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Old 16th April 2019, 04:37 PM   #1
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CSICon 2019: A Skeptical Conference with the Top Minds in its Guests and Attendees!

Registration is now open: https://csiconference.org/

October 16 to 20, 2019, at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas

Special Guests Include:
  • Brian Greene: Physics author and WSF founder. You probably know of him.
  • Julia Sweeney: Everyone wuvs her!
  • Leighann Lord: Another Very Funny Lady!
  • John de Lancie: You know him as "Q", but he also happens to be an active skeptic nowadays
  • Michael Mann: That climate change scientist every denier likes to pile on.
  • David Mikkelson: Founder and CEO of Snopes.com. Look it up!
  • Britt Marie Hermes: A former naturopathic "doctor", who now exposes its problems
  • Banachek: He IS a freakin' mind reader, you know!
  • Piff the Magic Dragon: His act is WAY better than the stupid costume he wears!
  • Kurt Andersen: Author of witty and satirical things
  • Jann Bellamy: Attorney and former fighter of chiropractic-favoring laws
  • Kenny Biddle: Investigator of paranormal claims, and workshop runner on the subject
  • Janice L. Boynton: Former believer in facilitated communication, now a critic of it
  • Troy Campbell: Former Disney Imagineer
  • Jen Gunter: The antidote to Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop.
  • Bailey Harris: Author of the Stardust books, exploring science stuff (NOT related to Neil Gaiman's book)
  • Jeff Hawkins: Early smartphone designer
  • Nathan Lents: Author of Human Errors, a very nice book, if I say so, myself!
  • James Alcock: A professor at York University in Toronto, and executive at CSI.
  • Ray Hyman: Founding member of CSICOP.
  • Scott Lilienfeld: Another CSI Fellow. This conference is full of them!!
  • Nick Little: An attorney for CFI who lead the lawsuit against CVS for their homeopathy stuff.
  • Chip and Grace Denman: I think they're here every year.
  • Mark Edward: Another perennial face.
  • Loren Pankratz: A man with a masterful Skeptic's Toolbox!
  • Susan Gerbic: Founder of Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW), and also there every year.
  • Ray Hall: The Papers Guy!
  • Elizabeth Loftus: Writes about the fallibility of human memory. I don't remember much else about her.
  • Jonathan Jarry: Man, this list is getting long. I might not have enough time, anymore, to describe all of these people!
  • Gordon Pennycook: Seriously, though, this IS a very long list of people, isn't it?
  • Ben Radford: If you weren't interested in anyone on this list, up to this point, then I suppose you're not going to get much more interested in the conference in general.
  • Seth Shostak: So, you might as well stop reading the list of people, at this point, either way. I am including everyone on it, just to try to be fair, that's all.
  • Jim Underdown: His last name is very redundant, I think. And, yes, he is another CFI person.
  • Richard Dawkins: But, you can ignore him if you prefer. He generally keeps to the sides.

But, it's not just the guests that make CSICon great! It's the attendees, like me and hopefully you! Sharing a convention with likeminded independent minds is an awesome experience to behold! So, join us for that reason, alone!!
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Old 16th April 2019, 07:20 PM   #2
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At some point, Scott Romanowski will be asking for volunteers, I assume. And, at some other point, perhaps some of us will get our acts together enough to start planning a few extracurricular activities.

So, if you are going to CSICon 2019, please help fill in this little chart. This will help us save time, later:

Forum NameReal Name (optional)Volunteer?Extra Activities Interested In?Favorite Epic Rap BattleNotes
WowbaggerMitch LampertYESNeon Museum, but open to other ideasNewton vs. Bill NyeI am also going to Disneyland before this.
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Old 17th April 2019, 05:40 PM   #3
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Also, if anyone is looking for a roommate, we can fit a third person in the room I booked. That would reduce the price of the room to one third its normal, CSICon-discounted price.
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Old 17th April 2019, 06:44 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Wowbagger View Post
At some point, Scott Romanowski will be asking for volunteers, I assume.
You assume correctly. I will be coordinating the volunteers again.

The bad:
  • We all pay the registration cost.
  • You will help for about four hours.

The good:
  • Those four hours will never be during something you paid for. We volunteer before and after scheduled events. We don't miss any of the talks.
  • We get a free t-shirt and free admission to the party Saturday night.
  • We get a staff and volunteers dinner (probably Wednesday night, but maybe Tuesday because the Skeptics Toolbox event is Tuesday. I'll ask if it could be during the convention, but every previous year it had to before because the CFI staff is so busy once it starts.)
  • We get "Volunteer" ribbons for our badges.

If you're going to volunteer, there's a link on the "Info" page. We'll need about 12-18 people. The more volunteers, the less time per person.
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Old 17th April 2019, 06:51 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by Wowbagger View Post
At some point, Scott Romanowski will be asking for volunteers, I assume. And, at some other point, perhaps some of us will get our acts together enough to start planning a few extracurricular activities.

