Fluxosaurus at TAM 2011 Las Vegas Day 1
One super excited Dinosaur! Fluxosaurus has arrived in Vegas baby, and TAM is awesome even before it has begun. I met Greta Christina on the plane – that was pretty awesome, and she was super nice. Then I met another TAM’er at the airport and we shared a cab – my first cab ride in the States as well, which made it even more cool. I met some cool Skeptics from Norway – one guy has an almost unpronounceable name which has to use the Symbol character set for its representation – and then I got DJ Grothe’s autograph in my handy TAM booklet which is given at registration and comes with pages for autographs. It is at this moment that I am going to throw out my latest new phrase – conservation of awesomeness – because this place is like a monster cyclotron of Skepticism. I feel like I am at the nexus point, the event horizon if you will, of a giant black hole of critical thinking and cool Geek T-shirts. The place is crawling with Skeptics, and it is just pure awesomeness.
The flight here was super cool as well – new Virgin America plane with lumo, black lighting and a kick ass entertainment system. I watched BoingBoing channel while we flew into Vegas. After a relatively bumpy landing, I was into the airport – gambling machines coming at me from every direction like a herd of mad, mechanised Coelophysis.
The hotel is amazing, really jacked, my only complaint being the innescapable cigarette smoke in the main lobby, which also serves as the only venue for free wifi. Guess where I am writing this.
The TAM registration process was a little caotic and we stood for a while in a line to get our goodies – T-shirt, conference pass, badges, programmes – but it was no sweat as that made plenty of opportunity to chat with other Skeptics and scope out the celebs.
I saw some of the SGU crew in the hall on the way to dropping off my bags and had a slight fan boy moment. Perhaps I should’ve just waved and not screamed, but I am sure they get that all the time.
Well, I am off to my Drinking Skeptically at the pub here – I’ll try and post reports on the proceedings as often as I can, inbetween cocktails and the pool of course.
Fluxosaurus – only South African (as far as I can tell) at TAM 2011.
Conservation of awesomeness!