1. Nerd Nite SF: "Calibrating Fermentation in Dr. No's Lair" by Matt Hollis, 8/17/2011

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    Secret complexes buried beneath an innocent-seeming hillside. Stainless steel cauldrons containing one of the world's most treasured commodities. High-tech laboratories in search of the perfect formula for wealth and fame. What is this, a James Bond movie? Some kind of mad science? No! This is the unknown world of winery architecture! Architect Matt Hollis will give you a crash course on the surprisingly complex, and occasionally odd, province of winery-building. Matt is an avid surfer and San Francisco native from a family of artistic wine devotees. As principal of MH Architects and consultant to other architects, he has contributed to the design and construction of over 20 different wineries in the last 10 years. When he's not designing wineries or drinking their output, he watches old James Bond movies with his family. Links: http://matthollis.com/

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    • Nerd Nite SF: "Hail Caesar!: The DOs and DON’Ts of Roman Dictatorship" by Caleb Bushner, 7/20/11

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      Take a tour of the history, customs, and culture of the ancient Romans: who they were, what they accomplished, and how they shaped our modern world. And, of course, their murderous and dysfunctional political system that somehow endured for several centuries. There WILL be an assassination drinking game! Caleb is an amateur Roman history buff and a professional nerd. He’s spent the past two years studying Rome, geeking out on primary source material and peer-reviewed scholarship, and wants to share the exciting stuff, while sparing you the trouble of all those paper cuts from old books. References (partial) & recommended reading: Sexual Life in Ancient Rome The Roman Army of the Punic Wars The History of Rome (podcast) Oxford History of Roman World The 12 Caesars Better Book Titles Rome Wikipedia PBS WSU BSU Rasmenia.com The Battle of Actium – Lorenzo Castro Bannedinhollywood.com Cherrybam.com Twitter: @CalebBushner

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      • Nerd Nite SF: LiDAR & geomorphology w/ J. Toby Minear - 9/23/10

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        (Apologies for the laser pointers - they were from our sponsors) Lasers! Pew Pew! Trees, rocks, lasers, and Radiohead in the weird weird world of point clouds. Including a live scan and model of the Nerd Nite SF audience!

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        • Nerd Nite SF: "One Fish, Two Fish, Eat Fish, Sue Fish", Kate Wing, 9/23/10

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          In the beginning, there was an ocean full of fish. Tasty, tasty fish. Where have they gone? Watch as a Pacific red snapper is transformed into mathematical equations, travels to Capitol Hill, and ultimately ends up in your fish taco. Learn about density dependence, the importance of big females, and judges who read Superman comics. Our guide tonight is a special breed of wonk-nerd hybrid, who takes science across enemy lines and onto the political battlefield. Bio: Kate Wing started her career as a phycologist (that’s algae) before moving up the food chain to work in the U.S. Senate. She holds a master’s degree in marine affairs and serves as an advisor to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. After nine years of working on California fisheries she joined a foundation so she could fly back to DC a lot. She likes window seats.

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          • Nerd Nite SF: Pick-Up Artistry w/ "GK" - 9/23/10

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            (Apologies for the laser pointers - those were provided by our sponsor. Never again!) Nerd Nite SF presents: “PUAs, HBs and AMOGs, Oh My!: An Introduction to Pickup Artistry” by GK Pimpin’ ain’t easy, which is why an Internet subculture of very nerdy dudes developed a set of methods and terminology aimed at seducing the fairer sex. And no, they don’t all revolve around canned lines and furry hats. We bring in a former San Francisco social coach—one of the aforementioned “very nerdy dudes”—to reveal the good, the bad, and the ugly of picking up women, from the first hello to getting her number. By the way, do you come here often? Bio: Women didn’t come easily to GK, but sports did. San Francisco-born and Los Angeles-raised, he has spent most of his career as a sports journalist. After finally getting his groove on with the ladies in his late twenties, GK (just call him Greg) spent the last few years as the San Francisco-based instructor for Charisma Arts, teaching shy guys like him how to meet attractive girls and improve their social lives. He’s mostly retired from coaching now, but still enjoys sharing his thoughts on his blog, www.gkdating.com. He is currently married to his guitar, Joan.

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            • Nerd Nite SF: "Pisco: History in a Glass" by Gregory Dicum, 4/20/11

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              Pisco, the white spirit distilled from grapes, has been made in Peru for 400 years, and found a ready audience in late-19th-century San Francisco among sophisticated tipplers at places like the Bank Exchange, a celebrated bar on the site of what is now the Transamerica Pyramid. There, bartender Duncan Nicol treated captains of industry and men of letters (like Twain and Kipling) to his famous Pisco Punch. In recent years, the versatile brandy has enjoyed a resurgence, fueled by the ascendance of Peruvian cuisine and the experimentation of innovative young mixologists. Some hail it as the next tequila, an exotic new artisanal spirit that will soon become a staple. Gregory Dicum, author of The Pisco Book, will give us a taste, literally and figuratively, of pisco's journey through history. Gregory Dicum is a writer and author based in San Francisco. He contributes regularly to the New York Times, The Economist, and other publications, and has written three other books: The Coffee Book: Anatomy of an Industry, Window Seat: Reading the Landscape from the Air, and Window Seat Europe. And because just that would be too easy, he’s also the co-founder of the internet startup, www.mondowindow.com

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              • Nerd Nite SF: "Postmodern Alchemy: Metallurgy from Damascus Steel to Atom Probes" by Richard Karnesky, 4/20/11

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                Despite what you might have heard, the oldest profession is metallurgy. (Other old professions needed coinage, of course.) And although everything can be bought with gold, it can be taken with steel. Indian wootz was the first high-quality steel, and the West could neither replicate it nor make something better for 1,000 years. Rick will share his experiences breathing in coke dust, trying to re-make wootz, and creating new materials. These are developed, as always, with magic pixie dust, heating, and beating. But then they are ripped apart, atom by atom, to model their properties. Richard Karnesky is a senior staff member of the Hydrogen and Metallurgical Science department of Sandia National Labs (http://www.sandia.gov/index.html), where he studies things he can’t tell you about. As a kid, he played at the forge and anvil with his dad. As an adult, he spends too much money to learn blacksmithing. Always mixing things together and heating them up, he dabbles in molecular gastronomy and cervisial studies.

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                • Nerd Nite SF: "Skeeball 101 – Roll Like a Champion" by Joey the Cat & Black Devil, 11/16/11

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                  We've all seen the movie montages where the hero trains under a grueling regimen, suffers setbacks, but eventually triumphs to becomes a champion, like in Rocky or the Karate Kid. For Joey the Cat, it was 10,000 hours of practice, persistence, and Pabst Blue Ribbon to become Brewskee-Ball National Champion. In this talk, you'll learn how skeeball was originally a "strongman's" game, about its rise as a modern competitive bar sport, to how to become a champion, and more! All from one of the legends of the game. Joey the Cat (http://joeythecat.com) is a competitive Skeeball player in the San Francisco Brewskee-Ball league and an avid collector of classic Skeeball machines. He’s been interviewed by NPR, The New York Times, the Bold Italic, and more. Kristian (http://kristian.tumblr.com), aka Black Devil, is an urban explorer, technologist, and designer based in San Francisco and is currently working on a dissertation surrounding the Global History of Skeeball. He has been featured on Gawker and The Business Insider.

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