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Don’t forget Free Comic Book Day 2011

April 24, 2011

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/

All around the world Comic Book shops give away comics and have extra specials on this day – and there’s no catch! Walk in to a local comic store and walk out with free comics from a wide range of publishers and writers!!! It seems like utter madness, and so it may be, but it’s madness in your favour!

Quite a few Melbourne stores participate every year, so use this handy locator to find the closest participating store to you

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/fcbd_global.asp

here’s a list of free comics! You really can’t go wrong, so get out there, grab some free schnizzle and get your comic on!

http://www.freecomicbookday.com/comics.asp

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The Melbourne Browncoats

August 30, 2010

Too late to prime you for Joss Whedon’s flying visit to Melbourne for Writers’ Festival, I can only hope you were able to find that choice morsel on your own… but for Whedonverse devotees now feeling short of a Buffy Bonding session, fear not!

Melbourne has its own semi-official Whedon Fan Club in The Melbourne Browncoats.

Their website describes the following:

About Melbourne Browncoats

Welcome to the new home of the Melbourne Browncoats! This is a place for fans of Joss Whedon’s television series “Firefly” and movie “Serenity”, as well as other projects involving cast and crew of the Whedonverse.

For the past few years, we’ve been building a Browncoat community under the banner of Browncoats Downunder. And we’ve had a blast! Hosting pub nights, supporting the annual “Can’t Stop the Serenity” charity events and running a Browncoat Booth at local conventions.

And there’s more fun to come! We’re getting back to our roots and focusing on meeting local people at local events, hence the refinement in our group’s name.

We invite you to poke around the site, check out photos of our past activities and learn about what we’re up to next. And if you find you want more, why not join us? This is an all inclusive group, and there are no fees to join. Just come along to events which take your fancy, join us on Twitter and meet some of the wonderful folk that make up Melbourne’s Browncoat community.

Twitter: @MelbBrowncoats
Facebook: Melbourne Browncoats

As you can imagine, the Whedon Visitation was possibly the zenith of 2010′s Browncoat activities, but there will be plenty requiring a serious debrief and withdrawal-redressing any time soon, so check out their facebook/twitter/website and, if you find yourself amongst the saddened Serenity set – join on up!

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Vampire Con! Sat May 22nd, West Brunswick

May 10, 2010

http://www.msfc.sf.org.au/?page=minicon2010

Something to get your teeth into if you like a bit of Fangtastic entertainment…

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Book now for: Melbourne Maths Lectures 2010. Featuring: Rubiks Cubes

May 10, 2010

1 + 1 = 2010 Maths Lecture Series!  They’re back from inner space to cubify your mind for another year.  Here’s the lowdown:

find out more and register  here!

Free Public Lecture Series at Melbourne Museum.
Presented by The Mathematical Association of Victoria
in association with Museum Victoria.

Melbourne Museum
Rubik’s Cube: Solved, once and for all!
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday, 1 August 2010 Burkard Polster
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
Can you solve the Cube? And no, reading and copying a recipe definitely does NOT count!

How can you actually find such a recipe? How can you solve the cube in 10 seconds? How can you solve it blindfolded? How would God solve it?

Sound interesting? Then don’t miss out on this talk, where all will be revealed. Burkard “CubeMeister” Polster will answer these questions, and will explain how mathematics is behind all the answers.

Mathematics education: Australia’s very own Titanic
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 15 August 2010 Titanic
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
The Titanic is of course THE metaphor for disaster, in particular for disaster resulting from professional arrogance. So, we do not see why a critique of Australian mathematics education should, um, miss the boat.

Are things really that bad? Yes. In this talk we’ll explain how and why, and we’ll indicate who to blame (pretty much everyone, including ourselves). We’ll give some advice for students and parents interested in the learning of real mathematics.

