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Podcasting! and Other Various Bits of Excitement

The awesome fellows over at the New England Skeptical Society worked pretty damn quickly to get the latest episode online. In case you forgot already, this is the episode I was on (about 20 minutes in until the end). You can download it here. My ISP

I’ve discovered that the best thing about podcasts is that you get to listen to what people say about you after you leave the party — in this case, they called me a hottie. Flattery will get you everywhere, and so I plan to rejoin the NESS gang on future episodes. The problem? I’m a technological cave-person (see pic to the right). Believe it or not, I run everything from my Powerbook (named Iggy, if you’re curious) on OSX v.10.2.8; apparently, every program on the planet now requires 10.3 to be any good. Also, I’m on dial-up. Did you hear that? It was the sound of dozens of geeks groaning in disbelief.

I’m planning to upgrade, but it’s going to be messy. I no longer have the original disks for all my software (long story — buy me a drink some time and you’ll hear it), so we’re looking at quite the investment. Luckily, I seem to know a lot of technically savvy dudes, so I should pull through. If you log on to Skepchick in the near future to find it completely wiped out, though, you know whom to blame. That’s right: God.

I think I’ve finalized the new design for the online magazine, and I’m hoping that this is the one we end up sticking with, since that’ll significantly cut down on how much work I need to do every month. We’re getting a flood of tremendous writing. Remember that you don’t need to be a genius to write stuff for us — it should be obvious by now that I love the funny. If you have a weird idea, a funny craft, a comic strip, or a do-it-yourself experiment a la 8th grade science fair, let us know!

Oh, and I’d like to come up with a clever name for this blog. “Skepchick Blog” just seems so . . . obvious. Any ideas? We can make it a contest — whoever comes up with the winning submission can fly to Boston on his or her own dime, buy me a drink, and hear the story referenced above! What a deal!

FYI, I found the above Cpt. Caveman pic via Google images, which led me to the Panda’s Thumb, a very nice and informative site with a super clever name.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor. Twitter @rebeccawatson Mastodon Instagram @actuallyrebeccawatson TikTok @actuallyrebeccawatson YouTube @rebeccawatson BlueSky

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  1. I have several suggestions:

    The Objectionable Nudity (in quotes returns no google results)

    The Random Mutation

    Why Cookie Crisp is Healthy and Other Things I Think You Should Know

    Thoughts of Hottie With Brains (in quotes returns no google results)

    The Official Blog of God

    *sorry, it appears some html bugs are at work

  2. I'll present two similar ideas that work different ways.

    1) Skepchick's Super Silly Science Service

    I like that because it has at least 2 equally appropriate interpretations. But if you want to be more clear, go with this:

    2) Skepchick's Supersilly (not -stitious) Science Service … A blog

    When in doubt, I always go with gratuitous alliteration. Like the place near me called Fatface Fenners Famous Fishshack. The food sucks, but they have a bar and the name just tips the scale. I reserve no rights to these suggestions and offer them out of my own generosity.

  3. Holy Flurking Schnit!


    One of many reasons why Becca rocks. :)

  4. Actually I do really like that one, I just ran out of time with the launch of the new issue. I'm fickle, so I may change again.

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