Intellectual Snob Meetup Debate Chap XX-- Simplicity vs. Technology

We have quite a few last minute signups. BE ON TIME, if you don't know Harvard Sq. you may get caught in a maze of inescapable one- way streets. Grendels fills up fast because the special is so popular.


Note, the Red Line will be closed between Alewife &Harvard (there will be shuttle buses). Boston to Harvard = routine service. Harvard Sq. parking: = the Charles Hotel parking garage.

Welcome to this 20th Nerd Fun snob endeavor, in the heart of intellectual snobbery, Harvard Sq. Be there or be Sq. Grendels offers a half price food menu with the purchase of a $3.00 drink.

Have computers really simplified things?

It used to be things were simple & uncomplicated. People lived near where they worked & bought locally provided goods. They communicated doorstep to doorstep not online. There was lot of paper, but computers were unnecessary.

What will happen if the computer system is knocked out somehow (Solar Storm etc.)?

Will people know simple survival techniques or is this now lost in a world of complexity?

You don't have to be a genuine Intellectual snob to join. Pseudo-intellectuals are also welcome. All you need is an aloof attitude full of irony and some baffling intellectual ideas or--dare I say it--some unanswered question you wish to convey incognito.

In honor of this being our 20th Nerd Fun Psuedo-intellectual event, I'll repost a link posted to our very first one (May[masked])!

The premise = to share your intellectual baffling snob idea or question on an index card & pool the cards in a basket (provided) from which other snobs read aloud, if appropriate.

Humor in GOOD TASTE: ALLOWED. Intellectual apparel: allowed. Startle the waitstaff with a fake mustache, goatee, periwig, or monocle. Fold-up sunglasses, corduroy jackets w/ elbow patches: allowed. No Meerschaum tabacco pipes please. Absinthe is not served.

Please bring cash.

When settling the bill, make sure and add 25% of what you are spending for tax and gratuity!

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  • duncan

    will contact the owner today about the noise. I have emailed her before (about something else, & she was very helpful & she loved the idea of Intellectual Snobs!). I noticed the louder people talked, the louder the music got (the bartender controls the music). Not acceptable at all!
    A few days ago, I came in before a bartender shift & there was punk-like music (before 5). The new bartender immediately turned it down & put on some great soothing Reggae. In turn, everyone quieted down!!

    November 19, 2012

    • Suzanne S

      Thanks Duncan for being such a great host and organizer!

      1 · November 19, 2012

  • Suzanne S

    It was loud. I found myself either yelling to be heard or talking in someone's ear. It made for limited interaction. Not sure what the answer is to this dilemma. (is that the new spelling?)

    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree about the loudness, but, in contrast with Duncan's comment (which arrived by email, but which for some reason does not show up here), am not inclined (for once!) to blame the music, which I scarcely heard; my impression was just that the room was crowded & live. Also, I thought it was the same fuzzy bartender the whole time I was there.

    November 19, 2012

  • Mark R.

    The venue was too loud for the designated conversation, but I had an excellent time. In my opinion, the kind of people who come to a meetup named "Intellectual snobs... Nerds" are fun to talk to any subject!
    Recommend a quieter place and a sign on the table.

    November 18, 2012

  • duncan

    Hi Tony & Dimitry, as I said this successful meetup was parked at one of the 3 corner tables at Grendel's Den, easily found. Please read the description indications, because I can't respond to everyone's emails on short notice. I hope you come to the next one!

    November 18, 2012

  • Rassakhatsky D.

    Anybody here?

    November 18, 2012

  • duncan

    I totally agree with Suzanne.
    What is an Autogyro? A Lamson Manlifter? A Skycycle? Roper Steamcycle? Dog Cart? Ostrich cart? Goat Cart? Ask & I shall tell; at the meetup. Which 5 of these 7 were all built before 1900?

    November 14, 2012

  • Suzanne S

    It's not the technology, it's the planned obsolescence I can't stand.

    2 · November 10, 2012

  • duncan

    This is our 20th Intellectual Snob meetup, & thanks to Nerd Fun! Its time to begin a discussion. (Or isn't it? Argue with me!) Some of the most intriguing ideas or questions were brought up such as: what happens to the residue of car tires as they wear out? What is chewing "gum base"? Was flight ever invented, since kites have always existed & humans could get on them? If microbes control 90% of human cells, are they colonies, & if so what is Free Will? Why aren't the 50 or so ingredients of wine listed on the label? If orange juice is 90% water, why isn't it defined as Water Juice"? Post your own ideas in this discussion forum; but please avoid asking who hit how many home runs in what year, there are Trivia events for that... PS I can document the answers to these questions.

    November 9, 2012

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