Camp Quest Cancelled for Skepticon 6

terry-featuredSkepticontown,

Camp Quest will be unable to be at Skepticon. Unfortunately, they only had one registrant for their camp and will have to cancel this year’s endeavor. We hope that they can come back in the future, but until then we’ll have to do without our beloved Camp Quest at Skepticon 6.

Love,

-The Skepticon Team

Delicious Skepticake 12-16

It’s been a really upsetting week in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, so lets enjoy a delicious morsel and cheer up a bit.Sufganiyah

And on this final day of Hanukkah we ask you, Skeptonites, what are your favorite fried foods? I’m partial to fried turkey myself. Ask an adult to help!

Skepticon Sk8th SkAnnual SkeptiThanksgiving Skepticoloring Skepticontest

Ready to print and enjoy for the whole family!

Ready to print and enjoy for the whole family!

It’s time for Skepticon’s Sk8th SkAnnual SkeptiThanksgiving Skepticoloring Skepticontest, kids! This year you’ll need to help Carl finish preparing a Very Vegan meal for his friends, with the most creative skepti-riffic among you winning our grand prize!

Carefully follow these instructions and you’ll be set on a course for a wild Skeptiventure!

  • Obtain your parent or guardian’s permission.
  • Be properly vaccinated and STD free-ish (there is some wiggle room on this one, kids!).
  • Use whatever tools at your disposal to complete your glorious piece of Skeptiart!
  • Submit a picture of completed your project to one of your friendly Skeptilebrities, via twitter #skcolor, our facebook page, or a falcon!
  • Wait for results!

The winner will be determined absolutely arbitrarily on or around the middle of December (Hey! We have shit to do!) Please use whatever media/medium you feel properly expresses your thanks this holiday, whether it be a sculpture, oil painting, cubist interpretation, beat poem, or ice sculpture.

Prizes? We’ll think of something fun! Worst case scenario is we send you a box of 2011 Calendars! Remember kids, it’s about the journey, not the destination!

Skepticon Approaches!

Hey all,

The weekend is almost here! OMG! Here’s some stuff you should all check out:

Lastly, here’s some info about the livestreaming:

SKEPTICON – OFFICIAL SKEPTICS’ CONVENTION OF THE INTERNET*

For immediate and sensual release:

Started by a bunch of college nobodies, Skepticon has become the largest free skeptics’ convention in the United States.  This year, Skepticon is going to be the largest convention on the planet and you’re invited.  Since the internet is full of idea-sharing thought-communists, there will be a free livestream for the event at here. Be sure to check out the schedule.  All we ask is that you join our Free Rice group here so you can feed a body while we feed your mind.

Also, this crap is expensive.  You can donate here. Every little bit helps!

<3,
The Skepticon Team

P.S.  For those of you lucky enough to attend in meatspace, there will be a food drive and a book drive at the event.  Bring some nonperishable food and books, so you can show the world that you give a damn.

*As officially sactioned by Al Gore, Van Halen, and the Ghost of Alan Turing

Well, that’s about all the updates we have for now. Please travel safe and we will see you soon!

Loooooooove,

Skepticon

OMGYESSSSSSS

INTERNET.

THIS IS AN ALL CAPS SITUATION!

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.