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PA Nerd Herd News #3 November 2011

From: Pete
Sent on: Saturday, November 12, 2011 9:49 AM

PA Nerd Herd News

November 2011, Issue #3
Circulation 421,  Past Meetups Currently at 107

Welcome to our newsletter. We will try to publish one every month. The goal of this newsletter is to help you get the most out of your membership in our group! This group is about fun. There is no charge to join but some events may have a cost associated with them. Everyone is welcome.

Lots of new stuff in this newsletter so be sure to look it over carefully!


The Nerds Vs. The Chopsticks - All You Can Eat Sushi!
Hibachi of Springfield
145 South State Road, Springfield, PA
Fri Nov 18 7:00 PM
This is one of my favorite places to eat. For $24.95 you can order all the sushi you can consume. From standard rolls like the tuna and eel or the standard specialties like the shrimp tempura roll to house specialties like the TNT and Volcano rolls... this sushi is sure to please. You fill out what you like and their sushi chefs make it on the spot. I've limited the attendance for this meetup, so please update your RSVP if your plans change. Come on down and enjoy a very full night!

The Nerds Vs. The Traditions - Holiday Party!
Valley Forge Beef & Ale
827 S. Trooper Rd., Audubon, PA
Sun Dec 18 6:00 PM
It's that joyous time of year when you are dreading the snow and the awkward family get togethers and the crowds of shoppers... so why not take some time out to do something fun? The Meetup holiday party will be a festive get together with cheerful music, food, drink and socializing. Come down and enjoy our appetizer buffet and pizza while hanging out with lots of cool people who are likely not related to you (some exceptions may apply and we are not offering DNA testing to determine those exceptions). We will even have a couple raffle door prizes so you may walk away with more than you bargained for.. Appetizers will be provided but beverages will be on your own. We will have some waitresses running around taking orders... and be sure to tip them well as they have to put up with meetup people (and you know how they can be). We welcome holiday desserts if you'd like to bring some. There will be a $5 door charge to cover the appetizers and prizes. So come on down and have a good time before facing the post holiday credit card bills! Hope to see many of you there! (This is a joint meetup with Party At Your Favorite Hangout)

MST3K at the Colonial: Manos - The Hands of Fate
Colonial Theatre
227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA
Sat Nov 12 7:00 PM
Like previous MST3K events, members will be getting together at Molly Maguire's Pub at 7:00 (about 1/2 block from the theater). If you can't make it to Molly's you can still join us at the theater. The movie begins at 9:45 PM.


As we move into the winter doldrums there always appears to be less things to do but that's not true.  What is true is that we need more people to get involved in setting up events.  Hold a book discussion group at a local bookstore (if you still have one), have a special Dr. Who event at an English Pub (yes we have them in the area), get an ice skating group together, anything that belongs.  Don't forget to ask other meetup groups that are doing things we would be interested in to cross-list with us.  In short, help us spread the wealth of fun the winter season really is by getting involved.  I promise that if you get more involved I can keep the Nerd Herd Demonstrators away from where you live!

From the demonstrators outside Nerd Herd Central
Now some of you don’t know it but the Nerd Herd has a central command center where we run all of our operations worldwide. Unfortunately the Occupy Nerd Herd Protesters have been camping out and chanting. I can’t disagree with them but I will say that our protesters are the best looking of the bunch. Wall Street can keep theirs we like our Nerd Herd Protesters!

What do we want?
More fun events!
When do we want it?
As soon as you volunteer to hold one!

See below on how to sponsor events!

Interesting Things our Members are doing!

One of our newest members, Kevin is making Dr. Who videos on YouTube. Here are a couple of links Kevin supplied: This one is showing off a model Tardis:    This link is to The Breaux Show, where Kevin plays The Doctor:

Are you doing something interesting? Send me an email and I will list it here, well, assuming that what you are doing is both legal and rated PG. You can send it anyway, I just won’t publish it.

YouTube Videos of the Month

Remember the guys with the soda and Methos mints? Well Weezer has done a video musical with it and it is very Nerd Herd. Enjoy:

From the Chuck TV show is an instruction on how to be a deadly spy.

Nerd Herd Yard Sale

Do you have something nerdy you want to buy or sell? Got too many Transformers or something else cool? Well we know people that will want it as long as the price is right! Send me a listing and I may (or may not) list it. The advertisement is totally free of charge.

