Morning Toolbox – October 23, 2012 – Awards season

Morning Toolbox is a daily digest of interesting tools and techniques that skeptics can use online.

Online awards may seem silly, but they can really help your favorite web sites and podcasts gain visibility, which is good for skepticism. Voting is open on the Stitcher Podcast Awards and many skeptic favorites like Skeptoid, Skeptic’s Guide and Geologic Podcast are nominated in various categories – along with other good podcasts like RadioLab, StarTalk and so on. You can vote once per day. It does require a Facebook “Like” from you, so you’ll need an account there, but they don’t spam you as far as I can tell.

CSICOP founder Paul Kurtz died over the weekend. When people are in the news or die, that is a key time that their Wikipedia articles get vandalized. Fear not, Susan Gerbic and her team leapt into action.

Remember how Google’s Knowledge Graph has given added visibility to skeptics in search results? Well now Google is adding “explanations” to the related people displayed below. It’s mostly actor and actress appearances now, but I’m wondering what the explanation for James Randi below Sylvia Browne will be?

Chrome browser plugins like Fishbarrel and RBUTR are key skeptic tools. If you’re switching to Chrome to take advantage, here are some tips to get the most out of Google’s browser.

A short toolbox, have a good day!

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