Afternoon Inquisition

Afternoon Inquisition 3.3

I live in San Diego:  America’s Finest City.  That’s the slogan.  Or, well, it was the slogan.  Now they’re changing it to “Happy Happens.”  Yep,  San Diego: Happy Happens.  

Not so happy about the new slogan.  To be helpful, I tried to think of alternatives, but no love there since I have a tiny, cold, black heart and can only think of things like “San Diego: We’re Broke” and “San Diego: Close to Mexico”  (the latter, of course, geographically true, and yet, not so catchy).  

Then my mind started to wander, and I tried to find a slogan for myself. “a.real.girl: snarky happens” appeals to me, as does “a.real.girl: I could give an eff about a ghost”  but neither seem to catch the right spirit (see what I did there? I rule).  As such, I’m turning things over to the smartest mob I know:

What should my slogan be?  Alternatively, what’s your slogan?  How about Skepchick?

a.real.girl

A B Kovacs is the Director of Døøm at Empty Set Entertainment, a publishing company she co-founded with critical thinker and fiction author Scott Sigler. She considers herself a “Creative Adjacent” — helping creative people be more productive and prolific by managing the logistics of Making for the masses. She's a science nerd, a rabid movie geek, and an unrepentantly voracious reader. She doesn't like chocolate all that much.

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  1. If it’s any consolation, Baltimore’s latest slogan is “Baltimore: Get in on it”. Uh, get in on what exactly? I really preferred the old nickname, “Charm City”. That’s a slogan that just begs to be used sarcastically.

  2. Joshua: It’s What’s For Dinner.

    Although that’s kind of misleading, because I already have an epithet for my bloggy alter-ego: Tobasco da Gama, conqueror of lands!

    Anyway, the other two you requested.
    A: Real Girl; Yes, Even Those
    Skepchick: Brains with Boobs

    Although some might argue that Sam is a boob with a brain.

  3. A few months back, I threw together a mock logo for Skepchick, based on the old Charlie’s Angels title screen. I used the slogan “Smart is Sexy.”

    As for my own slogan, I’d go with “Four-Time Skepchick COTW Winner.” Unless that’s not sufficiently self-deprecating, in which case I could switch to “Not Entirely Incompetent.”

    A., think your slogan should be “The Pinnacle Of Evolution.” It’s appropriately bombastic, and it’s a built-in conversation starter about how evolution isn’t a pyramid with people at the top, but if it WAS, you’d totally be at the apex.

  4. Okay! Redirecting: Please advise for slogans for all the Skepchicks! I love the ones folks are coming up with, and I have visions of snarky business cards dancing in my head!

    I’ll start:

    Masala Skeptic: Skepticism & spice: very nice.

    (now you know why I turned to you all…)

  5. I suppose I should do some for myself…

    Steve: Mostly Harmless
    Steve: You’ll like him but not in that way
    Steve: Not quite screwed up enough to be interesting
    Steve: Mad engineer
    Steve: You probably know somebody like him
    Steve: At least his kids are really cute
    Steve: Intelligence has much less practical application than you’d think

  6. @a.real.girl:

    Masala Skeptic: Skepticism & spice: very nice.

    My actual slogan on my not-often-enough-updated blog (www.masala-skeptic.com) is “Critical thinking, with a little spice.”

    Not particularly creative but I’m the sort of person who can get hung up on slogans and never actually accomplish anything until I get it ‘perfect.’ So I just thought of it and moved on in the interest of time. I’m sure ya’ll can be more creative :)

  7. Skepchick: Troll-free for __ days
    Skepchick: Full frontal lobe

    Elyse: Well actually…
    Rebecca: She has a heavenly body named after her
    Bug_girl: Inexplicably not a Marvel Comics character

  8. Skepchick: Critical think for the ma… Hey! I’m up here.

    Shepchick: Really smart chicks feeding creationist trolls since 2006. (Or whenever Rebecca started this place, i’m too lazy to look into it).

    A.Real.Girl: Twice the wise-ass my avatar makes me appear.

    And related to the last one. Objects in web page are snarkier than they appear.

    I’m sure I could think up others. But it’s time for my afternoon bike ride.

    – Anthony

    Skepchick: The best reason other than hookers, booze and gambling to go to TAM.

  9. I’ve always been fond of old, early-20th-century-style advertising slogans, from long before the days of paid marketing consultants and focus groups. They have a kind of banal artlessness that appeals to me.

    Let’s try some slogans with a retro feel:

    a.real.girl — “Ask for the girl with the dots in her name!”

    Skepchick — “Your best value in thoughtful entertainment.”

    Howard — “A conversation right now would be most pleasant.”

  10. While on a drunken ramble through the French Quarter last night, my buddies and I came up with the new slogan for New Orleans: Aim Low!
    My personal slogan changes, but for now it’s “Why offend people with style when you can offend them with substance?”, which could be the motto for the aggressive skeptic.

  11. @tempestbrewer: LOL! What a way to introduce yourself. Bravo! *waves*

    a.real.girl: Really real. Really awesome.
    Rebecca: No, she won’t marry you. But thanks for asking!
    Skepchick: The girls (and guy) you wish you knew in high school.
    Nicole: This IS my indoor voice!

  12. IBY: Only a person as awesome as me get to have an acronym pseudonym consisting of the letters I and B and Y, considers chocolate as my true love, and at the same time write convoluted slogan that sucks and is unappealing to everyone.

    Skepchick: Where smart is hot.

  13. @marilove: Actually, that’s the Arizona state nickname. The Arizona state motto is even better…”Ditat Deus” (God Enriches)

    Virginia’s is “Sic Semper Tyrannis” (Thus Always to Tyrants). I find it funny that Arizona has a religious motto and Virginia doesn’t.

  14. Mine is totally non-catchy:

    Ziztur: your twenty-something iconoclastic skeptical liberal/libertarian ignostic strong atheist existentialist determinist naturalist ubuntu secular humanist…biomechanist scientist researcher occupational therapist urban explorer poet photographer.

  15. Skepchicks: All chicks, alle skeptisism, all the time, except for Sam.
    Skepchicks: Beauty, brains and big, brass balls
    Skepchicks: yes, we could be more awesome, but that would kill you
    Skepchicks: Yes, we _are_ the New World Order, and you know you like it

    Bjørnar: Not-appearing-in-this-alphabet
    Bjørnar: This is your brain on procrastination
    Bjørnar: a bargain at any price

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