Thursday, July 7, 2011

My upcoming adventures

I'm going to be a busy little atheist the next couple of months. If you're coming to these events, make sure to say hello! I don't bite, I swear. And if you're not coming to these events...why not?

Wed, July 14 to Sun, July 17
Southpoint Casino - Las Vegas, NV

I am so excited for TAM9! In addition to seeing all of my old skeptical friends, I also get to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye. Bill. Nye. His show is one of the main reasons I fell in love with science as a kid. I'm pretty sure all I'm going to be able to do is flail at him.

And I'm not just going for fun (though I totally would). I'm going to be on the panel Getting Things Done (For Science and Skepticism) at 9:30am on Saturday. Because I apparently get shit done, or something. ...Can I say "shit" on the panel? Or worse, the Hoosier in me may unleash and say "Git r done." This may be difficult and embarrassing.

I'm sure there will be other fun shenanigans at TAM (Pssst, Phil, you know you want to do Skeptics in the Tub again). But one that I'm really excited about?


Anyway, I got my ticket. Join me, Greta Christina, Sara Mayhew, and other skeptics in ushering out the era of Potter. I have my Ravenclaw shirt ready. I will probably cry. And then be unable to wake up for the beginning of TAM on Friday. Whoops.

Fri, July 29 to Sun, July 31
Columbus, OH

Okay. This may not be in Vegas or have 1,500 attendees...but I'm not going to lie, I'm just as excited for this conference as I am for TAM9. ...Maybe even a little more. Because I've always had the best time hanging out with fellow student leaders in the movement. I've made so many close friends coming to this conference. (And to be honest, it's the one con where I've experienced no sexual harassment, stupid sexist comments, or plain ol' awkward crap) Plus it's great for networking and getting ideas for running your student groups - I always leave feeling super motivated.

And the speakers are always awesome. Dan Barker, Greta Christina, PZ Myers, Hemant Mehta, David Silverman, Jamila Bey, Debbie Goddard, JT Eberhard, (me), and high school activist Jessica Ahlquist? Why aren't you coming yet?!?! You don't need to be a student to enjoy this!

Did I mention Friday is a big video game party? You know you want to have me crush you in Mario Kart.

Fri, Aug 12 to Sun, Aug 14
Omaha, NE

Have you not successfully escaped the Midwest like I have? Then you likely need something to restore your sanity. That's why you need to come to this conference, where you'll see me, Hemant, Greta, JT, Fred Edwords, Mr. Deity, and Sam Singleton talk about...stuff. I'm not sure what I'm going to talk about yet, but I'm sure it'll be awesome, right? Maybe I'll title it "How you too can move to the Pacific Northwest!"

And that's it for now. Hopefully. So I can actually get some research done.

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