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A Wild Incentive to Register for Skepticon 7 Appears

A Wild Incentive to Register for Skepticon 7 Appears

It’s super effective! We are beyond excited for the registration incentives and donation gifts Skepticon is able to do this year!!! Thanks to an awesome sponsorship by “Supersaurus” donor Polaris Financial Planning we are finally able to give LANYARDS AND BADGES to our attendees for the FIRST YEAR EVER! It’s like a dream come true! All YOU have to do is register to attend Skepticon 7 before Friday, October 17th, 2014!!!!!!!! Don’t be a Slowpoke. As always, our event is free, so every one of you that registers before October 17 will receive their lanyard and SK7 badge when you check in at the event. How amazeballs is that? Pretty amazeballs, if we may say so ourselves.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!!!! Maybe not everyone is as good at financial planning as Polaris is, but you can still be an official Skepticon Sponsor and get a bunch of kickass sponsorship stuff! When you register for the event, you’ll notice a $100 DONATION SECRET SURPRISE option (for anyone that gives $100.00 before we run out of the super secret surprises). If you want to go above and beyond that, we have sponsorship levels starting at $300 that will get you epic high fives, a vendor table, AND a listing in the Skepticon 7 program. We call that the “Dilophosaurus Level” (a.k.a. “that spitty one from Jurassic Park”) and they go all the way up to the “Tyrannosaurus-Rex Level”. Please contact us at info@skepticon.org if you want to catch em’ all.  (Yes, for just an extra $50.00 over the normal vendor table you can get advertising. Legit.)

As of this morning, we’re sitting at 37% of our goal to fund Skepticon 7. That’s pretty fantastic for this point in the year!!!! Like, for realsies, you guys are so awesome! That’s enough to pay for the speaker airfare and all your lanyards. So… at this point we may have to have it in the poke-gym, but together we’ll make this thing happen, even if we have to bust our balls to do it!

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WILL YOU GO TO SKEPTI-PROM WITH US?

WILL YOU GO TO SKEPTI-PROM WITH US?

Some people had beautiful, memorable prom experiences, filled with fun and laughter, the perfect outfit, the perfect date. On their death bed, they’ll remember prom as one of the most joyous times in their life.

And then there are the rest of us.

BUT WAIT! Now you have the opportunity to have a happy death bed memory! SKEPTI-PROM is the dance you always dreamed of – all the fun without all the drama of high school. Plus if you (legally) drink at Skepti-Prom, you don’t have to worry about us calling your dad to pick you up.

As soon as lectures are over Saturday night (about 10 pm), we’re all going to make a mad dash for the dance hall (aka, workshop rooms) to get our groove on. Costumes are welcome and encouraged, as is formal wear or even casual wear. Really, as long as you won’t get arrested for indecent exposure, you’ll be welcome! (Not that we would snitch on you, but better to be safe than jailed.)

PLEASE BRING YOUR ID IF YOU ARE GOING TO DRINK, as you must be carded, wristbanded, and marked in order to purchase alcohol. But that’s one piece of good news – a cash bar will be available, along with food concessions. We will also have a bunch of swag you can buy to complement your costume or lack thereof.

Finally, what would be prom without the obligatory photo op? Bring your own camera, take your pick of props, and smile like you mean it.

Special thanks goes out to our DJ for the night, Phil Ferguson of Polaris Financial Planning. Make sure you harass him all night for your special songs give him a high five for providing the tunes and fancy lighting!

So whether you ask that special someone to join you in promly bliss or make it a solo event, make sure you reserve Saturday night for Skepti-Prom. We promise you don’t want to miss it!

Speaker Crisis Arises and is Immediately Averted Thanks to Cherno Biko

Speaker Crisis Arises and is Immediately Averted Thanks to Cherno Biko

When Cherno Biko sent an email saying they wouldn’t be able to speak at Skepticon 7, we here at HQ kind of freaked out a little. OK, a lot. We were really excited to hear that speech and hang out.

However, once we recovered from the initial shock and got up off the floor to read the rest of the email, we realized that Cherno Biko had already lined up the perfect replacement: Kayley Whalen!

While we are pretty darned sad to miss out on Cherno Biko, Kayley Whalen sounds like everything we would hope and dream of in a speaker–Thanks, Cherno! Crisis averted! Check out her bio on our speaker page for more specifics and awesomeness.

Now that we’ve gotten this all figured out, we can get back to worrying about how we are going to feed the dinos this year.

First Looks at the new venue!

As many of you know we are moving in to a new venue this year, and we are super stoked! In the words of Lauren, “Amaze Balls”.

We wanted to take a few moments to show you why we are so excited!

