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PA Nerd Herd news October 2012, Issue #12, Circulation 622, 162 Past Meetings

From: Pete
Sent on: Friday, October 26, 2012 10:09 AM

October 2012, Issue #12
Circulation 622, 162 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. The Disguises - Annual Halloween Costume Party!
Sun Oct 28 6:00 PM 16 attending 8 comments
Door Charge: $10.00 per person
Barnaby's of America 15 South High Street, West Chester, PA (map)

Once again it's that time of year where you can dress in a costume and be seen in public without too many people thinking you are strange. The festivities begin at 6 PM... Learn more

Hosted by: Kyle W (Founder Emeritus)

The Nerds Vs. The Eighties - Retrocon Toy and Media Convention
Sun Nov 11 10:00 AM 8 attending
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA (map)

This convention is a great chance for some of us to revisit our childhoods... or celebrate an era where He-Man WAS the Master of the Universe, Optimus Prime was only... Learn more

Hosted by: Kyle W (Founder Emeritus)



Fearless Leader Pete Says:
Nerd Herd has now broken 600 members. According to Meetup this is rare.

Nerd Herd Member Sasha Says:
I just released my flash game Dukes and Dirigibles. I wanted to know if you would be interested in putting it in the newsletter for the Nerd Herd. I would like to share it with the group.

The link for the game is:

Nerd Herd Member Susan Goforth Says:
For all who care to celebrate the 74th anniversary of the famous Orson Welles radio broadcast the Night Before Halloween, this new movie reveals the truth behind the real Earth Mars War; that took place in 1900. It's scary, intriguing, fast and fresh. Please share! Thank you, from bumbly fumbles Susan Goforth :) -

This Tuesday, on the anniversary of the famous Orson Welles radio broadcast of WAR OF THE WORLDS, the Kendig Square Cinemas in Willows Street is having a special screening of the new movie that reveals the truth behind the WAR OF THE WORLDS story and the actual Martian invasion of 1900. It's called WAR OF THE WORLDS THE TRUE STORY and contains actual film footage of the Martian invasion including footage of the alien's 10-story high walking fighting machines that shoot vaporizing heat-rays and poisonous black smoke, the aliens themselves, their space craft cylinders and the destruction and war battles of the Earth/Mars War. Also playing at South York Cinemas 4 in York and Colonial Park Cinemas 4 in Harrisburg all at the same time: 7pm the Night Before Halloween.

Along with this newly declassified government and military film footage is the interview of Bertie Wells, who was the last living survivor of the war at the time of his interview. He recounts his personal story of living through and survivor the martian invasion! Presented documentary style, this is a fast-paced rollercoaster ride of Bertie's personal story with flashbacks, golden era movie stars, actual fighting soldiers in battle with the Martians and declassified photos, film and documents of the martian invasion, explaining the truth behind the 1953 movie and the Spielberg dazzler of 2005. Now we all know why HG Wells was commisioned to write about these events to help the world cover up the invasion of 1900! Now for the first time, everyone can enjoy and witness this exciting true story as never scene before!

Please share with your group this special anniversary movie, playing this one night only at 7pm on Oct 30th. You're in for a Night Before Halloween Treat! Thank you very much Michael. Feel free to contact me if you'd like more information. I'm at[masked], or email [address removed] or message me on facebook: .

Here is a message from Director Timothy Hines:
“Timothy Hines here. It's been a 15-year labor of love to get “War of the Worlds the True Story” to the screen! It is word-for-word the Wells book on the screen. Fans have shared in our excitement at test screenings in cinemas up and down the West Coast this summer. And to our surprise, there have been bursts of spontaneous applause at the end in many showings.
“If you have any questions at all or want to chat about the picture, our interactions with Hollywood, the ups and downs along the way and our commitment to get the picture right, my personal number is[masked]-8852. I'm on the West Coast, but don't worry about the time difference. Feel free to call any time.
“Here is our press release for the event:
Thank you all. Have a great time at the movie!” ~ Timothy Hines

Links to Share:
Movie Trailer:
Movie TV Spot:
Facebook Fan page:
Movie Website:
Movie Poster:

THANK YOU VERY MUCH for sharing this event. If you take pictures at the screening I'd be happy to post them on our facebook page to cross-promote your group!
p.s. there is an Easter Egg after the tail credits – a wink to Orson Welles!

Part Time 1099 Job Opening Baking Muffins
Do you love to bake and want to get paid doing it? Can you use a gram scale? Small startup food company doing research work on functional foods in the form of cakes (small cakes = muffins) needs some part time help. These cakes are intended for diabetics and are made from dietary fiber without any carbs or grains. The muffins are not for sale but are product research. Follow the lab formula (base mix, eggs, butter, leavening agent, etc.), bake them, examine them and document the results. Create the next lab notes for formula change and try again. If you passed high school chemistry with a grade of C or better and can bake then you can do this.

Great way to pickup Christmas/Holiday money and add something to your resume. Email Pete at [address removed] for details. All work is in Conshohocken, PA and you get to work with a member of the Research Chefs Association. You must be legal to work in the United States and have transportation to get to the job. There is only one job opening.


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.

Thanks for being a member,

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

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