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Nerd Nite 62: Magic Kingdom Come

Where: The North Door

When: Wednesday Sept 10, doors at 7pm

September speed dating tickets are on sale now!

Ambassador program is open for September registration.

Afterparty following the talks!


[ASL interpreters will be present]

What do Disneyland, groan-inducing puns and the not-insignificant chance you will be killed by an asteroid have in common? 

We’ve been struggling with that all month. I think the safest thing for you to do is attend Nerd Nite, drink a couple beers and decide for yourself!

This month’s talks:


“Growing Up in the Happiest Place on Earth: A Brief History of Disneyland,” by Jeffrey Silverman

Disneyland, the Happiest Place on Earth, has welcomed over 650 million guests since it opened and is one of the most popular theme parks in the world. Jeff will give a brief history of Disneyland and recount some of the most unbelievable (but true!) stories from its nearly sixty year history. He’ll also share some personal experiences from his hundreds of visits to Disneyland, as well as a summer spent as a Disney employee.

Dr. Jeffrey Silverman is an postdoctoral researcher in the UT Austin Astronomy Department who specializes in exploding stars. He grew up in Anaheim, CA about a mile away from Disneyland, where he spent much of his childhood.


“Celestial Dodge Ball,” by Judit Gyorgyey Ries

Asteroids and comets are the smallest bodies in our solar system, but
that doesn’t mean that we can just ignore them. Judit will identify the asteroids that have a chance to impact Earth, and review some realistic scenarios in which we might avoid, or at least lessen the consequences of an impact.

Dr. Judit Ries is a Research Associate at the University of Texas/McDonald Observatory, and at the Center for Space Research. She received her PH.D. from UT-Austin with a research focus on the motion and physical properties of asteroids.


“Puns: You’re Not Groaner Believe This,” by Cameron Russell

Since spoken word has existed, puns have helped humans better understand their language. From knock-knock jokes to French revolutionaries to the Marx Brothers, puns have shaped of our language and thoughts. Discover how word play has woven itself throughout history, from high society’s back-handed compliment to the low-brow groan inducer.

Cameron Russell has been punning all his life but has only recently become compunetive with his wordplay. He competed in the 36th annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships.

*Hat tip to Cameron for this month’s event title!



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

…or just meet some new friends through the Nerd Nite Ambassador program:


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

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