Sep 23 2011

Prepare yourself for a megadose of the awesome

Tonight, at 8pm ET, the cast of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe will be bracing themselves with caffeine for their overwhelming plan to saturate the world with a non-stop 24 hour live program. I think it’s a kind of anti-homeopathy: they’ll be delivering a super-concentrated dose of an effective agent all at once to their audience. Tune in and listen, especially since it would be so sad if they were exerting themselves so magnificently to a tiny group of people.

I’m going to try and catch bits and pieces of it. Unfortunately, I’m not insane, so I will be getting more sleep than the SGU rogues, and I’m also going to be off in Fargo for Project 42. And I’m also up to my eyeballs in a grant proposal I must get done this coming week! Maybe listening to Novella in the background will make my writing potent enough to impress the agency administrators.

(Also on Sb)


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  1. 1

    Looking forward to this!

  2. 2

    Unfortunately they will be exerting themselves so magnificently to a tiny group of people.
    But I will be tuning in. I now have my Friday night planned, hooray!

  3. 3
    Glen Davidson

    The merits of monkeys vs. birds?

    Well, birds aren’t the source of a devastating anti-evolution argument, and monkeys are.

    Glen Davidson

  4. 4
    Pierce R. Butler

    Glen Davidson @ # 3 – what are you talkin’ ’bout?

    My mama wasn’t no chick!

    Uh – how come there are still crocoducks?

  5. 5

    Hey! I’m a lurker, and I just wanted to pop out of hiding to let you guys know about this Whitehouse.gov petition to “remove tax exemption from churches and allow them to apply like a non-profit organization.”

    I’m not familiar with the site or how legitimate this is – the site looks legit, but their goal is a measly 5,000 signatures.

    Here’s the link!


  6. 6

    @tdff #5:
    That site appears to be bogus, and a deliberate effort to deceive and rile up the christianist crowd. I got an alert from my ISP when I tried to access your link, and when I did finally get a look at the content, it says its intent is to petition the White House for yaddayaddayadda…; clearly, not an official WH site.

    I notice that it has a URL that starts with wwws… The real WH site, and most other sites that start with “www” don’t have any other letter with that prior to the terminating period.

    Just another internet political con, which no doubt will be trumpeted by certain activists for whom the truth is but one of a number of equally appropriate options to use in winning a discussion.

  7. 7

    Oh, grody! Thanks for the heads up! I’m a little concerned that they have my email address now, but oh well.

    Strangely, I’m using Google Chrome and it actually showed the little green confirmed identity icon which said “The identity of this website has been verified by Akamai Subordinate CA 3″ when I clicked it.

    Hmmph. I’ll have to be more careful in the future. Thanks again!

  8. 8

    Clearly not official?

    You do know that one can’t setup wwws.whitehouse.gov without help from the people who control whitehouse.gov, right?

    Furthermore, I note that this is https, not http. In light of this, calling the server “wwws” actually makes sense. (And I’ve encountered more than enough web servers that weren’t called “www”. In fact, on larger installations, that’s fairly common, though names like “www3″ (or no www prefix at all) seem more common that “wwws”.)

    Oh, and it would make sense to use secure connections (that is, https) for official petitions. The website feeding e-petitions to the German parliament does it, too (https://epetitionen.bundestag.de/) (and look, Ma, no www!).

  9. 9

    Let’s hope Shermer gives us more atheism than libertarianism this time. Leaving for Fargo right now!

  10. 10

    I’m pretty sure anything above whitehouse.gov would have to be part of whitehouse.gov

  11. 11

    *points at khms and resolves to refresh before posting*

  12. 12

    Yeah, I just did a little searching and it looks like the wwws site is a direct offshoot of the www one.

    Here’s a link to the whitehouse.gov blog where they link to the petition site:


  13. 13

    On topic, what kind of internet speed do you need to listen to SGU24?

    ’cause I’m getting nothing on audio.

  14. 14

    Thanks for the reminder! Saw/met these guys live in Vancouver and also just saw/met James Randi yesterday there too! Huzzah!

  15. 15

    Stayed up till the wee hours watching the justin.tv feed. Tuned in again this morning. Loving it!

  16. 16

    I missed this cast. Anyone know if there’s an archived version? I can’t seem to find a link to it from their 24-hr webcast page.

  17. 17

    It just ended. They’re going to do highlights next week or so.

  18. 18

    RB: Looks like Justin.tv automatically archives it and replays it in two-hour long segments.

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