Welcome to Nerd Nite Los Angeles!
We all know that learning is more fun when you’re drinking with friends and colleagues. Thus, Nerd Nite is a monthly event held in more than 50 cities across the globe during which several folks give 20-minute fun-yet-informative presentations across all disciplines – while the audience drinks along. It’s like the Discovery Channel… with beer.
The next Nerd Nite:
Tuesday, June 9th – Get Tickets HERE
Doors open at 7 p.m. – Presentations start at 7:45 p.m.
6010 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Stay in touch through the links below.
THIS MONTH’S PRESENTATIONS:
PRESENTATION #1: How to Finish (and Win) a Game of Monopoly
By Riley Gibbs
Ask the average human what they think of Monopoly, and they’ll probably tell you about nearly interminable games in which nobody wins, not even the winner. Proper understanding of the rules and basic strategies of the game not only help ensure the game ends promptly, but combined with some probability modeling can lead to game-winning insights into how best to evaluate the most difficult choice in the game: trades. Knowing a little about the history of the game won’t help you, but it won’t hurt either, and there’s some interesting stuff in there too.
Bio: Although he has been playing Monopoly since he was a kid, Riley’s academic interest in the game began when getting his Masters in teaching secondary mathematics at Bard College through the Math for America New Teacher Fellowship. He plays and DMs D&D more than he probably should, and takes pride in mostly abstaining from driving in LA.
PRESENTATION #2: The Realities of Virtual Reality
By Ben Vance
A wide spectrum of virtual reality devices have begun to proliferate. And yet, VR is a nascent medium and technology – we are just beginning to understand the implications. Is this the sci-fi future we’ve long dreamed of? Come get a glimpse of the awful and awesome, weird and wonderful future straight from the virtual trenches.
Bio: Ben is a creator and collaborator who explores new technology, art and design. He has made games with Electronic Arts, small indie studios, and on back patios with succulents and hummingbirds. He is also a founding member of Glitch City, an LA-based art / tech / game collective. His current VR project is IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE, a surreal exploration of deep space.
PRESENTATION #3: Getting F’ed: The Casualties of Creating an Alphabet
By Beau Henson
Despite its perceived antiquity, our alphabet is actually the 500-years-young end result of thousands of years of flux and editing. Some letters have been cut, others repurposed, and still others torqued beyond recognition, but the ghosts and consequences of these changes can still be seen in unexpected places.
Bio: Beau Henson is a former musical theatre and motion capture actor and current PhD candidate in Classics at USC. He is interested in Latin language and creating native experiences for ancient language and culture. He’s also a three-time Jeopardy! champion, and, yes, Alex Trebek is that handsome.