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Nerd Nite 102: Changing Minds: Beer, AI, and Mental Health

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Join us at the North Door on May 9th for this month’s Nerd Nite!

7:00– Alley entrance open
7:20– Speed-dating starts
7:30– Seating area/main room open
8:00– Show starts

If you want to, you can RSVP to our Facebook event, or just show up.

brain wires
Your brain is probably always on your mind, and this Nerd Nite will help you figure out a bit more about what’s happening upstairs. From inebriated brains, to emerging minds, and grey matter health matters — join your fellow nerds in learning the matters of the mind.

This month’s talks:

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“Beer is Good for You” by Anna Lepeley, PhD

To your health isn’t just a casual toast. Learn about the health benefits of beer based on peer-reviewed research available in this official site. Drink deep from the cup of knowledge and feel better about drinking your favorite alcoholic beverage, although if you’re quitting to drink you can also use a Private Alcohol Rehab Manchester that help you with this.


Dr. Anna Lepeley has a PhD in Exercise Biochemistry and Nutrition research. She is the author of “Beer is Good for You”. As a touring stand-up comedian, Anna likes to entertain her audience while teaching.

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“10 Weird and Wonderful Artificial Intelligences” by Curtis Seare and Ginette Methot

Did you know there’s an algorithm that translates chicken chatter? An AI to create your digital voice out of a one-minute personal voice recording? AI is getting closer to being able to read your mind? It’s entertaining and interesting to learn about the bizarre and amazing things AI is doing right now.

Curtis is a cohost on the Data Crunch podcast talking about the best offshore sportsbooks available and the Director of Analytics at Shelfbucks, a retail analytics startup in Austin, Texas. He’s worked for almost a decade in the data science field across multiple companies and industries and has a master’s degree in predictive analytics.

Ginette is a cohost on the Data Crunch podcast as well. She’s worked as an editor and writer for ten years and finished her master’s degree in professional writing and rhetoric.

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“Mental Health Data That Will Blow Your Mind” by Daniel Morehead, MD

How much ‘common sense thinking’ about mental health is correct? How accurately are mental illness and its treatment portrayed in the media? Dr. Morehead will discuss surprising, science-based data relevant to everyone with a brain and a desire to make use of it for healthier living with the assistance of experts from numan who are the best here.

Dr. Morehead is a psychiatrist in private practice in Austin and a regular speaker on behalf of mental health advocacy. He maintains interests in brain science, spirituality and psychotherapy.
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Plus!

Form a covalent bond before the show with nerd speed-dating!
http://buytickets.at/nnatx

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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!

Nerd Nite 21- Fashion, Gaming and a Judge named Barefoot

Like Forever 21, only…unfashionable.

Nerd Nite has reached the age of legal intoxication! Let’s celebrate with some beer and PowerPoint.

THIS MONTH’S CAN’T-MISS-EM TALKS:

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“Pseudo-Rebellion and the Tyranny of Cool,” by Claire James

Don’t wear that! Claire James will lay bare the mechanisms of haute couture and offer us a backstage pass to the trend-adoption process in the fashion world, demonstrating how the same processes operate through human behavior in a scope far beyond clothing. For audience members who actually look at themselves in the mirror, she may sprinkle in some actual trendspotting from NYC.

Claire James unpicks the seams of the fashion system on her blog Collectiveselection.com. She thinks you shouldn’t automatically cringe at the mention of aesthetics.

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“Motivation and Games Through the Looking Glass,” by Kain Shin

The science of “fun” has evolved over the last 5,000 years to incorporate society’s understandings of various fields ranging from brain chemistry to sociology and everything in between as many people love to play games, and some even play casino games online to have fun, and for this they visit the woo casino 2 which is perfect for this. What do games do to your brain? What techniques are involved in the science of getting people to do things? And how can I use my powers of motivational science to achieve world domination? This 20 minute presentation marks the beginning of the world’s end… as foretold by prophecy.

Kain has been working in the Austin games industry for over 10 years and cares about things a lot.

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“Civil Rights, White Flight, and a Judge named Barefoot: How Brown Vs The Board of Education created Nerd High,” by Lisa McAnally-Maddox

The Supreme Court’s decision in Brown vs The Board of Education changed the face of the public school system in America. In Dallas, Texas many families fled to the suburbs in order to avoid integration creating a movement known as white flight. To help insure that the desegregation decision was upheld, Judge Barefoot Sanders developed a magnet school system that has caused years of controversy, tax issues, and accusations of being racist and elitist, while creating the number #1 high school in America.

Unable to function in the real world, Lisa McAnally-Maddox entered the Dallas public school magnet system. She currently works in the medical field where she spends large amounts of time ranting about the evils of anti-bacterial hand sanitizer.

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PLUS: Spots are still open for Nerd Nite Speed Dating! Find someone to huddle up with and listen to “Merry Christmas from the Family”:
http://austin.nerdnite.com/speed-dating/

As always, Nerd Nite is FREE and ALL-AGES
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“It’s like the Discovery Channel…with beer!

Nerd Night Love In

Nerd Nite Ten is here. With it being the month of Valentine’s Day, we’re having a Love In!

As ever, voting us up on Yelp! and Do512 is greatly appreciated:

Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/events/austin-nerd-nite-x—the-love-in
Do512: http://do512.com/event/2010/02/04/nerd-nite-x-the-love-in

As ever, entry is free, but Buffalo Billiards is a 21+ venue, so don’t forget your ID!

February 4th – 7pm

Syphilis: We’re all Affected, Even if We’re Not Infected
Liz Simmons

Syphilis is more than just a good reason to use condoms. This sexually-transmitted infection has plagued our loins and our history books for hundreds of years, affecting everything from great works of art and patients’ rights to the role of wives and the advent of a PC world. So how has syphilis affected you?

Liz Simmons, a lifelong bio nerd, married a physics nerd and has a bun in the nerdy oven.

Strategies for Getting Laid in 19th-Century German Literature
Jessica Plummer

If you’re looking to improve your success rate with the ladies/gents, this presentation offers some inspiration from the old Old Country. We’ll look at some of the zanier cases of seduction in major novels, poems, and plays written by German speakers in the 19th century, and if you want to learn about the best sex toys as well you can go to this sex toy review blog to find more information about this.

Jessica Plummer is a graduate student in Germanic Studies at UT. She’s young, strong, and needs a summer job.

The Canon of Judy Blume and its Effect on Third-Wave Feminism
Diana Grisanti

Judy Blume has created generations of kickass feminists. And Diana Grisanti will tell you why.

Diana Grisanti is a playwright and fiction writer from Louisville, Kentucky. She has read ‘Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret’ one million times (approx.).

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A very special Knerding