Nov 10 2012

Around FtB

This is an easy one.

So…where are you? There will be a Freethoughtblogs party at the Farmer’s Gastropub in Springfield, Missouri tonight, stop by and say hello.

Oh, you aren’t in Missouri? You can watch the live stream instead.


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  1. 1

    I never get to go to these things, can we have one in Utah next year? How about I start one? What if you start a skeptical conference in Utah, will anyone come?

    Oh yeah, Utah! I’ll offer punch and Pie.

  2. 2
    Alexandra (née Audley)

    Hang on a second, PZ. You’re being a tad unclear– what exactly are you all doing this weekend?

  3. 3
    Akira MacKenzie

    Sigh… only if I hit the lottery, or I can find a job that pays me an actual living wage (i.e. > $15/hr).

  4. 4

    So jealous.

    Been to the Farmer’s gastropub – really nice place. Hope it’s a great time.

  5. 5

    I am not at Skepticon.


  6. 6

    I am in middle Europe. Being envious.

  7. 7
    chigau (違う)

    I’m not at Skepticon, either.

  8. 8
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    I’m not certain. It looks like PZ and a bunch of FtBullies are at Skepticon. I’m gonna need some proof of that though. Such an extraordinary claim and all.
    Hyperskeptic powers ACTIVATE!

  9. 9
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    (though I’m not certain what form I want to take…)

  10. 10

    I was bound and determined to go this year(I live in Kansas, so it’s just a long drive for me), but I had an IBM conference to attend this week, and that put a kibosh on the whole deal. Alas…

  11. 11

    Once again I find myself on the wrong continent.

  12. 12
    Ogvorbis: Still failing at being human.

    I’m noticing a pattern here.

    But I am in Pennsylvania and am at work (just gave a tour to about 40 people).

  13. 13

    Isn’t the Mor(m)on garden of Eden in Mizzou?

  14. 14
    Goodbye Enemy Janine

    I heard that Matt Dillahunty was banned from FtB.

  15. 15
    PZ Myers

    I heard he was banned from Skepticon. Maybe I should ask him in the Q&A for the talk he’s giving right now.

  16. 16
    chigau (違う)

    That’s a body-double.

  17. 17

    That “livestream” thing demands that I register and login and it tries to push cookies and scripts from a dozen different domains to view just one page. No thanks. At least on FTB I can use my usual protection.

  18. 18

    This is totally gonna undermine all those allegations of being a hive-mind echo-chamber ;)

  19. 19

    ” . . . is at Skepticon . . .”

    I could be wrong, and it’s a very small data set, but I’m sensing a bit of a trend here.

  20. 20

    PS : No, I’m not actually at Skepticon. . .. my post might be confusing, but I’m referring to all the people PZ listed.

  21. 21

    Should I be able to see live video on LiveStream,? All I see is Jeffrey Markus’ page with 3 comments.

    Please advise :-)

  22. 22

    I’m on my to shovel the drive way. Again.

  23. 23

    Well it says there are 40 people watching right now but I can’t find how to click into whatever they are seeing.

  24. 24

    Where am I you (rhetorically) ask? I’m busy not existing. You see I’m a foxhole atheist and therefore I don’t exist. I’ll go to Skepticon next year, if the world does not end on Dec 21, that is. May your Skepticon be filled knowledge gained and shared.

  25. 25

    After a whole lot of trying to make it load the live stream seems to have gone down.

  26. 26

    Well, I drove past Skepticon and it looked like they were having fun.

    I had decided I couldn’t go, as I didn’t want to make the drive up there, for financial and health reasons, even though it’s only about twenty miles. (My backside really hurts, and it isn’t from sitting on a fat wallet.)

    So I got a phone call about a family emergency, and ran out the door and went driving anyhow, cursing a bit. I got the emergency taken care of (the kids had locked themselves out of their car, a-frakking-gain) and realized that Skepticon was on the way home.

    I cruised down past what I though was the venue, and saw some kid in a “Secular Student Alliance” shirt, but that was the only clue. The place I thought it was looked busy and the folks there looked happy (which was a clue against, maybe), but I looked unshaven and in a raggy shirt, and I felt the pain coming back, so I kept on going for home and a nice lie-down.

    I thought about calling my wife and asking her to look up the location anyhow, but decided to not put her through the trouble. When I got home and reclining, I tried to look it up, and got rather frustrated, so I am glad I didn’t ask her. It was where I thought it was, though.

    I thought about cleaning up and cruising back up to the after-party, but the dog has malfunctioned again, and this recliner feels good.

    I hope the evening goes well for all. I will try to be ready to go next year. Really.

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    chigau (違う)

    They are poorer for having missed you.
    (or you having missed them)

  28. 28

    Thank you, chigau.

  29. 29

    I got the stream kind of working in time to miss PZ- the site no longer allows me to log in so I listened to Rebecca Watson with this thin space visible around the forced login menu.

    Oh well, I’ll catch these things proper after they’re on youtube.

  30. 30
    chigau (違う)


    Oh well, I’ll catch these things proper after they’re on youtube.

    Just don’t comment.

  31. 31
    Tony! The Queer Shoop

    shouldn’t that be “Just don’t read the comments” ?

  32. 32
    chigau (違う)


  33. 33

    I’m not seeing why I shouldn’t have posted about the technical difficulties. There were a fair number of people baffled at how to get the stream up when the site wasn’t launching it and even now they still haven’t resolved the issue stopping people from logging in as they required to view the stream.

    There were only a few people posting about it here but I saw a fair number struggling to find a way to view this on the site.

  34. 34

    Andrew if I’m not mistaken I think they meant to avoid the youtube comments because they are clusterfuck of assholes, not that your comment was inappropriate. That’s what I gathered from it anyways

  35. 35
    Acolyte of Sagan

    Crikey! All those names together in the same place at the same time.
    If the Devil (or Jeremy Feckin’ Kyle, same thing) could cast his net, eh? :-)

  36. 36
    Naked Bunny with a Whip

    And they’ll all claim to be Spartacus.

  37. 37
    chigau (違う)

    It was about youtube comments.

  38. 38

    Oh I have some fun in youtube comments actually. The individual people are frequently set up to receive notifications when you reply to their comments. Nobody else is going to read it but I can spit out something that’s not terrible in less than ten seconds and then wait for any of them to take the bait.

    I’ve got time for this kind of bullshit right now.

  39. 39
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    Humanist Anthony Penn is the last speaker. He said he didn’t need the slide projector, so someone promptly draped a coat over it. I like that!

  40. 40
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    The entire last day, at least, is available in one continuous 9-hour video stream. Listened to Anthony; now rolling back to the top.

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