Nerd Nite SF #60: Swallowing, Puzzles, & BiohackingWe’ll take a swig of beer and puzzle over the act of swallowing it, then swallow 2200 years of puzzle design. Finally, properly fortified, we’ll bleach pig hearts for DIY science. It’s a night of lectures, drinks, librarians, music, and nerdery. Be there and be square!

Wednesday, 5/20/2015
Doors at 7 pm, show at 8
Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St @Van Ness
$8, all ages
Tickets available here!


“Hard to Swallow: Diagnosis and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders” by Rachel Gold

What happened to that pill that got stuck in your throat yesterday? What happens when your drink goes down the wrong pipe? How many pipes are even in there? What does a giraffe have to do with this? Come try to enjoy a beer and some food while we explore what is happening inside of our throats when we eat and drink, when we lose the ability to effectively swallow, and what we can do about it.

Rachel has been a Speech-Language Pathologist for over 8 years and a nerd her entire life. She currently works at an acute rehabilitation facility helping adults with brain injuries and strokes recover their ability to speak, understand, remember, and swallow.


“(What the hell is) Metagrobology and You: An Interactive Journey through the Past and Future of Puzzles” by Nate Martin

Over the last 2200 years, puzzles have changed both tremendously and almost not at all. Let’s take a stroll through the history and evolution of puzzles. The conversation will be peppered with interactive puzzles and challenges so that you can prove to your friends/loved ones how smart you are. We’ll also discuss what the next 2200 years might have in store for the world of puzzledom.

After careers in software, poker, and video games, Nate co-founded and became the CEO of Puzzle Break, the first American-based Escape the Room company.


“Of Mad Scientists, Ghost Hearts, and Bio-Hackerspaces” by Patrik D’haeseleer

Last year for Halloween, we decellularized a pig heart. We got a nice bleeding heart, hooked it up to some plumbing, stripped out all its cells with enzymes and detergents, and then bottled the thing in Everclear. Because every mad scientist’s den deserves to have a Ghost Heart in a jar! This is what we do for fun; you should see what we’re up to when we get serious. Come join the DIY biology revolution at one of your friendly local community labs!

Patrik is a mild-mannered scientist by day, biohacker by night. He is a member of BioCurious and co-founder of Counter Culture Labs in Oakland, where he tinkers with bioprinting, ghost hearts, bioluminescence, real vegan cheese, microbial batteries, urban ecosystem exploration, bio art, and more.


With: Alpha Bravo, who’ll be spinning tunes specially selected to match the presenters’ themes. Follow the setlist on Twitter @djalphabravo.

Plus: The San Francisco Public Library will be on hand to dole out library cards, reading lists, and the hottest branch gossip.