 

Ramada-Floorplan

And some photos! Enjoy!

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SKEPTICON IS OFFICIALLY TOO LEGIT TO QUIT

SKEPTICON IS OFFICIALLY TOO LEGIT TO QUIT

Guys. Guys. Hey Guys. I read the MOST AMAZING letter ever last night and I want to share this with you so that you can freak out with me!!!!

Dear SKEPTICON, INC.

We are pleased to inform you that on review of your application for tax exempt status we have determined that you are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to you are deductible under section 170 of the code. We determined that you are a public charity and the effective date of exemption is July 3, 2012.

Sincerely,

Director of Exempt Organizations

I’ll translate that for those of you who aren’t tax nerds like me: We’re official!!!! We did it!!!! We’re a federally recognized charity!!!! This is HUGE for us because it means that new donors are more willing and able to give funds to us because they may get to write it off on their taxes. I know that personally, my big girl job will make a grant in my name to federally recognized charities if I do volunteer work. I’m gonna go fill out the forms as soon as I’m done with this as I’m pretty sure I’ve accumulated some time!

So pretty please, if you have a rich uncle looking to donate to a good cause or if you ARE a rich uncle and want to drop some money on us, visit our donation page. If you work for a corporation that will make grants to 501(c)(3) Public Educational Charities, shoot us an email at info@skepticon.org and we will GLADLY give you any information your company requires to get them to give us dollars. If you’ve always wanted to help out Skepticon but don’t have the money personally, applying for grants is a great way to put in some effort at your leisure without costing you a thing.

There’s nothing stopping you now! Help us feed the dinosaurs and make the seventh Skepticon the best one ever! All the money goes right back into making your time with us as wonderful as it can be! We love you!!!! See you in 106 days!!!

-Rebekah and the Skepticon Team

P.S. TOO LEGIT TO  QUIT

New Skepticon Recipe Available!

Hey Skepticoners!

Remember that totally amazing recipe book we made? Turns out we have another, absolutely AMAZING recipe for you! This scrumptious noms comes straight from one of our most favoritest volunteers ever, Susi Bocks! Check it out:

Susi’s “AWESOME” Italian Pasta Salad

Dressing Ingredients

2/3 cup olive oil ½ tsp. red pepper ¾ tsp. yellow mustard

½ cup vinegar ½ tsp. white pepper ¾ tsp. oregano

¾ tsp. paprika ¾ tsp. minced garlic powder ½ tsp. salt

¾ tsp. curry powder ¾ tsp. Italian seasoning olive juice from the can

*Eventually you will get to the point where you don’t measure, just starting pouring the right amounts in your hand that look right and align with your taste. Experiment until you get it to your liking of flavors, but start with this first.

 

Salad Ingredients

½ lb. salami* 1 each – green, yellow & red pepper (chopped)

½ lb. pepperoni* 16 oz. tri-color Rotini pasta

1 lb. provolone* 1 can jumbo or colossal olives – pitted

1 lb. ham* 2 medium onions 3 tomatoes

*Sliced 1/8” thick from grocer. I can’t stress enough to purchase good quality lunchmeat and cheese.

 

Prepare pasta while chopping up all salad ingredients. Place the ingredients into a large bowl. Combine cooled, cooked pasta with those ingredients. Pour the oil, vinegar and olive juice into a glass shaker, then add each spice. Shake the container vigorously. Taste to see if it is to your liking and make any adjustments. When completely mixed, pour over the salad ingredients. Dig hands deep into the salad and thoroughly mix all ingredients together! For best results, refrigerate overnight. It will continue to get even tastier over the next couple of days as the dressing ingredients soak in. Enjoy!

WHO’S HUNGRY?! We hope that you enjoy this super delicious recipe (Thanks, Susi!) and consider donating today to Skepticon so that we can feed the dinosaurs.

Love,

Skepticon

P.s. Dinosaurs totally eat pasta salad

Skepticon Donors are THE BESTEST EVER

OMGGGGGGGGGGG you guys are amazing! You fantastic Skepticonites donated OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS on the first day of registration!!!!! That’s HUGE! We are so overwhelmed with mushy feelings for all of you and how generous you are! To give you an idea of how much of an impact this has on Skepticon 7, the cool little slidey-bar-thingamagig went up 5% on the donation page in just one day! As of today, we’ve received over $8,000.00 towards Skepticon 7 out of the $40,000.00 goal. That’s almost enough to pay for the airfare for our speakers!

Step 1: Get Speakers to Springfield – NEARLY COMPLETE!

Step 2: Pay for venue so they have a place to speak: PENDING.

Step 3: Non-Profit Event!

