This week on the Virtual Skeptics
Bob names names;
Eve is changing her name to Miss Siah;
and Tim is all about the shilling.
Bob Blaskiewicz – CSI’s Conspiracy Guy web columnist, blogger for Skeptical Humanities and Swift Blog contributor
Eve Siebert – Editor and blogger at Skeptical Humanities and contributor to Skepticality
Tim Farley – JREF Fellow, founder of Skeptools, Skepticality contributor and creator of What’s the Harm
Sharon Hill is out this week, hunting down the elusive Shannon Mill. But not to worry! This week we have a special guest, Daniel Loxton.
Anyone watching live can ask us questions on YouTube or by using the #virtualskeptics hashtag on Twitter.
- Today’s IAU announcement about public naming of new planets and moons: http://www.iau.org/static/public/naming/planets_and_satellites.pdf
- An example of a star-naming scam AND using donotlink.com AT THE SAME TIME! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?!?: http://www.donotlink.com/yG
- WBIR: Tennessee judge orders baby’s name be changed from “Messiah” http://www.wbir.com/news/article/283997/2/Judge-orders-babys-name-be-changed-from-Messiah
- Social Security Admin.: Change in popularity of baby names between 2011 and 2012: http://www.ssa.gov/oact/babynames/rankchange.html
- (Shilling for for Big Lanyrd) New speaker directory: http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/lanyrd-conferences-speaker-directory/
- (Preventing Shilling) How to link to bad stuff on social media: http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/do-not-link-donotlink-ethically-criticize-seo-nofollow/
- (Shilling for #TAM2013) In Memoriam presentation online now: http://skeptools.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/tam2013-in-memoriam-presentation-obit-obituaries/
Brian’s Shrewbot links:
- Skepticality this week has segments by both Eve and Tim: http://www.skepticality.com/the-science-of-this-vs-that/
- Atlanta Star Party is coming up the Thursday of Dragon*Con, get your tickets before they are all gone: http://atlantastarparty.com/
- And of course Dragon*Con Skeptrack is coming up, you can get the skeptrack schedule here: http://lanyrd.com/2013/skeptrack/
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