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The Nerd Herd - SE PA Message Board › Nerd Herd News #7 April 2012

Nerd Herd News #7 April 2012

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Philadelphia, PA

April 2011, Issue #7
Circulation 476, 131 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.


Free Advanced Screening of "Meeting Evil"

Mon Apr 30 7:30 PM Ritz East 125 South Second Street, Philadelphia, PA (map­) I have a limited number of exclusive, advance screening tickets to "Meeting Evil" so I thought I would offer them to the Nerd Herd. :) In order to get everyone on the... Learn more Hosted by: Project Twenty1

Nerds vs. Halloween Convention!

Fri May 04 7:00 PM Greater Phila. Expo Center at Oaks 1601 Egypt Road , Phoenixville, PA (map­) National Halloween, Horror, Haunted House and Hearse Convention: May 4-6, 2012... Learn more

STAR WARS INVASION at 55th Annual ODC Non-Profit Event - FREE ADMISSION –

Sat May 12 11:00 AM Occupational Development Center 640 Martha Avenue, Lancaster, PA (map­) The Occupational Development Center, a vocational training workshop for adults with developmental disabilities in Lancaster, PA. We currently serve 107 individuals with... Learn more

The Nerds Vs. The Nerds... LASER TAG!

Sun May 13 3:00 PM → RSVP ULTRAZONE­ 4201 Neshaminy Blvd. #130, Bensalem, PA (map­) Alright folks, you know the drill.  Packs on, rifles ready. In this battle, anything goes. The enemy is merciless, the enemy  is cunning.  They can come from any... Learn more Hosted by: Kyle W (Founder Emeritus)

Steampunk World's Fair

Fri May 18 7:00 AM Steampunk World's Fair from May 18 - 20 in Piscataway NJ. I'd love to throw that out there in case anyone else is able to attend. Here's the site: http://...... Learn more

The Nerds Vs. The Browncoats - Serenity Now Screening!

Sat Jun 30 6:00 PM The Rotunda University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (map­) The Pennsylvania Browncoats present Can’t Stop The Serenity Philadelphia 2012 (aka CSTS Philly!) (http://www.cstsphilly...­) ... Featuring a "Special Hell... Learn more Hosted by: Kyle W (Founder Emeritus)






My favorite indy band is Pomplamoose (go Grapefruit!)­

Pomplamoose does Angry Birds­


Nerds running for Governer? I guess we are mainline now. AAArrgg! I want to be cutting edge not mainline!­


Wednesday’s Guide to World Domination. (sort of a video diary – kind of cool)­


Scary Snowman­


Army guys doing the Hamster Dance­





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.

Nerd Herd Member Tom C has 2 VIP floor passes that I would like to sell to anyone going. These are $25 tickets apiece so I'm asking $35 for the pair.If you could post this I'd appreciate it. You can contact him at­


You may have noticed that Nerd Herd Member Project 21 (Actually the person who runs Project 21) has offered us two perks. "Macabre Faire" taking place this Friday the 13th Weekend in April at the Mill River Manor Best Western Hotel in Rockville Centre, NY. ...Where Shadows Lurk & Corsets Tighten, Top Hats Gather AND Free DVD with any Premium Membership Purchase. Project Twenty1 is a Member-supported, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that helps emerging media artists launch their careers in film & animations.






And now for our poetry corner. I actually remember this poem from my elementary school days:


Spring has sprung!

The grass has riz.

I wonder where the birdies is!


Judging from my car I know where the birdies are!



Here are a few things that will make your membership more rewarding!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!




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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