So details are beginning to emerge about next Tuesday’s Nerdnite here in Auckland. After a couple of … odd months, I think we’re on to so good solid nerdy form here. 3 speakers, for your listening pleasure.
Anne Wignal studies spider communication – how spiders communicate with each other – and how male spiders reduce the risk that an aggressive female will eat him before he has a chance to mate with her. This is going to be good.
Did you know that pinball was illegal in several US states until it was proven in a court of law to be a game of skill rather than a game of chance? Were you aware that there are pinball machines for X-Men, Iron Man, Spiderman, The Avengers, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Star Trek, Star Wars, The Big Lebowski and many more nerdly themes? BJ Wilson – who represented New Zealand in the IFPA Pinball World Championships in 2013 – will talk about pinball’s past, present and future and its reflection of our technical, artistic and cultural evolution.
Also along for the evening, Rene, who for the past 2 years has been working on a project to lift student achievement in national standards in over 300 schools, focusing on enabling student agency, by engaging knowledge and skills within schools and communities. Over this time he was also completing his Master of Art and Design, the outcome of which was a creative consideration of climate adaptation as a social and ecological palimpsest, in a nutshell, how can art contribute to finding solutions to issues faced by communities . He decided the best way to do this was with gunpowder.
yeah, should be a good evening.
Grab your geeks and bring them along.