Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Confessions of an Alien Imposter

On behalf of the Pirate Cat Radio calendar being produced for 2010 (HOLY SHIT IT'S THE FUTURE, YOU GUYS), Miss Deena and her amazing crew of cosmetic artisans transformed me into the incredible sight you see here. We were going for "mad science frankengirl". Three gorgeous ladies painted my skin with sponges. My life rules.

In cosmic alignment of some sort, Kishore (pictured left) had arranged for Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak from Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence for this evening's Down to a Science cafe.

This all went down within a few blocks of Pirate Cat Radio. So, I walked into Atlas painted green and wearing welding goggles. A greybeard at a table with his laptop looked up at me and said, "Oh! You're here!"

Yep! I'm here! Take me to your chai!

Brian Malow, Earth's foremost Science Comedian[.com], came out for conversation about Seth's new book, Confessions of an Alien Hunter.

I took a recording of this event using my spiff new Zoom H4 recorder (courtesy of a very special donation received last week! you know who you are--thank you.) Cafe operator Kishore new has the audio from me, so a podcast is most
likely in the works. Live tweeting happened under the hashtag #dtas and (irregularly) #seti.

At one point, Seth asked the audience, "how many of you believe there definitely are aliens? How about... on this planet?" I replied, "I abstain!" His response, "yeah, well, you're one of 'em."


Check out Seth Shostok on Steven Colbert.

Some future this is. Where are the flying cars, robots doing my laundry, and universal translators. Come on.


Anonymous said...

Will the 2010 Pirate Cat Radio calendar be available for purchase online? Or will I have to send a minion to the studio?

nthmost on August 17, 2009 at 12:04 AM said...

I'm not sure. But I'll make sure enough orders go in to cover everyone I know who'll want one.

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