August didn’t offer much time to recover from The Amazing Meeting before we had to jump right into Dragon*Con. Phew, who has time to read blogs?
Here’s a way to catch up. Below are links to the content I’ve been involved with in the last month. It includes this blog as well as the material I post on other blogs, my podcasting activities, my best posts on Twitter as well as key shout-outs or mentions elsewhere.
In an effort to practice what I preach, I’m also trying to document on a monthly basis what my contributions are to several skeptic-relevant crowdsourcing projects.
Read on to see what you might have missed…
Here were my blog posts this month.
- August 1: Skeptools: Twitter reaction to my #TAM2012 speech – In which I get called “dumb” by a major blogger. I couldn’t be more proud.
- August 7 & 9: Reed Esau guest posted! Skepticamp Fails and Part 2
- August 13: Silverpop: Use DMARC to Safeguard Your Brand (While Helping Fight Spam Too) – I actually got paid to do this one.
- August 27: Skeptools: WiFi and Internet tips for Dragon*Con 2012
Mentions and links on other blogs:
- August 3: Stranger in an Even Stranger Land: News in science communication, 03 August 2012 – @Gurdur agrees with me on poll bombing
- August 7: Skeptical Review: The JREF offers a new podcast – nice shout-out to What’s the Harm in this review of Consequence
- August 9: Rationally Speaking: The Community of Reason, a self-assessment and a manifesto – Massimo Pigliucci pays me a massive compliment in the middle of this excellent post.
- August 16: Skeptical Review: Virtual Skeptics – Nigel St. Whitehall liked our first episode and had some good suggestions.
- August 22: Science-Based Pharmacy: The consequences of legitimizing nonsense has a nice shout-out to What’s the Harm
- August 22: Freethought Arizona: What a skeptic is supposed to do with anecdotes also mentions What’s the Harm
- August 23: The Call of Troythulu: “You are the Future of Skepticism on the Internet” – @Troythulu liked my TAM talk.
Audio & Video
I contributed segments to these episodes of Skepticality and Virtual Skeptics:
- August 15: Skepticality #188: Hope in Small Doses – I talked about the Azaria Chamberlain case, Skepticamp & Drinking Skeptically at 5 as well as two Google-related conspiracy theories.
- August 15: Skeptools: Virtual Skeptics premiere – the first episode of our new weekly webcast, I talked about way too much.
- August 22: Skeptools: Virtual Skeptics #2 – I talked about FDA vs. Nelsons
- August 23: Skeptools: You Are the Future of Skepticism on the Internet – the video of my TAM talk.
- August 28: Skepticality #189: Les Folies de Foi – I covered Neil Armstrong & moon stuff; as well as fake followers & reviews online.
- August 29: Skeptools: Virtual Skeptics #3 – I talked about fake Twitter followers.
- August 4: Skeptic Zone: #198 Dr Rachie Reports… Dr. Rachie interviewed me at TAM2012.
- August 6: Oh No Podcast: Ross and Carrie Ask Astrologers: What’s Your Sign? Another nice shout-out to What’s the Harm (near the end)
- August 18: Skeptic Zone: The Skeptic Zone episode #200 – 18.Aug.2012 – Dr. Rachie said she enjoyed my TAM2012 talk. (12 minutes from end).
I posted on Twitter:
- 212 regular tweets, including:
- 26 “What’s the harm in…?” stories
- 31 daily skeptic history facts
- 38 retweets of other people
- Plus 163 replies to other Twitter posts for a total of 375 tweets
Here are highlights, the tweets that were retweeted the most.
(14 retweets, 2 favorites)
(16 retweets, 1 favorites)
(26 retweets, 2 favorites)
(7 retweets, 7 favorites)
Thanks to Simon Singh for tweeting What’s the Harm:
(41 retweets, 11 favorites)
(10 retweets, 1 favorite)
(9 retweets, 2 favorites)
(13 retweets, 1 favorite)
As usual, Phil Plait knocked this one out of the park with this retweet of the above:
(32 retweets, 9 favorites)
This is now the third most retweeted item I’ve ever posted on Twitter according to favstar.fm:
(69 retweets, 2 favorites)
(8 retweets, 2 favorites)
(9 retweets, 1 favorite)
Dammit, I misspelled Pamela Gay’s handle @starstryder. Oh well it’s the thought that counts, right?
(8 retweets, 4 favorites)
(9 retweets, 6 favorites)
To get these as I post them, you should follow me on Twitter here.
Here were my contributions to various projects this month:
I contributed nothing to Wikipedia. I hang my head in shame.
I rated 19 sites on Web of Trust but left no site scorecard comments.
I made 4 edits to the Skeptic History database. It still has 1,423 items, same as last month.
I added 3 new rebuttals to RBUTR
And now I’m going to try to really rest!.