Remdiner for NYC Nerd Nite on Friday October 16

This is a quick reminder that we’re resuming our regularly scheduled Nerd Nite programming on Friday October 16, 2009 at 7pm.   Yes, it will actually start at 7pm.  This edition features New York luminary Gideon Levy discussing the history of Jewish gangsters, finally another presentation about real-life zombies, and our seemingly regular sexuality-based presentation (I don’t know why there are so many of these) that takes a serious look at the history and cultural impact of swingers.  So bring a friend!

I strongly recommend you buy tickets in advance.  Buy them here ($10): https://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=NER39

Next NYC Nerd Nite Friday October 16

Nerd Nite Nerdtacular – Friday October 16, 2009 at 7:30pm at Galapagos DUMBO

16 Main Street in DUMBO Brooklyn (F train to York St. or A/C train to High St.)

Fresh off the heals of the 2nd annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular, we’re resuming our regularly scheduled Nerd Nite programming on Friday October 16, 2009 at 7pm.  This edition features New York luminary Gideon Levy discussing the history of Jewish gangsters, finally another presentation about real-life zombies, and our seemingly regular sexuality-based presentation (I don’t know why there are so many of these) that takes a serious look at the history and cultural impact of swingers.  So bring a friend!

As we’ve learned, I strongly recommend you buy tickets in advance.  Buy them here ($10): https://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=NER39

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.)
Friday October 16, 2009
Nerd Nite at 7:00pm (sorry about the early start time)
$10 cover charge

welcome

Back To The Lecture(s) At-Hand:

*Presentation #1
Biologically Deconstructing The Modern Zombie: Questioning The Synthesis Of A Potential Bioweapon
by Ginn Choe

Description: Zombies. They have become iconic monsters of the 21st century and are seen in pop-culture movies, music, and literature. The cultural relevance of zombies in world cultures is a topic most nerds are familiar with, which could be talked about for days–nay–weeks. But what is it about this monster that seems so essentially real that it is capable of capturing the imagination of biologists? This talk will explore the scientific inconsistencies of the more traditional, rise from-the-dead zombies and will propose biological and epidemiological models for what are otherwise known as Danny Boyle’s “rage” zombies. Could they exist?  And if they did, would they really be like we saw them the movie 28 Days Later? Would they really pose a threat? And what would you have to do to survive?

Bio: Ginn Choe is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Anthropology-Zoology, and currently works as a pathology researcher at Columbia University Medical Center to help fight the battle against Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). She has reviously studied and worked in a neurology/psychiatry medical laboratory for depression and anxiety studies. She plans on starting her schooling for a degree in veterinary medicine in 2011. Beyond picking her brain about the pathology of zombies, her hobbies include springboard diving, playing banjo, taking care of animals, drinking teas, and blogging about her personal life.

*Presentation #2
Jewish Gangsters of New York City
by Gideon Levy

Description: How did a group of enterprising nogoodniks from the slums of the Lower East Side establish the most successful crime empire in America? Learn all about the cultural similarities and differences between the Jewish gangsters and the more familiar Irish and Italian gangsters of the early 20th century. What made these Jewish criminals so successful? What legacies were left by the Jews upon Mafia culture? And why did the Jewish Mafia only seem to last for a single generation before being affectively forgotten by popular culture?

Bio: Gideon Levy is a Jewish New York native and New York City Tour Guide with his family tour company The Levy’s Unique New York as well as a number of other tour companies. He is a rising expert in the history of organized crime in downtown New York City and likes to dress the role. In collaboration with his group Kinky Jews (www.kinkyjews.com), Gideon will be hosting a series of walking tours on this very topic on October 26.


*Presentation #3

Swingers: A Socio-bio-evolu-theo-histor-ical-logical Look at Today’s Partner Swappers
by Lynsey Griswold

Description: Oh my god, swinging? Gross! Aren’t swingers all old and hairy and saggy and morally degenerate? Not really. Learn about the nature of “ethical nonmonogamy” in New York and America today, and where it came from. Lynsey offers a lesson on the evolution, biology, history, and social background of swinging and open promiscuity, as well as a look at why the knee-jerk response for most “vanilla” people is usually contempt rather than interest. If we’re lucky, she might even give us a few tips on overcoming our inhibitions to try partner swapping ourselves, gleaned from her two years of experience as an undercover researcher at Manhattan sex parties and clubs.

