After spending several days in Des Moines, IA, for the 2011 American Atheists Convention, I am trying to re-familiarize myself with an unscheduled life lacking excitement. Also, the obligations of having to keep the weekly articles coming. Though I will miss the city and spring air (believe it or not, I saw tulips in bloom) at least I will be able to retrace my steps and conversations as I organize the 30+ pages of handwritten notes I took during the presentations. If anyone is interested in reading them, I will likely post scans on my personal blog Philologos in the coming days.
Overall, I was able to get a wide array of giraffes including some by Matthew Chapman (great-great grandson of Charles Darwin), Paul Provenza (writer and comedian), Lawrence Krauss (theoretical physicist) and more. Unfortunately I was unable to get a giraffe drawn by David Silverman, the
Pope President of the American Atheists, because he was “busy” doing more important things like “running a convention” and “talking to the police.” Such disappointment only stacks on top of “The story of Robert Bly, how I offended History and why beat poet Gary Snyder broke my heart.”
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In other news:
- I’d like to say thank you to Manny Laureano, trumpeter for the Minnesota Orchestra, for being such a good sport about his article. As an GDBPWSNBDG administrator I have the ability to view the pages, “referrers,” that direct individuals to this website and was pleasantly surprised to see this forum on TrumpetHerald.com, which was interesting because I was ignorant of the fact that there were entire communities dedicated to trumpet players. Thanks again, Manny!
- I finally got my hands on the US Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) giraffe, which means that I’ll try to get it up as soon as possible. Perhaps on the same day as US Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN)?
- One of the faculty here at the University of Minnesota-Morris has entered a contest that, if she wins, would take her to New York City to do the audio book for one of Neil Gaiman‘s (author of The Sandman and a lot of awesome Batman comics) latest releases. Were she to win, there would be a pretty good chance we would be able to get a Gaiman giraffe – can you imagine? – but she’s not going to win unless she gets more votes. So please go vote for her and help us out!