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On the Road Again: The Skeptics’ Circle, a possible meetup, and Other Administrativia

In a couple of hours, I’ll be en route to my favorite city in the world, a place where, although I lived there for but a brief three years, I felt completely at home.

Chicago, baby!

Yes, I’m on the way to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago. While there, I’ll be checking out the latest and greatest findings from the world of cancer therapy. As any blogger would, I’m hoping not just to learn something but to find interesting blog material.

In the meantime, don’t forget that the 88th Meeting of the Skeptics’ Circle is fast approaching on Thursday, June 5 at Jyunri Kankei. If you’re a skeptical blogger, don’t forget to submit the best stuff you’ve written over the last couple of weeks, and then both bloggers and readers should join us on June 5 to peruse the best of the skeptical blogosphere. It’ll be just one day after Jenny McCarthy’s antivaccination woo-fest of a rally in Washington, D.C.; so I’m sure we’ll all need a healthy dose of sanity, science, and reason. Instructions for submitting to this week’s Circle can be found here; the schedule and guidelines for submissions, here; and, if you think you might want to host one of these puppies, the guidelines for hosts, here.

Finally, I don’t know if there will be time for me to indulge in a meetup in Chicago (meetings always seem to suck me in until well into the evening), but I’m going to see if I can find time. What I thought I’d do is to ask all my readers in the Chicago area who might be interested in seeing the man behind the clear plastic box of blinking lights either to e-mail me or leave a comment below. Depending on the level of interest expressed and whether I can find time on Sunday or Monday night, I might just do it. (No interest, no meetup.) If I decide there’s interest and time, I’ll probably choose someplace in either Bucktown, Wicker Park, or Lincoln Park, all of which I know quite well (indeed, one of my favorite pubs when I used to live in Chicago was John Barleycorn at Lincoln Ave. and W. Belden Ave.), unless someone can suggest a place downtown, which I don’t know as well.

So, what say you?

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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