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Two very, very cool things:
1) I am very, very excited to let everyone know that registration for The Amaz!ng Meeting 7 will open on February 25! The James Randi Educational Foundation sponsors this meeting every year, and it's become THE meeting for critical thinking, with close to 1000 people attending. We always have great speakers, and this year is no exception: our keynote is (squee squee!) Bill Prady, the executive producer for "The Big Bang Theory". Regular readers know of my love for both him and the show (like here, and here and here) and it didn't hurt that he left a comment here once. Bill is a great speaker; he's funny, smart, and a geek like us. He'll be a tremendous addition to TAM 7.
We'll also have lots of other great guests, including Jennifer Ouellette, Michael Shermer, My Close Personal Friend Adam Savage, and a slew of others. TAM 7 will be in Las Vega$ from July 9-12, 2009, at the South Point Hotel and Casino. You can already book rooms there and get a group discount if you tell them you're booking for TAM 7 with JREF. Call them at 866-791-7626.
Stay tuned to the JREF website for more info as we announce it, and of course I'll have tons of information here on Bad Astronomy as events progress.
2) And if that weren't enough, let me also announce that we're holding a TAM in London in October!
Yup. There is such a strong presence in England and environs that we decided to go international! So on October 3-4, 2009 we're doing TAM London, and we have some truly brilliant speakers lined up, with more coming. I won't say who we have or whom we're still wheedling, but I will say that if you're a skeptic in the UK you do not want to miss this one. We'll have a website with registration info and all that set up soon.
In the meantime, there's a Facebook group set up for it, and we'll make sure info is fed there as it comes in. It already has more than 200 people signed up! You can also follow TAM London on Twitter.
I hope to see lots of BABloggees at these events. If you like my blog, you'll love the TAMs. It's a fantastic chance to meet lots of people: movers and shakers in the field, as well as just people who want to see reality for the way it is.