Well I was not one of the lucky thousand who had time and opportunity to go to TAM. However, the upcoming NECSS is actually within reach for me both financially (I grew up in NYC, mom still lives there) and timing-wise (Lady Tech has agreed to watch the homefront and corral the kiddies). So I am off to the North East Conference on Science and Skepticism!
Looks like a good gamut of speakers. Here is the schedule:
09:30 AM - Doors open
10:00 AM - Welcome
10:10 AM - Speaker: Paul Offit - Communicating Science to the Public
11:00 AM - Live SGU Podcast taping (w/guest Richard Wiseman)
01:00 PM - Break for lunch
01:10 PM - 01:40 - George Hrab lunchtime musical performance
02:15 PM - Panel: Skepticism & Media - Rachael Dunlop, Howard Schneider, John Snyder, John Rennie (moderator)
03:40 PM - Panel: Why is it So Difficult to Be a Skeptic? - Richard Wiseman, Massimo Pigliucci, Kaja Perina, Michael De Dora (moderator)
05:00 PM - Speaker: Carl Zimmer
06:00 PM - Exit
Looks like fun. James Randi was supposed to be there, but looks like he is going to have to take a pass on this one until his health gets better. To add to the grooviness there is a Drinking Skeptically event at Dewey Flatiron on friday at 8, which I will also be attending. I want to see how this is done, so I can start a Skeptic's in the pub in my area (albany area in NY).
Anyway, if there any questions or things you might be interested in at this event, leave a comment and I'll be sure to follow up for you.
I'll also twitter anything useful I see from this event. You can follow me if you wish at TechSkeptik (yeah careful of that last letter, i'm pissed someone took my normal handle).