This year's meeting was at the Flamingo Hotel, right next door. The speakers were fantastic! The keynote speaker, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, was outstanding. He brings an energy and passion to his speaking that I would like to clone for my use, and to lend to all the science teachers in this country.
Adam Savage, of MythBusters, gave an excellent talk on his particular neuroses, and obsessive compulsive disorder, and then, he showed us a really cool video of things having the snot blown out of them. I mean real KABOOMS! What a rush! My kids can't wait to get their hands on a couple of the ping pong balls used to raise a sunken ship in an episode. If only Buster could have been there.
I bought a copy of Flim Flam, by Randi himself and asked him to sign it. Of course, I used the moment as a photo opportunity. I realized afterwards that ever picture of me at this thing features me grinning like a three-year old on Santa's lap. I have to admit, I was very star-struck.
I think my favorite moment from the entire meeting, though, actually happened after
hours. A bunch of fans of the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast (see the link in the links section) got together at a local restaurant for a wonderful evening of wine, and talk, and skepticism. I have never felt so thoroughly a part of an extended family as I did that night. Rebecca Watson, one of the Skeptical Rogues in the podcast, did a wonderful job setting that up. It was so much fun to talk to Bob, and Steve, and Jay, as well. I love to be around people who fight the good fight, and do it with passion!
So, now, I go back to Maine. I'm already working on my list of topics for this blog...