Watch Cool Science Stuff (WCSS)!

WHAT?
The idea is to get together and watch some great/interesting science/skeptical stuff (TV series, movies, etc.) This is intended to be a very casual meetup... drop by, hang out, discuss after, and then maybe go out grab a bite/drink later.

**This time, we have the entire room in the Logan Square library, so it won't feel small. We should still try to fill it up, so tell your friend about this and bring him/her along!**

I think we should watch one of each below (unless some1 is strongly against this idea):
1) Nova (TV series, 1974-present)
2) Nova ScienceNOW (TV series, 2005-present)
3) TED Talks

FORMAT
After each talk/episode (20-60 minutes in length), we'll take a short break for discussion/Q&A.

AUDIO/VIDEO
The library's meeting room has a projection screen. Jennifer is usually generous enough to let us use her projector. I can bring my computer, speakers, and subwoofer. This worked out pretty well the last few times. I'll be sure to have some talks/episodes pre-loaded on my laptop so we're not at the mercy of the library's wifi!

SNACKS/DRINKS
You're encouraged to bring snacks as long as you don't make a mess and clean up after yourself. You can also bring a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice, as long you promise not to spill it!

PARKING
The library has a parking lot although it might be hard to find a spot as the librarian told me that it's often full on Saturdays. There's nearby street parking.

HANGOUT AFTER
Lastly, for bonus points, if you know a good spot to hang out (eat, drink, talk) after 5pm in the Logan Square area, please comment below. The one with most "likes" wins!

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  • the m.

    Nice to meet so many friendly new members! The post-video discussion about the intelligence of marine mammals was interesting. Thanks for coming!

    October 30, 2012

  • the m.

    At this meetup, we had a few laughs about memes and "Advice Animals" which were new to some people. Here are some for you to enjoy!

    On these 2 websites, you can see the funny stuff other people have created. They also let you add your own captions to the images. Here are 2 of my favorite examples:
    http://www.quickmeme.com/Socially-Awkward-Penguin/newest/
    http://memegenerator.net/Skeptical-3rd-World-Kid

    This site explains each meme:
    http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/scumbag-steve **This one goes out to someone special. ; ) **

    October 30, 2012

  • Zach D.

    Great! My wife and I both enjoyed our first day out with the skeptics. We're looking forward to the next event!

    October 28, 2012

  • Ernest M. Whiteman I.

    Interesting and fun.

    October 27, 2012

  • the m.

    Before WCSS:
    I'm thinking about attending the Vaccine Talk event (11am - 12:30pm, free) organized by one of our own Skeptics at another library and then heading to Watch Cool Science Stuff.
    http://www.veganchicago.com/events/83522002/

    The pre-event discussion is lively.
    Anyone else?

    October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any suggestions on what we should watch? Here are some of my suggestions:

    TED Talk: STRATOS - The longest free fall in history (13 min)
    NOVA: Lord of the Ants (53 min)
    NOVA scienceNOW: Picky Eaters, Smart Marine Mammals, Capturing Carbon (52 min)
    TED Talk: Science is for everyone, kids included (15 min)

    October 24, 2012

    • the m.

      I don't have a preference, but I have to hand it to ya... brilliant idea thinking of TED Talks! I'm reading up on TED's generous screening policy:

      "Can I project TEDTalks to a group of people?
      Yes, as long as you comply with the terms of the Creative Commons license outlined above (See: "What does the TED Creative Commons license allow?"). For projecting TEDTalks, we recommend downloading the high-def video podcast rather than projecting the streaming file from the web. In fact, we encourage you to find creative ways to share TEDTalks with your friends, family, students, colleagues, and communities. (See Ways to Spread TED.) If you're interested in throwing a TED-style event, learn more about TEDx."
      https://www.ted.com/pa...­

      October 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Brilliant idea indeed...thanks to Jairus for bringing it up our last WCSS event!

      1 · October 24, 2012

  • the m.

    For the hangout part, we've only ever gone to:
    Logan Bar & Grill
    2230 North California Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60647 It'd be great it you guys could help call up other nearby restaurants or pubs and ask if they can accommodate a big group around our end time. Last time, between 15 and 20 people went to the restaurant.

    October 15, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      If we're in the mood for drinks only, maybe we can check this place out: http://www.yelp.com/b...­

      And if we're hungry and up for some grub, maybe we can head over here: http://www.yelp.com/b...­
      -Dinner menu: http://www.dnochechic...­

      October 15, 2012

    • the m.

      Just remembered- We went to Rocking Horse once. The speakers overhead were too loud. The staff refused to turn down the volume.

      October 16, 2012

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