If you haven’t registered, make sure you get over to the registration page ASAP. If you wonderful people keep donating at the rate you did today, we’ll be able to fully fund all the cool ideas we have for people who pre-registered! We mathed it out- if every attendee donated about $25.00 we would be able to do everything we’ve dreamed up for you all. If you’re not able to donate, that’s ok, we’re always FREE! We’d love to see you regardless of how much money you can give, and if you want to help out in other ways, let us know you’d like to volunteer at the event.  GET HYPE!!!

Skepticon 7 Registration Now Open!

Skepticon 7 Registration Now Open!

Skepticonville!

Registration is here for Skepticon 7! Click this link right here to be taken to our magical registration land for dino lovers.

Be sure to register as we have some AWESOME plans in the works for our registrants. Can you say prizes? High fives? Super secret surprises? By golly we can.

See you in November! OMG IT’S SO SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

Love,

Skepticon

P.s. 8 core volunteers work their butts off nonstop to make a Skepticon, consider donating today and help us make SK7 happen!

P.p.s. There are fees for donating to us through the registration site, but we like to think we’re worth it.

Only 4 Months Until SK7!

Only 4 Months Until SK7!

Skepticontown!

Did you know that there are only 4 months until Skepticon 7?!

Skepticon is a conference that is entirely run by volunteers. The Skepticon team is comprised of 8 people. 8 people who work full time jobs, have families and obligations but still donate their time to this conference year-round as a second or even third job.

Skepticon’s speakers donate their time. All of our speakers waive their honorariums and agree to ridiculous flight times in order to keep costs down.

Skepticon relies entirely upon the generous donations of people like yourself to survive from year to year. While we do everything in our power to keep costs down and spend wisely, Skepticon takes about $40,000 to run–an amount we work tirelessly year round to fundraise.

Help us make one of your favorite conferences happen. Donate today and make Skepticon 7 a reality.

We hope that you can help us make this year’s Skepticon one of the best yet!

Love,

Skepticon

P.s.–Check out our very own merch store for a fun way to contribute or table or sponsor our event–we’re not picky!

Skepticon 7 Registration Approaches!

Skepticon 7 Registration Approaches!

Dear Skepticonlovers,

We are counting down the days until we will officially open Skepticon 7 registration on July 25th! Do you self-identify as a Totally Responsible Skepticon Attendee? You’ll definitely want to register this year as we have some super duper ideas in the works for our registrants.

Keep an eye out for the link next Friday!

Don’t forget, registration software isn’t free, so if you want to support Skepticon and help keep it one of the best (and most definitely the weirdest) conventions around, donate today and help us feed the dinosaurs.

We’re so excited to see you all in the fall!

Love,

Skepticon

The New Skepticon Diet Revolution has arrived!

The New Skepticon Diet Revolution has arrived!

The much expected, eminently anticipated, greatly awaited moment you loyal Skeptonites have been waiting for is here! The New Skepticon Diet Revolution has arrived! This is the probably-works method to lose weight, detoxify your spirit and cleanse your mind by cooking with proven ancient Hunnic traditions. Genghis Khan has thrown his full endorsement behind this project. The New Skepticon Diet Revolution contains recipes by your favorite Skepticon organizers, previous speakers and upcoming speakers that will appear at Skepticon 7. In addition to billions and billions of amazing recipes, give or take a few shitty ones, you will possess the believable back story for The Cursed Great Tome of Feeding, which we lovingly refer to as The New Skepticon Diet Revolution.

The New Skepticon Diet Revolution, a.k.a. The Cursed Great Tome of Feeding or “that crappy cookbook”, was anonymously submitted to the Skepticon Headquarters in Springfield, MO. The circumstances were a little fishy, and the document itself might be slightly cursed.

Download below for details!

It will change your life in some way.

It will change your life in some way.

PDF – Download: PDFs can be read by just about any device, whether you use an Android tablet, an iPad or view it on your desktop using Adobe Reader. This file is set to print well on 8.5 x 11 standard office paper.

MOBI – Download: This MOBI file is set to display and flow correctly on any number of devices that support the format, namely the Amazon Kindle and its kind.

EPUB – Download: The EPUB works great on a whole other slew of other e-readers or tablets that don’t support MOBI or PDF. If your e-reader isn’t an Amazon Kindle you’ll likely need the EPUB.

Also we’re hosting an arbitrary contest. Please submit your 500 word book report on The New Skepticon Diet Revolution to us at info@skepticon.org before July 31, 2014. One entry will be randomly selected and you will win a free Skepticon t-shirt (and maybe some other swag if it was really awesome). We’ll post the best (if not all) of the entries on the blog at a later date. If you loved the recipes or got a kick out of the cheesy jokes, please help support more awful Skepticon humor by making a donation to support Skepticon 7!

