Join Nerd Nite East Bay at Club 21 in Uptown Oakland  on Monday August 28th for:

80s and 90s Arcades!
Spice Receptors!
SETI’s Breakthrough Listen Project!

plus pre-show Trivia!

Early bird tix just $8, $10 at the door (get them before they sell out!):

RSVP to the event on Facebook

Start your night when the doors open at 7PM with games, beats by Rubberband Girl AKA Small Wonder, gooey eats by Grilled Cheese Guy, and info from the Oakland Public Library, then grab a drink and a seat as the talks begin at 8PM.2017-8 poster draft 2 resize1

Citizen Kanes of the Arcade
Maintaining the Great Arcade Games of the 1980s and 1990s

Reminisce about the great and groundbreaking arcade games of the 1980s and 1990s and learn about the essential qualities that make these machines resonate today. As spare parts become scarce, the effort to find and maintain games with modern solutions that won’t compromise nostalgia becomes more important and more sophisticated. Discover how the best private and public vintage arcade game collections were built, and how the Citizen Kanes of the Arcade are being preserved for future generations.

Shawn and Meg Livernoche are the owners and curators of High Scores Interactive Arcade Museum in Alameda and Hayward They are game builders and preservationists heavily focused on the “golden age” of arcade gaming with a meticulously curated collection of over 150 titles. Shawn once drove a Donkey Kong Jr home in a two door Volkswagen Golf and Meg’s thumbnail was permanently disfigured under a Karate Champ cabinet in the middle of a bustling public sidewalk.

Surveying the Sky with SETI
Earth’s Largest Search for Alien Life

UC Berkeley’s Breakthrough Listen project is best described as SETI on steroids. Hear about the unique challenges that come with using our world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescopes to cover 10X more sky and 5X more radio spectrum than all previous efforts. Learn how this program is using more speed and data than astronomy has ever had available before to answer humanity’s biggest question: are we alone in the vast universe?

Emilio Enriquez conducts research in the Breakthrough Listen Lab at UC Berkeley. His work focuses on SETI, stellar flares and other astrophysical radio transient phenomena. He is originally from Mexico and is finishing his PhD in radioastronomy from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Why Spicy Food Hurts Your Butt

The mild heat of Frank’s Red Hot, the complex burn of Sriracha and the punch in the face pain of Mad Dog 357 all come from the activity of the receptor protein TPRV-1 in your mouth. But the same molecules that cause delicious pain in the human mouth also cause pain when… exiting the premises, even at vanishingly small concentrations. Find out why your body has complicated physiological reactions to eating and digesting spicy molecules, how your body dulls itself to the pain of spice, and why your butt evolved to feel the hot sauce mistakes you made the night before.

Trace Dominguez is the producer of the Seeker Science YouTube channel with over 1,000 videos on topics ranging from quantum mechanics to agriculture, materials to engineering, and yes, human poop. He has a background in science journalism, an affinity for spicy foods, and an unfortunately sensitive butt.

You can also join Nerd Nite East Bay again in August for more excellent talks and unlimited pinball at our special event at Chabot Space & Science Center on August 25th, see below!

We’re hosting alcohol-fueled educational talks at Chabot again on Friday August 25 . They have a pinball exhibit up with 30 machines on free play, courtesy of our friends at the Pacific Pinball Museum [they’re awesome; you should also help them fund a permanent home!]

  • Tickets are $15.  We’ve sold out every time we’ve done this.

  • Friday, August 25th

    • 6PM – Doors

    • 7PM – Talks in Megadome

    • 8:30PM – Screening of Tommy in outdoor ampitheater

  • Beer and wine!

  • Food from Canasta Kitchen Food Truck

    The Science of Pinball Success

    The amazing plays, “bad luck” and bright lights of the best pinball games are guided by principles of geometry, pattern recognition, physics, mechanical engineering, material properties andhand-eye coordination. Learn about simple scientific tricks to game geometry and manipulate math to free up free balls in your own pinball adventures from Pacific Pinball Museum Founder and Executive Director Michael Schiess.

    Man’s Mental Mechanical Machinations

    Humans push to mechanize the world around us, hoping to surround ourselves with a fantastic future driven by a predictable, clockwork universe. Learn about the history of the human drive to automate reality and ponder if this human belief structure will continue or could abruptly change in this presentation by Camie Bontaites of the Chabot Center’s OpenScienceLab and the ArmchairGalactic blog.

    The Forgotten Coney Island of the West

    Built from remnants of the Pacific Panama exhibition, the world famous Neptune Beach amusement park once lined the East Bay. Neptune Beach had the world’s largest swimming pool, championship boxing, celebrities, and a roller coaster that provided stunning views of the Bay. Learn about the historic rise and fall of the amusement center known as “The Coney Island of the West”, plus get a rollicking history of Chabot and East Bay observatories in this talk by Dennis Evanosky and Eric J. Kos, collaborators on several East Bay and SF history books, including East Bay Then & Now and Lost Ballparks, their most recent release. Dennis and Eric also lead history-themed walking tours, host and co-publish the only locally owned Alameda newspaper, the Alameda Sun.

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