We’re in a bit of a tizzy around here — Convergence starts on Thursday, and since we have a Freethoughtblogs party room at the event, Mary and I are actually heading out to Bloomington tomorrow, to start putting it all together. It’s a big job — we have to spill-proof a hotel room, move in lots of special furniture (like a bar!), put up flyers, register, decorate, etc., etc., etc. And then during the con, I’m doing 8 panels/demos (I have sensibly cut down from previous years, when I’ve done as many as 15, which was exhausting).
We partner with Skepchick, which has the party room next to us, and I confess, we steal ideas from them. Last year, they took advantage of their room to host additional programming, beyond what was on the official Convergence schedule, and we’re doing that this year, too. Jeremy Messersmith is joining me to talk about the neurobiology of music on Saturday afternoon, and we’ve got additional salons planned. If you’re at Convergence, check the signs for the our party room — The Deep, room 228 — for a schedule of additional discussions.
Or just come by Thursday, Friday, and/or Saturday evening for drinks and conversation.