We held our first live online-only webinar on Sunday March 24, 2013 featuring 3-time Nerd Nite NYC presenter Erin Thompson discussing, Bad Trips: Not How to Explore the World, a presentation she first gave in Fall 2011 that was subsequently rewritten as an article for Nerd Nite: The Magazine. Erin’s presentation was a guinea pig presentation to determine if we can regularly offer webcasts by presenters across the globe…we can! Watch the recording here.
Bad Trips: How Not to Explore the World
by Erin L. Thompson
The intrepid linguist subduing restive natives; the idealistic scientist struggling to reach base camp; the daring journalist hacking through the jungle… didn’t we all dream of doing such things and thereby elevating our nerdiness into nerdy badassery? Well, it’s a good thing we didn’t actually, because it turns out that exploration totally sucks. Thompson will go over the minor accomplishments and major failures of three notable explorers: Charles Montagu Doughty (“Travels in Arabia Deserta,” 1888), who spent years enduring death threats and camel dung in his tea so that he could examine, and fail to translate, pre-Arabic inscriptions; Apsley Cherry-Garrard (“The Worst Journey in the World,” 1922), who nearly froze to death on an expedition to collect Empire penguin eggs only to have the scientists who requested them inform him that they weren’t needed any more when he got back; and Graham Greene (Journey Without Maps,” 1936), who, well, acted like Graham Greene while hiking across unmapped areas of Liberia, proving that whiskey makes everything better in the end.
Bio: Erin L. Thompson has given previous Nerd Nite presentations about art forgery and antiquities smuggling. She has a PhD in ancient art history from Columbia University, and is an intellectual property and tech lawyer in Manhattan.