Thanks to Chicago Readers
Thanks to all who attended the meetup in Chicago this past weekend! As always, it was a pleasure to meet and talk to the real people who read Daylight Atheism, including one who made a very long drive to attend. (I still find it weirdly flattering that people are interested in meeting me.) I also got my first taste of real Chicago deep-dish pizza, which was delicious although - sorry, I'm a New Yorker to the bone - I still prefer the New York thin-crust variety.
I had a great time in Chicago, and in addition to doing plenty of sightseeing, I got to meet both Hemant of Friendly Atheist and Jerry Coyne, both of whom showed my wife and me wonderful hospitality. I still have to go through my pictures, but I may post some of the better ones in coming weeks.
And yes, the people who were there got to find out my big secret announcement in advance. The rest of you will have to wait a few more days. (If you were there, no spoilers!)
Daylight Atheism Chicago Meetup
So, do I have any readers in the Windy City?
I'm going to be in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, September 2-4, for sightseeing and to visit some friends. If you live in the area and are interested in attending a meetup, leave a comment or send me an e-mail and let me know what time and date you'd be able to attend. Suggestions for a meeting place are also welcome.
Open Thread: Self-Promotion Day; Plus, Help Beat PZ!
So, I think it's about time for another self-promotion thread. What say you?
If you maintain a blog or other site that you want to tell us about, now's the time! Feel free to post a comment telling us about yourself and your site: who you are, what you write about, and why we should be interested. Atheist-themed sites are of course preferred, though all comers are welcome.
If you've participated in past self-promotion threads, you're welcome to do so again. However, this time I'm going to change the rules a little bit: since I like to see creativity and good writing, I'm asking that you link not to your site in general, but a specific, recent post of yours that you're particularly proud of, that best demonstrates your talents, or that sums up what your blog is all about. As always, the most interesting entrants may wind up on my blogroll, so put your best foot forward!
Also, while we're on the topic, I'm putting out a call for help to readers. This past week, a bunch of my favorite bloggers squared off in a fundraising challenge for Camp Quest, the summer camp for kids from humanist and nontheist families. On one side was the evil overlord himself, P.Z. Myers; on the other, a tag-team of Greta Christina, Hemant Mehta, Jen McCreight and J.T. Eberhard of the Secular Student Alliance, competing to see who could be the first to raise $5,000.
Well, PZ won the first round much too easily. But atheists, as we all know, fight dirty. That's why the anti-PZ team has raised the stakes, not just to a fixed amount but to whoever can raise the most by June 1... and they've recruited some new bloggers to join their side, including yours truly.
Since it was already four against one and the side with four is now adding even more people, some of you might wonder: isn't this cheating? And my answer to that is: Yes. Yes, it is. It is brazen, shameless cheating. Fortunately, since I'm an atheist, I'm not bound by petty notions of right and wrong - not when there's something more important at stake, like blog bragging rights!
Frankly, I'll be surprised if we win this one. PZ and his legions of tentacled minions make for a formidable adversary. But I don't intend to go down without a fight. Let's show that godless cephalopod-lover that he can't push the rest of us around! I'm not saying that I'll look more favorably on your self-promotion comment if you also make a donation to the challenge... but maybe I am saying that.
Daylight Atheism San Francisco Meetup
So, are there any Daylight Atheism readers in that gorgeous, godless city by the bay?
This coming Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, January 14th to 17th, I'm going to be in San Francisco to see friends and do some sightseeing. And since past Daylight Atheism reader meetups in Los Angeles and St. Louis have gone very well, I'd be glad to do it again. If you're interested, leave a comment or send me an e-mail and let me know when you're free. Saturday is probably spoken for, but other than that, any time during the weekend should be fine. We'll plan something for whenever the most people are available.
And though I'm not making any promises on behalf of anyone else, there's a certain other well-known atheist blogger who lives in the city and might show up...
Open Thread: New Year's Resolutions
Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but I'm feeling pretty good about 2011 so far.
This is an open thread. Have you made any New Year's resolutions you'd like to tell us about?
Quick Note on Facebook
Just an FYI: The Daylight Atheism site page on Facebook will no longer be updated. I tried it out for a few months, but I wasn't happy with the results: the administrator controls were poorly designed and hard to use, Facebook's staff was unresponsive when I had issues, and the page didn't send much traffic here anyway.
However, I'm not abandoning Facebook entirely. I'm going to start posting site updates on my personal page instead. The URL is much easier to remember:
If you'd like to keep up with Daylight Atheism on Facebook, send me a friend request!
Open Thread: Shameless Self-Promotion Day
The last time I did one of these was some time ago, so I think it's about time for another.
This is an open thread for the purposes of self-promotion. If you maintain a blog or other site that you want to tell us about, now's the time! Feel free to post a comment telling us about yourself and your site: who you are, what you write about, and why we should be interested. Atheist-themed sites are of course preferred, though all comers are welcome. If there are any that particularly catch my eye, I may add them to my blogroll. I like creativity and good writing, so make sure you show off both!
Vote for Daylight Atheism for the 3QD 2010 Science Prize
You may remember that last year, I won the 2009 science writing prize awarded by 3 Quarks Daily. Well, the 2010 contest is now open, and once again I'm in the running. Best of all, this year the celebrity judge is Richard Dawkins, which would make it especially sweet to win a repeat victory. Readers, are you willing to help me out?
To vote, go to this page and scroll all the way to the bottom, where there's a link to the official poll. The post of mine that's up for consideration is "A Sense of Kinship", from last November. If you think it's deserving of this honor, please vote today!
Find Me on Atheist Nexus
I'm not generally a big user of social networking sites, but I did decide to join Atheist Nexus yesterday. If you're there too, you can find me there and add me as a friend.
Thanks to Los Angeles Readers
I wanted to write a quick post to thank all the Daylight Atheism readers who were able to attend yesterday's meetup in Pasadena. We got a great crowd together, and it was a thrilling experience to meet you all and to finally be able to match names with faces, and I'm greatly appreciative for the warmth, good company, and great conversation. (Plus, assembling at the restaurant and splitting the check turned out to be ridiculously easy. Who ever said that organizing atheists was like herding cats?)
I don't know exactly when I'll next be out on the West Coast, but this is something we'll definitely have to do again. Maybe a New York City meetup would be a sensible next step - it would certainly involve less travel for me! Anyone out there who's interested?