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.
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.