Report from TAM 7 (Part 1)

(Note: Unfortunately, it looks like I’m going to have to put in a lot of extra hours at work over the next couple of months, so my blogging will be diminished. Instead of one long article, I’ll have to write up my TAM 7 experiences in several shorter articles over the next week or so.)

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(You can see the other reports here: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5)

The Amazing Meeting 7 was a lot of fun. You should go next year. Here’s what you missed this year.

The temperature was a mild 40 degrees when I arrived on Wednesday (See? You can’t die of heat stroke, if you use Celsius!).

OK OK, it was freakin’ hot, but you spend most of your time inside, so it’s really not a problem.

Some people attended the workshops on Thursday, but I skipped those. I wanted to have about 24 hours to explore Vegas before settling in to the conference. (If you behave yourselves, I’ll let you in on those days in a separate article.)

Thursday afternoon, I went by the registration desk to get my convention materials and see what swag they were giving out. It’s not a swag-heavy convention. We always get a shirt and sometimes some other trinket. Last year, it was a laser pointer. Those things are hazardous, but you fools were swinging them around like toys. Bad skeptics!

This year, the bauble was a Sharpie. To you, that may not sound like much, but I was elated. That meant that every woman there had her own Sharpie! Now all my blog groupies were fully equipped!

The reception at 5:00 PM was the first official event for those of us not attending the workshops. It’s a good opportunity to mingle. I wasn’t able to find anyone I knew from last year. I did find a lot of other bloggers and podcasters. Geez, is that all that any of us do? The only one of my readers I met was Richard (Hi, Rich!), who sought me out, as promised.

James Randi always walks in a bit after the thing has started and says a few welcoming words. This year was a bit different. He rolled in. I was somewhat distressed to see him in a wheelchair this year. It turns out that he is able to walk, but he’s recovering from surgery. This is what he said about it:

This is what I call a major bummer. During a routine medical examination more than a month ago, it was discovered that I had a nasty visitor inside me – yet another stunning example of Intelligent Design at work, friends. My doctors went in and removed it, and things are looking up again. I’ll be pretty weak for a couple of months, but I assure you all that I’m fighting this thing with the very best technical help – I’m not at all shy about embracing technology! – and I’ll be able to keep up with my regular duties as the treatment proceeds.

As you can see, he didn’t go into details. Presumably it was a tumor or something equally nasty. Who knows? Since he called it a visitor, maybe it was some sort of vile blood-sucking parasite. I wonder if he named it Sylvia Browne.

Next: Friday, the first day of speakers.

This one probably makes more accurate predictions

“Sylvia Browne” (No relation to the alleged psychic)
(Image from Science Made Cool)

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