Apostacon has set the standard for atheist conferences.

In 2008 (and really in 2009 at Skepticon 2), my friends and I conceived of a conference that would become the model for many other groups.  It was Skepticon, and it introduced a slew of new ideas to the conference format.  Forgive me a moment of pride when I say it changed things. Apostacon is [Read More...]

On our way to Apostacon!

Hello everybody! Here in a couple of hours Michaelyn and I will be wending our way toward Omaha for that pirate-fest of a convention: Apostacon.  This will double as a sort of anniversary celebration for us, so we’re both hella excited.  I’ve got a couple talks I’m considering giving, so it’ll just have to be [Read More...]

Headed to Philly soon!

The next place I’ll be showing up to give a talk will be in Philadelphia at the PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference.  It’s a group effort between The Freethought Society, Lancaster Freethought Society, PhillyCoR, and PA Nonbelievers that will run from September 13-15.  It’s got a pretty solid lineup of speakers like Seth Andrews, James Croft, [Read More...]

Zombies: two new articles on surviving.

Last non-atheism post before I start plodding through the news.  I have a slew of new zombie survival articles over at ShitZombiesSay.net. From Preparing for an evacuation: stay cool, stay comfortable, plan ahead: The even bigger concern is what to do once you’ve gotten out of the building.  What are your goals?  Where do you [Read More...]

Mayor of Toledo welcomes the Great Lakes Atheist Convention.

The Great Lakes Atheist Conference is off to a great start. It opened with a great surprise: Rebecca Vitsmun was added as a speaker at the last minute.  She was the Oklahoma woman who told Wolf Blitzer “Actually, I’m an atheist.”  I was lucky enough to get to ride from the airport in the same [Read More...]

I’m going back to Ohio already!

This weekend I’ll return to Ohio, Toledo specifically, to speak at the Great Lakes Atheist Convention.  There will be many speakers there I know and love including Jerry Dewitt, Zack Kopplin, and the glorious (and remarkably classy) Sam Singleton.  There will also be many speakers I’ve never heard give a public presentation – which is [Read More...]

Could the USA secure our border if the zombie apocalypse begins in Mexico or Canada?

I saw this video the other day and it got me thinking: Could the US secure our border in the case of a zombie apocalypse if necessary?  I examine possible ways it could be done and give commentary on my newest article over at Shit Zombies Say.  Here’s an excerpt: Could we build a fence?  [Read More...]

Videos of my FtBCon panels from this weekend.

I was on some panels at FtBConscience this weekend.  The first was Atheist Music hosted by Brianne Bilyeu.  It was good to see the faces of some very dear friends, Ashley Miller and Shelley Segal.  They’re really good people.  I’m also a huge fan of Roy Zimmerman and didn’t know he was going to be [Read More...]

Final FtBCon schedule (with omg links) now available.

The final schedule for FTBConscience, the online conference that starts tonight at 5pm CST, is up. If you’re wondering when you can catch me, I’ll be doing Atheist Music on Saturday from 9pm – 10pm CST, Atheists in Pop Culture on Sunday from 2pm – 4pm CST, and Organizing a Regional Conference on Sunday from [Read More...]

Catch me at FTBConscience this weekend without even leaving your house. :)

Freethoughtblogs is running a fully online conference this weekend.  I like the idea.  Frankly, I’m kind of pissed that I didn’t think of it first. Anyway, the lineup is pretty spectacular.  It includes every FtB writer along with some Patheos writers like myself, Hemant Mehta, and Dan Fincke.  There are also movement leaders like Dave [Read More...]


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