Magazine Cover!

I was contacted by the editor of el escéptico a few months back requesting permission to use the photo I took of James Randi at The Amaz!ng Meeting 2012. I agreed, with the standard attribution caveats and a promise I would be sent a copy of the magazine when it was published. And then, honestly, I forgot about it. Going through my mail yesterday I saw a plastic-wrapped Spanish language magazine amidst the junk mail and other periodicals I receive. At first I thought I’d received someone else’s mail. It took me a moment or two to realize what I was seeing!  What a shock to see that my photos had not been merely illustrations to an article within the publication, but had been used for the cover.

Front and back!

Listed in the masthead:

Close-up (and highlighted):

The Amaz!ng Meeting, Part II

Just a few from Friday . . .

At eight in the morning we all gathered for a live show of the Skeptics Guide to the Universe.

George Hrab, musician, skeptic, host of the Geologica podcast, and emcee of the conference, gets things started with a song and video.

Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education (and a personal hero of mine).

James Randi having a laugh during his conversation with Jamy Ian Swiss.

Jamy Ian Swiss cracking up over something or ‘nother.

Carol Tavris gave Friday night’s keynote, “A Skeptical Look at Pseudoneuroscience.”

After the keynote we had a Friday the 13th mirror-breaking. Funny thing, this guy had a dickens of a time actually breaking the mirror as he was not whacking it hard enough!

Said mirror breaking was followed by a pinata . . .

 . . .  which was followed by the Skeptics Guide to the Universe fundraising dinner. Sweetie and I attended.

Four out of five of the hosts of the SGU podcast, Steven Novella, Bob Novella, Jay Novella, and Evan Bernstein.

The highlight of the evening had to be when Evan auctioned off his New York Jets jersey with the #15 on it, but instead of Tebow, the name across the back was “SKEPTIC.”

Evan’s demonstration for the people at the dinner who had no idea of who Tim Tebow is.

There are lots of photos in SmugMug gallery, but I think my favorite capture of the night was this shot of Bob and Steve Novella.

By this time, Sweetie and I were exhausted, so we headed to our room. We thought of attending Penn Jillette’s Bacon and Donut Party (start time” 11pm), but we were just too pooped.

Lots more photos at the TAM SmugMug gallery.

The Amaz!ng Meeting, Part 1

The Amaz!ng Meeting is sponsored by the James Randi Educational Foundation and is a four-day conference that celebrates science and critical thinking. We’ve gone twice and likely will attend again next year.  It is four days long and packed full of interesting workshops, panels, guest speakers,  and lots of fun.

I’m working hard on completing the Amaz!ng Meeting gallery and only have one more day of photos to go through. I hope to have it completed by tomorrow. Here are a few..

James Randi schmoozing with an attendee on Thursday.

Thursday is reserved for workshops. I attended four.

This is Leo Igwe. He participated in a workshop called “From Witch-burning to God-men: Supporting Skepticism Around the World.”  His stories of the horrors of the belief in witches in Africa were stunning.

Attendees at this workshop.

This is Tim Farley, web master of the web site What’s the Harm Check it out. He and Derek Colanduno (the host of the podcast, Skepticality) led a workshop on skepticism online.

An attendee at one of Thursday’s workshops.

Attendees at the workshop entitled: “Dr. Google – How to find reliable health information online and elsewhere, and skeptically evaluate the information you find.”

The coalition-building workshop broke us out into groups.

The workshops were followed by dinner, the Welcome Reception and the game show “Wait, Wait, Don’t Fool Me.” It was a late night, but we were all up bright and early for the 8am taping of The Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast.

More later . . . I need to get to sleep.