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INTERNET.

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WE DID IT!

Skepticon is fully funded for this year!

Thanks to this amazing community (who raised roundabout 7,000 in three days for this event-holy crapsticks), our speakers, bloggers, and supporters for spreading the word, and the hard work of the Skeptiteam negotiating like badasses with the venue/hotel people, we have done it.

This year is going to be totally LEGENDARY.

And it’s all thanks to you!

We want to thank this community from the very bottom of our jesus-less hearts for supporting us. You all are so amazing–words cannot express how grateful we are right now for each and every one of you. We are going to do our darndest to make this year’s Skepticon the best ever–even it if kills us.

I can’t wait to see all of you at the event this weekend. SO MANY OF YOU ARE GETTING HUGS. Prepare yourselves!

So many hugs!

-Lauren

Halp Update #1

Internet!

I am back, and this time with spectacular news! We are doing so, so very well thanks to the generosity of this community. Skepticon put out the call for help and all of you answered. If I could give everyone a hug in person, I certainly would and I hope to do that as much as possible at the convention this weekend!

I want to specifically thank our speakers and bloggers who stepped up to the plate and helped us spread the word. I especially want to thank JT Eberhard, who has helped us these past two days more than we could possibly know.

As for our financial situation–at this moment we are just about set. While we still have a bit to go–I don’t have any concrete numbers to give you all. And why is this? Because our contract has as of yet to be finalized with our venue/hotel people so we’re in a financial limbo until that gets worked out tomorrow afternooon. What I can tell you is that we have raised about 6,000 dollars in the past two days. HOLY SHIT YOU GUYS. That is so amazing!

I want to assure everyone that Skeptcon is NOT CANCELLED. We WILL go on as usual.

In the meantime, tomorrow we are going to be doing some blogging on Hemant’s Mehta’s Friendly Atheist Blog (thanks Hemant for being so amazingly awesome!) in order to raise the final amount of funds. (Donate here!)

Thank you all for be so darned awesome and supportive. With your help, we are going to make this our most fifth year yet. Our community rocks socks.

Love as always,

Lauren

Halp

Dear Internet,

Let me start by first saying that I love ALL of your faces. I do.

So, as you may have heard, Skepticon is happening soon and I am so excited! WOOO!

But, here’s the thing. There’s a catch. I know, I know–there is always a catch, but this one is pretty important. Skepticon is in a bit of a tough spot. This year, we had to secure a bigger venue, and that means that it’s more expensive to put on.

If I had all the money in the world, I would put on Skepticon for free every year, but sadly (both for me and the world) that is not the case. We need donations to keep Skepticon running, especially now as we are faced with a larger obstacle than we had originally thought.

Every time I express my worry about Skepticon’s financial situation, I am faced with comments about we ‘should just start charging.’  I won’t lie to you all, doing that would make things much easier financially. If everyone who came to Skepticon gave us $5, we would easily be able to fund ourselves.

But we won’t start doing that. Ever. As far as I am concerned, as long as all of you continue to believe in and support us, then we are willing to put in the work to make this event free to attend. We want any and everyone who can make it out to Springfield freaking’ Missouri to be able to be here with us.

We want you here. We want this event to happen. We need your help.

 

Hearts and kisses,

Lauren

Film Fest Lineup

HELLO INTERNET!

I bring you great news–remember that atheist film festival we said is going to happen on the Friday (November 9th) of Skepticon? Well we’ve narrowed down the list! Here are the films that will be shown that day by the lovely, the daring, the absolutely electrifying David Fitzgerald!

 

  • 10am:   PARROT (winner of this year’s AFF Best Short Film) –This wonderful and  honest Australian gem focuses on a young atheist with a hard choice to make.  When a terrible tragedy befalls a devout Catholic family, the closeted atheist son and his parents are forced to confront their differences at the worst possible time. (25 mins)
  • 10:30 am:   THE LORD IS NOT ON TRIAL HERE TODAYA Peabody & Emmy Award-winning documentary that tells the compelling personal story of the late Vashti McCollum, one courageous woman who stood up against all odds and changed American society forever and for the better in one of the most important and landmark First Amendment cases in U.S. Supreme Court history – the separation of church and state in public schools. (60 mins)
  • 11:30am:   THE FIRST ATHEIST MUSICAL –Who says atheists don’t got no songs? Tap your toes and sing along with your fellow heretics in this fun collection of musical atheist shorts. (60 mins)
  • (12:30 -2pm Lunch Break)
  • 2pm GOD’S CARTOONIST – You’ve seen  Chick tracts; they are those freaky little Xtn comic books filled with evil Catholics, Evolutionists, Bikers, Rock Stars, Satanists, gays, the Illuminati, Witches – pretty much everybody. This documentary  takes us inside the secretive world of Jack T. Chick, the world’s most successful underground comics publisher. (77 mins)
  • 3:30pm MARJOE – This won the Oscar for best documentary in 1972, but it never was shown in the South for fear it would cause riots. Marjoe Gortner was a child evangelist who grows up, gets disillusioned, and decides to make one last revival tour – with a camera crew of undercover atheists  – to blow the lid off the revival biz. And he does. (88 mins)
  • 5pm  EVOLUTION – THE MUSICAL! – If Monty Python’s Life of Brian and The Rocky Horror Picture Show had a baby with Charles Darwin, their spawn might be something like the Killing My Lobster Comedy Troupe’s Evolution- the Musical! As Morpheus would say, no one can be told what it is – it must be experienced…(36 mins)

 

SWEET BABY JESUS I AM EXCITED!

Important Notice About Skepticon Lineup

 

If you are unaware, Greta Christina has been going through some heath issues. Furthermore, because of these health issues she will not be joining us this year at Skepticon. We wish her a quick and speedy recovery. If you would like more information on whats going on, we suggest you take a look at Greta’s Blog.

Skepticake Vol. 2

It’s that time again! Here are this week’s links:

Hate these links? Send us better ones at [email protected]

-Lauren

Camp Quest

 

Hello! Once again we have more information for you this time its about Child Care! Skepticon Welcomes Camp Quest to Skepticon 5. They have decided to offer childcare options for this upcoming conference. We appreciate their effort and think that this could be a great cooperation.

Skepticake! Vol. 1

Hey everyone!

Over here at Skepticon Headquarters we have decided to enact a weekly blogging effort because, well–WE CAN.

So what is skepticake? It’s delicious, it’s sugary, it has zero calories! …Ok, so actually it is what have decided to call our weekly posting of links that we find awesome. Why skepticake? Well why NOT? Let them eat cake–skepticake–we say!

Here are this week’s links:

Have an awesome week, all!

-Lauren

P.s.–want to see your blog or a specific article up here? Send us a link to [email protected]epticon.org!

SK5 Lineup: Week 2

It’s that time of the week: time to announce three new speakers for SK5! Drum roll, please…

George Hrab

Hrab is a talented musician who often explores themes related to atheism and scientific discovery in his performances. He serves as drummer for the Philadelphia Funk Authority while masterminding for the Geologic Orchestra. His podcast – The Geologic Podcast – is indisputably fantastic.

Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is simply one of the better people you will ever have the good fortune to meet. He’s the founding blogger at Friendly Atheist, a platform he frequently uses to raise funds for charitable causes within the secular movement. He also teaches math, and insists that you need not despise it.

Deborah Hyde

Hyde is the editor in chief of The Skeptic magazine and a prolific writer on superstition and the supernatural – suffice it to say that her writing career is old enough to drink! She blogs at Jourdemayne.

Our fundraising goal this week is $1000! If we get there, we’ll immediately release the next handful of speaker bios. Thanks for all your support!