I'm much better at internet housekeeping than real housekeeping. It's been a little while since I touched base about what I've done site-wise lately, and especially since I think there's quite a few new readers lately, it seemed time for a bit of a updating. In no particular order, here are a variety of things that seem worth mentioning:
After an odd summer of bouncing around, professionally speaking, I somehow managed to land a pretty fantastic job. As of September 1, I will be the new web editor at the Wexner Center for the Arts. I'm excited about this - not only does it combine a little bit of everything I like to do with the web, it's at the Wexner Center, which means I'll get to help promote some of the best film, music and visual and performing art happening in Columbus. Look for more on all that popping up here periodically.
It's been inexcusably quiet around here lately, and I thought it was about time I check in and make my periodic, well-intentioned announcement to return to regular blogging here. Except this time I mean it. Really. You believe me, right?
As far this this blog's future is concerned, I do have a lot of posts queued up, including more film essays and local Columbus event news. Also prepare yourself for the barrage of season three Mad Men recaps, because there's no way I'm going to keep myself from doing that.
I'm also thinking of inviting some guest bloggers in the near future. If you have something you want to write about here, pitch me! Or bribe me. Either works.
I finally got tired of working on a new site design, so we're calling this version 5. If you're getting this via RSS, you might want to hop over to the site and check it out. There will be a couple more tweaks over the next day or so, but that's all. Not much has changed content-wise, although I plan to, you know, actually write more now that the redesign is done. As always, comments and suggestions (on the design, as well as possible future posts) welcome.
A couple of weeks back, I hit Pittsburgh to meet up with fellow Skepchicks Maria and Elyse, along with atheist activist and vlogger Ashley, whom I brought along with me from Columbus, and a whole bunch of great Steel City skeptics, including Laura (who so awesomely made most of the arrangements for us). It was a really, really good time and despite the fact the bar closed at midnight (seriously, Pittsburgh, WTF), I met some great people and had some great discussion. Ashley also interviewed Maria, Elyse, Laura and me about skeptic activism on a very, very cold street outside the bar, and here it is, in all of its tipsy, profane glory:
It's been about a year, I think, since I started writing for Skepchick, thus introducing me to the larger skeptic community and leading me to work on reviving Central Ohioans for Rational Inquiry. Now, in Columbus, we not only have a flourishing skeptic group that meets regularly and the foundation laid for further community involvement, but a SkeptiCamp unconference that's already attracting a ton of people from across Ohio and out of state.
I keep hearing over and over again from people I meet in this line of activism that they were waiting for someone to organize something, so that they could connect with like-minded people. Here's my advice: don't wait. Start a reading group at your local library, create a Drinking Skeptically at the neighborhood bar, find or begin a Meetup.com group, or organize a speaking event with a local professor or doctor. (Like Maria says in the video above, we're happy to add any new group events to the Skepchick calendar, which reaches thousands of people across the US). Start a blog, make a video, record a podcast. Skeptic activism in this day and age is ridiculously easy - and there's already a wide-reaching network out there who are friendly, fun and willing to help anyone who wants to learn more. As the US enters a new governmental era, whatever your political leanings, it's been made clear that scientific education and rational thought is coming back in a big way. It's a perfect time to be a skeptic.