The word of the day is AWESOME.
Friday night, before I drove down to Dallas, I got to see Muse in concert. I think its funny that several years ago, when I went to see David Bowie, they wouldnt even let us have disposable cameras in the theater. Now that cell phones with cameras are ubiquitous, everyone records the concert and uploads it onto YouTube. All I gotta say is, if you have an opportunity to see Muse in concert, DO IT. DO IIIIIIIIIT! THEY WERE SO AWESOME AAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!
After the show, I drove down to Dallas for the Texas Freethought Convention. I cruised in about 3 am. Yeah, that was awesome. LOL! So I got a few hours of sleep before I gave my talk Saturday morning.
I give talks all the time for a ‘scientific’ audience. Those are no big whoop. But this time not only was it a big group of people, but it was a big group of excited intelligent laymen. Normal people who are really excited about science and want to learn more. You people are TERRIFYING, LOL! I didnt want to mess up so badly… I think I did okay 🙂
Though at one point, I got into a ‘disagreement’ with Michael Newdow about epigenetics. Which was AWESOME! (he was right, I said something offhand that I either need to be more precise about or just not mention).
I met a ton of AWESOME people! And the other speakers were really great to listen to, really encouraging, and really fun. These folks might not be as famous as other speakers at other conferences hehe, but they were all AWESOME!
The charity for the weekend, Straydog? AWESOME! They brought a yellow lab named Zeus– he and I bonded over goodies.
And then I finally got to see George Hrabs show!!! It was AWESOME!!! Got to hear a funny Michael Behe story!
… But why, exactly, did no one warn me that he has a song about when he had to put his dog to sleep? It is touching and wonderful… but ABBIE CANT HANDLE THAT SHIT. He didnt even start singing yet, just the story, and Im in the back of the conference room BAAAAAAWWWWWING. Inconsolable sobbing for about 45 minutes. I was bothering those around me. :-/
It took the entirety of Brother Sams show for me to compose myself enough to go up to George to give him shit about it. He gave me a hug. I think I scared him. LOL!!!!
But a big THANK YOU to all the organizers– I know you all put in an insane amount of work, but the conference turned out great. It really was a pleasure to attend and to speak (the sound system? AWESOME! scientists are total spazzes when it comes to microphones, and a great sound system helps us relax a bit).