By Phil Plait | July 1, 2009 10:30 am

Chris Pirillo is a web-borne god of teh intertoobz. Don’t believe me? Type "Chris" into Google and see what comes up first.

Gnomedex logo

Every year he throws a tech conference called Gnomedex, which is about how we humans work and play online. It’s been growing for years, and I have watched it with envious eyes. I’ve always wanted to attend, and every year for the past three Chris has invited me to come, but I have always been busy.

A couple of months ago, while I was laboring away on my machine, a Skype window popped open. It was from Chris, and all it had was a link to Gnomedex and the words, "And ^%$#*^ you if you can’t do it this time."

How can I say no to that? So I am in fact going to Gnomedex this year! I’ll be talking about skepticism online: how we do it, why we need it, and what we can all do to participate. Or at least, that’s the plan. When I actually put my talk together I’ll know what it’s about then.

Gnomedex will be from August 20 – 22 in Seattle, Washington, and you can get some idea of what’s it like on Chris’s site (he also has a kinda-sorta FAQ, too).

I am really, really excited about this. Chris knows a lot of cool people, and in the rare circumstances when we get a chance to hang out I always have fun. It seems like I’ve known him forever, too, and so I’m pretty confident this will be an exceptional event. I hope to see a lot of BABloggees there!


Comments (11)

  1. rob

    i had to try typing “chris” in google to see what came up.

    by golly, you is right!

    i typed in “phil” to see what came up, and got dr. phil.

    what a disappointment.

    i hatz teh intertubz now!!!! grrr.

  2. It IS true! It IS! So then I had to try me and while I get nothing good with “Lauren,” my married name (last name only) has me as the second hit and my maiden last name has me first. Hmm. I need to get out more.

  3. Sundance

    “Don‚Äôt believe me? Type “Chris” into Google and see what comes up first.”

    That’s what I love about science, it’s not all about ‘wisdom handed down from the high-priests’ – with the right equipment anyone can test a hypothesis :-)

  4. You only mentioned his full name once. You need to say it three times if you want him to show up in the comments. ūüėõ

  5. Sili

    Try googling “pz” then.

  6. tim

    This might finally give me the excuse I’ve been waiting for to attend GnomeDex. I’ve been a fan of Chris’s since way back in the Lockergnome days.

    Any chance of a Seattle BABlog meetup outside of the conference?

  7. Well hell. Did GnomeDex HAVE to be scheduled on the same weekend as BlizzCon? Grrrr…

  8. Science Pundit: you mean like this? :)

  9. Utakata

    John Betts, Jr says:

    “Well hell. Did GnomeDex HAVE to be scheduled on the same weekend as BlizzCon? Grrrr‚Ķ”

    …speaking of which: This thread needs more Gnomes!


  10. Stone Age Scientist

    Those canines look terrifying!!!

  11. If there’s a Seattle BABlog meetup, count me in ūüėČ


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