Nerd Nite SF Returns!
Nerd Nite SF
The Rickshaw Stop
155 Fell St. @ Van Ness, San Francisco
Thursday June 3rd, 2010
Doors at 8:00pm, show at 8:30pm
All ages, $10
After last year’s jam-packed nerdtacular event, Nerd Nite has returned to San Francisco! Nerd Nite is an informal gathering at which nerds get together for nerdery of all sorts (well, mostly presentations and drinking). An institution in Boston, New York, Austin, Washington DC, Munich, and now San Francisco. Come welcome Nerd Nite SF and see why dead fish in stinky jars matter, how scientists are using your lipoproteins to create medicine nano-taxis, and how World of Warcraft gold can be exchanged for real sex.
We could sell out again, so advance tix are recommended:
- “I Was a Teenage Ichthyologist” by Bart Bernhardt
Our esteemed SF Nerd Nite co-boss recounts a misspent youth measuring dead fish and storing them in jars of alcohol while volunteering at the California Academy of Sciences. It turns out these specimens were crucial to challenging the resumption of logging in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Also: how not to get laid as a teenager.
- “It’s Not Its Size, But How You Work It” by Brady Burgess
Fungal infections can be lethal, but sometimes the medicine is almost as bad as the cure – one of the most effective anti-fungal medicines (besides a miniaturized Dennis Quaid) has some truly horrific side-effects (so does Dennis Quaid). Brady is working on a way to deliver this medicine packaged in custom nanoparticles and thereby making it safer.
- “Is It Fake Money If You Can Buy Real Hookers With It?” by Jennifer Russell
You’d think corporate governance consulting would be pretty boring, but Jennifer has seen some pretty freaky things. She recently had to look into the seedy world of online virtual currencies. While the digital economies of Eve Online, World of Warcraft, and other virtual worlds are the dream laboratories of some economists, they are also sometimes their nightmares. Market manipulation, ponzi schemes, speculation, and, of course, sex. Some of it even real. Which begs the question, is it really fake money if you can buy real hookers with it?
- And musical entertainment provided by DJ Alpha Bravo, spinning records selected not merely for their rhythmic aptitude but also for their subject matter, encompassing William Shatner-narrated sea expeditions, post-punk paeans to the usefulness of bricks, commercial jingles, synth-jazz-disco explorations of cloud structure, music for librarians, and thick slices of less frequently heard über-80s pop. Alpha Bravo is VP of left-field pop label Radio Khartoum and was one of the forces behind legendary SF pop club nights Anisette and Schokolade.