* Nerd Nite Miami XI

Nerd Nite XI 9.10.15

The bosses led a fascinating game of Cards Against Humanity during our 6-7pm nerdy gaming session and set the mood for one of our most eclectic speaker line ups yet.

“Art, Craft, Beauty, Mingei and Malcolm Galdwell’s 10,000 hours” by James Herring
How skilled work, the creative process, the importance of beauty and intimacy with materials has evolved within this one persons practice. How learning through making can inform design, art, engineering, and a host of other fields while engendering a sense of satisfaction. James, a ceramic artist and past president of the Ceramic League of Miami, spun pottery on his wheel while giving the history of pottery and sharing his personal experiences.

“Why do passwords suck, and what you can do about it” by Alan Goldman
Alan is a computer programmer who thinks it is important for everyone to understand how security works as our lives become increasingly digital.  Alan shared lots of tips and tricks for taking control of your own virtual safety.

“Sex Underwater: A Slightly Inappropriate Musical Revue” by Gary Bremen
Sex has a purpose. Sex can be violent. Sex can be a solo experience. Sex can be kinky. The really cool, nerdy connection is that all of these are happening RIGHT NOW in the waters off Miami. Marine science educator Gary Bremen shared a humorous (and maybe even inspirational) look at everyone’s favorite “hobby,” with a soundtrack to match. Amazing!

* Nerd Nite Miami X

Nerd Nite X 8.13.15

Pre-Nerd Nite Periodic Table BINGO! 

Amazing success and lots of fun!  We played 3 rounds and each of our 3 winners received $15 Gramps gift certificates! Yum!  Join us at 6pm in September for more nerdy games with the Nerd bosses.

A Look at the Uncanny Valley by Dean Lyon
A term coined in 1970 by the Japanese scientist who was involved in creating humanoid robots to describe the eerie sensation one gets when experiencing a “not quite right” representation of a human being. It turns out that it may stem from our basic primitive instincts of “fight or flight”, but it is unproven speculation. Hollywood visual effects and computer graphics filmmakers & high­end computer game creators have made amazing headway in achieving on­screen digital “humans” but have consistently bumped into the “Uncanny Valley” thwarting them from the ultimate goal of believability.

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The future of IVF: flirting with the limits by Amanda Butler
Butler took us on a mind-blowing journey that transforms a female skin cell into a functional, mature sperm. Science is closer than we realize to giving homosexual couples the possibility of having their own genetic offspring.

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How Playing Board Games Can Save Your Life by John Gulla
Over the past two decades, board games have been enjoying a significant and steady increase in overall popularity worldwide, as well as a large rise in the amount of new and different games being created and played. Gulla discussed some of the reasons behind the phenomenon, introduced us to some excellent examples of modern board games that you should try, and finally, examined why board games may be more important to humanity now than ever before.  One of our best presentations so far!

* Nerd Nite Miami IX

Nerd Nite IX 7.9.15

* Team Trivia 7-8pm
* We love Miami Summers: Mosquitos! by Tanjim Hossain
There is a lot of misinformation out there about msoquitoes – which is bad because Miami is at high risk for mosquito-borne diseases. There is also a lot of pseudoscience out there about genetic modification about mosquitoes. Hossain, an NSF-funded UM graduate research fellow, shared the truth about mosquitos.
* We love Miami Summers: Hurricanes! by Angela Colbert
Hurricanes are a reality for Miamians every summer. Hurricane season is technically from June 1st – November 30th (you know, when you can’t stand going outside because you sweat and wonder why you bother to shower). That same humid air that makes Miami so lovely in the summer is one of the many ingredients needed to create a hurricane. Hurricanes are forever intertwined with Miami’s history.

* Nerd Nite Miami VIII

Nerd Nite Miami VIII at Gramps Bar, Wynwood

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“The E.T. Files: Move Over Men in Black!” by Derek Demeter
You may have heard of the Men In Black (M.I.B) before, but I bet you have never heard of the super-top-secret Men In Silver Ties (M.I.S.T)!  M.I.S.T.’s very own Agent D took the audience on a truly scientific exploration of extraterrestrial life in the universe. He helped us understand the implications of ET for the human race as well as how we can and do search for signs of other intelligent beings!

“The Rise of Low T – The Marketing of Testosterone Past and Present ” by Vineeth Mohan
Vineeth Mohan is a clinical endocrinologist who discussed the fascinating history of testosterone, from the origins of its use in ancient times to a multi-billion dollar industry diagnosing and treating “low T.” He shared fascinating info on the marketing efforts which fueled sales of testosterone products over the past several years – even in the face of ongoing drug safety concerns.

“DNA Nanotechnology: A Breakthrough For Us All” by Felix Sosa
Felix taught us about the history, development, and possible future of the great breakthrough known as DNA Nanotechnology. He gave us a unique look into the exciting research being conducted by him and his colleagues in Orlando, as well as by others around the world. Then discussed the astounding effects this new technology may have on our lives. We are witnessing a revolution in medicine, computing, and more in our lifetime with this advent!

 

* Nerd Nite Miami VII

Nerd Nite Miami VI at Gramps Bar, Wynwood

7-9 pm April 9, 2015

One of the best so far!!
Great speakers, even better audience!!
Our nerds are the best!