So, if you are going to CSICon 2019, please help fill in this little chart. This will help us save time, later:
Forum NameReal Name (optional)Volunteer?Extra Activities Interested In?Favorite Epic Rap BattleNotes
WowbaggerMitch LampertYESNeon Museum, but open to other ideasNewton vs. Bill NyeI am also going to Disneyland before this.
SkepticScottScott RomanowskiYESPenn & Teller showR2D2 vs HAL 9000 
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Old 18th April 2019, 04:08 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by SkepticScott View Post
  • We get a staff and volunteers dinner (probably Wednesday night, but maybe Tuesday because the Skeptics Toolbox event is Tuesday. I'll ask if it could be during the convention, but every previous year it had to before because the CFI staff is so busy once it starts.)
Please tell them to do it Wednesday, if you have any influence on the choice, at all! I've already started booking things around arriving Wednesday, and doing other stuff the day before!

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And, I just sent in my volunteer's form!

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Thanks for volunteering Mitch!

In previous years even Wednesday was too early for about a quarter of the volunteers. Thursdays were the Workshops, and many people would arrive Thursday in time for the reception that night. I emailed Pat this morning and maybe she'll come up with an answer that works.
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So, how do we get more people to pay attention to this thread?

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The important folks will see it.
I encourage the important folks, who are attending, to add their user name to the list. And, if you are not attending, and still feel important, perhaps you could stop in and say "Hi!" at least.

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Also, if anyone is looking for a roommate, we can fit a third person in the room I booked. That would reduce the price of the room to one third its normal, CSICon-discounted price.
It appears as though our third roommate has been found, through a different community. So, that wraps that up!
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Forum won't let me post URLs so can't edit the table. Attending, volunteering, maybe Penn and Teller.
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Forum won't let me post URLs so can't edit the table. Attending, volunteering, maybe Penn and Teller.
I think the rule is that you have to be a forum member for at least 10 years before you are allowed to post URLs.
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What's your favorite Epic Rap Battle of History, Holden? If you don't know, it's okay. It wasn't a very important question.

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What's your favorite Epic Rap Battle of History, Holden?
I had to Google Epic Rap Battle of History, so I think declaring my favourite is pointless!
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I had to Google Epic Rap Battle of History, so I think declaring my favourite is pointless!
Some of us TAM/JREF old-timers have a tradition of adding irrelevant columns to our charts of group activities. (I am NOT the one who started it. I was merely the one to take it to new heights!) That's all.

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"Epic Rap Battle of History" is a real thing? I never knew. Make something up, Holden, like I did.

"Irrevelant"? More like "irreverant". :-D
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Yes, ERB is real. It had some highly-viewed videos on YouTube, back in the day. At one point they were owned by MakerStudio, a division of Disney. They recently made a comeback as an independent company, funded through Patreon and stuff. They're still awesome, even though the budget is lower.

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Now, for something more reverent to my CSICon trip: Thanks to a combo of corporate discounts and gift cards, I managed to buy a three day ticket to Disneyland resort, with park hopper and MaxPass privileges for less than $300 of my own money, when I really probably only need 2 days. So... wait a minute... that has nothing to do with CSICon itself, does it? Dang, I need something else to stay on-topic, here...

Ah, of course! My CSICon costume party costume! Well, I won't reveal what it's going to be, yet. But, I will say it WON'T be an obscure reference, this time. I am planning to wear the same costume to New York Comic Con, and reuse it for Holloween parties closer to my home. I think it's a character all of those crowds will appreciate!
Unfortunately, it won't exactly be 50's themed, though.
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I was reminded that, last year, we had a strong contingency from JREF/TAM members at CSICon. See the attached group photo we took of all the Randi community members.

Perhaps the photo can be just as large, if not bigger, this year?!
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I was reminded that, last year, we had a strong contingency from JREF/TAM members at CSICon. See the attached group photo we took of all the Randi community members.

Perhaps the photo can be just as large, if not bigger, this year?!
I can see lots of the "regulars", but not myself. When/where was this picture taken?
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I was reminded that, last year, we had a strong contingency from JREF/TAM members at CSICon. See the attached group photo we took of all the Randi community members.

Perhaps the photo can be just as large, if not bigger, this year?!
I'm not in the photo. Therefore it's pretty much meaningless.
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I can see lots of the "regulars", but not myself. When/where was this picture taken?
We made some announcements about it, and had a big sign by the Guerrilla Skeptics booth, during CSICon, last year, you know.


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I'm not in the photo. Therefore it's pretty much meaningless.
But, at least it's better looking.

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So, is this still where we stand?

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So, is this still where we stand?

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You never know who might show up.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
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Old 17th August 2019, 05:37 PM   #30
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It's the Scrutinizer Uncertainty Principle as applied to conventions. :-)
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Old 17th August 2019, 08:48 PM   #31
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Yaaay! I just found out that the Volunteer's dinner will, indeed, be on Wednesday! That means I will be able to attend it!
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