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Nerd Nite 73: The Other Side (co-sponsored by AMODA)

Where: The North Door

When: Wednesday Sep. 9 doors at 7:30pm, talks at 8pm

Speed dating tickets are now available

Ambassador is back in October

[ASL interpreters will be present]

It may not feel like it, but the days are getting cooler & the nights longer. The calendar invites nerds to examine life through a pint glass, darkly…

A perfect time to learn about a journey to the most inhospitable place on earth, a man who saw darkness in the City of Light, and the divine witches of cyberspace!

This month’s talks:


“Penguin Poop From Space and Other Shenanigans From A Russian Research Vessel,” by M. Potter

Even wonder what life is like aboard a rustic Russian research ship in Antarctica? Hear stories about scientific research on the Antarctic peninsula, from studying penguin poop via satellite to kayaking glacial waters to track whales and seals. The work is never ending and never boring during the summer research season on a special research ship designed specifically for Antarctic sea travel.

Currently an engineer at Dell Computers, in 2014 M. Potter took a short sabbatical in order to volunteer with researchers in Antarctica. This also helped fulfill her lifelong goal of reaching all 7 continents before her 30th Birthday.


“In the Night and in the Shadows: Charles Meryon’s Dark Visions of the City of Light,” by Sarah Abare

Charles Meryon (1821-1868) is considered to be one of the greatest printmakers in the history of art. His most famous and ambitious project, a series of 22 etchings that he made between 1850-1854, presents incredibly detailed views of Paris that won praise from Victor Hugo, James Abbott McNeil Whistler and Vincent Van Gogh, among others, for their poetic and detailed representations of the City of Light. Sarah will be telling another story, though, that can be found in the ominous details of Meryon’s prints, about a man plagued by anxiety, guilt and paranoia who saw evil lurking in the shadows and death around every corner.

Sarah Abare got her Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. She now works in the Education Department at the Blanton Museum of Art.


“Electronic Divination: Surrender to the Machine!” by Rachel Weil

If computers are the future, does that mean they know the future? Fortune telling video games are a fun, nostalgic throwback to our teenage years and a subversive way to question the notion of “winning” a video game that requires surrendering all agency to unseen forces. Rachel will discuss her work developing two electronic fortune tellers (“Monkey Fortunetell” and “Electronic Sweet-N-Fun Fortune Teller”) and their connection to her art.

Rachel Weil, artist & art historian, has made a name for herself writing custom art applications & games for the Nintendo NES console. She also chronicles and studies gender and the videogame industry as well as the history of games marketed to women for her site, femicom.org.

Rachel’s talk is being co-sponsored by the Austin Museum of Digital Art .



Want to get a jump on your nerdery? Form a covalent bond at Nerd Nite Speed-Dating before the show:


Doors at 7:30, talks start at 8:00. As always, Nerd Nite is free.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!