PZ Meyers in the squid hat.Convergence has come and gone.  My first con, and I had a great time.  I spent most of my time hanging out at the Free Thought Blogs party room, which was conveniently located right next to the Skepchicks party room.  It was really great to meet some of the bloggers I read on a regular basis.  People like Dan Fincke of Camels with Hammers, Jason Thibeault of Lousy Canuck, Rebecca Watson and Bug Girl of Skepchicks, Stephanie Zvan of Almost Diamonds, Christina Rad of Christina Rad, and of course Paul Z. Myers from Pharyngula.  My kind of people.

Now I need to recover.  I’m relapsing into a recent cold/flu after too many nights with too little sleep.  We participated in the music circle on Saturday evening until five in the morning on Sunday,  and then got up to make the 9:30am panel discussion on Invisible Heroes, the women of science.  The most fun discussion of the day was the panel on the evolution of the female orgasm, mostly because Rebecca Watson is such an incredibly quick thinker with a great sense of humour.  We also enjoyed listening to the Teen Skepchick panel.  Young women of such articulate speech and clear thinking that they renew my faith in the future of humanity.

I really needed the FTB crowd, just to wash off the stupid I got slathered with by a faith head who told me with quiet intensity about returning to Jesus and the incredible mystery of the Shroud of Turin (head, meet desk).  That is one of the continuing mysteries of this world – how people with enough brain cells to walk and talk at the same time can believe the utter nonsense that is Christian dogma.

Great fun listening to Dan talk about Batman with Batman.

Now I’m sad that Convergence is over.  I could hang out with artists, weirdos and scientists all the time.  If you were there, and you saw the guy with the banjo, you had a close encounter of the third kind with Darwin Harmless.  I hope you had as much fun as I had.


  1. Nina Said,

    July 12, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    looks like a fun con.

    sorry I missed meeting you when you came to vancouver last august

    nice to finally have a face to put to blog!

  2. bug_girl Said,

    July 16, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    I so enjoyed chatting with you and your wife! I hope we see you again at future cons 🙂

  3. Darwin Harmless Said,

    July 17, 2012 @ 2:59 am

    Thanks for checking in on Darwin Harmless. I also enjoyed talking to you. I’ll send you bug pictures when I get back to my winter haunts.

  4. Acolyte of Sagan Said,

    July 19, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    Glad you had a good time. I have to say, you don’t look anywhere near as curmudgeonly as I’d expected.

  5. Darwin Harmless Said,

    August 1, 2012 @ 2:22 am

    I keep my curmudgeon under wraps in public, and try to appear friendly and harmless.

  6. Acolyte of Sagan Said,

    July 31, 2012 @ 10:25 pm

    Oh, I forgot to ask; where was Convergence? Because..well….that carpet…Damn!

  7. Darwin Harmless Said,

    August 1, 2012 @ 2:29 am

    ConVergence was in a Doubletree Hilton hotel in Minneapolis. I never even noticed the carpet. Too much other stuff to look at I suppose.

  8. Kammy Said,

    September 26, 2012 @ 9:42 pm

    I just found this and I’m so glad!! Meeting you and Ruth was such a highlight for me. One of the best parts of working on CONvergence for Skepchick is meeting awesome people like you guys. This is one of my favorite pictures from the whole weekend: I really hope you can come back again next year!

  9. Darwin Harmless Said,

    September 27, 2012 @ 1:19 am

    Glad you found my site. For some reason I couldn’t look at the picture you linked to. Got this error message: “This content is currently unavailable
    The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page.”
    Any idea why I couldn’t see it, and is it posted anywhere else? I’m curious.
    Meeting the people at Skepchick was a highlight of CONvergence for me. I could drink buzzed Aldrins with you folks all night.

  10. Kammy Said,

    September 27, 2012 @ 6:23 am

    It’s a on my facebook. Maybe I have it set to just friends? Are you on FB? If yes, friend me. Or drop me an email and I’ll send you the picture. It was taken right at the very end as we were tearing down the room and you and Ruth came and played and sang just for me on the balcony. Some of the happiest moments of the weekend!

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