Reason Rally pics

Here are some pics (Michaelyn took them).  I have moar to upload but the internet here could suck a watermelon through a garden hose.

I imagine I’ll do a summation post tomorrow.

Update and pics from #AACon15. MST3K cast members were at my talk.
PERSONAL: Mid day lab pics from the wife.
PERSONAL: Sorry to disappoint you, Julian.
It's funny how ambitions change over time.
About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Rieux

    The skeleton at the upper-left is from a giant (and boy, is it ever giant) prehistoric sloth. I think JT is subtly admitting to one of the Deadly Sins, and not the one that PZ confessed to in his speech. (Though the PZ picture seems to capture JT and Michaelyn falling victim to that one.)

  • Blondin

    I do believe that’s “Colonel PZ”.

  • Jag

    I’m a mostly closeted atheist who took my first step out at Reason Rally. Single best event I’ve ever attended, bar none.

    I’m posting here to share a story from that day. I had a discussion with a Xian protester about evolution – it was a short conversation that ended when he explained to me how evolution was the “biggest lie science ever told” because we couldn’t see it happen, it couldn’t be measured, it was all a lie; he was utterly sincere.

    The irony was that we were standing within 100 yards of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, where he could go see it, and measure it for himself. It was also the end of the conversation. I don’t know how to talk to “that guy”.

    I also suggested to my daughter, a 21 YO community college student in MN, that she might want to look into the Student Secular Alliance. She has the heart of an activist, now I want to point her in the right direction to put it into action. Thanks much for being here to help!

  • imjustred

    The Reason Rally was one of the highlights of life, and a difficult thing for me to do. I’m almost incapacitated by shyness when I’m around people I don’t know and I’ve never traveled alone because of this fear. This was a very liberating and empowering event for me, and I have JT to thank for a lot of it. It was on this blog where I learned about the Evil Little Thing shirts and bought a hoodie that I wore to the rally, and having that small bit of outward expression gave me the courage to talk to a few people, I even got a hug from JT. I’m now looking forward to attending whatever atheist/secular/freethinker events I can possibly attend. Maybe I’ll actually have the courage to start a conversation or just say “Hi”.

  • Moe

    The reason rally was one of the highlights of our life?

    Wow, you have lived a meaningless life.

    What a loser.

    • ‘Tis Himself, OM

      Do you have anything worthwhile to say or are you just limited to sneering?

    • Jag

      What possible reason could you have to say something so rude?

      imjustred, attend the events. You won’t have to start the conversations, just show up – people will talk to you.

    • imjustred

      Yeah Moe. Birth of my my daughter was another one. Her graduation from college was yet another. My crawling my way out from being homeless to being a homeowner was yet another highlight. My graduation from college was even another highlight, in my life. Moe, I fucking dare you to walk a mile in my shoes. You fail and falter at every step, and I would not not mock you. I’d lend you a hand if you needed one, but since you are so apparently better than me, fuck you.

    • Manda

      Maybe instead of calling people childish names you should be happy that this event had such a positive effect on someone’s life and that the rally is making an impact. Grow up

  • Rieux

    Who’s up for doing it again—say, in 2022?

    • Jag

      Sign me up, count me in!

    • Balstrome

      Seeing this is an election year, maybe having this event once every four years, would be a good way to keep the focus on the movement, for the politicians information.

      And I think the next one, whenever it will be, will really cause them to think about making nice noises towards us.

      • Rieux

        I dunno. An event like this takes years to plan, and demands that several organizers make it the focus of their lives for a long time. That’s a whole lot to ask—probably too much—for every four years.

        But the Godless Americans March on Washington was in 2002, and RR was 2012. A linear pattern makes sense to me.

  • F

    I say, that planet appears to be in danger of being eaten by a giant mutant star goat.