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Jun 24 2014

My CONvergence schedule – 2014

It’s gotten so’s I gotta put a year in the title to make it unique! How weird is that. My CONvergence schedule is a bit thicker this year than in years past — I’m invited to participate in six panels. That’s a record for me! One of them is even my own brain-baby — the …

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Dec 09 2013

Skepticon video: Greta Christina – Avoiding Activist Burnout

I absolutely loved the shorter version of this speech that she did at another con a while back, and was pleased to get to see it live. Unfortunately for me, though, Dave Muscato of American Atheists had put out a call to the intertubes asking whether or not anyone had a flash card reader and …

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Oct 14 2013

Pine River, MN’s puppy mill animal seizure, and our temporary foster dog

Tali, panting happily while eating a bone. Jodi had to take photographic evidence to prove it.

About a month ago, since Jodi can’t work on the Spousal visa she’s under, she decided to start volunteering some of her time at a local animal shelter. The shelter was at the time¬†flooded with animals after a puppy mill — Country Pride Kennel, owned and operated by 60 year old Deborah B. Rowell in …

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Oct 04 2013

Tim Minchin addresses University of Western Australia graduates (UPDATE: With transcript!)

This is an absolutely sublime speech. It is full of both realism and optimism at the same time. It is full of skepticism. It sounds nihilistic at times, but Tim Minchin does that oratory sleight-of-hand that has you looking one way while he delivers a truth sucker punch from the other. This speech has brightened …

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Jul 19 2013

#FtBCon: Mission Creep (with text)

My talk for FtBConscience! Hooray! Comments are disabled there, but are enabled here. The video should hopefully also helpfully direct would-be commenters here via the description. Full text of my speech below the fold. It doesn’t contain any of the verbal burrs or slight tangents I took but it’s largely intact. I hope some kind …

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Mar 25 2013

Chronicles of a Canadian abroad

Well, as “abroad” as a Canadian living in the unofficial-Canada-adjunct that is Minneapolis gets, I suppose.

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Mar 11 2013

My life in upheaval, but in a good way

In February 2010, Jodi and I got married. In June, we spent our honeymoon in Minnesota, going to CONvergence in Minneapolis. (My wife is every bit as much a geek as me.) Little did I know that that visit would plant the seeds for what’s been happening over the past few months in my life.

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Feb 20 2013

Linux+ Certified!

CompTIA Linux+ logo

Hooray! I passed my CompTIA Linux+ certification today. Sorry I’ve been neglecting you folks over the last little bit, but see, I’ve been studying from an old exam study guide from 2010, stolen from an acquaintance, and it’s basically eaten all my concentration since I hatched this hare-brained scheme of mine. Last Wednesday, at about …

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Feb 14 2013

I am now a Bachelor!

"To Whom It May Concern: I write to confirm that Jason Joseph Thibeault, born 1979/04/12, completed all the degree requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in English in December 2001. He will graduate at he Spring Convocation held on May 12th, 2013. If further information or clarification is needed, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

No, not that kind of bachelor. My dance card is still full. (Sorry, interested party(ies).) In the Spring of 2001, I completed my last courses and, prior to leaving my university and entering the workforce to work off the debt I’d accumulated, I applied to graduate. I thought I had all my core prerequisites under …

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Feb 10 2013

Ze Frank’s true facts about sloths

Whatever you’re doing. stop doing that thing. Thereafter, do this thing instead: press play on the below video. If I typed as quickly as a sloth, this would be a very long post. Not because they type quickly, but because they type slowly enough to cause a lot of autorepeat characters.

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