Nerd Nite NYC:  Thursday June 11, 2009 at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO (16 Main St.)
Summer’s almost here which means there are only two Nerd Nites left before we take August off and prep for the second annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular in September.  So…first, trivia was super fun so we’ll do it again.  Bring friends, answer fun questions, and win stuff.  And since our last few nites have been sexy and somewhat provocative, we’re going more emotive this time.  This Nerd Nite features UNICEF’s Millenium Villages Project’s plan to use text messaging to try to improve the lives of millions, a stunningly beautiful photo display about climate change (poor polar bears), and a lighthearted-yet-serious look at jumpsuits.  Yes, jumpsuits.  At Nerd Nite.   As they say in Boston, “Nerd Nite is like the Discovery Channel with beer.”

Oh, we’re going to wait until Friday July 10 for gay Nerd Nite speed dating.

Tickets for Nerd Nite Quizo – $12  (7pm):
Advanced tickets for Nerd Nite – $7 (9pm):

Nerd Nite NYC
Galapagos Art Space DUMBO
16 Main Street in DUMBO Brooklyn (F train to York St. or A/C train to High St.)
Thursday June 11, 2009
Quizo at 7:00pm (get there at 6:45 to check in)
Regular Nerd Nite at 9:00pm
$12 for Quizo (includes admission to regular Nerd Nite)
$7 cover charge for regular Nerd Nite only

Back To The Lecture(s) At-Hand:

*Presentation #1
txts 4 africa
by Schuyler Erle

Description: Africa is enormous, beautiful, full of people, and tragically stricken with endemic public health, economic, and educational issues, as a result of widespread poverty and political strife. International aid organizations continue to try to address these problems with various programs, but often find their efforts hindered by the continent’s uneven telecommunications and transport infrastructure. Find out how UNICEF, the Millenium Villages Project, and others have turned to the humble cell phone text message to try to improve the lives of millions!

Bio: Schuyler Erle is a Free and Open Source software developer, activist, and consultant. Schuyler lives and works in Brooklyn. His main objective in life is to use his powers strictly for awesome.

*Presentation #2
Climate Change: Science, Photos and Four Ways To Die on Glacier
by Gavin Schmidt and Josh Wolfe

Description: Can you see climate change? Gavin Schmidt and Josh Wolfe pull together science and photography to show the changes that are happening now, how scientists are working out what is going on, and what it all means for human society and infrastructure. And a polar bear.

Bio: Gavin Schmidt is a climate scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute in New York whose proudest professional achievement was appearing on the Daily Show. DUMBO-based Josh Wolfe is a photographer who prefers, for inexplicable reasons, climbing mountains in order to photograph disappearing glaciers over photo shoots with lingerie models.

*Presentation #3
The Jumpsuit: A History of the Future of Fashion
by Cassandra Gero

Description: Have you been waiting for the day when we all wear jumpsuits?  For almost 100 years, people have been predicting that jumpsuits will be the future of fashion.  Join me for a trip through time, exploring the appeal of the one-piece suit from innovative sportswear and Space Age designs, to Elvis’ infamous stage outfits, sexy catsuits, and more!

Bio: Cassandra Gero has a master’s degree in Fashion and Textile Studies: History, Theory, Museum Practice from FIT.  She enjoys 20th-century fashion, baked goods, and long walks on the beach at sunset.