Dragon*Con, Day 0

I’m debating posting my adventures to Astronomy Cast Live.

I haven’t decided yet.

What I have decided is it’s going to be a great convention. I get to spend 4 days talking sciene to science fiction, fantasy fiction and science geeks. This is a fun audience, and I get to talk on fun topics like the Big Bang and Citizen Science.

For now though… It’s 1am Eastern and I’ve been up since 6am Central (and I believe my first sentence of the day, as I contemplated a telecon with Brits, was “Stupid Planetary Rotation”). I spent my evening hanging out with the Bad Astronomer and a bunch of Skeptics. It was fun, and I find it highly amusing that Skeptics are far more accepting of me than a group of Christains would be of Phil.

Tomorrow we set up the IYA booth. I’m excited to see how it all goes. And tomorrow I’ll be blogging all about all of it.

Random bits: Skeptic Joe picked me up at the airport and met me at the gate! He’s a pilot and was able to all the way up and help me with my bags (I’m dangerous with a tripod). Friendly people are always appreciated. So far I haven’t seen anyone famous, but I did see a women dressed as Red Riding hood with a wolf skin cape. Does that count?

Tomorrow I’ll be giving talks on the Big Bang and stupid things you can get duped into buying.

Big Bang is ready to go, but I still need to think more on human stupidity (here is a party trick – If you buy those detoxifying foot pads, try just dropping water on them and see what happens to their color).

Its going to be a great weekend.

I just can’t beleive how tired I am already.

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2 Comments

  1. Shawn August 30, 2008 at 12:53 am #

    I was at your Big Bang talk this evening at D*Con. It was my favorite activity of the day — it was fun, and you smoothed out a lot of wrinkles in my (poor) understanding of astrophysics 🙂

    Thank you very much for coming to visit us in Atlanta. I hope you enjoy the con!

  2. Rob Knop August 31, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    I find it highly amusing that Skeptics are far more accepting of me than a group of Christains would be of Phil.

    Pamela — are you a Christian?

    The thing is, there are Christians, and there are Christians. Some Christians are extremely accepting… and some of them are very pro-science and hardheaded about science.

    Indeed, the first place I got the “ZOMG” about McCain’s new VP being a creation “science” proponent was on a mailing list related to the Clergy Letter project….

    Myself, I appreciate atheists like Phil and Sean Carroll, although I have to admit that I find PZ Myers insufferable and utterly unreadable. There are Skeptics and there are skeptics… quoting a coworker of mine, some people seem to confuse being a skeptic with being a d**k about religion.

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