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nerd nite 23: undead, the universes and everything

UPDATE: Lots of awesome linky goodness from Nerd Nite Wellington #23

And we’re on for Nerd Nite Wellington 23! As always, it will be held from 6pm (talks starting at 6:30 pm) at Hotel Bristol, Cuba Street, Wellington.

Date: 21 July 2014.

Nerd nite is a free event, so bring your friends, family and nemeses! There are even 2 for 1 specials on some meals, too; an ideal opportunity to bring someone along, OR make a new friend 🙂

 

Quick aside: Nerd Nite Calendar

Keep forgetting to calendar Nerd Nites Wellington? Well, forget no more! 

 

And now, without further ado, the lineup (in no particular order; speaker order may change on the night!):

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nerd nite wellington #23 poster

Poster! Click to enlarge and print out for your school/workplace/laboratory/lair.

Tech knitting and the code of craft
Tash Barneveld (@knitsch)

Knitting is enjoying a renaissance of popularity. Much is attributed to the mental health benefits, our desire to slow down in a busy world, and the ability to create something unique in a mass-produced society. However there’s much more behind it: i’m going to explore knitting’s connections to code, maths and the internet.

After repeatedly learning and forgetting how as a child, Tash re-taught to herself to knit in 2006. Initially an act  of rebellion against being surrounded by people learning to crochet, it became an obsession. 8 years later, Tash owns a hand-dyed yarn business and two yarn stores as part of a crusade against awful yarn and knitting stereotypes.

The Law of the Undead: real legal problems to consider ahead of the Zombie Apocalypse
Rochelle Furneaux (@kiwiseabreeze)

Rochelle is a real live lawyer with 20 years of NZ experience, and Director at Enspiral Legal Ltd. More details on the talk coming soon!

Possibilities and Constellations
Matt Visser and Rachel Lenart

“Every choice, every decision you’ve ever made and never made exists in an unimaginably vast ensemble of parallel universes.”Constellations by Nick Payne, Circa Theatre 26 July – 23 August

Professor Matt Visser explores concepts around Multiverse Theory, free will,  and the dividing line between what we know and what we speculate to be true.

Matt Visser is a Professor of Mathematics at Victoria University in Wellington. He has published widely in the areas of general relativity, quantum field theory, and theoretical cosmology.

Theatre Director Rachel Lenart joins the conversation as she looks at how these theories are theatrically explored in her production of CONSTELLATIONS, by Nick Paye, on at Circa Theatre, on 26 July – 23 August There’ll even be a double pass spot prize to the show!

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