Aug 28 2013

Skepticon wants more money

They need more donations. And they remind me that some of the people participating are providing incentives to coax cash out of your pocket.

Dogma Debate is trying to get Aron Ra to dress as a Jedi!

Shelly is going to write an amazing song that we choose!

Deep Fried Freethinkers is making dinosaur shaped chocolates!

Registrants who donate $100 or more receive a totally sweet gift!

Hmmm. Maybe you can make some suggestions in the comments for what I should possibly do to encourage more donations. What could I do to entice moolah out of you?


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  1. 1

    Emerge from Ry’leh and devour our enemies last?

  2. 2
    chigau (違う)

    Would you shave your beard for $1000?

  3. 3

    You could adopt one of John Scalzi’s methods, put on a regency style dress and pose for a pretty photo.

  4. 4

    Or, in another Scalzi inspired move, you could film yourself being covered in butter cream frosting. I’d insist on homemade, though. That stuff from a can Scalzi used looked unappetizing.

  5. 5
    PZ Myers

    What, you want me to be a Scalzi clone? No way. Be original.

    I’m not taping bacon to myself, either.

  6. 6
    PZ Myers

    The beard? For a mere $1000? Surely you jest.

  7. 7
    chigau (違う)


  8. 8

    Well, you could always dress up as Wonder Woman…

  9. 9

    True, tis a mighty beard of mightiness. I wouldn’t part with it.

  10. 10
    Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls

    Ooh, for a kilobuck I would wear the Redhead’s Marie Antionette dress. Which is several sizes too small for me…

  11. 11

    Why that beard is worthy of Odin…which would be an awesome cosplay for you to consider, PZ.

  12. 12
    Emily Stewart

    Offer a signed, framed cephalopod.

  13. 13
    PZ Myers

    Aron as a Jedi…yeah, I could see Myself dressing as a God.

  14. 14

    What would it cost to get you to dye the beard funny colors?

  15. 15

    You have to admit, the irony alone would be priceless.

  16. 16
    spamamander, internet amphibian

    How much for Aron Ra to dress up as slave Leia?

  17. 17

    How much for PZ to dress up as slave Leia? And pose in the traditional female superhero pose?

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    chigau (違う)

    so the fundraising suggestions are now for PZ to replicate in meatspace some of the photoshopping?

  19. 19

    For $100, a replica PZ stick-on beard.

    For $200, stick-on beard remover.

  20. 20

    @Dianne – People already fundraised with that idea in mind for me. We can’t both show up dressed the same. The sexy would destroy the planet….

  21. 21
    chigau (違う)

    Avicenna #20

    We can’t both show up dressed the same.

    Why ever not?
    Imagine, if you will, 2408 people at a Con all dressed as Slave Liea Leia Laei (whatever).

  22. 22
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    Or a machine-gun toting Mystery Woman with that Awesome Sweater. Train tunnel backdrop optional.

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    eclipsse, boojuming again

    If you really want to go with the ‘alteration of beard’ idea – how about a Bill Nighy-esque type of thing (Pirates of the Carribean 2).

    at least a little appropriate to our host’s interests (although might be a bit itchy over a real beard)

  25. 25

    Dress as a Catholic Priest. And I don’t mean just the collar – full vestments.

  26. 26

    We can’t both show up dressed the same. The sexy would destroy the planet….

    True, but it’s a risk worth taking. At least we’d all die happy.

  27. 27
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    What could I do to entice moolah out of you?

    Find a way to make it so I have enough to live on. Then I could consider giving some away. :)

  28. 28

    Find a way to make it so I have enough to live on.

    Social revolution. Make sure everyone has adequate money and other resources. I’d definitely fund you if you can get that done. Especially if you can do it without violence but with just the slightest hint of humiliating a few of the more obnoxious super rich in the process.

  29. 29

    You should do a cooking show style video, of whatever dish the donor chooses. It could be called Baked with PZ, or …. I know the horde could come up with an awesome name. Brain not working right now. I’ll go reboot.

  30. 30
    CaitieCat, getaway driver

    LOL – dianne, I’ll be first in line when they hand out the Genuine Official Historical Spanish Civil War Messkits (in Internationalist and Fascist editions, with corresponding songs for your iPod so you can sing along!) and call for volunteers to put the plutocrats against a wall for a short time. Slight hints of disapproval are probably outside my range. :)

    The revolution will be commercialized. Or something.

  31. 31

    PZ sends a copy of The Happy Atheist to Jerry Coyne and asks him to draw cat pictures in it.

  32. 32

    Is Skepitcon one of the good guys?

    Do they have (and enforce) a sexual harassment policy? Do they have a record of getting a diverse panel of speakers?

  33. 33

    Before I reveal my suggestion, I have to know if Mary reads these comments.

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