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Weekend sendoff: Stars

Sometimes it seems like the coolest stuff is happening in Atlanta. Just before Dragon*Con in September, which has a Skeptrack of which I’d be stinkin’ jealous if I hadn’t had so much fun at TAM, the Atlanta Skeptics are holding Star Party 2010. From their site:

Please join the Atlanta Skeptics on Thursday, September 2, 2010 for stargazing, food, drinks and conversations with astronomers. We are once again hosting a star party to celebrate the beauty of the universe around us while raising money for a great cause.

Astronomers Pamela Gay and Fraser Cain will be hosting the event, leading guests in exploration of the skies, and discussing what we see. Musician, podcaster and science-lover George Hrab will also be providing entertainment.

This event is in honor of Jeff Medkeff, the Blue Collar Scientist, astronomer, skeptic and friend to many of us. Jeff succumbed to liver cancer in 2008. All proceeds will go toward the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Jeff’s name.

If you’d rather listen to the above in the form of a promo by Geo, and who wouldn’t, click here.

And speaking of stars and skepticism, you all know about the Jenny McCarthy Body Count by now, right? Did you know that the guy who runs it, Derek Bartholomaus, is about the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet? (Unless you’re Jenny McCarthy, I guess.) Besides being smart, sweet, and unassuming, he also chipped in a donation to the CFIDS Association of America during my little fundraiser, and earned himself my gratitude in the form of a sonnet.

One day a man was watching on TV
A vapid gal whose name denoted “fluff”
Now acting like she had a Ph.D.
And lo, our hero cried, “Enough’s enough!”

He started a campaign of science facts
To counter someone best known for her porn
And now the face of all that’s anti-vax –
The Body Count of Jenny thus was born.

Now J-Mac’s influence is clearly seen
The sick and dead for lack of common sense
Because this man is anything but mean
But could not bear this awful consequence.

So please, accept vaccines with calm and grace,
Or Derek B. may stab you in the face.

I send you off with a lovely song by the Amateur Scientist in honor of Jenny and her campaign. See you next week, when I’ll be celebrating Newly Nerfed’s first anniversary!

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