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PA Nerd Herd news September 2011, Issue #11, Circulation 578, 155 Past Meetings

From: Pete
Sent on: Friday, September 7, 2012 10:47 PM

PA NERD HERD NEWS

September 2011, Issue #11
Circulation 578, 155 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.



HERE ARE THE EVENTS CURRENTLY LISTED ON OUR MEETUP SITE!


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


The Nerds Vs. The Nobles - The PA Ren Faire!
Sat Oct 06 10:30 AM
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire 2775 Lebanon Rd, Manheim, PA (map)

This is one of the shortest listings we have ever had! Please read Be A Capi below.

AND MORE COMING SOON….


BE A CAPI

Yes You! You can be a capi di Nerd Herd only subject to the Capo di tutti capi di Nerd Herd. For those of you who only speak British that means we are looking for more leaders! Yes, you can be an Event Leader or Organizer. There are rules, secret initiation rituals (involves balloons, Jello pudding pops and origami), decoder rings and best of all, you can create and lead a meetup in the Nerd Herd. Yes, you also get a cut of the take which is zero. This is really for people who want to see new events that we have not been doing or doing enough. You must find a place and set a day and time for the event when you announce it or we will delete it but otherwise there is no cost to you and you get to reap the rewards of having your type of fun (underwater Star Wars Chess, et. al.) with other people who are also interested. (Insider jokes in this paragraph refer to the Godfather movies /popular usage and to a line in a song by Dean Martin.)


INTERNET VIDEOS & COMICS OF THE MONTH

First you get to hear me vent a little then you get to see something you have never seen before. Remember when Google’s motto was do no evil? Well that went out the window. (http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/maybe-its-time-for-google-to-rethink-its-dont-be-evil-motto/2012/01/25/gIQAAS0XRQ_story.html Make sure you read to the end for some tech tips.) I have been using youtube for years but never applied for an account. I never needed one and I prefer to keep my privacy private. Now Youtube is part of Google and when I wanted to apply for an account so I could share stuff with you guys they wanted to know too much. In addition, they were forcing me to get a gmail account, etc, etc. I’m not going into it but it steamed me so I found VIMEO. Now these guys also wanted my month, day and year of birth and existing email address but that was about it for privacy so I signed up with them. Now for the good stuff:

NERD HERD VIDEO #1. Monster Mania 2012 Cherry Hill NJ. http://monstermania.net/ I shot this short video in one of the dealer’s rooms so you could get a taste of what was going on there. Hung out with my friends from Tarra Graphics http://www.gothcentral.com Saw some B-Movie Scream Queens and talked to a few B-Movie directors. Lots of fun.

https://vimeo.com/48219179

Comic Strip!
Remember Archie comics? Maybe you do and maybe your don’t but they have been around since 1942 and are very Americana. Well what would you say if I told you there was a comic that reminded me very much of Archie comics but was less childish? I have been reading Eerie Cuties. I noticed the Archie flavor to the comic but was still surprised when the publisher took some time off to do a freelance job doing Archie #636. Here is a panel where he is blogging about it. http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/archie_635_promo Hope you enjoy it.

http://www.eeriecuties.com/articles/strips-ec/%28chapter_1%29_it_is_gonna_eat_me!


I love standup comics. Gabriel Iglesias is one of my favorites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kObjLAU4Dzo&feature=related


A new rising star is Tammy Pescatelli

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly3HztDGkSA


Mac & Cheese

https://vimeo.com/27127177


This is the surprise video. When you watch it you know it was not made in the USA. Watch all the way to the end.

https://vimeo.com/10149605


FROM FEARLESS LEADER, PETE

Recently passed is the greatest nerd of all times. I miss you already Neil Armstrong. You are now way past the moon but I will see you again some day.

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/neil-armstrong-moon-mystery-man-022250193.html

Don’t miss my directorial debut on Nerd Herd Video #1. (See above.)
For those who recognize my voice I used to be the host on the WNWR and WWDB radio show Between The Minutes.

A new feature in Meetup.Com is intended to help you keep in contact with new friends you meet at meetings. Reach out to friends post-Meetup. Millions of connections are made at Meetups every month. Following up with people after a Meetup just got a lot easier. Learn more here: http://www.meetup.com/whats_new/#[masked]



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.

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.

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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