Item #1 of 1
My new book published in the fantasy-fiction genre. Check out my author page and video book trailer to buy the book and by all means, spread the word to everyone.
Author Website:
Video Book Trailer:
Email: [address removed]
*Look for “Author Tina Roberts” on Facebook
*Facebook Fan Page:
*TinaRoberts_DW on Twitter
Available in eBook for Kindle, Nook, iPad and all eReaders

Kind Regards,
Tina Roberts

From Fearless Leader, Pete

Still no one has killed Moose and Squirrel! Squirrel has chewed through the ignition wires on my truck costing me $300. OK! I make deal. Kill Squirrel, forget Moose. Consider it 50% off deal from Fearless Leader. Now let’s all get out there and get that Squirrel! For those of you who have no idea what I am talking about watch this clip from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Movie starring Robert DeNiro as Fearless Leader. I have gone as far as I can with this joke so I am having a contest for a new title! Email me with your suggestion and I will use the one I like best next month.

Now for some surprise news, NERD HERD is over 400 members!!!! As of my writing we are at 421 members and growing quickly. That could only happen if we were doing something right and that something is having fun. We rock!

Kyle’s Halloween Party was a big success. I know that I had a great time and so did most of the other people who attended.   You can see the photos in the photos section of our meetup site.

Are you the host or hostess with the most-ist? Prove it! Talk to one of the leadership members about setting up an NH event of your very own. Kyle and I are always open to ideas. Here is what you need to have your very own event: Have a leader (you) and an idea for an event, have a place for the event along with a date and time. As long as the event fits in with the NH we should schedule it, you will be recognized as the leader of that event and most of all you will have some great fun doing something you want to do with people you like. Here are a few common sense rules that you should consider when creating an event. Most people work on weeknights so anything that is late at night may not be well attended. These meetings are open to the public so while you may like everyone that shows up you don’t know them and it’s not a good idea to have meetups in your home. Public venues are always best.


The problem with doing things with your physical body instead of your astral or virtual bodies is that you need a physical place to hold the meeting! Lots of you belong to multiple meetups and/or know of great places that let us have meeting space for little or nothing. Most restaurants let you have meetings at tables as long as you are eating. Some restaurants actually have party rooms you have for free if you have a minimum number of people. Libraries, township recreation halls, book stores, VFW(s), volunteer firehouses and other traditional organizations with halls generally rent them at very low to no charge. What we need is to put together a list of meeting venues with addresses and phone numbers. What I need is someone to put this list together! Please volunteer. Remember the fun you save may be your own.


Here are a few things that will make your membership more rewarding!
1. Login and look at the home page every week. At the bottom of the listed UPCOMING events don't forget to press the link that reads "MORE MEETUPS". Not all of the meetups are listed and this allows you to find the other scheduled events.
2. Create your own meetup event! Yes, you have the power to create events. All you have to do is to contact any of the Organizers listed on the site with the event title, description, date/time and location.
3. Don't forget to look under Recent Meetups to see what you missed! If you really wanted to attend something that you missed then maybe others will too and you can just recreate the event. Please do not duplicate an event that already exists.
4. The Discussions Board (button near the top of the home page) can be a fun place to discuss events or even just talk to other members about topics of group interest. Don't forget to look under MORE and PHOTOS for other fun things to see.
5. Don't forget you can contact Meetup, me or any member of the Leadership Team if you have a problem that we can help with.


You may be scratching your head and doing a pixel by pixel search on the Meetup page for our Suggest a Meetup link. You could have sworn you saw it somewhere... Well, stop looking. It's gone.

Why, you ask? Do the organizers hate suggestions? Nothing could be further from the truth. We love suggestions. We hunger for suggestions. If there was a cheerleader squad made up on suggestions, we'd want to sneak into their dressing room.

However, the problem with Meetup's suggestion feature is that you can put up a suggestion... and it can become a meetup even... but it doesn't require a time or a place. So unless someone is willing to step up and figure out those small but important details, it sits there, and sits there, and sits there. Maybe even a few more people sign up for the event that may happen someday, someplace and somehow.

So rather than have lots of unrealized meetups listed on the page, we took away that link. However, if you have a suggestion... please contact Pete or Kyle. Even if we aren't able to host it, if you're willing and have a time and place... we can set it up for you and even make you that event host. Have so many suggestions they're spilling out of your head like a slo-mo scene from Scanners? Pete will be happy to make you an event organizer so you can hosts lots of them. So yes, the suggestion link is gone. But we still want your suggestions. So email us... we like that. It will make our day.

Thanks for being a member,

Pete & Kyle and the rest of the Nerd Herd Leadership Team

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