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Jul 16 2012

CONvergence: The Horror In Clay

I’m dyin’ of con crud here still. First day back at work, too. And I have a huge backlog of things to blog, but I’ll have to plug away at it as time allows.

I got to meet several FtB commenters at CONvergence, but one of my favorite new friends practically handed me a blog post within ten seconds of meeting. Niki M, who comments very infrequently but has started coming out of her lurker-shell recently, expressed adoration of me and Stephanie Zvan — while PZ Myers was in the room with us. She mentioned both of us specifically as people she reads regularly, while completely slighting PZ. This, needless to say, made me ecstatic and I had to shout “EAT IT, PZ! WE HAVE FANS THAT YOU DON’T!”

Sadly, it turns out she also reads PZ so my celebration was premature.

Happily, however, she also had three Surly beers on hand, and she gifted Surly Amy Roth with a Surly Furious — you might remember what I thought of those — and handed me the infinitely better Surly Hell. That’s right, I got to share a beer with a fan. And PZ didn’t.

What’s more, though, is that Niki told me about a friend of hers by the name of Jonathan Chaffin who just started a Kickstarter which has apparently been fully funded about four days ago: The Horror In Clay. Check this out.

Tiki mugs shaped like Cthulhu? MUST. HAVE.

I don’t care that this Kickstarter’s been 4x funded already. I’m throwing $40 their way right now.

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  1. 1
    'Tis Himself

    “EAT IT, PZ! WE HAVE FANS THAT YOU DON’T!”

    You’ve finally made it to the big time, Jason.

    Sadly, it turns out she also reads PZ so my celebration was premature.

    Oops, never mind. Maybe someday you’ll get into the majors.

  2. 2
    Jason Thibeault

    One day. ONE DAY!!!

    We also met someone who has a “30,000″ tattoo on her wrist; we told Hank about her.

    She brought PZ a sandwich.

    Seriously.

    *sigh*

  3. 3
    M. A. Melby

    My husband is an avid home-brewer and got a kick out of these (there are several in the series):

    http://vimeo.com/38527325

    If you are back in the Minneapolis area anytime in the future, Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company makes wonderful beer. It is an extremely small brewery (one guy), so you’re not going to find it elsewhere.

    And, Pliny the Elder is actually pretty good and you can get it shipped to you. :)

    If you haven’t already, if you have a chance to drink an on-tap Nitrogen Porter – do it – it’s not just a gimmick. I had ODell’s and it was awesome.

    …and yeah, Surly furious is not good.

    However, Voodoo Doughnut by Rogue is the worst beer I have ever had, ever, by far, it isn’t even close.

  4. 4
    Feminace, formerly Qurikythrope

    …I’m just going to hide now. Well, I’m going to take M. A. Melby’s beer suggestions and go hide now.

  5. 5
    M. A. Melby

    NNOOOOOoooooOOOO! Don’t go back into the lurker-shell – don’t do it!

  6. 6
    Jason Thibeault

    Niki M: Hush you.

    And by hush I mean keep posting.

    M. A. Melby: Very interesting, I’ll keep those in mind for my next visit. I have plenty of reasons to be back in Minnesota, so I’m sure I’ll find a suitable excuse one day. :)

  7. 7
    Ben Zvan

    In case anyone is worried, I made sure there was a variety of local Minneapolis brews on hand for Lousy Cannuck’s arrival.

  8. 8
    garyb

    PZ’s overrated – he’s not a Canuck. Until he becomes a Canuck, you’re all over him Jason.

  9. 9
    Feminace, formerly Qurikythrope

    Okay, okay, not hushing. Well, croaking. I’m croaking until the rest of this damned strep goes away.

  10. 10
    Maria

    So the girl that reads your and Stephanie’s blogs that you used as an example to mess with PZ was me. (the math teacher) The beer and kick starter weren’t me. So I do read PZ sometimes… But, if it helps, you and Stephanine are in my RSS feed.

  11. 11
    Jason Thibeault

    Oh bloody hell, I’m sorry Maria! I think I somehow conflated the two of you out of some kind of disbelief that *two* people might have considered us worth reading.

  12. 12
    Maria

    Wasn’t trying to nag about mixing us up, but to point out that your original reaction was warranted. You and Stephanie and Skepchick are my daily skeptical must read blogs. Was fun to meet two of my favorite bloggers. :-)

  13. 13
    Jason Thibeault

    Hee! I’m totally going to send that comment to PZ now. :)

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    Eclipsed! | Pharyngula

    [...] now Jason is bragging that he he has fans who give him free beer in my presence. I’d congratulate him [...]

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