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’t 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. :-P

  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…”

    …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 ;)


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