Nerd Herd News #4 December 2011

From: Pete
Sent on: Saturday, December 3, 2011 11:05 AM

PA NERD HERD NEWS

December 2011, Issue #4
Circulation 426, 109 Past Meetups
Winner of the Prestigious FARMER’S AWARD* in Journalism
(* Out Standing in his Field)


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.



HERE ARE THE EVENTS CURRENTLY LISTED ON OUR MEETUP SITE!

The Nerds Vs. The Vocals - KARAOKE
Sat Dec 03 9:45 PM Hosted by: Kyle W (Founder Emeritus)
Once again it's time, dear friends, to raise our voices in song... provided we've raised our glasses with drink enough first... Karaoke is always a good time, whether you come to sing or cheer for those who do. So come on down, enjoy some socializing and singing. Before you start singing the Holiday blues... let's rock the night away. Hope to... LEARN MORE


The Nerds Vs. The Traditions - Holiday Party!
Sun Dec 18 6:00 PM Hosted by: Kyle W (Founder Emeritus)
Valley Forge Beef & Ale
827 S. Trooper Rd., Audubon, PA (map)
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... LEARN MORE

Nerds vs MST3K (Cinematic Titanic)
Fri Dec 30 7:00 PM
Keswick Theatre 291 North Keswick Avenue, Glenside, PA (map)
Suggested by Carl! On 12/30/11 (New Year's Eve Eve), at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside will be Cinematic Titanic, the live show put on by the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 people. They're showing "Frankenstein's Castle of Freaks" and "Astral Factor', and it has the original crew of MST3K. http://www.keswicktheatre.com/?ev ents=... LEARN MORE

AND MORE COMING SOON….



INTERESTING THINGS OUR MEMBERS ARE DOING!


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.

Well it’s that time of year again where the stress goes to the ceiling, lonely people are depressed, the stores are acting like deranged hobbits questing for your dollars and people are just too tired to do anything. That includes our members. If you are doing something interesting let me know and I will tell add it to our newsletter.

INTERNET VIDEOS OF THE MONTH


The Real Jet Man!
http://www.jetman.com/?page_id=24

Are you a sloppy eater? Then you need to see this video. Forever Clean.
http://www.engineering.com/Videos/VideoPlayer/tabid/4627/VideoId/2808/Superhydrophobic-Spray.aspx

Do you love engineering like I do?

Release your inner Dilbert by watching this video.
http://www.engineering.com/Videos/Thisweekinengineering/VideoId/2810/TWIE-83-Organic-AirConditioning-With-Holey-Ice-Sheets.aspx

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
WANTED – Mexican Art Glass Plates. These are decorative glass plates with iridescent colors that generally have a yellow leather backing with a hook for hanging on a wall. If you have any please send me a photo and your asking price. Thanks, [address removed]

FROM FEARLESS LEADER, PETE

From the person formally known as Fearless Leader, now ….. President for Life and Supreme Commander of the Nerd Herd Military Force, Pete. Today the world, tomorrow Mars.

More Polls!
None of these polls are cast in stone but they will help us to understand when and where you want events.
What day of the week do you most prefer for NH events?
Where do you like to hold meetups?

What Time of the Day do you most prefer for meetups?


NAVIGATING NERD HERD MEETUP HOME PAGES

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.

HOW TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS FOR MEETINGS

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.


PLANNING A NERD HERD MEETUP EVENT

Are you the host or hostess with the most? 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.

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!


LOOKING FOR MEETING SPACE

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 can have for free if you have a minimum number of people. Libraries, township recreation halls, VFW(s), volunteer firehouses and other traditional organizations with halls generally rent them at very low to no charge.





Thanks for being a member,

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

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