After meeting Anton Zuiker a few days ago, I also managed to catch up with Brian Russell and Paul Jones, catching up on everything, but most importantly, shifting the organization of the 2nd Science Blogging Conference into a faster gear.
The wiki needs only a few more tweaks (some of the links are to the 2007 equivalents instead of the 2008 pages) which will be all fixed by the day we open the registration - on September 1st (mark your calendars). I know the 1st is a holiday, but this will save our server as thousands of interested participants will spread themselves over a few days instead of all logging on at the same time ;-) This way, those who are pathologically connected and perpetually online and get their info on blogs and Facebook will be able to get the first dibs, while the advertising for others will start on September 4th.
The conference program is building up nicely - we secured some spectacular speakers and session leaders and are in negotiations with some others. Feel free to edit the wiki with your own ideas. Suggest a session and offer to lead it.
Of course, as the conference promises to be much bigger than last year (due to the media coverage after the first one) we need to cover the increased expenses (and provide food, swag, etc.), so if you and your organization are willing to be sponsors, please let us know.
And, we are planning to have the second Science Blogging Anthology released in time for the conference, so submit the best science posts written by you or by your favourite bloggers for our consideration.
BTW, this year we'll also accept entries for original cartoons.