Sunday, January 24, 2010

your sunday science/comedy video mashup

Here's a couple of links to online video stuff that you might find entertaining - I did, anyway, but hey, please yourselves.

Firstly, here's Llewtube, which is basically a series of video interviews/discussions featuring Robert Llewellyn aka Kryten from Red Dwarf and a series of interesting guests. The format is an interesting one whereby Llewellyn picks up his chosen guest in the car and gives them a lift somewhere (and sometimes back as well), which makes for a nicely informal and unstructured setting. Guests include the currently ubiquitous Dr. Ben Goldacre of Bad Science fame, the lovely Dr. Alice Roberts (who also seems to be making a bit of a bid for world domination) and the also very lovely (though not a doctor) Sharon Corr who was mentioned here not so long ago.

Also, I caught most of Nerdstock: 9 Lessons and Carols for Godless People on BBC4 last night. The whole thing is currently available on iPlayer, though I'm not sure how long these things hang around. If you missed the adverts, this is one of the series of gigs at various London venues back before Christmas, organised by the estimable Robin Ince. As befits the Secret Policeman's Ball-style format it's a slightly lumpy and uneven mix of comedy, science bits and musical numbers, featuring such luminaries as Richard Dawkins, Ben Goldacre (again, thereby proving my point), Richard Herring and the increasingly camp Brian Cox. Ince seems bullish about doing it again next year as well, so watch out for it and snap up your tickets. If the bracing rationality and godlessness doesn't do it for you then there is a chariddy element as well.


Unknown said...

Coincidentally, I've just been watching Llewtube myself this past week. If you haven't already watched Brian Cox, you have to see it, if only for the bit where fridges prove there's no afterlife.

electrichalibut said...

I see what you mean. It's at around 22:30 onwards in this link if anyone else is interested. You should probably watch the whole thing though, as it's all quite interesting. The bit about driving along at the speed of light and then turning your headlights on was good, too. I must try that sometime.