Dragon*Con & The Virtual Bake Sale

I’m finally back from my super-fun two-week jaunt around the US, during which I attended SkepchiCon at CONvergence in Minneapolis and then The Amaz!ng Meeting 8 in Las Vegas.

Meeting so many new people, including a lot of Skepchick readers (hello!), and bonding with my fellow Skepchicks made me long to get to the next big skeptical event: Dragon*Con, held Labor Day weekend in Atlanta. I went last year and loved the way skeptics are actually able to reach out to fellow nerds at D*C. I figured it was out of the question this year, though, because I couldn’t afford the flight from London.

Then Maria had a brilliant idea: a virtual bake sale to raise the money to get me to ATL! We’ll auction a few items so that you get cool stuff while I get to attend Dragon*Con, do some outreach, and host Maria’s Star Party (a big success last year raising money for the American Cancer Society in honor of Jeff Medkeff, who once named an asteroid after me).

We’ll be using the eBayz to auction off several items through the Women Thinking Free Foundation, which was set up by Skepchick Elyse to do awesome things in Chicago like fighting anti-vaccination misinformation. Your winning bid will go toward a plane ticket and hotel room for me, and if we happen to raise more than we need then the rest will go to the WTFF.

First up on the auction block: the XBox we had at the Skepchick TAM party, signed by Simon Singh, Phil Plait, Richard Saunders, Rachael “Dr Rachie” Dunlop, Joe Nickell, DJ Grothe, Michael Shermer, Captain Disillusion, Evo Terra, Ben Radford, Swoopy, Brian Dunning, and Skepchicks Tracy King, Sam Ogden, and Surly Amy Davis Roth.

Ain’t she a beauty? Buy it to play, to mod, or to hang on your wall. Just bid! Now!

More items will be announced here on Skepchick as they go up for auction, so stay tuned!


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.

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  1. I didn’t play it. Instead I talked to the lovely women ( and men ) who were at the party. I gotta get better at being a geek. I’ll work on it … I promise. Keep those items coming though. I promise I’ll bid on something.

  2. I didn’t play the xbox either, but it was such fun watching those that did. That rock band game engenders some pretty hardcore users.

    The party was the highlight of TAM, and TAM was truly “AMAZING”.

    And Amy, with all due respect, I think the best part of the party was the costumes :)

  3. The best part of the party were the people, regardless of what they were wearing or playing. Corny? Yup! But as fun as it was watching the “hardcores” play it and the costumed wear it, it was even more fun listening to stories, telling jokes, exchanging ideas, and just interacting with each other. The party IS the highlight … because we get to be with each other.

  4. It’s out of my price range now, but thanks anyway for putting it up for proxy bidding, Rebecca! (Yeah, that was me that asked you about it on Twitter, and DataJack up there offered to deliver it if I won) I hope you get enough to go to Dragon*Con. To whomever wins it: I’m jealous of you.

  5. Just reserved tickets for the Star Party in Atlanta as DragonCon is revving its engines for 2010. Looking forward to your talks at DC this year – you were terrific last year!

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