How’s it rolling? We just got back from Las Vegas where we went to The Amaz!ng Meeting 8. It was amazing. I met a lot of great people, for instance the music man behind the TV show "Penn & Teller's Bullsh*t," Gary Stockdale, and had lots of interesting conversations. The comedian Paul Provenza was there too, fun chatting with him over lunch about his new book. I was invited by D. J. Grothe who hosts the wonderful podcast For Good Reason. Here's the link there, to an episode Provenza was on. Here's an episode with me.
Heard great music at TAM! Got completely delighted by the mindreading act of Michael Weber. There was lots of good magic. Skeptics love magic and vice versa. The poet is magical in her skepticism and verses vices.
Also played some slots and some roulette and enjoyed everything but the insane ambient smoke in all the lobbies, especially on weekend nights. I am a woman who enjoys a cocktail and in that sense too enjoyed Vegas -- it is a delightfully drinkin’ town. John played some blackjack too. Fun.
It was terrific to get to know more about James Randi's work too. Fights the good fight. Check out Randi's website to see more.
Now I’m off to do a Center For Inquiry fundraiser in DC, going with the whole family. Will see some old friends too. Looking forward to it all very much. If you show up, come say hi.
I’m in the mood to give you a poem so here’s a little something from my first book of poems. It is a reminder that the path to new knowledge is fraught with uncomfortable uncertainty and must be accepted as a most disturbing adventure, sometimes grotesque, sometimes thrilling.
Jennifer Michael Hecht The Next Ancient World