Final SK7 Speaker Names Revealed!

Final SK7 Speaker Names Revealed!

Hello Skepticonville!

We are happy to announce the following speakers will be joining us this year at Skepticon 7:

For these five speakers alone we budget about $3800 for their flights and hotel rooms. They have each generously waived their standard honorariums so that we can keep the event absolutely FREE to attend. If you would like to help us make this conference a reality, please consider donating today.

This year is shaping up to be pretty spectacular–we hope that you can you can join us and these amazing speakers in November.

Love,

Skepticon

P.s.–You look really pretty today!

 

 

Registration to Open July 25th!

floating-space-dino-leftHello Skepticontown!

We are happy to announce that registration for Skepticon 7 will officially open on July 25th. You’ll definitely want to register this year as we have some amazing plans in the works for our attendees.

Keep an eye out for the link later this month–we can’t wait to see you!

Love,

Skepticon

P.s.–Registration software isn’t free, if you want to support Skepticon and keep it one of the best (and probably weirdest) conventions around, donate today and help us feed the dinosaurs.

More Sk7 Speaker Names Released

More Sk7 Speaker Names Released

Hello Skepticontown!

Here are some more names of speakers who will be rocking our faces in the fall at Skepticon 7:

  • Scott Clifton: Daytime Emmy award-winning actor who can currently be seen as the epic Liam Spencer on The Bold and the Beautiful or as YouTube favorite TheoreticalBullshit
  • Jamie Kilstein: “Stand up comedian who has been on Conan and Totally Biased. He is also the co-host of Citizen Radio and his new book Newsfail from Simon and Schuster comes out October 14th.”
  • Peggy Mason: Ain’t no science party like a neuroscience party! This University of Chicago professor was most recently seen rocking out the front page of Reddit with a AMA concerning empathy in rats!
  • Cherno Biko: Stage actor, community activist, story-teller… these barely begin to scratch the surface and we’re stupid excited to see more!

Can you feel the excitement?! We sure can.

For these four speakers alone we budget about $3200 for their flights and rooms. They have each offered to waive their standard honorariums so that we can keep the event free for all to attend. The money doesn’t come from our Skepticon Brand Chupacabra Milk sales, so If you’d like to chip in and help please head over to our donate page.  You can be sure that the money goes straight toward making the event a success as there are no paid employees on the Skepticon staff!

Hope that you all have safe and wonderful weekends! Happy AMERICUH day to our ‘merican fans out there.

Love,

The Skepticon Team

 

Only 5 Months Until Skepticon 7!

Skepticon Lovers!

Did you know that there are only 5 months until Skepticon 7?!

Skepticon is a conference that is entirely run by volunteers. The Skepticon team is comprised of 8 people. 8 people who work full time jobs, have families and obligations but still donate their time to this conference year-round as a second or even third job.

Skepticon’s speakers donate their time. All of our speakers waive their honorariums and agree to ridiculous flight times in order to keep costs down.

Skepticon relies entirely upon the generous donations of people like yourself to survive from year to year. While we do everything in our power to keep costs down and spend wisely, Skepticon takes about $40,000 to run–an amount we work tirelessly year round to fundraise.

Help us make one of your favorite conferences happen. Donate today and make Skepticon 7 a reality.

We hope that you can help us make this year’s Skepticon one of the best yet!

Love,

Skepticon

P.s.–Check out our very own merch store for a fun way to contribute or table or sponsor our event–we’re not picky!

SKEPTIPROM

Skepticontown!

Skeptiprom is happening! Thanks to the genius suggestion by Beth Presswood and Ben Blanchard, Skepticon is happy to announce Skeptiprom: Journey Through the Starsmos.

Dino Prom Invite

When: Saturday, November 22 at 10:00pm

Where: Ramada Plaza Hotel & Oasis Convention Center • 2546 N Glenstone Ave • Springfield, MO 65803

Masquerade Ball
Costume Party
90′s Prom
Dino Extravaganza
Cash Bar
Fancy Dress
Dates Optional
Costumes Desired
Dancing Mandatory
Be There or
Be Square
$10 Suggested
Donation
Best Idea
10:00pm is Estimated
We Do What We Like

 

Join us the Saturday night of Skepticon for what is going to be the best prom ever as we’ve taken out all the raging teenage hormones and added a crapload of glitter and skepticism.

Save us a spot on your dance card!

Love,

Skepticon

Skepticon is Really Heating Things Up, Cookbook Style!

Skepticon is Really Heating Things Up, Cookbook Style!

