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July 1 2009 10:30 AM


Chris Pirillo is a web-borne god of teh intertoobz. Don't believe me? Type "Chris" into Google and see what comes up first.

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Every year he throws a tech conference called Gnomedex, which is about how we humans work and play online. It's been growing for years, and I have watched it with envious eyes. I've always wanted to attend, and every year for the past three Chris has invited me to come, but I have always been busy.


A couple of months ago, while I was laboring away on my machine, a Skype window popped open. It was from Chris, and all it had was a link to Gnomedex and the words, "And ^%$#*^ you if you can't do it this time."

How can I say no to that? So I am in fact going to Gnomedex this year! I'll be talking about skepticism online: how we do it, why we need it, and what we can all do to participate. Or at least, that's the plan. When I actually put my talk together I'll know what it's about then.

Gnomedex will be from August 20 - 22 in Seattle, Washington, and you can get some idea of what's it like on Chris's site (he also has a kinda-sorta FAQ, too).

I am really, really excited about this. Chris knows a lot of cool people, and in the rare circumstances when we get a chance to hang out I always have fun. It seems like I've known him forever, too, and so I'm pretty confident this will be an exceptional event. I hope to see a lot of BABloggees there!