Bio: Lynsey set out to be a writer and ended up as a sex writer, accidentally.  Oh well, it’s good to have a niche! On top of researching swinging in New York City for the past two years for an upcoming book on the subject (she’s looking for an agent and publisher, if anyone’s interested!), Lynsey also writes DVD reviews and set copy for several “adult” magazines which will remain nameless; reviews, commentary, interviews, and more for Whack! Magazine (http://www.whackmagazine.com); a twice-monthly column for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency (http://www.mcsweeneys.net/); and co-produces the webisode “Pornocracy” for Incommunicado Films (http://www.incommunicadofilms.com).

Line-up for 2nd Annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular

The 2nd annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular is upon us!  I’m thrilled to announce that we’ll kick-off our second year at Galapagos Art Space on Friday September 18, 2009 at 8pm. Even though last year’s first annual Nerdtacular set the bar extremely high, I can confidently say that said bar will be easily overtaken by our 2nd Nerdtacular which will feature a former presenter and his friend performing body-and-mind-contorting science acrobatics, presentations about foraging for food by a New York Times writer, Daoist sexual vampires, and Cold War-era pinball raids, DJ Eric EQ spinning wise tunes, as well as a musical performance by eccentric, bear-costume-wearing Claymation Velociraptor. ‘Whoa’ is right!

I definitely recommend you buy tickets in advance ($12):
http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?EID=&showCode=2ND7

Back To The Lecture(s) At-Hand:

*Presentation #1
Foraging for Food in New York
by Ava Chin

Description: Finding food in New York City isn’t exclusively relegated to restaurants, street carts, bodegas, and grocery stores. Sometimes all you have to do is look in a local park or even an empty lot. In this presentation, Ava discusses the numerous delicacies that grow all around us. Sometimes weeds she finds are medicinal and sometimes they’re just good eats. Occasionally, she even finds things that could kill you–or at least give you hallucinations or a terrible stomachache. And with mushroom season starting up again next month, this promises to be one thrilling, and even poisonous, presentation.  All botanicals addressed in the presentation can be found in Brooklyn parks, streets, or off brownstone stoops.

Bio: Ava, aka the Urban Forager, writes a popular foraging blog for the Local section of the New York Times online in which she details local plants and fungi that are either healthy or harmful, such as gingko, reishi mushrooms, and jimson weed. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Village Voice, SPIN, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, and is forthcoming in Saveur magazine. She is a professor at the City University of New York, and can be found studying edible plants across the five boroughs.  You can find her New York Times posts here: http://fort-greene.blogs.nytimes.com/author/ava-chin/

*Presentation #2
The Bizarre War Against Pinball
by Seth Porges

Description: Today, pinball seems like an innocent and all-American pastime. But for three decades, the game was a crime in most of America’s major cities–including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In NYC, just weeks after Pearl Harbor, Mayor LaGuardia enforced Prohibition-style raids, in which thousands of machines were rounded up and destroyed. On the verge of extinction, the game survived behind closed doors in seedy joints in Harlem and the Village. This talk will explore the bizarre history of this quintessentially American game, from its Depression-era origins and its suspected links with the Mob, to the present state (today, just one company in the entire world still makes pinball machines). The goal is to answer a single question: Why have so many people found pinball to be so scary?

Bio: Seth Porges is a technology editor at Popular Mechanics magazine, and the former technology columnist for Bloomberg News. He is a frequent guest on television, including recent appearances on Fox & Friends, The Morning Show With Mike and Juliet, Fox Business, Today in New York, Good Day New York, and G4TV’s Attack of the Show. A scholar of pinball history, he has written about the game for BusinessWeek, Popular Mechanics, Men’s Journal, PC Magazine, and the Chicago Reader.

