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nerdnite wellington #6: seriously awesome

July 19, 2011 - Posted in Science and Society Posted by:

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UPDATE: Videos from nerdnite 6 are available here

Last night was the sixth, _sixth_, nerdnite Wellington.

nerdnite-logo-trueIf you remember*, I started nerdnite about a year ago. The event takes place in a bar/pub, and consists of lots of interesting (and interested) people, drinking copious quantities of beer**, and 4 speakers speaking on whatever floats their boat.

So far, there’s been a huge range of topics, from witchcraft to bioengineering, from electronic music to cryptic crosswords, from scrabble to arduino.

And last night was the biggest yet – I estimate we had over 100 people there! Our speakers spoke on the subjects of beer, cryptic crosswords***, the use of video editing in propoganda, and 3d printing/rapid protoyping****.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in previous talks (and vids therefrom), might I direct you to the website.  Forthcoming talks will cover everything from mentalism to chemistry (and alchemy!), neuroscience to physics, cartography in video games to counting fish using acoustics.  And, if I can find anyone to talk about taxidermy, that, too :)  Also, there are going to be increasing numbers of working scientists talking. Beware…

Cheers to everyone who turned up, the great staff at Bodega, and my awesome, awesome friends for helping me out with it!  Massive shoutouts this time around to @chelfyn and @dene.

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There’s also a twitter stream and a facebook page, of course

* Shameless self-plug.

** Or wine.  Or, y’know, other beverages.

*** I might actually start doing these now.  Turns out, it’s all about the tricks and clues given by the clues themselves.  Also, David’s made a cheat sheet, available on his website :)

**** The events are recorded, and videos from last night will be up shortly.  Also, there are some photos floating around I’ll upload, too.



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  • dpt01

    At first, I was shocked and horrified to learn that Aimee Whitcroft had been recently absent from the blogging world. But thanks to my Royal Society of NZ daily email updates, I was reassured that Aimee was back and would inform us all as to what she had been up to and the reasons for her absence. Then I wondered, who the hell is Aimee Whitcroft?! Following some investigation, I can now report that Aimee is one of many in this world who consider it important to inform the rest of us about her daily movements, thoughts and other such mundane dribble. We can only hope that she and other such types never disappear from the world’s blogospheres ever again. Thank Jesus, Allah and Buddah she is back!

    • Aimee Whitcroft

      Dear Sir/Madam

      Since your handle precludes my ability to look into your habits, might I simply thank you for taking the time to write, and for this, no doubt invaluable, contribution to the internet, science blogging and the discourse thereon/thereabout.

  • Alison Campbell

    To dpt01 – apart from the obvious sarcasm, I’m not sure what point you’re trying to make. No-one’s forcing you to read Aimee’s blog. But many of us view our blogs as attempting to set up a personal conversation (which sometimes works, & sometimes doesn’t!), & when you know you’ve got regular readers then as part of that ‘personal’ thing it’s nice to let them know if you’re going to be away, & also to welcome them back.

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