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TAM7 Respectful Insolence meetup?

I’m back from the Penn & Teller Show at the Rio. It was, as usual, highly entertaining. I haven’t seen P&T since sometime in the late 1990s in Chicago, but they’re just as good as I remember them.

Next issue: Shy and retiring putz that I am, it never occurred to me that any of my readers might want a meetup until one reader asked me about it yesterday. Perhaps my thoughts were colored by the memory of the couple of times before when I tried to do this with embarrassingly minimal to nonexistent responses. Judging from Twitter, though, there are at least a handful of you out there who, for FSM knows what reason, want to meet up with me. (Trust me, I’m not nearly as interesting in person as I am here on the blog.) Since I’ll still be at TAM7, the least I can do is give it a try. I was thinking Sunday sometimes around 11:30 PM or noon (i.e., lunchtime) outside the conference hall. (I still want to make it to the Million Dollar Challenge at 1 PM.)

If you’re still at TAM and have any interest in a meetup, either leave a message here, e-mail me, or respond to my Tweet last night about a meetup. I’ll be in the vicinity, and now some of you know what I look like…

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

12 replies on “TAM7 Respectful Insolence meetup?”

You know I would happily meet up with you if I was at TAM. It would be fun to talk to you again. But, the choice in my life currently is 1)stay home and pay 2 college tuitions or 2) go to TAM and talk to ORAC. Unfortunately, I have to choose #1. Maybe I’ll make it out to your area and we can meet there.

Pieter– You can go all fanboy, just dont tie Orac to a bed in the mountains, break his legs, and force him to rewrite blog posts in a more woo-friendly manner.

Orac– Get boobs. More people want to meet you if you have boobs. And dont tell me youre a guy and it wont work, cause it worked for PZ.

Hey Orac,

If you come back to Chicago, would you consider attempting another meetup? I felt too shy to say I would come the last time, but I think hanging out with you would outweigh shyness at this point 🙂

Argh! I missed this meet-up! Since I had no computer access at TAM, I didn’t see this till now. Instead, I went to lunch.

I did look around after the ‘challenge,’ but couldn’t find you. At any rate, I did get a chance to meet you earlier, and, I hope, gush and fawn appropriately, so all was not lost.

You must come next year, and set up a Respectful Insolence Meet-n-Greet in advance. I’m probably the ‘reader’ referred to in your post above, and, as you recall, I suggested that a skeptic convention with over 1,000 people is your most likely bet for success. I’m not sure how many were at the Science-Based Medicine mini-convention the day before, but right there you’ve got a focused fan-base. We’d have come. Really.

Damn you! I had no internet at TAM, so I missed this. Next time, can you write it on the big board as well?

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