Get cool stuff and help someone get to TAM 7

By Phil Plait | May 4, 2009 4:00 pm

The Amaz!ng Meeting is sometimes called "The Woodstock of Skepticism", a comparison with which I agree. It’s a fantastic event for the critical thinking community, where like-minded folks get together and hear from some of the leaders in the field.

It’s not free to attend, though, and that means some people who’d like to come can’t. To help alleviate that situation a little, people on James Randi’s bulletin board throw an auction every year, and the proceeds go to a "scholarship" of sorts for people who need a little economic boost to attend.

The auction items for TAM 7 are on the board now, and they’re pretty cool: be immortalized in Richard Wiseman’s book! Eat lunch with the Skepchicks (and Sam)! I have it on good authority that more auctions will be forthcoming, so bookmark the page and start bidding. Hurry! The auctions end in a few days.

Also, the Secular Student Alliance, another worthy organization, is looking for donations for their own conference in August. Hemant Mehta at The Friendly Atheist has the details.

TAM 7 logo

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, JREF, Skepticism

Comments (14)

  1. Good stuff. One of these days, I swear I’m going to make it to something like this!

  2. I wish I could help myself get to TAM 7! *sigh* not this year. London TAM either. But I will be living vicariously!

  3. Alexius

    Curse Wisconsin for being so far away! Ah, well, some day I will make it to something like this–or maybe there will be something like it in Chicago sometime.

  4. phil ferguson

    Thanks for all you and for the help to SSA. I can’t wait to see everyone at TAM.

    Phil Ferguson
    SSA Board Member

  5. Eric TF Bat

    So what you’re saying is that you’re all going to get semi-naked and drug-crazed in a muddy field while simultaneously saying rude things about creationists?

    Sounds good to me!

  6. TAMs are so much fun and I am glad to help someone go who could not normally afford to go.

    For those who contribute, I say to you, “May the 4th be with you!”

    OK, I had to try to find a way to work that in somehow.
    :-)

  7. I can’t really contribute, because I am a scholarship recipient myself. But let me just say thanks to everyone who does. I’m going to TAM because of you.

  8. DexX

    Off-topic, sorry…

    This video, a time-lapse of the earth over 24 hours, presumably from an equator-aligned geostationary satellite, has some odd spots in the middle of it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDvaU-GyIYE

    They look like stars, but since you can see them through the earth they clearly aren’t. Any thoughts as to what they are? I’m wondering if it’s plain old dirt/damage on the outer lens of the camera, only visible when the satellite is in eclipse because the camera’s aperture has been thrown wide open.

  9. Mark

    Now this is almost completely off-topic, but … ugh, every time I see the bad font-substitution fallback image that is the TAM7 logo on BadAstronomy, I wonder if it wouldn’t be possible to update it to the one used on randi.org?
    I mean the one that’s on this page here:
    http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/component/content/article/37-static/445-the-amazing-meeting-7.html
    http://www.randi.org/site/images/stories/tam7/tam7_500_2.gif
    Yes, I know, I’m totally nitpicking. Sorry! I’m just one of those typography freaks, and something about uneven-spaced letters makes my skin crawl… :S

  10. Darrin

    Dang. I really wanted to go to TAM 7 (I live literally two minutes from where it’s being held), but when I got the flyer in the mail that showed the costs…holy FSM, there’s no way I can afford that.

    Looks like I’ll have to settle for reading the event notes after it happens =

  11. ColonelFazackerley

    LOL @Eric TF Bat

  12. If I could scrape up the money to go I’d be there in a heart beat! Alas, after a few years of my battle with limited work time and only part time work. My coffers are way too low this time around.

  13. SteveG

    and why, may I ask, is there not a copy of Death from the Skies signed by the author available on the auction?…

  14. zhaphod

    Phill,

    Are you thinking you putting up the video of TAM like the science network has done for its beyond belief annual meetings?

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