Weapons of Maths Destruction
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday, 12 September 2010 Burkard Polster
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
How was the Second World War won? Many military experts have claimed that a lot of the credit has to go to Polish and British mathematicians, responsible for deciphering the German Enigma code. And we believe them. However, this is just one example where a handful of mathematicians were more effective than thousands in the opposing armies.

Come and find out about some of History’s most destructive mathematical weapons. The pen is mightier than the sword? You bet!

Mathematics and the Magic Box
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 17 October 2010 Magic Box
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
Mathematics is commonly thought of as calculations, as explicit formulas which give us definite answers. However, modern mathematics is nothing like this. In reality, our appeals to the Mathematics Gods are seldom rewarded with precise solutions. Rather, the Gods respond: “We cannot tell you the answer, but the answer is definitely somewhere in this Magic Box”.

In this talk we’ll describe the Magic Box and whence it came. We’ll explain how mathematicians make do with the Gods’ strange blessing, and why in fact the Gods can provide nothing more.

About the Lecturers:

Burkard Polster and Marty Ross are Melbourne’s tag team of mathematics. They write the Maths Masters column for The Education Age, appear at schools, and do whatever they can to convince whoever they can that mathematics is beautiful and fun. All their activities can be checked out at www.qedcat.com.

These really are world class public lectures. And to make them work for such a diverse audience is a splendid achievement.
Dr Max Stephens, MAV Life Member.

Burkard Polster is a maths lecturer, and Monash University’s resident Mathemagician, mathematical juggler, origami expert, bubble-master, shoelace charmer, and Count von Count impersonator. When he is not doing fun mathematics he has fun investigating perfect mathematical universes.

Marty Ross is a mathematical bum. At the age of 2, he ran away from America to join the circus. After some controversy involving an elephant, he returned to America to do his PhD on minimal surfaces at Stanford University. After a stint at Rice University, he came back to Australia. Since then, he has wandered from Maths Department to Maths Department, aimless but happy.

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Brickvention: Lego Exhibition 2010 January Long Weekend

January 19, 2010

 

 

Brickvention is Australia’s premier LEGO® convention

Brickvention is an Australian based convention for LEGO® fans. It’s a two-day event that brings together LEGO® fans from all over Australia to view original and unusual creations. The next Brickvention will be held over the weekend of 23rd- 24th January 2010.

Saturday 23rd January 2010 is devoted to Adult Fans of LEGO® and features competitions, games and activities involving LEGO®. Sunday 24th January is the Public Open Day part of Brickvention where anyone can come along and view the amazing creations made out of LEGO®.

LEGO® fans of all ages are welcome on the Sunday from 11am – 4pm. Entry is $5 for adults, $2.50 for kids, $15 for a family with 2 adults and up to 4 children.

If you love LEGO®, why not join us on the Public Open Day at Level 12, Victoria University Building, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne.

For more information, please contact us.

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Astronomy Society of Victoria… August stargazing, membership and beyond

August 4, 2009
August Monthly Meeting
Date: Wed. 12th August, 8pm 

Venue: National Herbarium, Birdwood Ave., Melbourne 

Guest Speaker: Dr Bart Pindor (University of Melbourne) 

Topic: The Evolution of the Universe - Our Cosmic Past: The history of the Universe is perhaps the oldest and most compelling question in astronomy. Over the past 80 years, astronomers have made a series of remarkable discoveries which have given us an ever more detailed understanding of the evolution of the universe. Our latest discoveries even give us a surprising hint of the future which awaits our distant descendants. Bart Pindor will deliver a fascinating non technical presentation on this subject that will be suitable for all to digest as he answers the ultimate questions of Love, Pain, the Universe and Everything! 

All are welcome, there is no cost and supper is provided. Looking forward to seeing you there. 

Special Reminder: The ASV Library is now open following the meeting, as well as the usual opening prior to the meeting.  

