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LIVE Video from Dragon*Con Skeptics track (Skeptrack)

During Dragon*Con in Atlanta from September 2nd through 5th, 2011, you should see Skeptic programming here:

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Thank you to Mark Ditsler of Abrupt Media for the huge amount of work he does to make this happen. You can also view it and text chat with other viewers over on the UStream.tv site here.

Consult the Skeptrack schedule for the planned events. You’ll be able to see me on the following two panels:

Great Superhero Skeptics! The History
Sunday 8:30pm EDT (aka 5:30pm PDT or Monday 00:30 GMT)
Many of us know some names, but who have you missed and who should we know? A roundtable discussion on great authors, thinkers, past and present.
Moderator: Desiree Schell
Panelists: Phil Plait, Benjamin Radford, Eugenie C Scott, Kylie Sturgess and me.

How to be a REAL LIFE superhero
Monday 2:30pm EDT (aka 11:30am PDT or 18:30 GMT)
Things you can do to help save thousands of lives.
Moderator: Maria Walters
Panelists: Derek Bartholomaus, A Kovacs, Rebecca Watson, Elyse Anders, Amy Davis Roth and me.

If you are not in US Eastern time note that Atlanta is at GMT-4. Click through to the full post for the broadcast start and end times translated for you into GMT and PDT, a list of programming that will not be on the feed, and a couple other tips.

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Digital Guide to Dragon*Con 2011

An updated version of this post for DragonCon 2014 is now available.

Dragon*Con 2011 in Atlanta is next weekend. It is a gigantic convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy, comic books and other pop-culture topics. For several years now it has had a dedicated track of programming for skeptics called Skeptrack.

The purpose of this blog post is to be a clearinghouse for all things digital related to the meeting. The particular focus is on Skeptrack, but there are a bunch of resources and tips here that will be useful to any digitally connected attendee.

Just some of the info in this post that can save you time or money or both:

  • Do you need internet access but are not bringing a laptop? I’ll tell you which hotel supplies computers you can use for free.
  • Are you staying at the Marriott Marquis? I’ll tell you how to save at least $5 per day on WiFi charges.
  • On a tight budget and desperately need some free WiFi near the con? I’ll tell you several places to go.
  • Would you like to put the pocket program on your Kindle, Blackberry or other portable, but don’t know how? I’ll show you a site that can do it for you.
  • Want to rent a 4G modem during the show? I’ll tell you how.

All that and much more, after the jump…

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Digital Guide to Dragon*Con 2010 & Skeptrack

An updated version of this post for DragonCon 2014 is now available.

Dragon*Con 2010 in Atlanta is this weekend. It is a gigantic convention for fans of science fiction, fantasy, comic books and other pop-culture topics. For several years now it has had a dedicated track of programming for skeptics called Skeptrack.

Dragon Con logo

The purpose of this blog post is to be a clearinghouse for all things digital related to the meeting. The particular focus is on Skeptrack, but there are a bunch of resources and tips here that will be useful to any digitally connected attendee.

Please note: I’m personally responsible for only one or two of the resources listed below. Most were created or published by the convention organizers or other attendees.

That having been said, there’s lots of great info in this post that can save you time or money or both.

  • Are you staying at the Marriott Marquis? I’ll tell you how to save at least $5 per day on your WiFi charges.
  • Do you need internet access but are not bringing a laptop? I’ll tell you which hotel can hook you up for free.
  • Would you like to put the pocket program on your Kindle, Blackberry or other portable, but don’t know how? I’ll show you a site that can do it for you.
  • Want to stay connected to the Skeptrack chatroom using your own IRC client? I’ll tell you how.
  • Want to rent a 4G modem during the show? I’ll tell you how.

All that and much more, after the jump…

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Tools for Dragon*Con Skeptrack

This is an obsolete post, but do see a guide to Internet at DragonCon 2014 is which is now available.

If you follow me on Twitter (or on Facebook or Friendfeed), you’ve probably seen me talking about Dragon*Con in the last few weeks. Although the event is primarily known by science fiction, fantasy and comic book fans for its programming in that area, it has rapidly become one of the largest skeptic meetings in the world.

Dragon Con

Dragon Con

Yes The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas is still the largest in terms of sheer attendance by skeptics: over 1000 skeptics in one room in 2009. But Dragon*Con’s skeptic programming room Skeptrack actually offers more panels, lectures and other events than you get at TAM, and an awesome list of guests. If you are anywhere near Atlanta this weekend, come to the Atlanta Hilton downtown and check it out.

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