Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a BA in Literature. She currently works as a writer and resides on the North side of Chicago.
As is the way of things these days, a talented individual has turned to Kickstarter to fund his project. I had the pleasure of meeting Kyle Sanders at TAM 2013, where he told me about Carbon Dating, a webcomic that he’d been working on for about six months at the time. It’s all about science, pseudoscience, and geeky relationships — and it’s delightful. Read more
After Thursday, my weekend was mostly spent running around as usual and getting some awesome podcasts recorded that I think everyone will really enjoy! But if you’ve never attended or heard of The Amazing Meeting, here’s a (very brief) recap of how the rest of the weekend went for me. The theme for TAM this year was “Skepticism and the Brain,” which is an extremely interesting topic but one that also made my job a little tricky. The talks I heard were fun… but hard to easily recap here. So I’ll just skip right to Saturday. Read more
Greetings from sunny (presumably. I haven’t been outside in two days) Las Vegas! I’m here at The Amazing Meeting 2014 with my trusty sidekick/photographer/gentleman friend Michael Greiff to live blog as much as the event as possible. While I’m here, I will also be recording a few Hemant-less (boo!) episodes of the Friendly Atheist Podcast. Yesterday (Thursday) was our first day here, and between trying to schedule interviews and getting settled, we were able to attend one of the workshops. I dropped into the “Blogging and Skepticisim: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” workshop featuring the fine folks over at Skeptic Ink, and it was really delightful. Speakers inclded Beth Ann Erickson, Vandy Beth Glenn, Wendy Hughes, Jacques Rousseau and a fourth person whose name isn’t in the program and I don’t remember because I’m terrible at my job. Read more
Hi all! This is Jessica. I’m back in Vegas at The Amazing Meeting 2014 to interview some amazing skeptics for your listening pleasure! I’ll be live-blogging as many of the speakers as I can in between interviews. If you are at TAM, come say hello (I’ll be at the press table and/or wandering around like a lost puppy) and if you have any suggestions of people you’d love to hear on the podcast, you can tweet at me @blueburie! In the mean time, here is a never-before-seen interview I did with James Randi from TAM 2013: Read more
There have been plenty of TV shows that take a look at the young lives of famous adults. Smallville examined a young Superman, Bates Motel looks at a young pre-stabby Norman Bates, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles chronicled the young Indiana Jones… You know what else these shows have in common? I’ve never watched them. But I’ll tell you what show is going to be appointment TV for this gal: Nazareth. Read more