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
I made 125 edits on Lanyrd, mostly Skeptrack stuff but also some remaining ‘coverage’ of TAM2012 such as videos.
And now I’m going to try to really rest!.
Not sure if you saw this video I uploaded or not.