*Presentation #3
Yin, Yang, Thank You Ma’am: Confucius, Daoist Sexual Vampires, and Women in Ancient China
by Jo Krukowski

Description: In the early days of the Chinese empire, two strongly contradictory views of women and sexuality coexisted in strange harmony. Confucian social codes allotted women a subordinate role in society, and maintained that sex was solely a reproductive necessity. Daoist teachers, on the other hand, insisted that women were spiritually superior to men, and that the sex act was a means of achieving oneness with the universe, even immortality. On the surface, Daoist mystification of women and sex appears to be a major step towards gender equality and sexual freedom in the ancient world. Upon closer inspection, however, we realize the Daoist boys had a secret… and it definitely involved vampires.

Bio: Jo Krukowski is a recent grad of Grinnell College, and now works as a production assistant for ABC. She spends her time bridge and tunneling her way into the city, and reading art history books. Jo also writes for a geektacular movie review show entitled F is For Film, which you can check out at the following Youtube address: http://www.youtube.com/user/FisForFilm.

AND

Special surprise 5-minute guest presentation by an unsuspecting Surprise Industries attendee.

AND

For Nerd Nite presenter Kerry Donny-Clark, with a friend, doing science acrobatics

AND

DJ Eric EQ

WITH A GRAND MUSICAL FINALE BY

Claymation Velociraptor (http://www.claymationvelociraptor.com/)

2nd Annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular
Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street in DUMBO Brooklyn (F train to York St. or A/C train to High St.)
Friday September 18, 2009 at 8pm
$12 cover charge for this special Nerdtacular
https://nyc.nerdnite.com

The 2nd Annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular!

The 2nd Annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular will feature DJ Eric EQ spinning wise
tunes, a former presenter and his friend performing
body-and-mind-contorting science acrobatics, presentations about foraging
for food by a New York Times writer, Daoist sexual vampires, and Cold
War-era pinball raids, as well as a musical performance by eccentric,
bear-costume-wearing Claymation Velociraptor.  ‘Whoa’ is right!

Tickets on sale very soon...

2nd Annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular – September 18, 2009

Dearest Nerds and Friends of Nerds,
I’m happy to announce that the 2nd annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular will be held on Friday September 18, 2009 at 8pm at Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn.  If it’s anything like last year’s Nerdtacular which featured zombies, bird mating dances set to Michael Jackson (when he was still alive), a writer from The Daily Show,  indie-rock supergroup Overlord, DJ Eric EQ, and Matthew King’s photos, well, it’ll be the best Nerdtacular ever.  And I have a sneaking suspicion it’ll be a quadrillion times better.  I’ll announce the line-up soon, so stay tuned!

Matt

nerd nite nyc – july

Dearest Nerds & Friends of Nerds,

Godzilla, Korean Pop Music, and the Harp. And gay speed dating! Yes, welcome to Nerd Nite being all laid-back, summertime style.

We’re going to take August off in order to plan the new fun fall season of Nerd Nite which will begin in September 18th with the second annual Nerd Nite Nerdtacular. So before you head for your summer vacation, you should come by in July because otherwise you’ll miss us terribly. Sigh. As they say in Boston, “Nerd Nite is like the Discovery Channel with beer.”

As we’ve learned…buy your tickets in advance!
Women for women: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=NER36

Men for men: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=NER37

Nerd Nite only: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=NER38

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.)
Friday July 10, 2009
Gay Speed Dating at 7:00pm (get there at 6:30 to check in)
Regular Nerd Nite at 9:00pm
$25 for Speed Dating (includes admission to regular Nerd Nite)
$7 cover charge for regular Nerd Nite only
https://nerdnite.com (brand new!)

Back To The Lecture(s) At-Hand:

*Presentation #1
Godzilla: History, Biology and Behavior of Hyper-Evolved Theropod Kaiju
by Shyaporn Theerakulstit

Description: Tsunami, earthquake, hurricane and typhoon all rolled in one, Godzilla, “King of the Monsters,” has both plagued and benefited humanity for over half a century. By examining the origins and zoology of this force of nature, people and nations will be better equipped to deal with the awesome destructive power of our radioactive visitor from the Cretaceous.

