Nerd Nite’s first event at the New Parkway was two years ago this month. We plan to ring in the anniversary with a fantastic live event. Hear about the Wong Jack Man/Bruce Lee fight from Sifus Rick Wing and Greglon Lee, learn about what gives disco clams their sparkle from Lindsey Dougherty, and navigate the world of litigation with Katelyn Knight.
DJ Citizen Zain and Rick will pull crackers and the Oakland Public Library will be there with a reading list and to issue cards. Be there and be square.
Monday 12/29/2014 Doors at 7 pm, show starts at 8 pm, show ends at 10:30 pm The New Parkway, 474 24th St, Oakland (less than half-a-mile from the 19th St BART) $8 All Ages Tickets FB g+
SHOWDOWN IN OAKLAND (AT THE NEW PARKWAY….): THE STORY BEHIND THE WONG JACK MAN – BRUCE LEE FIGHT by Rick L. Wing and Greglon Lee
Many say this fight was the most important fight in the life of the famed martial icon Bruce Lee. True or not? You be the judge. Many say that the fight between Wong Jack Man and Bruce Lee in 1964, spurred Lee on to create his personal art of Jeet Kune Do. This talk describes the context within which the fight occurred, how it all happened, why it happened, and what happened afterward. It is also a glimpse into the kung fu world of San Francisco Chinatown in the 1960s.
DISCO (CLAM) ISN’T DEAD: SILICA BALLS CREATE FLASHING GLAM CLAMS by Lindsey Dougherty
When people think of clams, their minds often go to chowder (possibly accompanied by Pavlovian salivation). “Disco clams”, however, aren’t your average bivalves. These Indo-Pacific creatures are contrasted from their dull-gray, mud-living, soup-making brethren by their bright red tentacles, coral reef homes, and a vivid electric-looking flash that goes back and forth across their mantle. Originally thought to be bioluminescence, the broadband flashing is actually the result of reflection from silica nanospheres that are ideally tuned for the light wavelengths that dominate their environment. The purpose of this flashy display is still unknown. We’ll explore whether the flashing attracts a mate, scares away predators, or lures in prey. Or, perhaps, if the clam is just keepin’ the beat.
Lindsey Dougherty is a PhD candidate in the Caldwell lab at UC Berkeley. Growing up in land-locked Colorado, her childhood aspirations naturally centered around SCUBA diving. With a goal of someday owning a dive shop, she studied business at CU Boulder, and was soon offered her first post-collegiate job… as a toner salesman. Desperate to move to the coast, she accepted, and made >2x what she does as a grad student. Teaching honeymooners how to SCUBA dive in Zanzibar made her realize that research was a better excuse to dive than commercial ventures, so she got a second bachelor’s in biology and studied artificial coral reef systems in Indonesia, where she met and fell in love with the “disco” clam.