Afternoon Inquisition

Sunday AI: Welcome 2012

This is the first AI of the new year!  Granted, New Years Day is just an arbitrary point in time in our transit around the sun, but it’s also a nice time to reflect on the past and think about the future.  

I thought about writing about me, and how the last two years have been kind of a struggle  (divorce, layoff, moving across the country, restraining order, new job).  I thought about writing about how Rebecca continues to confront sexism in a way that makes me incredibly proud to be part of Skepchick.  Or how Elyse and the WTF group continue to kick ass. Or all the other cool stuff that all the Skepchicks have done this year.

But the Afternoon Inquisition is for YOU, our commenters. And you are awesome!  I can’t tell you how much it means that the commenters here always have positive things to add, or will jump in and occasionally administer a dope smack when it’s needed.   Skepchick is someplace that I can actually read the comments without loosing my mind. I wish I could say that of other online sites.

This AI is for you.  What are YOU looking forward to in 2012? What predictions do you want to make?

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.

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  1. I have been looking to do more volunteer work in 2012. I recently was invited to join our local Rotary club. They seem like a fun, hard working, secular group and they do a tremendous amount of service in our community. No prayers. Not sure if this is the right place to ask, but does anyone have an opinion on skeptics and the Rotary club?

    Happy New Year to everyone! I look forward to more from our fearless Skepchicks!

      1. Thanks Elyse. Hope I’ll get to learn the super secret Rotary handshake! Kidding aside, glad to hear you feel so positively.

  2. I’m pretty sure that skepchick is the ONLY place I read the comments. In fact, most of the important stuff happens below the fold.

    As far as 2012 goes, this year will be pretty game-changing for me as well. Last year, I moved from New Zealand to San Francisco, which came with its own challenges. My work card finally came through late last year, so I’ve been looking for a job. I used to do GIS stuff for the defence force back in New Zealand, but have been placing myself to transition into IT development instead. It’s challenging. I’ve done some development (Python/ArcGIS stuff), but I’m pretty much a baby at this. I don’t care though. It really interests me, and it’s something I’ve wanted to give a try. So that’s what I’m doing. Learning Ruby and Rails, and giving it a try. This year should be interesting. :)

  3. My goal, as always, is to make my life a living testimony to the gospel…

    …of being a good person, reliable friend, dependable ally, compassionate lover and just an overall nice guy. I don’t figure going to tell it on the mountain about my atheism to be as effective as being a genuinely great person to other people.

    I understand this approach (or rather, this approach alone) doesn’t work for everyone, and that’s cool. Some people need to proselytize. Some people feel a certain compunction to try and throttle the worldview, opinions and/or mindsets of people that don’t agree with them, and that’s cool. I happen to believe that you catch more bees with honey than vinegar, but I dunno – maybe some of you have caught some bees by baptizing them in the stuff. Like I said, I wouldn’t know.

    On a more serious note, I plan to start my thesis, make more progress on my novel, apply to law/grad school and to ride Obama’s dick all throughout 2012.

    I also look forward to commenting on this site more often…that is, if my posts are posted. Kinda sucks to lose 2000 words to moderation; especially when they’re directed at correcting fundamental misunderstandings. But I digress.

    Happy 2012 to everyone here!

  4. I’m looking forward to finishing some writing projects, and I predict that the people of Earth will be celebrating on Dec. 31st, 2012, Mayan calendar notwithstanding.

  5. I want to get involved more with all y’all. Delurk, etc. :)

    And release Giant Robot Album!

  6. I am looking forward to graduating University and being able to move out of my religious parents home and finding a place with my wonderful skeptic, feminist, and atheist boyfriend.

    And looking forward to all the wonderful books I have to read and skiing!! (Brand… new… equipment!!)

  7. I am really looking forward to 2012 being over so I can stop hearing about this Mayan Apocalypse nonsense. Doesn’t anyone remember that Y2K thing? I wonder what new thing will replace it though.

  8. I’m looking forward to another round of conventions, meetings and fun with my skeptic friends! This means a lot of budget travel but I so enjoy seeing all of you!

    I will also try to get to more events closer to home and try to do more locally within my local skeptic and CFI communities!

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