Freethought Festival is rocking

This is an exceptionally well-run event.  Even Skepticon could pick up some pointers from this event (and that’s saying quite a lot).

I started the day by catching up with Richard Carrier.  I also got to meet Valerie Tarico (whom I have to follow today, ugh).  She is super sweet and a very attentive listener.  If you’ve not read her work, you should.

Chris Calvey opened things at the conference later in the day with a talk about the morality of abortion.  I always love seeing new speakers take the stage because every once in a while you get a real gem like his talk when you weren’t expecting it.  When the talk goes on youtube I will definitely post it.

Darrel Ray also tore it up.  As usual.

After the first night’s session of talks we made our way to the Rathskeller for drinking and shenanigans.  Matt Dillahunty showed up, after which he and I had a magic trick dick measuring contest (he won, the man’s good).  But everybody was amused.

I also got to spend some time with fellow FtBers Brianne Bilyeu and Stephanie Zvan.  Those two are just…wonderful.  Brilliant and extremely nice.  How such sweet people got into the evil atheist empire I’ll never know.  Evil needs standards.

James Crofft is here as well, being all nice and wrong like usual.  We found out that we both play Star Wars: The Old Republic.  Irony: he plays sith, I play a light-side smuggler for the Republic. #TrueColors  Here he is being all not straight all over me.

My sleight-of-hand got me a smooch from a reader.  This is Otto, should you ever see her in the comments.  She’s pretty keen.  She gave me beer.  I drank it.

While doing magic, Matt outed me as a singer and immediately everybody demanded I sing.  I sang a little bit in Latin, German, and Italian (someone asked for French, which I can do, but French is the dumbest language of all time, so I didn’t).  After I finished, some guy from a group that wasn’t ours came over and gave me a medal and thanked me for adding culture to his group’s evening.

It wouldn’t fit over my head, so I draped it around my arm.  You can’t see, but it says “winner.”  I’m a winner.  :)

My talk is today at 10:15am.  I have 66 slides for a 25 minute talk.  This is how public speakers overcompensate.

Or maybe it’s because PZ Myers is following me so I don’t care if I eat into his time.  The revolution starts now!!!

Looking forward to a spectacular day 2.

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.

  • ‘Tis Himself

    She gave me beer. I drank it.

    The sacrifices you make to appease your public. Your dedication is an inspiration to us all.

    • JT Eberhard

      I’m a god damned hero. I saved her from empty calories. *pose*

      • Bundy

        JT, of course Matt won the “dick” measuring contest! LOL!

        Good thing size doesn’t matter to Michaelyn!

        • Drakk

          I really wonder if these guys sit at their keyboard, type out inane comments like this, and then actually think to themselves “teehee, I’m so clever!”

  • Michaelyn

    Tell James to watch his ass.

  • Bundy

    Amusing to see the Legends (in their own minds) basking in glory!

    Elitism is the same everywhere, whatever the beliefs or lack theroof.

    • Andrew B.

      Huh? Did you post on the wrong thread?

  • wytchy

    JT, thanks for hanging out and doing all those magic tricks. Last night was pretty much full of win. It was also nice to meet another 614; we gotta stick together out here!

    Tonight should be even more awesome at the rathskeller, assuming an obnoxiously loud band won’t be drowning out our dirty corkscrew penis jokes enlightened conversations.

  • David Hart

    “French is the dumbest language of all time”

    Even when Jacques Brel is the singer? ‘Cause that guy is one of the coolest singers in any language I know of.

  • Rebecca

    Please excuse this comment coming so late, but I’ve been away/busy for a while, so I’ve finally caught up with reading. And now that I have… *shakes head sadly*… I’ve read your blog for a LONG time and I’ve finally HAD it. I’m offended, and you have broken the last straw.
    French is NOT the dumbest language of all time.

    JT, je doute que nous pouvions continuer comme ça.