Conference for the Curious

It’s official: I will be a speaker at the College of Curiosity Conference on May 25th. Furthermore, they list my speakerly qualifications as being Queen of the Lizard People. (!) After those two sentences, you’re probably wondering what the hell is going on. The College of Curiosity is a non-profit online …

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TONIGHT: Drinking with Geeks!

This is a just a reminder that YOU — yes, YOU with the glasses, staring simultaneously at a smartphone and three computer monitors — should swing by Drinking with Geeks tonight! Once there, you can mingle with the other Minneapolis geeks, scientifically analyze a tasty beer, and see the recording …

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Drinking with Geeks

Depending on the crowd you fly with, Drinking with Geeks is either a) a raucus and borderline illegal panel at CONvergence, b) a monthly gathering of the nerd herd at a local Minneapolis bar, or c) a title you know nothing about, and yet are intrigued by. Regardless of whether …

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Dealing with Different Views

At Dragon*Con in September, I was pulled into being a guest on the Secular Buddhist podcast, speaking on the subject of communicating with people who don’t share your viewpoint. Since I am not a Buddhist, I’d like to believe that I was asked to participate because I’m used to speaking to and …

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CONvergence Highlights

Tim Wick made a lovely list of random CONvergence highlights over on his blog, and it sounded like a lovely idea. This is me, totally stealing that idea. WEDNESDAY I spent the 4th of July drinking massive amounts of gin and vodka (not in the same glass) in a Burnsville …

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New Podcast: Geeks Without God

At CONvergence this past weekend, I was proud to be the featured guest on the very first episode of Geeks Without God, a comedy/geek/atheism podcast created by Tim Wick, Molly Glover, and Nick Glover. Among other things, I was asked to bitch about Prometheus, which I happily obliged. Check out the episode here! (Warning: TONS …

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CONvergence Is Imminent!

Two weeks from today, CONvergence will rock Bloomington, MN. I suspect that nearly everyone who reads this blog (all five of you) knows what CONvergence is, but in case you just stumbled past, here’s a description. CONvergence is a four-day smorgasbord sci-fi/fantasy/music/movie/party convention that strikes every 4th of July weekend. It currently draws …

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Bullet Points on PowerPoint [Karaoke]

Last night’s PowerPoint Karaoke was a great one. A goodly number of people showed up, despite the gorgeous weather outdoors. Our presenters (Bill Corbett, Joe Bozic, Kelvin Hatle, and Dawn Krosnowski) all made quite an impression, with subjects ranging from tarantula transport conspiracy theories to preventing pregnancy with bread. And every …

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Tomorrow Night: PowerPoint Karaoke!

Remember, this month’s PowerPoint Karaoke is tomorrow, Tuesday the 2nd of April! Four contestants give a presentation to a live audience, even though they have never seen the slides before, and the slides are complete nonsense! This month’s star presenters will be Joe Bozic, Kelvin Hatle, Reid Knuttila, and Dawn …

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PowerPoint Karaoke: April 3rd

It’s the nightmare of every corporate lackey: you get up in front of an audience of people. Behind you is a screen, showing the opening slide of a PowerPoint deck. With dawning horror, you realise you have no idea what you are going to talk about. You desperately try to …

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