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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!!!

 

Skepticon Releases Some Speaker Names! WOO!

Skepticon Releases Some Speaker Names! WOO!

Hello Skepticontown!

If you were with us during our AUsA, (and for that we thank you), then you already know a few of the speakers who will be at Skepticon 7. Here’s the list so far:

  • Hemant Mehta
  • Cara Santa Maria
  • Ben Blanchard
  • PZ Myers
  • Greta Christina
  • Dr. Nicole Gugliucci
  • Melanie Brewster

We’re happy that these amazing speakers will be joining us this fall at Skepticon 7. As always, if you like what we do and want to support bringing our speakers to the lovely Midwest, donate today and help make your favorite convention happen!

We’ll be releasing the other half of speakers soon–stay tuned!

Love,

Skepticon

Skepticon Releases New Venue Info!

Skepticon Releases New Venue Info!

Hello Skepticontown!

If you were with us during our AUsA, (and for that we thank you), then you already know where this next year will be held: The Ramada Oasis in Springfield, MO!

You can click this link to go to a special reservation block for Skepticon 7 OR you can call them at (417) 866-5253 or toll free at 1-888-532-4338 to make your reservation over the phone. Be sure to mention that you are there for Skeption 7 to get the discounted rate! (Side note: the link may be wonky and lie to you, so please call them if you aren’t able to get through. Sometimes the internet is hard.)

Here are some of Team Skepticon’s favorite things about the new venue:

  • Fancy teal glitter floors!
  • Fake Palm trees!
  • Cheaper!
  • Super swanky theatre set-up for our main stage!
  • TEAL. GLITTER. FLOORS.

We hope you like the new venue as much as we do! And as always, if you like our convention and would like to see it happen another year, please donate today and support us in making your favorite convention happen.

Love,

Skepticon

Let’s Talk About Mental Health and You

Embroidery that reads, "I told my therapist about you." Photo care of Hey__Paul Studios via flickr

and it’s helping.

Here at Skepticon HQ we’ve heard that about one in five adults will suffer from mental illness this year. The fact that half of these will not receive treatment should be cause for alarm. With May announced, by presidential proclamation, as National Mental Health Awareness Month, we’d like to do our part continuing to support open dialogue. At some Skepticon in the future, we hope that the personal stigma related to mental health and its treatment will be a thing of the past.

During Skepticon 4, original Skepticon co-founder JT Eberhard gave a firsthand account of his own battles, Mental Illness and Why the Skeptic Community Should Give a Shit.

“But that’s the thing about mental illness is, it takes away your ability to reason at times, and you don’t even know it. And so, how do you beat this, how do you beat the fact that every time you go out into public, something sets you off into a panic, ’cause you don’t want to be a burden to anyone around you, you don’t want to be a burden to your friends, do you just gut it out?” spoiler: No, you don’t.

Greta Christina later would share her own story during her talk on Avoiding Activist Burnout at Skepticon 6.

“let’s support each other in reducing stress in whatever way works for us, and let’s make sure to provide a variety of stress reduction community activities.” spoiler: more than just drinking.

Rob Lehr, who has provided the steady hand and badass editing of all of our videos under HamboneProductions, also contributes a lot of work to the Missouri State Live Action Society, a group that gives people who might not fit into a typical college organization a safe place to belong. For example, hosting campus wide Humans vs Zombie campaigns large enough to scare local media with Nerf guns.

The entire Skepticon team wants to see you each year as healthy as possible. We’d be pretty shitty friends if you showed up with a broken leg and we didn’t recommend seeing a doctor. Take the time to watch a video, or browse a site like the Mental Health America or MentalHealth.gov, and if any of these feelings or symptoms sound familiar, please speak to a healthcare professional.

SURPRISE! AMA! TOMORROW! 8pm CST!

SURPRISE! AMA! TOMORROW! 8pm CST!

SKETPICON TOWNNNNN!

SURPRISE! The entire Skepticon Team is going to be doing an AUsA over on Reddit tomorrow at 8pm CST, here is the link to our Facebook event for more details.

We are excited to answer your questions, drink some adult beverages, and have the most fun ever with our most favorite people ever! You should drop by tomorrow as we’re going to be announcing totally amazing things about Skepticon 7! Speakers? NEW location? Who knows what kinds of crap we’ll say! COME CHECK IT OUT!

Love,

Skepticon

Only 7 Months until Skepticon 7!

Only 7 Months until Skepticon 7!

Skepticon Lovers!

Did you know that there are only 7 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 put down a $2,000 deposit on the venue for this year and soon there will be more bills to pay as we start scheduling flights.

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 or recipe fundraiser for fun ways to contribute!

 

Skepticon’s NEW Online Store!

sk6_merchHoly online merch, Batman!

The Skepticon Team is proud to announce the debut of our very first online merchandise store! 

Want some amazing Skepticon merch in your life? Feel like there is an oppressive lack of cartoon dinosaurs in your household? Head on over to our online store today and stock up before it’s gone!

You’re going to look even more amazing in our shirts. We guarantee it.

Love,

Skepticon

Skepticon Cooks Up a Fundraiser

Skepticon Cooks Up a Fundraiser

Skepticontownvilleland!

How are you? How’s life? The universe? Everything? We here at Skepticon HQ certainly hope that you are doing the best ever.

Hey, did you know that Mother’s and Father’s Day is coming up? Are you just plumb out of ideas because your parents own just about everything they could ever want or need short of a real live pony? Well never fear, Skepticon is here!

In the past couple of weeks, Skepticon has been compiling a badass cookbook filled with recipes from all your favorite speakers and organizers. And we want to add yours to the collection! Here’s how it works:

 

Marie wearing a chef's hat.

Marie likes her new chef’s hat.

Donate $5 to Skepticon to add your recipe to our collection of amazing culinary delights! 

Now, 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 along side your favorite speakers! Just imagine, your delicious recipe on a page for all to see right next to PZ’s casserole. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

Of course, once the compilation is complete on May 10th, 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!

Love your favorite skeptic chefs,

Skepticon

Skepticon 7 Date Announcement!

floating-space-dino-rightSKEPTICOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONERSSSS!!!

This year we will be holding our convention on the weekend of:

November 21st–23rd 2014!

See you then!

Love,

Skepticon

P.S.–We’re MOVING this year to a super secret NEW location! Tune in in a few weeks to learn all about it! (We’re still crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s and lower case j’s on the paperwork.)

Lent Fundraiser Almost Over

Marie_DinosaurHello Skepticon lovers!

This is just a friendly reminder that our super amazing Never Give You Up Lent Fundraiser ends on Sunday, so get in on it while you can! Here’s a reminder of the rewards:

  • $1 monthly “Never gonna give you up” package
    • Wall post to a random Facebook fan
  • $3 monthly “Never run around and desert you” package
    • Wall post to donor AND a random Facebook fan
  • $5 monthly “Never gonna make you cry” package
    • Wall post to you AND a random Facebook fan
    • Skepticon.org post mentioning your donation
    • A fun and totally not made up story about you
  • $10 monthly “Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you” package
    • Wall post to you AND a random Facebook fan
    • Skepticon.org post mentioning your donation
    • A fun and totally not made up story about you
    • A twitter message about your donation

Also, Sunday is super important because we will announce the DATE of SKEPTICON 7! Oh, and that jesus guy comes back or a rabbit gives you eggs? Either way, cool stuff is happening on Sunday so be sure to check back then!

Love,

Skepticon

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