Kell's Wonderful Life: A Toast To Toast

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Podcasts

Dr. Kell is fond of many things - but food and history is chief among them. Turning his attention to the humble act of tactical burning of sliced bread, he unravels the history of toasting from its origins to post-war economics and modern and increasingly esoteric methods for toasting toast.


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ABC's Radio National talks about geek culture conventions

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in News

The other week I had the pleasure of popping into the ABC radio studios and having a chat with reporter Tiger Webb about geek culture conventions for a story that aired on Radio National. You can listen to the full radio story here.
 
Plus they also produced an article version of the story here.
 
It was a cool experience to have a peak inside the ABC studios and record inside the TARDIS - their small recording studio adorned with an image of that famous police box. Not to mention that the intercom plays the Doctor Who theme while you're waiting outside.
 
After the interview I ended up writing to Tiger about something that was outside the scope of his story, but it's something I'm passionate about thought it was worth sharing here too:
 
"Big pop culture events like Oz Comic-Con are just one kind of experience that's out there. At other events you'll have people finding an empty room and setting up a card game and creating an impromptu event. There's hotel rooms packed with people, alcohol, board games and some cosplayers at the back of the room feverishly repairing their costumes. And there's the small clutch of people who have stepped out of the con to the cafe across the road to continue their discussion of heternormativity in Doctor Who. Personally, these are more real and valuable experiences than buying toys and getting autographs."

Kell's Wonderful Life: Working Like A Dog

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Podcasts

Why do we work so dang hard anyway? As a doctor of robotics, Dr. Kell knows the meaning of hard work - but does anyone know why they put in all that effort in the first place? There may be years of personal sacrifice on the alter of study before you even get paid a dollar, so there must be a pretty compelling reason. Right?


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Kell's Wonderful Life: Morning Must Be Stopped!

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Podcasts

Humans are an odd bunch for many reasons - not the least of which is our complete disregard for the natural cycles of day and night. The good Doctor Kell is surprised to discover that mornings comprise half the day.  How did this come to be?  What can be done?  Mornings are out of control and they must be stopped!


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Kell's Wonderful Life: The Geopolitics Of Chocolate

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Podcasts

Chocolate has a history spanning thousands of years - but in the last century our relationship to chocolate has changed substantially. From once being the privileged reserve of the fabulously wealthy to becoming a popular confection enjoyed by everyone, Dr. Kell relates the surprising past and present of chocolate.


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Kell's Wonderful Life: Super Science & Schizophrenia

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Podcasts

And now for something different and wonderful. In this series the esteemed Dr. Kell - whose doctorate is in robotics engineering -
will take you on a tour through history and culture. This first episode looks back at the side-by-side development of revolutionary technology and political revolutions in the USA during the 1950s.


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