Atheist Days (Plus, Panic at Skepchick HQ)

I swear I was going to have a post today all full of delicious skeptical content, but this morning my MacBook’s hard drive apparently went kaput, making an awful clicking death rattle. I’m distraught and unable to focus on anything other than getting this fixed, because as many of you know, that laptop is the heart of Skepchick. Without it, I’ll be forced to go back to my pre-Skepchick days of just being quietly skeptical in my head while actually performing physical activities outside in the real world. Perish the thought!

So, this post will be dedicated to one final push for all you nonbelievers to register for Atheist Days, a three-day festival taking place in Strasburg, Virginia, August 15-17. The organizers really need people to sign up in the next few days, so get to it people! I’m ordering my ticket today, and I can’t wait to spend a weekend hanging out on a beach with a bunch of heathens listening to good music. Woo hoo!

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Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at 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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  1. Didn’t Perry give you a sound razzing over your Mac fetish less than 18 months ago? wasn’t that over a replacement? Isn’t 18 months far too short a time before a replacement ought to be needed?

    Ah… rush of endorphins from the spew of self-righteousness.

    PC users usually have to take it from Mac users… gotta get our jabs in when we can.

    Continue in good humour, all.

  2. A professional data recovery company with a clean-room should be able to take the drive apart, duplicate the image of your HDD to a healthy disk and recover most, if not all, of your data from you drive.

    Depending where you go it may cost a lot. Unless you can exert some skepchicky influence on them. In which case it may be surprisingly cheap.

    My point is, unless you consume a hard drive in fire, then water, then drive over it with a bull-dozer, it’s unlikely your data is actually gone.

    I long for the day when large notebook and desktop hard drives are solid state, like the little USB sticks. Hard drives are still built on old, old technology with moving parts. It’s the one area of computing that has stayed in the eighties.

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