Author: JC Dwyer

Nerd Nite 7 – Plant Sex! Nintendo Hacks! Hitler Wins!

Mix one-part slacker lecture with two parts over-educated stand-up comedy…and you know what happens.
You can attend the Facebook event here.

This month’s mind-bending production includes…


“The Flora’s Guide to Getting It On” by Liz Milano & Ginnie Morrison

This isn’t your typical “birds-and-the-bees” lecture. Morrison & Milano will describe the crazy systems that plants use to reproduce – cheating, deception and self-replication are all fair game.

Liz Milano and Ginnie Morrison are both plant biology students at UT and study various facets of the wonderful world of botany including evolution, pollination and germination.


“Playing with Power!: The Nintendo Entertainment System” by Rachel Wooley

In the early 1980s, a little video game console known as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was born. For nearly a decade, the NES dominated the home video game market with titles like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. “Playing with Power!” will take you on a nostalgic, pixelated tour of the console’s history, game catalog, legal battles, wacky accessories, and the hardware that gives NES games their signature look and sound. You’ll also learn about how hobbyists and programmers are keeping the NES alive 25 years after its debut.

Rachel Wooley earned her degree in chemistry and now works as an editor. In her spare time, Rachel collects, plays, takes apart, and programs NES games.


“The Tropes of Allohistory: Anxiety and Imagining History the Way it Wasn’t” by John McKenzie

What is it about Western culture that inspires questions like “What if Hitler had won the Second World War?” or “What if the South had won the American Civil War?” Alternate history is a genre of fiction that considers such counterfactual scenarios. McKenzie will describe the various tropes used by authors to construct their tales of high allohistorical fancy and what these stories tell us about our cultural anxieties and ideologies. And there are lots of funny pictures.

John McKenzie is a fourth year Ph.D. student at the University of Texas in Communication Studies. His work primarily is about the intersections between popular culture and the formation of cultural ideologies.

WHERE: Buffalo Billiards (upstairs), 201 E 6th St

WHEN: Thursday, Oct 1, 7-9PM

HOW MUCH: Free (21+)

Help Lewis Stop Shark Finning!

Emminent sharkologist, June Nerd Nite presenter and all around man-about-town Lewis Weil wants your help to end the despicable practice of shark “finning”!

All it takes is one phone call. See attached pdf.

Shark Conservation