On November 19, Nerd Nite has corralled a number of presentations that will make you think you’re back in the 80s (the 1980’s and the 1680’s)! Like, totally tubular!  First, Nerd Nite Philly Co-Boss Chris Cummins discusses the day in November 1987 when Max Headroom pirated Chicago TV to rant for 90 seconds.  Then Seth Baum discusses the best places to surf during a nuclear war thanks to the crazy waves that follow an explosion, and finally, a presentation about the events that led up to the Salem Witch Trials — by a direct descendant of one of the accused and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution!  And trivia is back again, so bring your pals, form a team, and win some increasingly ok prizes.  BUY TICKETS HERE.


Saturday November 19, 2016
622 Degraw Street (Park Slope / Gowanus)
Trivia+Presentations: 7pm (doors at 6:20pm)  – $10  BUY TICKETS HERE.
Presentations-only:  8:45pm (doors at 8:30pm) – $14  BUY TICKETS HERE.
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Back to the Lectures At-Hand:
*Presentation #1
20 Minutes Into the Future: The Curious Case of the Max Headroom Broadcast Signal Intrusion
by Chris Cummins

Description: On November 22, 1987, Chicago television viewers were confounded when a broadcast of Doctor Who was interrupted by a strange pirate TV signal in which a man dressed as Max Headroom began ranting for 90 seconds about everything from local media to soft drinks. It was creepy. It was odd. It was amazing. Not to mention, highly illegal. This hijacking of the airwaves was a federal crime, but to this day the person or persons responsible have never been caught. Having long been obsessed with the case, Nerd Nite Philadelphia co-boss Chris Cummins  will delve deep into this incident, examining what it might have all meant, its possible relationship with the phreaking/hacking subcultures of the 1980s, and look at the possible culprits.

Bio: Chris Cummins is a Philadelphia-based writer and comics historian who regularly contributes to Den of Geek and Uproxx. He is also the producer/host of Sci-Fi Explosion, a cosmic cabaret of craziness that explores the wacky world of science fiction, and he is also co-hosting the NYCC Presents event Tales from the Toybox this October. You can follow him on Twitter at @bionicbigfoot and @scifiexplosion.

*Presentation #2
Killer Waves: Where to Surf During Nuclear War
by Seth Baum

Description: Underwater nuclear explosions send massive ejections of water into the sky, a phenomenon known as “base surge”. We will analyze the resulting waves in order to find the best places to surf during nuclear war. The aspiring nuclear surfer will want to consider where in the world the best underwater military targets are, as well as the yield of the nuclear weapon and the depth of detonation. We will also consider the ethics of nuclear surfing from the perspective of the theory of just war.

Bio: Seth Baum, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institute, a nonprofit think tank dedicated to helping humanity ride out the storms of extreme catastrophe.

*Presentation #3
by Leslie Wickham

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