Kell's Wonderful Life: Serial Killers

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Podcasts

The Halloween moon has come and gone - but the monsters that lurk under the bed aren't as fearsome as the monsters that lurk in your neighbourhood. "He was always so quiet and reserved," they said. "The first inkling we had that something was wrong was when they walked into the kitchen drenched in blood." Dr. Kell brings a delicious sampling of some of his 'favourite' murderers.


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Diversity Lounge coming to PAX Aus

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Features

In it's second year, the giant gaming festival PAX Australia has already announced a raft of new features. There's a bigger venue (with bigger theatres), Tripod and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra playing on the Friday night as well as a PAX Aus Diversity Lounge.
 
PAX has always been about celebrating games of all kinds - and so the diversity lounge aims to celebrate gamers of all kinds. We spoke to Alice, the co-curator of the diversity lounge: ''It's just a fun space for people to come and learn about our lovely community groups and the issues they face, and to relax and make some friends while playing games.''
 
The design intent is to create a fun social space that is inclusive and maybe even a little educational. Alice explains that everyone is welcome and encouraged to come in and take a look around. "Games are a medium where we can be and do anything, and yet we keep being basically the same straight, white, brooding guy who is shooting people in his quest to avenge the death/maiming of his girlfriend/wife/daughter/ sister. The Diversity Lounge is here to showcase that there's more than that."

Kell's Wonderful Life: Mad Scientists

Written by Kyle Evans. Posted in Podcasts

Science is a discipline of testing hypothesis against emprical experiments. Most of what people call 'mad scientists' are really just engineers with a grudge. Yet history is replete with nuts, kooks, cranks and shysters. Dr. Kell discusses the mad science and scientists of our age.


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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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