Portland review of my talk of DEATH

By Phil Plait | September 13, 2012 7:00 am

Last month I was in Portland, Oregon to give my Death from the Skies! talk for the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry as part of their Science Pub series. It was, quite seriously, one of the best audiences ever. They were totally into it – having beer served at the theater probably helped – and almost everyone stayed for the 45 minute Q&A session, and the line to sign books was pretty long as well. I felt like a rock star.

One person in the audience was Taylor Hatmaker, who writes for tecca.com. She wrote a wonderful article about the talk called 9 Terrifying But Mostly Awesome Facts About Asteroids We learned from Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait (which was also picked up on Mashable! W00t!), and it makes my cockles warm because she added more info about the facts that weren’t in my talk. That means she liked this enough to go out and do more research, which is the coolest thing ever. That’s pretty much the best thing a speechifier and science outreacher can ask for.

To give you an idea of how much fun I had, photographer D. Scott Frey took a ton of pictures, including this one which is now one of my favorites:

See? I told you I had a great time! And clearly the end of the world can be fun.

My thanks to Amanda Thomas, Andrea Middleton, and Scott Frey for all their help and hospitality. If you ever get a chance to visit OMSI, do so!

<shameless plug> And if you represent a museum, University, or some other place that hosts talks, and you think I might be a good fit for your audience, then please contact my reps, Samara Lectures. They’ll be happy to chat with you about it. </shameless plug>

Related Posts:

Portland, Oregon talk OF DEATH
If the Mayans were right, it was probably about Internet comments
In which I SEE the light

MORE ABOUT: OMSI, public talk

Portland, Oregon talk OF DEATH

By Phil Plait | July 30, 2012 10:29 am

I’m very excited to be heading up to Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, August 1, to give my "Death from the Skies!" talk at the Bagdad Theater. This is part of the OMSI Science Pub series, a laid-back event where people like me talk to people like you about stuff like science. In my case, I’ll be talking asteroid impacts and crispy dinosaurs and making fun of the movie "Armageddon" and then saving the world.

This talk is open to the public and starts at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 5). Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase online. The Oregon Space Grant blog has more info too.

I’ll be doing a book signing afterwards, too. I’ve never been to Portland, so I’m pretty happy about this. I like Oregon quite a bit.


Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!


See More

Collapse bottom bar