“Gravity, Space & Time. Chainsaws, Fire & Friends” by Shaka Brown
Why juggling is easier than you think, and harder than most imagine. We learned about quantity, quality and quantum juggling. Shaka Brown has rubbed elbows with some of the finest jugglers and street performers in the world. He started at juggling when you did, and refuses to stop. It’s since gotten him nowhere.  

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“The unintended effects of using products” by Zoey Chen
A look into how people use brands and product (Apple, Louis Vuitton, etc.) to “show off” and how these brands and products may exert unintentional, and sometimes harmful effects, on the consumer.

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“Wetware Programming” by Michael T. Moore
In recent years, scientists have learned new ways to program some of the first computers (our brains). We learned a few of those tricks in this brief introduction of “wetware” programming.

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* Nerd Nite Miami VI

Nerd Nite Miami VI at Gramps Bar, Wynwood

7-9 pm April 9, 2015

The first Nerd Nite Miami al fresco.  Beautiful evening.

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“Big Bounce and Multiverses in Quantum Cosmology” by M.E. Hogan
The study of cosmology encompasses the origin, structure, evolution, and ultimate fate of the Universe, from the Big Bang to the distant future. Quantum theory, however, says that the Big Bang cannot be the true beginning, and that our universe must have existed even before this time. Matt helped us explore this tantalizing possibility: what happened before the Big Bang?

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“What’s Up With Psychiatry? An Outsider’s Experience of Working in the Field” by Tim Ryan
Many nerds have a sneaking suspicion that psychiatry is somehow not as scientifically rigorous as other fields of medicine. He started working as a research assistant in a university psychiatry department three years ago and being on the inside has more than confirmed that suspicion. 

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“Isotopes of ET” by Troy Bernier
Water isn’t just H2O. Isotopes are variants of elements with different neutrons. There are over 250 stable isotope varieties. Several make up the water molecule. Mr. Bernier discussed the different isotopes that make up this significant cycle that contribute to our planet’s biosphere.

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* Nerd Nite Miami V

Nerd Nite Miami V at Gramps Bar, Wynwood

7-9 pm March 12, 2015

Amazing night. Math, sports, and Miami crime!!

“How Basketball Went Global” by fitness coach Dre Baldwin
As a basketball player with 9 years professional experience, Dre shared how some embarrassing American defeats set the stage for the globalization of basketball. They were our bad losses, but the world’s gain.

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Rape, Drugs, and Pornography: A Story of Human Trafficking in Miami”  by attorney Roy Altman
United States v. Lavont Flanders, Jr. and Emerson Callum‘ was a serial rapeand pornography case that spanned five years, involved more than 50 victims, combined the efforts of at least 10 federal and local agencies, and represents the first federal case of its kind in the United States. Altman shared his experience in prosecuting these villains.

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Personalities in Math History and the Mathematical Experience
by math badass Chelsey Hoff
When people are asked to describe their experience with mathematics, responses are typically polarized. Hoff will attempt to describe the nature of mathematics as a language, philosophy, and creative endeavor closer in relation to the humanities than the empirical sciences. She will discuss some of the eccentric personalities in math history and try to answer the question: is mathematics created or discovered?

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* Nerd Nite Miami IV

Why Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: An Evolutionary Perspective
by Melissa Blundell Osorio, Nerd Nite Co-Boss
A look into the science of beauty and why we’re attracted to the things we’re attracted to, seen in the context of a Darwinian struggle for survival.
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Mineralogy and Crystallography
by Kelsey Marzolf
A presentation on mineralogy and crystallography and how subtle differences alter the appearance of the mineral.

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Diamonds Are For Everyone
by John Janik
A spirited conversation about how cultured diamonds are made and how they are advancing technology. “In addition to its perceived beauty, diamond is one of the most exciting engineering material and stands to revolutionize many facets of technology.” (John Janik)  For more info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEWpu3z3UBY#t=91

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* Nerd Nite Miami III

Happy New Year!!!  May we suggest a few resolutions for you:  Resolve to be more nerdy, share your nerdiness with your friends at Gramps, and come to all the Nerd Nites in 2015!!

January 8, 2015 at 7:00pm

Gramps Bar
176 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

Be there AND be square!

 

The line up:

Tiny Houses
by William Vissel

Visel is computer nerd with a passion for living simply, and is currently in the process of building his very own 200 sq ft tiny house. Learn about his process as well as the Tiny House Movement sweeping the nation!

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Technology in Filmmaking
by Dean Lyons

Lyon is a creative technologist who has worked on over 50 feature films including ‘Armageddon’, ‘Independence Day’, ‘Air Force One’ and the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy where he received credit as a Visual Effects Supervisor. He is passionate about the potential of technology to transform the art of visual story-telling.

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The History of Elephants in Miami
by Nathaniel Sandler

Sandler is a Miami native, co-founder and Head Librarian of the Bookleggers Mobile Library, and writer for WLRN, Miami Science Museum, University of Miami Special Collections Library, The Miami Rail, ArtSlant, and many more. He will share some of his work with us including some amazingly random Miami history.

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* Science Behind Science Fiction

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The esteemed panel included Nathan Laxague, Eric Swain, Matt Hogan, Dean Lyons.

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