Afternoon Inquisition

AI: Will You Be There?

I’m sorry Karen can’t come to the AI today. She is is currently hot on the tail of an international psychic who preys upon the innocent and gullible. Or she found some hot tail. I can’t remember which.

So you are stuck with me on this lovely summer afternoon and it’s perfect because I have a question I’d really like to know the answer to!
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Are you attending SkepchiCON, Any of the TAM events or Dragon*Con this year? Are you attending any other skeptical or atheist or humanist events? And if so how will I recognize you?

ps: I’m SO SUPER excited! I love skeptical conventions! Nothing makes me feel better then being surrounded by hundreds of adorable skeptics and the occasional stormtrooper! Woohoo Con Season is upon us!

The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.

Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics. She is the fearless leader of Mad Art Lab. Support her on Patreon. Follow her on twitter: @SurlyAmy or on Google+. Tip Jar is here.

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39 Comments

  1. I’ve never been to any convention, mostly because I’ve never had the money or the time. I’m optimistic about possibly going to Skepticon III in Springfield though, it’s not very far from where I am now and doesn’t look too expensive.

  2. No. But I’m hoping to go next year. I was hoping to at least drive to Vegas for a night during TAM to see the Skepchics, but unfortunately I don’t think it’ll happen.

    I need to save better. :P

  3. Whilst looking at yesterday’s AI, I got distracted by the TAM London ad and then got depressed that I don’t live in the UK.

    After today’s AI, I’ve just spent a good hour checking out flight options etc. I’m in search of some inspiration: London never fails to cheer me up and being with 1000 other like-minded people sounds like fun.

    However I’m new to the skeptic/humanist world (not that I’ve “converted” from anything, was just ambivalent before). Will there be other people like me at TAM who are curious about learning more, or is it expected that one has, e.g., read the entire Dawkins back catalogue?

  4. @Amy: Oh, most definitely! Right now K. and I are packing up for our move tomorrow and I think we started lushing out around 4 EST. By my clock, it should be 4 in yr neighborhood by now, so you will need to play catchup! Of course you can’t stop until after all of the cons are over.
    I fear for your life.

  5. Ah! Unless you’re holding a con in Pittsburgh, I won’t be attending.
    I wish I could go, but alas my student loans require payment soo I’ll be working instead of partying/nerding it up with skeptics. Hopefully next year I can join in the bonanza.

  6. TAM London, Teh Second Coming!

    [shamelessplug]Also, I’m co-organizing the first ever skeptics’ conference in Norway in October, which is beyond awesome and you all better watch out for news of it! [/shamelessplug]

  7. @Amy “You were my Dragon*Con table buddy last year.”: Yes I was! Thanks for letting me hide behind your table. :-)

    @James Fox: It’s pretty much just stickers this year. I’m printing them myself so, yeah, only available from one source.

  8. I’ll be at TAM 8, Amy–and if you & Johnny come to our Drinking Skeptically event at the Silverado Lounge Thursday evening, you’ll recognize me handing out free DS pins and delivering t-shirts to the folks who pre-ordered them. The SurlyRamics Pigasus I bought in the JREF auction will give you a clue too assuming they get it to me beforehand.

  9. @nicamy:

    You’ll find some like-minded people. The skeptical community is very diverse and while you’ll find a lot of people who read the same books and blogs and use in-jokes, you’ll also see a lot of people who are just interested in critical thinking.

    My wife is a member of the latter camp. She’s not particularly interested in the skeptical movement but didn’t go to TAM London last year and has regretted it ever since. She’s skeptic-curious. She’ll be there this year, so you’ll have at least one person to talk to who isn’t steeped in the skeptical community culture.

  10. Thank you @Amy and @latsot for your kind comments! I also asked an ex-colleague who was at TAM 7 — he reassured me that newbies would be welcome.

    In the last 15 minutes I’ve bought a ticket, booked flights from my current home in rural Holland, and reserved a room at my favourite hotel in the old Aussie stomping ground of Earls Court.

    So to answer the question: I’ll be at TAM London! How to recognise me: will have to work on that.

  11. @Amy: Thanks, but in fairness I have an advantage since my avatar is actually available as a T-shirt without me having to custom order it or anything.

    All I have to do is check to ensure the postage won’t be overly extortionate to get it sent down here.

  12. I’ll be at Skepchicon/Convergence!

    Heading over tomorrow to check in/volunteer/etc…

    I know I don’t post here often (I like to lurk… *shifty eyes*) but say hi if you see me. I’m the big dude with the sideburns. I respond to Cary or Autobahn 8)

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