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Nerd Nite Orlando #7: The Traveling Nerd

Nerd Nite Orlando #7 is our traveling nerd special! We will learn about nerdy events worth exploring, go on an exotic excursion with a ham radio operator, and travel the world by Couchsurfing!

Nerd Nite Orlando is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines – all while the audience drinks along in a casual bar atmosphere. 3 speakers will present for 20-25 minutes each on a fascinating subject of their choice, often in an uncanny and unconventional way.

It’s like the Discovery Channel – with beer! Come meet up, drink, and learn something new!

EVENT:

Thursday, September 12th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Rd. Winter Park, FL 32803.

FREE!

PRESENTATIONS:

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“DXpeditions: The Road Less Traveled” by William Beyer

Are you burning with curiosity as to what the terms “ham radio” and “DXpeditions” even mean? Never fear, Wild Bill is here to fill you in! DXpeditions are journeys to sparsely populated, remote zones all across the world, which can include an island, a country, or even a particular spot on a geographical grid. They’re like old school quests to the frontiers of civilization! DX is an old Morse Code term for the word “distance,” and a “DXer” is the radio hobbyist who seeks distant radio signals. Find out why many DXers claim that the joy, good friends, travel experiences, and technical satisfaction they get can’t be matched by any other pursuit.

William Beyer is a ham radio operator as well as a seasoned and respected DXpeditioner. He has participated in 39+ DXpeditions to 68 countries and visited all seven continents, yes even Antarctica. As a part of these impressive amateur radio accomplishments, he has operated from what are now National Wildlife Refuges, public lands, and environmentally sensitive locations around the world. If you’d like to reach him, look for call sign “KH9/N2WB” on Phone, RTTY, Low BAND CW, PSK, and a little SSTV. Home QTH is in Ormond Beach, Florida.

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“Couchsurfing: Making Travel a Truly Social Experience”
Act I “Surfing” by James Parsons
Act II “Hosting” by Swami

Have you ever wanted an authentic and meaningful travel experience in lieu of hotels and “tourist traps?” Couchsurfing can revolutionize the way you travel. It’s a global community of 6 million people in more than 100,000 cities who share their life, their world, their journey. With Couchsurfing, you can stay with locals and hosts guests from every country on Earth! Stay in someone else’s home or open up your own home and experience the world in a way money can’t buy. Couchsurfers share their lives with the people they encounter, fostering cultural exchange and mutual respect. Come learn about this exciting way to travel!

James Parsons is an Orlando native who now holds dual citizenship in the both the U.S. and New Zealand. Shortly after graduating with his B.A. in IT from UCF, he set off to explore the world. Through Couchsurfing, he was able to take a 6 month trip around the world in 2009, which included SE Asia, SE Europe, and the US East Coast. He even got his most recent job from a chance encounter with a sailing yacht that he learned about through Couchsurfing. You can find him at https://www.couchsurfing.org/people/jamesthecarman/

Swami is a lifelong nerd with a degree in Engineering. He is the host of a weekly gathering for math and philosophy nerds called “Wing Circle.” His passion for travel and culture emerged after a near-fatal auto accident in 2006. With a renewed zeal for life, he embarked on a 5 month trip around the world as well as many other subsequent trips. Couchsurfing through Japan in 2009 inspired Swami to host surfers in his hometown of Orlando, FL… seventy guests in just two years! You can find him at https://www.couchsurfing.org/people/swami_worldtraveler/

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  • Tara N.

    Thanks, Lloyd. I did enjoy myself over all. I'll probably give Nerd Nite another shot when there are another batch of topics that particularly pique my interest.

    September 14, 2013

  • Phil

    the topics weren't much of interest to me and there were many rude people talking which made it hard to understand the speaker. But I enjoyed socializing.

    September 13, 2013

    • Josh

      Ya man, I'm sorry about that. Who knew nerds were such social creatures??? We tend to vary our talks a lot so hopefully you will enjoy our topics in the future. Cheers, Josh

      September 14, 2013

  • Tara N.

    Very interesting topics. I'd been curious about couchsurfing, so it was great hearing more about it from people who actually participated in it. I really appreciated the bit at the end about some nerdy/geeky events around Orlando, but wished more time had been spent on that. It was, unfortunately, difficult to hear with people talking at times, and the second part of the Couchsurfing presentation could have been more streamlined (plus more whiny complaints that continue below), but overall, great talks!

    September 13, 2013

    • Josh

      Next event at Stardust (in November) I will make an announcement to see if I can get folks to table their conversation until after the talks. It can definitely get a bit rowdy once the bar area gets packed. Thanks for coming out and hope to see you next month at our Oktoberfest event at Orlando Brewing! Prost!

      September 14, 2013

  • Lloyd

    Tara, I'm glad you enjoyed the event. I agree it was a bit noisy at the end and sometimes we don't get a chance to hear as much as we'd like. If you come to the next event you may be able to talk with people about that topic. I hope you had a good time overall though. If there's anything I can do at the next event for you please let me know. I'll be coming to all of Josh's "Nerd Nite Orlando" events to show my support.

    1 · September 13, 2013

  • Josh

    Thank you for coming out tonight. Hope to see you at Nerd Nite Orlando Oktoberfest next month at Orlando Brewing! We will not only have talks but we will also have beer tasting, german food, and accordion/polka music!

    September 12, 2013

    • Lloyd

      You know you'll see me there. I'm already looking forward to it.

      September 13, 2013

  • Lloyd

    It was great as usual. It's always a pleasure to experience the presentations and meet some great people.

    1 · September 12, 2013

  • Lloyd

    This is a worthwhile event. The presentations are worth it alone, but getting into interesting conversations afterward is also fun. I met some cool people at the last one (Nerd Nite Orlando #6). The venue is also very interesting. The coffee is very good and there's plenty of interesting aspects of the atmosphere and decor of "Stardust Video and Coffee".

    2 · September 6, 2013

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