(Mes amis: yes, I know, this post is a little odd/out of order, as I haven’t yet had an opportunity to write about my (wonderful) experience at TAM 2013, but, considering that the topic of this post is somewhat time-sensitive, I wanted to get it up here as soon as possible. I’ll start working on a TAM recap, soon, though. Anyway, onward!)
Last night, a few fellow TAM-ers/friends and myself were on a TAM 2013-recap-themed episode of the Atheists Today show, hosted by DW Adams. If you weren’t able to listen live, head over to the episode’s webpage, where you can listen to it on your own time (via the embedded player), or download it directly (.mp3 file), or download it from the iTunes store.
Throughout the show, we had a lot of fun chatting and telling stories, and we also discussed some of the excellent talks and presentations that we saw and how they inspired us and motivated us to do something good, useful, positive, important, real, etc. It’s so important to do something, to use our skills (whatever they may be) in some way and in some context in order to make things happen. We also discussed some of the tools (mostly internet-based) that were brought up in various TAM sessions, many of which “work behind the scenes” (so to speak), providing, in one way or another, subtle but necessary support as we engage in whatever form of skepticism/skeptical activism fulfills our passions and fits us best.
During the show, whenever any of us thought of a talk or a tool that we wanted to make note of, I added the relevant url to the show’s chat box. Later, DW posted them in the episode’s show notes. I’ll add some of them to this post, too, along with a couple of others (these aren’t necessarily in any particular order- they’re just links to/information about *some* of the things that the three of us were most excited by/inspired by/motivated by at TAM this year. I’ll probably write more about a few of these in my upcoming TAM recap, but, for now, here goes):
- The wonderfully comprehensive, informative, and much-needed “Media Guide to Skepticism“, compiled by the fantastic Sharon Hill of Doubtful News.
- A Storify of a brilliant TAM talk that we all loved and were inspired by (to say the least): “Peter Boghossian’s TAM 2013 Talk on Authenticity” (in the context of a talk, a Storify is a collection of tweets and/or other forms of social media that were posted during the talk. Essentially, it’s a way to summarize the talk’s points, to gauge the audience’s reaction, etc.).
- Lanyrd (an extremely useful and informative tool: it’s a social conference directory, speakers’ guide, etc.) in general, and the TAM 2013 section of Lanyrd in particular.
- The Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia project.
- rbutr (currently available only on the Chrome web browser, but that should be changing shortly).
Many thanks to DW for having us on. He did a great job and I’m looking forward to listening to future episodes of his podcast. Be sure to visit the Atheists Today website (they have a lot of interesting and useful content/resources there) and also find them on Facebook and on Twitter.
(And I’ll start working on that TAM 2013 recap post soon… (^‿^) ) Thanks!