Respectful Insolence

TAM7 Respectful Insolence meetup?

I’m back from the Penn & Teller Show at the Rio. It was, as usual, highly entertaining. I haven’t seen P&T since sometime in the late 1990s in Chicago, but they’re just as good as I remember them.

Next issue: Shy and retiring putz that I am, it never occurred to me that any of my readers might want a meetup until one reader asked me about it yesterday. Perhaps my thoughts were colored by the memory of the couple of times before when I tried to do this with embarrassingly minimal to nonexistent responses. Judging from Twitter, though, there are at least a handful of you out there who, for FSM knows what reason, want to meet up with me. (Trust me, I’m not nearly as interesting in person as I am here on the blog.) Since I’ll still be at TAM7, the least I can do is give it a try. I was thinking Sunday sometimes around 11:30 PM or noon (i.e., lunchtime) outside the conference hall. (I still want to make it to the Million Dollar Challenge at 1 PM.)

If you’re still at TAM and have any interest in a meetup, either leave a message here, e-mail me, or respond to my Tweet last night about a meetup. I’ll be in the vicinity, and now some of you know what I look like…


  1. #1 Dawn
    July 12, 2009

    You know I would happily meet up with you if I was at TAM. It would be fun to talk to you again. But, the choice in my life currently is 1)stay home and pay 2 college tuitions or 2) go to TAM and talk to ORAC. Unfortunately, I have to choose #1. Maybe I’ll make it out to your area and we can meet there.

  2. #2 Pieter B
    July 12, 2009

    I’ll be there, if no one else, but I think there will be more.

  3. #3 Orac
    July 12, 2009

    How about I hang around outside the convention hall between 11:45 AM and noon?

  4. #4 Pieter B
    July 12, 2009

    Works for me. I promise not to go all fanboy.

  5. #5 ERV
    July 12, 2009

    Pieter– You can go all fanboy, just dont tie Orac to a bed in the mountains, break his legs, and force him to rewrite blog posts in a more woo-friendly manner.

    Orac– Get boobs. More people want to meet you if you have boobs. And dont tell me youre a guy and it wont work, cause it worked for PZ.

  6. #6 Amy R
    July 12, 2009

    Hey Orac,

    If you come back to Chicago, would you consider attempting another meetup? I felt too shy to say I would come the last time, but I think hanging out with you would outweigh shyness at this point :)

  7. #7 Becca
    July 12, 2009

    What about a local meet up for those of us in the Ohio area?

  8. #8 Johanna
    July 12, 2009

    Drat, if only I’d been in Vegas this weekend!

    Orac, be sure to let us know if you find yourself in San Francisco! ;)

  9. #9 geetha
    July 13, 2009

    or in india ;)

  10. #10 Blake Stacey
    July 13, 2009

    Sorry I missed you. . . Vegas was putting me into full-on “Hell is Other People” mode anyway, though, so it might have been for the best.

  11. #11 Sastra
    July 14, 2009

    Argh! I missed this meet-up! Since I had no computer access at TAM, I didn’t see this till now. Instead, I went to lunch.

    I did look around after the ‘challenge,’ but couldn’t find you. At any rate, I did get a chance to meet you earlier, and, I hope, gush and fawn appropriately, so all was not lost.

    You must come next year, and set up a Respectful Insolence Meet-n-Greet in advance. I’m probably the ‘reader’ referred to in your post above, and, as you recall, I suggested that a skeptic convention with over 1,000 people is your most likely bet for success. I’m not sure how many were at the Science-Based Medicine mini-convention the day before, but right there you’ve got a focused fan-base. We’d have come. Really.

  12. #12 Microbiologychick
    July 16, 2009

    Damn you! I had no internet at TAM, so I missed this. Next time, can you write it on the big board as well?

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