Bio: Shyaporn Theerakulstit is an actor, writer, director and D-List YouTuber, where he posts videos about drug addicted Easter bunnies, unemployed Superfriends and flying kittens. You can see examples of his internet hackery at http://www.youtube.com/shyaporn

*Presentation #2
The Harp
by Mia Theodoratus

Description: How a pedal harp works or how an Archaic Obsolete instrument survives in a world obsessed with new technology and innovation.

Bio: Mia Theodoratus plays harp with the group Adam & Mia, TV on the Radio, Hannuman Sextet, Fischer/Spooner, Leona Naess, Flight of the Conchords and the show Dueling Harps with Ann Magnuson. She loves composing for silly performance art pieces and does a damn fine soundscapes at places like Dietch Art Gallery in SoHo.

*Presentation #3:
From Seo Taji to Wonder Girls: Video Intro to Korean Pop Music (and why
even Perez Hilton is a Fan)
by Avatar Koo

Description: Ever watched Stephen Colbert’s “Singing’ in Korean”? Or read Perez Hilton gushing about Wonder Girls? In 1992, Seo Taji burst onto the K-Pop scene, changing it irrevocably. In the 17 years since, Korean pop acts have been a pan-Asian sensation, with cross-over plans for America. This video primer will not only get you up to speed on the biggest names and biggest hits, but will examine the sociological background of why this became so popular as well as look at the evolution and increased sophistication of the genre’s artists, producers, and engineers.

Bio: Avatar Koo loves karaoke, lipgloss, and bacon. She kvetches constantly on Twitter, and writes smart-but-smutty stories on properfilth.com.

Video!: http://www.truveo.com/Nerd-Night-Comes-To-Hollywood/id/887647248
Video!: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/station/features/Are_You_Nerd_Enough__San_Diego.html
http://nycgo.com/?event=view.article&id=136616
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/01/nyregion/thecity/01nerd.html
http://www.facebook.com
http://www.inklingmagazine.com/articles/nerds-just-wanna-have-fun/
http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSN1146949520070612
Video!: http://blogs.discovery.com/nerdabout_new_york/2009/02/nerd-nite-revisted.html
Video!: http://www.popsci.com/entertainment-gaming/article/2008-04/driving-intellects-and-quenching-thirst

Facebook Hates Nerd Nite!

So I just went to login to our Facebook profile page and got a prompt saying our Nerd Nite Facebook profile has been disabled! So yes, ALL of our Facebook friends are no longer. I submitted a helpdesk ticket to restore our account, but I’m not holding my breath. Argh!!!!!!! Fortunately you can sign up for our email list here on this new website, but still…. So please sign up here on our list!

Matt

nerd nite nyc – june

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):  http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=QUI6
Advanced tickets for Nerd Nite – $7 (9pm):  http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=NER35

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.

nerdnite NYC – May

Location

Galapagos DUMBO

16 Main Street in DUMBO Brooklyn (F train to York St. or A/C train to High St.)

Thursday, May 14 2009
7pm – Quizo $12 (includes admission to regular Nerd Nite (click here to purchase advanced tickets)
9pm – Regular Nerd Nite $7 (click here to purchase advanced tickets)

Well, in the spirit of giving the people what they want, I’m giving you (i.e. the people) what you want: More Quizo and more sort-of-sexy Nerd Nite presentations. So first, again for old time’s sake, I’ll be hosting my Quizo trivia pub quiz before the presentations begin. So get a few teammates, bring your thinking cap, and win a few sweet prizes. Quizo will be from 7-9pm followed by the regular Nerd Nite program which will feature the history of death, copyright must-knows for artists and musicians, more card tricks (as a short interlude), and sexual robotics and intimate computing. Phew! Too bad the Japanese documentary crew won’t be around for this one too!
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