Episode Sixty-Eight – On Updates And The Stars Are Her Laboratory
A quick update episode, which includes the sad news of the passing of Derek K. Miller, who is responsible for the theme-song for the Token Skeptic podcast.
Derek K. Miller worked as a writer and editor since the 1980s, specializing in technical and scientific subjects. He was also a drummer, guitarist, singer, recording artist, and photographer. Derek lived in Burnaby, British Columbia with his wife and two daughters.His writing has appeared in Macworld, Vancouver, and LINK magazines, and the Vancouver Sun newspaper, among other publications. Before finding out that he had stage 4 metastatic colorectal cancer in 2007, he ran the Penmachine Media Company and was the co-host of the Inside Home Recording podcast since 2006.
The website of Derek K Miller will be archived and his last post has been mentioned in a variety of media entries, and he will be featured in the skeptics’ In Memoriam slideshow at the next JREF Amazing Meeting. In a post entitled “A Wondrous Place” Miller wrote, “The world, indeed the whole universe, is a beautiful, astonishing, wondrous place. There is always more to find out. I don’t look back and regret anything, and I hope my family can find a way to do the same.”
The dates for the lectures I’m doing in Melbourne this forthcoming week:
Thursday 12th May: University of Melbourne Secular Society
“Fleeced – The Rise And Fall of a Aries’ Belief In Astrology”
1:00pm Venue TBC, University of Melbourne
Friday 13th May: Rationalist Association of Monash
“Very Superstitious – From Crossing Fingers To Friday The Thirteenth”
6:30pm, R1 Rotunda, Monash University
Monday 16th May: RMIT Secular Society
“Feminine Intuition, Pseudoscience And How To Be More ‘Skep-chic’”
2:30pm, Venue TBC, RMIT – PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE!
Monday 16th May: Melbourne Skeptics in the Pub
“Skeptical Books With Embiggen – feat. Warren Bonett & Kylie Sturgess”
6:30pm, Mt View Hotel, 70 Bridge Rd, Richmond
All of those are brought to you with many, many, MANY thanks to Jason Ball, Catherine Donaldson of Faster Pussycat Productions and all my friends in the Young Australian Skeptics and the Freethought University Alliance and Embiggen Books. BIG thanks to the Melbourne Skeptics and the Eastern Hills Skeptics too – check out their sites and their future events!
Finally – my contribution this year to the 365 Days of Astronomy podcast – an interview with ‘Belinda Nicholson – The Stars Are Her Laboratory’ – hope you enjoy listening to it as part of this show! Do support and sponsor the 365 Days of Astronomy by checking out the site and consider contributing your own episodes to the show.