents).
Is Ireland “Post-Catholic” yet?