Perry Vlahos, President

 

 

New Astronomers’ Group intake
If you are thinking of joining the August Intake of the New Astronomers’ Group (NAG) it was already 2/3rd full at the start of July. Applications close on 06th Aug so be quick. There are four Intakes per year in Feb, May, Aug, and Oct for this 12month course.

To find out more visit the “What is NAG” and “How to join NAG” pages of this web-site.
To apply send you ASV membership details to: nag@asv.org.au

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Allsorts Bookshop: A win for electronic music g33ks

June 6, 2009

ALLSORTS BOOKS

275 HIGH ST, NORTHCOTE, VICTORIA.
Ph: 94827930
Open 7 Days a week (12 – 6pm)

Word has reached this blog that there’s a great new secondhand book shop that has been opened by long time Clan Analogue supporter & Frostwave effects innovator Paul Perry. If you are technically minded there are heaps of books on Electronics, etc. He also has lots of books on Synthesizers and other electronic music related items. The shop just opened, so get in quick.  Alot of these books you just never find in most book shops.  If you are a Sydney person feel free to call him if you are after a particular book. He has alot of those 80′s books aimed at electronic musicians covering Midi, drum machines, sequencers, etc..

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You + maths + geekage/time = fun: Maths Lectures 09

May 15, 2009

these guys rule.  that is the simple truth and no more needs be said.  Balance the equation of your life with some uber geeky math fun.  be there or be squared.

Pompeii & Museums

A Free Public Lecture Series at Melbourne Museum.
Presented by The Mathematical Association of Victoria in association with Museum Victoria.

One of the striking things about human development has been the role that ideas can play. Village life would have been impossible without fire and the wheel. Running water turned out to be pretty useful too. Metalworking as well. What comes first? The idea or the human need for that idea? Nowhere is this question more pertinent than with mathematics. And through history we can find cases where the idea quite clearly spurred development – the idea arose before or at the same time as the need became apparent. Equally, there are times where human need cried out for a mathematical solution, yet had to wait either because the solution was unknown, or, worse still, was ignored. Throughout, mathematics has made our world. What many of us need is someone to help us make sense of the mathematics that helps make sense of our world.

For over 100 years that very purpose has driven the Mathematical Association of Victoria – the valuing of mathematics in society. In a virtually unbroken line from Professor Edward J Nanson at the University of Melbourne in 1906 through to two present day university mathematics lecturers, Drs Burkard Polster and Marty Ross, the MAV has been proud to put mathematics centre stage at public lectures designed to challenge and enthrall.

Thanks to the wonderful support of Melbourne Museum and the generosity of Marty Ross and Burkard Polster the MAV is proud to present the 2009 Public Lecture Series. Open to all, these lectures will help stretch mathematical understanding in minds of all ages – energised and exploring families, teachers searching for fresh approaches in their own classrooms, budding mathematicians and mathematics aficionados.

Although entry is free, these events are very popular. An online booking will ensure a seat is held in your name when the theatre is full. Book online NOW.

