Wednesday ended oneÂ month off from work for me. A monthÂ filled with Geeky Goodness.Â I went to the Galapagos Islands with the JREF, visited The Bad Astronomer in Boulder, went to Dragon*Con and got to hang with my Skepchick sisters (among others)Â and last night wrapped things up with the first ever San Diego Geek Bonfire.
Photos at my Flickr page,Â more after the jump.
As MasalaSkeptic and Carr2d2 have already said, D*C was sublime.Â Â The Skepchick pre-con meet-up was great, and I learned a joke I might actually be able to retell.Â The next night, Evo_Terra from Podiobooks & SoupboneÂ hosted what might be the best party I’ve ever attended. The night afterÂ THAT IÂ wore, in public, a corset, a kitty bell, and hooker boots…all at oneÂ time.
At the con itselfÂ I attended panels in SkepTrack, BritTrack, Space, Science, and Podcasting.Â The SkepTrack is what made me go in the first place, but adding the Podcasting Track to that made me fall in love.
I’m a dirty junkie for podcasts, I’ll tell you what.Â I subscribe to more hours of podcasts than there are in each week to listen to them.Â I wasÂ totally tweakedÂ that I got to hang with some of the exceptional people who create the critical-thinking-oriented podcasts I love: Soccergirl, Inc., Geologic Podcast, AstronomyCast, BloodCast, Skeptics Guide to the Universe,Â Â Point of Inquiry, The Skeptic Zone (formerly The TANK), & Skepticality.Â (If you dig this site, you’ll dig those sounds.Â Â Some straight up science and skepticism, and some critical thinking that sneaks up on you as artÂ in comedy form,Â orÂ long-form fiction, or… well… Soccergirl.Â She’s a force of nature that one, and you just have to see for yourself.)Â Â Add all that win to meeting Peter Sagal at TAM 5 and Kiki Sanford and Brian Dunning during the Skeptologists shoot this past April, and I only have Ira Glass left on my list.Â Made. of. OMFSM.Â Â (And, since I loves me some linkage, now you have a handy primer if you’re not yet into podcasts.)
San Diego Geek Bonfire:Â This was the coolest thing.Â Gina Trapani over at Lifehacker (which you already read, I’m sure, and if not…dude, srsly?) put this together with Mitch Wagner from InformationWeek.Â I have only met Gina a few times, but I think she’s just the coolest chick.Â So smart, funny, friendly, andÂ a person whoÂ actually gets stuff done (except maybe for starting fires with great frequency.)
Last night she threw a party for 50 or soÂ geeks of any stripe: gamers, tech geeks, science geeks (that’s me), codemonkeys, Web 2.0 geeks (that’s me), Â Sci-Fi geeks (that’s me), social media geeks (that’s me.)Â It was a great time, and there wereÂ evenÂ a sub-set of geeks who went for karaoke afterwards (me included. I’m a ham, people.Â A HAM.)Â I can’t wait for the next one.
Since summer’s over then,Â it’s finally time for…Â Drinking Skepchickally in San Diego!Â Â Come on, locals, who’s in?Â I was thinking maybe September 24th, starting at 7:00pm, location TBD.Â I’ll be there, as will some of my new pals from last night.Â Let me know if you’re interested and where you think we should meet by leaving a note in the comments, or sending e-mail direct to me at [email protected].
Hope you had a swell summer too.