AI: How do you “walk the talk”?

I was at Dragon*Con last week with some of my fellow Skepchick Network bloggers. It was really wonderful to meet some of the Mad Art Lab crew in person, and it was awesome to catch up with my fellow Skepchicks who were there too.

Between you and me, hanging out with these guys was my favorite part of D*C, but a very close second was seeing how much people invest into their fandom and their art and their geek flag. From exhaustingly accurate cosplay, to lots of passionate people up at 3:50am … playing board games, to vendors and creators proudly offering their creations for my enjoyment.  It’s a crazy peek into the depths of the human experience, in a way.

Given the chance to play, which is a grand bit of good grace in itself, these folks gave it all they had. They talked the talk and walked the walk of they great passionate Charles in Charge fanaticism, or whatever.  I was impressed and envious all at the same time.

How do you commit to the things (not the people) you love?  How do you “walk the talk”?


The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm ET.


A B Kovacs is the Director of Døøm at Empty Set Entertainment, a publishing company she co-founded with critical thinker and fiction author Scott Sigler. She considers herself a “Creative Adjacent” — helping creative people be more productive and prolific by managing the logistics of Making for the masses. She's a science nerd, a rabid movie geek, and an unrepentantly voracious reader. She doesn't like chocolate all that much.

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  1. Would visiting websites like Skepchick and Bad Astronomy daily be counted as “walking the talk”?

    Otherwise, I’m moving at the same (relative) speed as a parking lot. :(

  2. I’m raising my children into the Way of the Geek.
    The younglings need guidance on the Path, and it requires great sacrifice to provide that guidance.

    I’ve endured more Homestuck and MLP:FIM than one person should have to take. It’s a heavy burden, but I soldier on.
    For the cause!

  3. I’m in a very privileged position, and I try to use that for good, not evil. I am an educator. My Intro to Cultural Anthropology course provides great opportunities for addressing all sorts of topics. For example, when I talk about religion and magic, I use homeopathy as an example of magic. I’ve recently included the concepts of cisgender and transgender in the section on gender. And I’ve learned so much here on Skepchick. This is the only blog I read regularly.

    Outside of work I spend a lot of time volunteering for a local Trap Neuter Return group (TNR). In fact, this weekend is our monthly event (The Big Fix) where we’ll spay and neuter about 150 cats. I probably put in about 40 hours a month for this group, between working in the office, returning hotline calls, grunt work at the Big Fix, and just basically being a minion for the director.

  4. I work a lot with kids, especially boys. I stamp on sexism where I see it. I don’t tend to push the skeptic parts, but I do enthuse about science and comics to them.

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