We’re wrapping up our cookbook fundraiser this week. If you haven’t gotten in on the action yet, now is your last chance! We delayed a bit so we could sneak in a few more recipes before we hit the magic save button.

For the past few weeks, Skepticon has been compiling a sweet cookbook filled with recipes from all your favorite speakers and organizers. And we want to add yours to the collection! If you’re a Dino Club member, a past speaker, or created a new donation in the last month, you have gotten an email from me asking for your recipe. (If you haven’t seen it, you should probably go check your spam folder) If you know you qualify and can’t find yours, shoot us an email with your recipe and we’ll get it added, you procrastinator, you.

If you haven’t donated yet we know you might be thinking “Why would I give you money for this thing if I can just screengrab it and enjoy delicious eats?” Easy, you are donating to be a part of this once in lifetime very super special cookbook alongside your favorite speakers! Just imagine your delicious recipe on a page for all to see right next to Greta’s Fabulous Frittatas. HOW AWESOME IS THAT? Donate $5 or more and you’re golden!

Of course, once the compilation is complete, we’ll have it available for free to download (because what can we say? We like free things.) However, please remember that all of your donations go directly to making your favorite convention happen, so join in on the fun and donate today!

Only 6 Months Until Skepticon 7!

Only 6 Months Until Skepticon 7!

Skepticon Lovers!

Did you know that there are only 6 months until Skepticon 7?!

Skepticon is a conference that is entirely run by volunteers. The Skepticon team is comprised of 8 people. 8 people who work full time jobs, have families and obligations but still donate their time to this conference year-round as a second or even third job.

Skepticon’s speakers donate their time. All of our speakers waive their honorariums and agree to ridiculous flight times in order to keep costs down.

Skepticon relies entirely upon the generous donations of people like yourself to survive from year to year. While we do everything in our power to keep costs down and spend wisely, Skepticon takes about $40,000 to run–an amount we work tirelessly year round to fundraise. This month, we are going to start purchasing airplane tickets for our 17 amazing speakers, which usually cost around $400 each.

Help us make one of your favorite conferences happen. Donate today and make Skepticon 7 a reality.

We hope that you can help us make this year’s Skepticon one of the best yet!

Love,

Skepticon

P.s.–Check out our very own merch store for a fun way to contribute!

Holy Donkeyballs Skepticon Nearly A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Charity

Holy Donkeyballs Skepticon Nearly A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Charity

Skepticon is totally on its way to official IRS recognition as a charity!

Your friendly neighborhood number-cruncher here! After many moons of trials & tribulation, drinking, crying, and finally the assistance of the mostest greatest CPA in the world… we have all the paperwork for our 501(c)(3) status packed up and ready to ship!!! It was a very long time coming, but it turns out incorporation and taxes are generally something that the volunteer organizers (who consist of 4 art degrees, 1 mathematics, 1 nursing, 1 business, 2 college drop outs and a cat) generally don’t handle.

It was really, really hard and if any other organizations are thinking about being nonprofit charities, you seriously need to talk to a financial professional, invest heavily into quickbooks, lots of beer, and save every receipt ever. Three years and two failed solo attempts later, we are shipping off the final 46 pages of paperwork and an $850 check.

Huh?

What in the world is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) status, you ask? Those are the silly numbers the IRS has arbitrarily assigned to an Educational Public Charity. Yeah, that’s right, I used it as a proper noun. That’s how excited I am. Anyway, as an Educational Public Charity, we’ll be able to do the following awesome things:

  • Apply (and hopefully receive) for Education-related grants
  • Not pay sales tax. This helps your money stretch further. Example: Over $1,000 in tax for the venue alone last year. Shipping, printing, plane tickets, and more all add up.
  • Get on state and federal level websites that list charities to get new donors
  • Send you awesome donors letters that might get you tax deductions

A What?

Yeah, that’s right. I said tax deductions. The moment you’ve been waiting six long years for: donating to your favorite convention should be tax deductible! Now, a caveat, we have to be approved for it, and you should probably talk to your mostest greatest CPA in the world (we call ours Cool Rebecca. No, it’s not me.) to make sure your donation can be deducted from your personal taxes… but I can see no way that this could go wrong!

We are requesting that the IRS approve our tax exempt super awesome charity status all the way back to July of 2012. If you are one of our fabulous donors, once we have the official word, we’ll send you a letter acknowledging your awesomeness and your donation amount. You might want to hang on to that.

If you’re planning to do any sort of amendment to your tax return and need it ASAP, shoot us an email at info@skepticon.org. Now that you can get back when you give, what are you waiting for? Click that donate button!!!

 

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