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PA Nerd Herd News #5, January 2012

From: Pete
Sent on: Sunday, January 8, 2012 2:49 PM


January 2012, Issue #5
Circulation 436,  113 Past Meetups

Special Armageddon Issue!

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. Non Glittery Vampires: Under-World Awakening

Fri Jan 20, 8:00 PM  UA King Of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX

300 Goddard Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA (map)


MS3TK Time Chasers in Phoenixville

Fri Feb 17, 9:45 PM Colonial Theatre

227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA (map)


Steampunk World's Fair

Fri May 18, 7:00 AM

At the fair!






One of our Event Organizers, Jeff, has been a member for a year. About 17 years ago, he began customizing action figures (mainly superhero and Star Wars characters). He admits that his first attempts were pretty embarrassing, but he learned quite a few techniques over the years that translate well into miniature size.

Most of his figures are a combination of selected parts from various characters. Those parts are then re-sculpted with modeling clay and painted. The trickiest step is finding exactly the right arms/legs/etc. to use for each character.

Below are some examples of his better work (posted as "Desslok"):

Protocol Droids - Various Metals (copper, cast iron, and silver):

Concept Arctic Cantina Alien (from The Art of Star Wars book):

Hogan's Heroes characters:


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.




Geek License Plate Slide

How to Look Like an Anime Character

 Remote Control Cowboy!

 Cow Opera!

 Science Fiction Music






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.





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!


Thanks for being a member,

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

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