How to become a human lightning calculator
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday, 21 June 2009
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
Throughout history there have been some extraordinary people, performing incredible feats of mental mathematics: multiplying six digit numbers; winning fifty simultaneous games of blindfold chess; instantly declaring the day of the week of historical events; and, much more. Come and learn some of the best-kept secrets of these calculating magicians, and learn what it takes to become one yourself. Presented by Burkard the Lightning On-His-Fingers Counter, one of The Age’s Maths Masters (www.qedcat.com).
Rocky V, and other Roman contributions to mathematics
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 26 July 2009
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
We all know of Pythagoras and Euclid, and the great mathematics of the ancient Greeks. But what of the Roman Empire? Yes, there are Roman numerals, very useful for numbering bad movies. But what else did the Romans contribute? Come on a tour of Roman mathematics, and see what lies beyond V and X and L. Your guide will be Martius Rossus, Mathematical Gladiator, and one of The Age’s Maths Masters (www.qedcat.com)
Rome vs. Mathematics
Presented by Dr Burkard Polster
DATE: Sunday, 23 August 2009
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
The mighty Roman legions are approaching your city. One man stands in the way of total destruction: a mathematician. True story! Come and find out about the life and maths of the amazing Archimedes, who the Romans only defeated by cheating on the final exam. Presented by Burkardus the Conquerer, one of The Age’s Maths Masters (www.qedcat.com).
Primetime Mathematics
Presented by Dr Marty Ross
DATE: Sunday, 13 September 2009
VENUE: The Age Theatre, Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street, Carlton
Melway reference: 2B J10
TIME: 11:30am to 12:30pm
COST: Lecture Free! Note: Subscribers to MVTeachers can enter the museum free of change. For further details and registration instructions please visit museumvictoria.com.au/Education/MVteachers.
Students, concessions and children free.
Prime numbers are mathematical diamonds. They are pure beauty, the simplest of numbers. But primes are also the most curious of mathematical creatures. Prime patterns have been studied for centuries, and are still engaging the greatest mathematicians, including Australia’s own brilliant Terry Tao. Join us on a trek into the jungle of prime mathematics. Learn what we know, and hope to know, of mathematics’ most mysterious family. Your guide will be Prime Hunter Marty, one of the Age’s Maths Masters (www.qedcat.com)

About the Lecturers:

Burkard Polster and Marty Ross are Melbourne’s tag team of mathematics. They write the Maths Masters column for The Education Age, appear at schools, and do whatever they can to convince whoever they can that mathematics is beautiful and fun. All their activities can be checked out at www.qedcat.com.

These really are world class public lectures. And to make them work for such a diverse audience is a splendid achievement.
Dr Max Stephens, MAV Life Member.

Burkard Polster is a maths lecturer, and Monash University’s resident Mathemagician, mathematical juggler, origami expert, bubble-master, shoelace charmer, and Count von Count impersonator. When he is not doing fun mathematics he has fun investigating perfect mathematical universes.

Marty Ross is a mathematical bum. At the age of 2, he ran away from America to join the circus. After some controversy involving an elephant, he returned to America to do his PhD on minimal surfaces at Stanford University. After a stint at Rice University, he came back to Australia. Since then, he has wandered from Maths Department to Maths Department, aimless but happy.

Read what Burkard and Marty lectured about in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

Watch and listen to Marty’s 2006 “Maths vs GOD” presentation here.

Click here to sign up!

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Pinball Faith – First friday of the Month @ Bumper Action, South Melbourne

April 5, 2009

Last Friday I had a blast of  infectiously genuine, value-laden entertainment.  I – and many many others from age 5 to 55 – went to Pinball Faith at Bumper Action on City Road and gave them $20 of my hard earned readies, and in return received licence to flip, tap, click and tilt for 4 heavenly hours. Not to mention also receiving free pizza slices, a free can of soft drink and chocolates thrown into the crowd.  This is entertainment free of cynicism, free of marketing hype, simply presented for the pure love of pinball – and I thought it was hugely, truly, epically ace!

There are a whole showroom of machines in unlimited play – at least 40 machines at any one time, and in addition to pinball includes arcade and table top games, foosball, driving games and more.  The machines rotate monthly.

Detractions:  it gets really busy, and is very top heavy with families and hyper children on a sugar high.  Don’t assume you’ll get any pizza or get used to fighting the rabid children for one.  Sometimes the games are all taken and you have to loiter, casual like.

Brilliances:  scrabbling with tykes for free fun size chocolate.  the drinks girl who comes around with a tray of cans, the fact that you can byo alcohol, the sheer winningness of unlimited pinball on a huge range of machines from antique to contemporary.  The friendly uberpinballnerd staff.  The fact that everyone just seems to be there to enjoy the pinball and have some seriously mechanical fun.

Their website with the details.

Pictures here:
Join their mailing list to be notified of the next date.

This event is a total win if you like gaming even one small iota.

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