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Dragon*Con and other Southern Events – Final Warning

Don’t say you haven’t been warned.  We’ve been talking about it for nearly a year now and now we find Dragon*Con almost upon us.  For those of you living under a rock, Dragon*Con is one of the largest fantasy and sci-fi conventions in the country.  It’s held in my own hometown of Atlanta, Georgia and this year, as if it could be made more awesome, it features an entire track dedicated to Skepticism.  Randi! Phil Plait! PZ Myers! Michael Shermer! Lori Lipman Brown! Stephen Novella! Michael Stackpole! (ETA: Sorry, I thought PZ was on the list but must have gotten confused! Fixed now!) The list goes on and on! Since there will be skeptics and Skepchicks around, of course, there are lots of opportunities to come by and say hello.   Here’s the rundown of events the next couple of weeks:

Skepchicks in Florida – THIS SATURDAY, August 23, Carr2d2 and I will be hosting Skepchicks in the Pub in Destin, Florida – details of where and when will be posted here as soon as we have them.

Pre-Dragon*Con Skepchicks in the Pub – Thursday, August 28 – Carr2d2, A and I will be there, amongst the rest of the gang of Atlanta and visiting Skeptics who may be coming in earlier. Facebook has the details here.  At least one robot will be present!

And, of course, Skeptrack itself – check the site and Facebook for details.  We will all be there – come say hello!

ETA:  I forgot there is another Atlanta Skeptics event coming up the same weekend we’re in Destin.  So if you’re unfortunate enough not be in Florida, go say hello to the folks at Secular Gwinnett on Saturday, August 23rd, 7 pm at Summit’s Wayside Tavern in Snellville, GA.

Masala Skeptic

Maria Walters (a.k.a. Masala Skeptic) has spent a lot of time in ‘furrin parts,’ including Hong Kong, Trinidad, and Pittsburgh. Although her passport is from India, she’s spent most of her adult life in the United States. She currently lives in Atlanta and has an unhealthy affection for science fiction, Neil Gaiman and all things Muppet.

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  1. Not to argue over semantics or anything but…this Saturday is the 23rd, not the 16th. Just so there’s no confusion :)
    By the way, let me know if anyone needs help finding a place to stay! See you all this weekend!!

  2. adrebellious – Thanks for catching the date typo – I have fixed it. I must be livin in the past…

    Gabrielbrawley – Please comment drunk more often – fishent skickings made me giggle :)

    sethmanapio – Wow, I am really honored. I’ve never had anything more than a dirty haiku dedicated me. :) You rock!

  3. The big question: Smack, or PC?

    Let’s see… Smack talk…

    You’re delugional.
    Here’s a dead horse. Lets see if you can beat it until it turns into oil.
    Your brain is fossilized.
    Your mama didn’t raise no fools… your church did.
    Creationist geology, huh? Shouldn’t you spell that with a “th”?
    So, was that 16 or 22 generations after the flood?

  4. Masala, the Crab Trap is technically in Fort Walton, and is located on Okaloosa Island (which is something of a subdivision of Fort Walton). Anyway, if you wanted to stay strictly in Destin for whatever reason- cut down a little drive time, etc- then banddryad and i were thinking about this pub called McGuire’s Irish Pub that’s pretty damn awesome ( http://www.mcguiresirishpub.com/ ).

    If you’re interested, here is the link to a tourist-guide type online book (just ignore all the crap about rental properties). It has a pretty good map showing Fort Walton, Okaloosa Island, and Destin so you can get a feel for how close they are. http://www.nxtbook.com/dx/ECPCDX/ECPCDX801/index.php

  5. Oh, good. Well at least my only Smackanism attempt began with “your mom…”

    I’ll keep the other suggestions handy given the sheer likelyhood that a mob of creationists shows up for Atlanta Science Tavern at Manuel’s.

    If there ARE any non-Dragon*Con goers out there, head over to Manuel’s. I will be missing out on some good Skeptrack sessions Saturday night. But when given the opportunity to go all Smackanese on some young-Earthers, my decision is clear.

  6. adrebellious, I think there are actually two Crab Traps, one in Destin, one in Ft Walton. At least, that’s what the web site says. But I will take your advice and do McGuire’s. Do you think we need to call ahead ? What’s the set up like?

    Taypro – I’m bummed I’m going to miss another ATL Science Tavern meeting. Next time, I hope!

  7. Masala, you’re right, there is another one in Destin (i forget about it). For McGuire’s, i could call ahead just in case, but it’s probably not necessary. They have an upper deck that would be perfect. The set-up is basically downstairs is the restaurant and upstairs is an open-air bar (but you can still get food there).

  8. I’m not too worried about Fay- it will be over us by Friday, but wunderground is saying only about 30% chance of rain. For all we know, the curve west could be higher into Alabama.

    I will give McGuire’s a call tomorrow and give them a heads up. Is there a particular time you want everyone to meet? I’m assuming sometime evening/night, but they might ask me for a specific-ish time if they want us to make a reservation.

  9. adrebellious I put 7 on the Facebook invite. Let’s plan on that.

    taypro The website says Free Parking and I did a Google Maps Satellite and Street view of it – the lot seems fairly large and there also seem to be some other lots near by. I’m not sure if the other lots are for other establishments. There appears to be a parking lot (probably paid) about 2-3 blocks away. I’d try the lot at the pub first. I’ll also give them a call and see what they say and put updates here and on Facebook.

  10. Masala,
    I called McGuire’s and they don’t take reservations for that large of a group. The lady on the phone told me that if we just showed up, they’d fit us in pretty quickly, and that there probably won’t be any problem with us setting up shop in the upper deck. Excitement ensues! :]

  11. Is PZ Myers going to be there too? I do not see him on the guest list. Nor do I see it on his calendar on his blog. Or is he mentioned as an example only? Or maybe he is going to go ninja style and just appear in a puff of smoke? Or squid ink?

  12. Seriously, the only thing the TV weatherstuds have been right about Fay on is “this is a tropical storm.” The more they say it’s gonna come across the panhandle, the more I expect it to head to Ireland.

    But I shouldn’t be so hard on our Fox 5 weatherguy. He has to rush through it to get to today’s birthdays :)

  13. Masala,
    Hey i just sent this message in an email to you, but i’m not sure the email address i used is right, so i’m going to post the message here, as well:

    Heya, just wanted to check in about Saturday night. Looks like we’re going to get a lot of rain and wind, after all :\ What Tina (banddryad) and i were thinking about is, if you and the other people just really wanted to see the beaches and water despite the rain, we could go to one of the restaurants on the Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island (where one of the Crab Traps is, actually). The boardwalk has several restaurants, all with beach views. Of course, if you just wanted an awesome place to hang out and chat skeptically, the downstairs, inside of McGuire’s is just as awesome as the upper deck.

    See you soon, i hope!
    Adre

    It would probably be easier if you had my phone number. Just email me for it ( my email is [email protected] )

  14. adrebellious – I sent you email as well but for you and anyone else – let’s stick with McGuire’s and just hang downstairs. We’re heading out later this morning – hopefully the weather won’t be too bad to drive in. Looks like we won’t get much good weather but oh well :)

    See you tonight!

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