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Entries from January 31st, 2010

Matt Lowry: The Skeptical Teacher

January 31st, 2010 58 Comments

Hello and welcome to part 8 of my 20 part series “Better Know a Speaker!” Today’s speaker: Matt Lowry, the fighting teacher!
Matt, when he’s not getting cinderblocks crushed over a bed of nails lying facedown on his chest, is a high school physics teacher and part-time physics and astronomy college professor with a strong [...]


Buffy Baggott: Skeptic of the Opera

January 27th, 2010 91 Comments

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to part 7 of my 20-part series “Better Know a Speaker.” Today’s speaker: Buffy Baggot, the fighting mezzo soprano!
Buffy is Skepchicamp’s resident opera singer and (presumably) vampire slayer (I’m sure she’s never heard that one before). I will defer to her list of operatic performances and accomplishments to more fully capture [...]


Skepchicamp Thanks You (cross-post at Skepchick)

January 25th, 2010 72 Comments

In addition to Matt’s update, I wanted to thank you all as well!

Thank you to everyone who has donated money to Skepchicamp! By now, most of you will be thrilled if you never hear “Skepchicamp needs money” ever again. Bad news: you will. Good news: you will!
Last weekend’s fundraiser was far more successful than I [...]


Next Skepchicamp Planning Meeting

January 24th, 2010 69 Comments

Our next planning meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 30th at 1:30pm at the Galway Arms. In case you cannot attend in person but would still like to be involved, please contact me or Elyse so that we can make arrangements to Skype you into the meeting.
Cheers – MattusMaximus


$$$ Skepchicamp FUNdraiser Rakes It In!!! $$$

January 24th, 2010 77 Comments

Howdy all,
I just wanted to give a quick update about the kick ass success of our Skepchicamp FUNdraiser last night.  Combined with donations, auction money, and tickets to the event, we raised over $1600 for Skepchicamp!  Combine this with other money which was donated earlier, and we determined that our grand total comes out to [...]


Julie Lada: Queen of the Beasts

January 20th, 2010 85 Comments

Welcome to Part 6 of my 24 part series, “Better Know a Speaker.” Today’s speaker just happens to have the misfortune of being engaged to me, so please welcome Julie Lada, the fighting fiancee!
Julie Lada is a 26-year-old Purdue student who will finish her Bachelor’s of Science in spring of 2010 with a major in [...]


Jamie Bernstein: Mistress of the Irrational

January 19th, 2010 101 Comments

Hello and welcome to Part 5 of my 24 part series “Better Know a Speaker.” Today’s speaker: Jamie Bernstein, the fighting Bernstein!
Jamie Bernstein is a graduate student at the University of Chicago studying public policy. She is originally from San Diego, CA and did her undergraduate degree in public management and policy and international business [...]


Straight From the CFI: Debbie Goddard

January 13th, 2010 84 Comments

It’s time now for part four of my twenty-four part series “Better Know a Speaker.” Today’s speaker is CFI Campus Organizer Debbie Goddard, the fighting campus organizer!
Debbie, as I said, is a campus organizer for the Center for Inquiry Transnational. She spent many years volunteering for them and other freethought groups in and around Philadelphia [...]


Adam Slagell: Cyber Security Guru

January 10th, 2010 58 Comments

Hello and welcome to part 3 of my 24 part series “Better Know a Speaker.” Today’s speaker is Adam Slagell, the fighting CISSP!
CISSP, of course, stands for Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Adam is a computer security researcher and analyst at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the author of “Collaborative Computer Security and [...]


Anti-Psychic Kitty will not Speak

January 3rd, 2010 76 Comments

The good folks at the Bolingbrook Babbler, namely Dale Onofrey, are making a push for their Anti-Psychc Kitty to speak at Skepchicamp this year. Seems that all my attempts to reach their psychics telepathically have failed, so I’d like to address their concerns and accusations here (cross posted on Skepchick.)
On New Years Day, the Babbler [...]