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Skepchick Holiday Gift Guide

The second Skepchick podcast is now online! Listen on iTunes or on our Libsyn page.

This episode, we take a look at our favorite gifts to give and get this holiday season. This show includes Rebecca, A, Bug_Girl, Maria, Stacey, Jill, Elyse, and Carrie. Editing and post-production was done by A. Thanks, A!

Here are photos of and links to everything we chatted about. Happy shopping!

Etsy.com

Caffeine Necklace

Platypus

Heron Adornments

(Psst: get a 15% discount off all Heron pieces by entering the code Skepchick5 at checkout!)

Think Geek

Fractal Spin

Charity Giving

Nothing But Nets

OxFam Unwrapped

Heifer International

Spectrum Scientific

One Laptop Per Child

One Laptop per Child XO Laptop

And, of course:

Skepchick 2009 Skepdude 2009

Skepchick Calendars

and

OhMiBod! (NSFW!)

Finally, here’s one obvious gift outlet we missed: the Skepchick store! Whoops.

PS: Don’t forget to check out last year’s Skepchick Gift Guide for even more!

Remember, you can subscribe to the Skepchick podcast using any of your favorite tools like iTunes or Zune. For our next episode, we plan to introduce music and possibly more dirty talk, so you won’t want to miss it!

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Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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25 Comments

  1. From one podcaster to another, you should run your podcast through the Levelator before posting it. It brings up the tiny little voices and brings down the loud gun blasts and cat attacks.

    It doesn’t accept lossy files like mp3, so you should save it first in WAV of AIFF, run it through the Levelator, then convert it MP3 before posting it. Al of the conversion is really easy in Audacity.

  2. Love the list!

    Also, speaking of pi-related products on Etsy, there’s a store on Etsy called nephilimdesigns that has a cute little sterling silver band
    with π etched on the outside and pi to ten decimal places on the inside. I thought it was the cutest thing ever, but got him to etch a quote
    from Romeo & Juliet on the inside (Act.Scene.Line on the outside) instead, since it’s my favorite play. I’ve worn the ring every day since I got it. :)

    Not sure if he does little custom things at the moment, but there’s still that cute little pi ring! <3

  3. Ooo! Check out my platypus ornament among all this other cool stuff. I’m so flattered to be included.

    This will also teach me to check my feeds more often so I don’t almost miss stuff like this.

  4. I actually had a conversation with a Tillers International team yesterday on their way back from Uganda–they couldn’t say enough good stuff about Heifer International. (They aren’t related.)

    That made me feel even better about the plug :)

  5. @reedbraden:

    Thanks so much for the suggestion. You’re absolutely right. I am learning, and missed that all important part.

    Also, I think we’ll likely add some layers: we’ve talked structure, segments, adding music… that kind of thing.

    All of these things will help make us shiny, I’m sure, but I won’t forget to levelate (is that the right word?) in the future!

  6. You know, my Xmas list was very very small before I read this. Now I want all the shiny pretty.

    Excellent charity giving ideas, too. I’ve donated to Heifer International in the past and I’ll be checking out the others as well.

  7. @reedbraden: Yeah, I did the first podcast’s levels by hand, as I don’t have any programs to do it automagically. On SGU we had some trouble with Levelator not working very well on my girlier, higher register voice, but hopefully that was just because of the difference between my voice and the guys’. On a show of all girls, maybe it won’t present that much of a problem.

  8. @Rebecca: I use the Levelator on my podcast with one guy and one girl and it seems to work just fine, even when we sing songs and I blast out my vocal chords in painful falsetto. The only issue I’ve had is that there’s a minuscule amount of static when things get loud, but it’s well worth it to not have to constantly adjust the volume to keep it at a pleasant listening volume.

  9. Sigh. It hasn’t been easy living here in Richmond VA during the holidays, so I am relying on NPR and skeptical podcasts to keep me sane. I am listening to the Skepchick holiday podcast as I type this and I have to say a huge thank you to all the ladies of Skepchick for two amazing podcasts and I am so excited for more!

  10. It took me a while to get a chance to listen to this episode of the podcast but I just did and it was fantastic. Thank you so very much for mentioning Surly-Ramics and for posting the “easy as pi” pendant. I so love all of the skepchicks cant wait to give you all big hugs at TAM 7! Thanks again!

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