Friends. Nerds. Readers. Countrymen. I have a request for you all. Some of you might know that last year I was on a panel at SkepTech, a wonderful conference put on by a few local colleges’ skeptical groups. It was a FANTASTIC success, and I even won a little plushie sperm for my tweeting prowess.

Well SkepTech is happening again this April, and I encourage ANY of you remotely near Minnesota to get your patoots there for some insane fun. But in order to make the magic happen, funds are required. I promise the organizers are not using this money to pay for their yachts: I can safely vouch that at least one of them is living on my couch and has promised to only use this money for creating amazing skeptical and technical education for college students and others.

But wait! I’m not just here to ask for your money, because I can’t actually accept your money because I’m not actually organizing this conference. What I am here to do is offer you the opportunity to bid on a select and fantastical item. What is this mystical item you ask?A digital portrait of your dashing visage, executed by the one and only Zach Weinersmith, the author and illustrator of the wildly famous Sunday Morning Breakfast Cereal webcomic.

So please, click the link, throw in a bid and get the loveliest portrait of yourself you will ever have.


Olivia is a giant pile of nerd who tends to freak out about linguistic prescriptivism, gender roles, and discrimination against the mentally ill. By day she writes things for the Autism Society of Minnesota, and by night she writes things everywhere else. Check out her ongoing screeds against jerkbrains at

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