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Nerd Herd News July 2012, Issue #9 (Circulation 536, 148 past meetups)

From: Pete
Sent on: Friday, July 13, 2012 8:49 AM

July 2012, Issue #9
Circulation 536, 148 Past Meetups

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.


The Nerds vs. a Large Gelatinous Mass: Blobfest 2012
Fri Jul 13 7:00 PM
Colonial Theatre 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA (map)

Nerds vs the Philly Geek Awards
Fri Aug 17 6:30 PM
Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA (map)

The Nerds Vs. The Hammer - Doctor Horrible Charity Screening!
Sun Sep 23 2:00 PM
The Rotunda University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (map)


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.

It’s summer time so no one is doing anything interesting. Well, not true. Project 21 is running movies in Norristown. Its great! Free movies outdoors with fresh popcorn and cotton candy. Really fun and you can’t beat the price.

I am a nerd and I know it: (Filmed at Forbidden Planet in NYC – I was there last weekend)

100 Greatest Internet Videos in 3 Minutes.
(I am not sure I wanted to see this the first time but I did want to see it a second time.)

Ahmed in the Army

Who made the aliens in MIB3?

ParaNorman Trailer (I wanta see it, yes I do…)

Joe goes to Anime Expo (Check out his other videos)

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.

Sell! Who wants to sell anything? I want more and more and more. My collection is never big enough. I got to have stuff and if the floor feels a little soggy from the weight then that just shows that my collection has developed gravity.

From President for Life and Supreme Commander of the Nerd Herd Military Force.

Ya. OK all you guys we have had a great kick off to the summer with more activities than anyone could shake a stick at. Well, maybe a superhero could but not any normal people. Keep the ball rolling by suggesting meetups!

I spent last weekend in NYC. Saw MIB3 on a big movie screen on the 4th floor. Really cool but the escalators were broken so it took forever to get down the stairs. Did you ever notice that people go down stairs as slowly as up? I never knew that before. Hung out on Canal Street (Chinatown). Purchased Hello Kitty candy so I could bite it’s head off. So sweet, then snacked on dragon fruit. Purchased another solar robo cat for luck. (It really works.) Stopped in Forbidden Planet and bought some Dr. Who stuff then off to Strands Books. (They don’t have AC) Hurt my arm carrying so many books but it was fun.

A couple of weekends ago I was in WildWood NJ. If you have never been you have to go. You want to walk the boardwalk at night. Had fun playing day glow (UV lights) indoor mini-golf. Won a prize at the water gun game (dam thing is almost as big as me) drank expresso at the south end where there is a stand selling real Italian expresso. Best Pizza on the boardwalk is Sam’s Pizza Palace and Little Nicky’s. If you are short on money park at one of the cheap parking lots and enjoy the beach all day. The beaches are still free. Load up on breakfast where almost everyone stuffs you for $3. Lunch hotdog and soda $2.50 at any DQ. Me, personally I eat at Rick’s Seafood takeout.


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.

6. You do not have to respond NO to any meetup unless you first responded YES and changed your mind. You can just ignore any event that you are not interested in.


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.


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!


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.

Hey, are you still reading this?

Thanks for being a member,

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

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