November started out with an idea and ended with a cancer quack, and it continues the high activity from October. I’m continuing to post once or twice weekly at JREF’s blog, and there is lots going on over on Twitter including Delta Airlines running anti-vaccine videos, Power Balance going bankrupt, Kevin Trudeau losing an expensive appeal, and the ongoing Burzynski Clinic saga. So if you missed some of the action during November, here’s a way to catch up.
This is the monthly roundup – links to all the content I’ve been involved with in the last month. It includes this blog as well as the stuff I post on other blogs, my podcasting activities, my best posts on Twitter as well as key shout-outs or mentions elsewhere.
Read on to see what you missed!
Here were my blog posts this month. A good mix of stuff. Not quite the one-per-week posting rate I’ve been trying to achieve here at Skeptools, but I’ll get there eventually.
- November 2: Skeptools: Incentivizing online activism – a proposal
- November 2: JREF: Web of Trust is a Tool for Skeptic Outreach
- November 8: JREF: Skeptic History: UFO Investigations
- November 9: JREF: FishBarrel Now Supports US FDA Complaints (Crossposted here at Skeptools as well).
- November 15: JREF: Skeptic History: A Tale of Two Scientists
- November 17: JREF: Hypothes.is Reaches Funding Goal
- November 22: JREF: Skeptic History: Archeological Fakes
- November 29: JREF: Skeptic History: A Big Birthday
Mentions and follow-ups on other blogs:
- November 3: Hooray Reality: Fast Fast Slow: A Naturopathic Twitter Tale (A nice lesson in the speed of social media based on a conversation I participated in. Plugs What’s the Harm to boot).
- November 18: Evil Genius Chronicles: There Are Too Many Skeptic Podcasts (Dave Slusher vehemently disagrees with the premise of my Skepticamp presentation)
I contributed Skeptic History segments to these episodes of Skepticality:
- November 8: #169: Sports Season
- November 15: #170: The Tipping Point: MonsterTalk vs. Skeptiko
- November 29: #171: Astronomy by the Kilometer
Some shout-outs and mentions on other podcasts:
- November 16: Meet the Skeptics: Meet Dezrah Blinn (Dezrah the Strange) (Dezrah compliments the same presentation Dave Slusher criticized. Last 7 minutes of the podcast.)
- November 24: Token Skeptic: #89: On Great Superhero Skeptics – Panel From Dragon*Con 2011 (If you missed this panel I was on back in September, here’s your chance).
- November 26: Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe: Episode #332 (Nice shout-out to What’s the Harm at about 44 minutes, right after Who’s that Noisy)
I posted on Twitter:
- 176 regular tweets, including:
- 22 “What’s the harm in…?” stories
- 30 Skeptic History facts
- 113 replies to other Twitter posts
Here are highlights, the tweets that were retweeted the most. It starts, as it often does, with a compelling What’s the Harm:
Some activism against anti-vaccine propaganda:
(~18 and ~10 retweets)
A heartbreaking vaccine story:
Everyone loves Carl:
A What’s the Harm from up north in Canada:
The demise of PowerBalance was big news:
A What’s the Harm in Austin:
A cancer quack named Burzynski was big skeptic news near the end of November:
So I proposed a little crowdsourcing:
(~13 retweets & a mention by Phil Plait)
And in 4 hours this was the result:
What’s the Harm got into Burzynski mode:
To get these as I post them, you should follow me on Twitter here.
Here were my contributions to various projects this month:
I contributed 51 edits to Wikipedia.
I rated 16 sites on Web of Trust and left 2 comments.
I made 11 edits to the Skeptic History database. It now has 1379 items. (Plus I have a queue of several other items waiting to go in).
And on we go into December…