About Olivia

Olivia is a giant pile of nerd who tends to freak out about linguistic prescriptivism, gender roles, and discrimination against the mentally ill. By day she writes things for the Autism Society of Minnesota, and by night she writes things everywhere else. Check out her ongoing screeds against jerkbrains at

God is Love? Relationships In a Godless World: #FtBCon liveblogging by @nenfeataiko

God is Love? Relationships In a Godless World Miri Mogilevsky, Ania Bula, Ian Cromwell, Jamila Bey, James Croft Ian introduces the panel by explaining the pithy phrase that "god is love" but that we have evidence of godless people who do love. How do we square these things? Intros Ania blogs at Scribbles and Rants,

Atheism, Science, and Art: #FtBCon liveblogging by @nenfeataiko

Atheism, Science, and Art Glendon Mellow, Anne Sauer, Amy Roth, Jason Thibeault, Emily Finke AMY! Surly Amy, writes for Skepchick and Mad Art Lab. She also makes Surlyramics (which are the bestest things ever and we love them really hard). Anne is not a trained scientist, but she likes to understand food and drink from

Science Communication: #FtBCon liveblogging by @nenfeataiko

Science Communication 12:00 Ben Zikovic and PZ Myers I think we all know who PZ is. But he introduced himself anyway. Bora was on for a long time, now blogs editor at Scientific America. Runs somewhere around 50 blogs. Involved with students in science writing programs. Science coverage is mixed. Hard part is getting

Of Spoons and Skepticism: Chronic Pain: #FtBCon liveblogging by @nenfeataiko

Of Spoons and Skepticism: Chronic Pain 11:00 Ania Bula, Stephanie Zvan, Mitchell Greenbaum, Emily Harte, Emily Finke, Chana Messinger Ania describes what it's like to have Crohn's and the pain involved. Emily Finke has a hip displacement and needed reconstruction on both of her hips. This led to pain through her whole life. Caitie has