In a fight between a minibike and a Tesla, the winner is Fargo Nerd Nite

Good evening nerds,

Well that month flew by fast. Thanks so much everyone that showed up to our post-Covid debut, and I hope you’re ready for MORE because we’ve got MOAR. Topics for our September show:

Mythbusting EVs & Mathmatically Deciding Yay or Nay

So you’re a math geek and want to know how to mathematically decide if an electric vehicle (EV) would work for you, or maybe you despise math want someone to explain an easy way to figure this out.  Do these things catch fire?  Are they as fast as a Bentley? Do they need sunlight to run?  Do they have a fireplace?  (For you a cliff notes types…no, yes, no, and yes.)

Join me for a balanced perspective on EVs…things to consider, upsides, downsides, EVcetera.

Dana Woodruf is an engineer working in finance at Bobcat. Originally from Houston, she moved to Fargo last summer.  She’s had an electric vehicle for 4 years and 83,000 miles…and she analyzes everything!

I Have Five Minibikes and So Should You

A minibike is a two-wheeled, motorized, off-highway recreational vehicle popularized in the 1960s and 1970s, but available continuously from a wide variety of manufacturers since 1959. OK- thanks Wikipedia, but what’s the whole story?  What’s the difference between a minibike and a dirtbike, or a scooter?  Should I build five of them in my garage?  How do I do that?  We’ll address these important questions and more.

Dusty O Schultz was born and raised right here in Fargo ND. In 2002 he graduated from the North Dakota State College of Science with a degree in Diesel Technology. For the last 20 years he has been employed at GPK Products in the maintenance department as a Mold Tech. Hobbies include using an axe to split wood the old fashioned way, fixing pretty much anything that does not contain a computer, and rocking out to his favorite jams.

…and since our last speaker had to back out (don’t worry- he’ll be back in November!) we’ll supplement with some trivia, along with our usual potty humor, door prizes, dranks, and overall good times. So we’ll see you this Wednesday, September 21st, 7PM, Fargo Billiards and Gastropub. This show is free and open to the public, but as we learned in August that may change shortly, so get it free while it’s free.

🙂 T

WE’RE BACK BABY!!! August Nerd Nite.

There are not nearly enough dirty O-chem shirts for sale.
Completely untapped market.

F an A right, tater- after a two year pandemic induced hiatus and the world’s slowest relauch process, we are FINALLY BACK. Now we can pair our excessive drinking with learning again! YAAAAAYY!! Topics:

Does God Shoot Craps? And Other Ways People Fuck Up Quantum Physics.

While postulating about quantum mechanics, Albert Einstein famously stated “God does not play dice with the Universe.” He had a knack for saying cool sh*t that people still misinterpret to this day. Most folks have heard something about quantum mechanics, whether it be in the news, as plot devices for popular books or movies, or from other crap that borders on religion/philosophy. Let’s kickoff Nerd Nite with a chat about quantum mechanics; a few of the basic ideas, some of the neat consequences and where lots of folks get things wrong (even Einstein).

Warren Christiansen has been a nerd his whole life.  He loves board games, role playing games, movies, music and most things nerd. Warren is an Assistant Professor of Physics at NDSU and also regularly plays music around town at Junkyard Brewery and Max Lounge.

How Dirty is Carbon?

The press will tell you that carbon can be dirty but they never mention the deep and scandalous truth of how it really gets down. Join me for a journey through organic chemistry that would make your mother blush (depending on your mother).

Dr. Angelica Meyer is a fun-loving Ph.D. Organic Chemist after graduating from the University of Kansas. Afterwards, she served as a chemist in the oil field for 5 years and is currently working as a senior manager in Technical Operations at Aldevron, where she designs and drives processes for GMP manufacturing of biologic materials. She’s a mathematician at heart where the beers are always half-full!

Fic or Fact, Uncovering the Truth about Pole Fitness

Put on your best detective face as we collect historical clues to answer the burning question: does doing pole fitness make you a stripper?

Dr. Misty Tomchuk is co-owner of Zero Gravity Alternative Fitness in Fargo, ND. With a background in hard sciences and education, she has been teaching and coaching since 1999. Her hobbies include starting businesses, helping people, and binge watching tarot readings on YouTube.

OH, and we finally ponied up and got sweet FNN tshirts! They are soft and stretchy and fantastic for subtley proclaiming your nerdery to the world. These will be on sale at the show for $20 each (cash or venmo), or keep an eye on our social medias for chances to win one for freesies.

SO, Wednesday August 17th, show at 7PM, doors at 6:30, Fargo Billiards and Gastropub. See your beautiful faces there.

🙂 T

Save the Date

August 17th. Prepare yourselves.

Fires. Asses. It starts today.

Greetings my nerds- I hope your year has been going well. I just got home from the annual Nerd Nite Bosses retreat, where all the other bosses shared news about their successful relaunches since the “end” of quarantine, and I haven’t done shit for over a year. *facepalm*

SO consider this the fire lit under the posterior to get this beast off the ground again. It’s going to be a lot of work- we need to re-establish our relationship with our venue, line up speakers, organize the door prizes, and try to remember all the passwords to all of our social media accounts, but it’s fecking worth it bc Nerd Nite is awesome and unique, and so are all of you. <3

Thanks for sticking with us, keep being safe, and watch for updates probably after the New Year. Until then, MEMES.

🙂 T

Update: March Nerd Nite will be livestream only. #fuckyoucoronavirus

Hey there my nerds,

Welp, with the updated guidance from the CDC and the POTUS (no gatherings of groups >10 people), we’ve now decided that March Nerd Nite will be totally virtual.  Practice your self quarantine and stream us live from our Facebook Page; Science Evolved is still coming in to educate us on this scourge of a virus, because just like GI Joe taught us, knowing is half the battle 🙂  Remember that you can submit your questions via Slido.com, event code #FargoNerdNite (there is no sign up or anything required- just enter the event code and submit your questions easy peasy).

We’ve also rescheduled our other two speakers to later in the year, so we can focus on what everyone’s talking about currently- thanks heaps to Ben and Jon for being so flexible with their time.

Depending on how the situation develops, future events may be delayed, cancelled, or totally virtual as well- stay with us on social media or via our email list for updates, and please continue to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and share dank memes to fight this garbage off.  AND if you are so inclined, please consider buying some giftcards from the Gastropub to help support our awesome venue while they tough out this quarantine- call them up at (701) 282-4168 to purchase and they will mail the gift cards out to you.

So pour yourself a drink from the comfort of your couch, and tune in tomorrow, March 18th, 7PM to get all the real lowdown- minus the hype- on COVID-19 with our speaker Manpreet Bains’ talk ‘Is the Coronavirus Going to Kill us All?’ (Side note- that is a pretty hype-y title.  Wtf Matt LOL.).

Stay healthy, nerds.  Hopefully we won’t see you soon.

🙂 T

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March Nerd Nite: Thank God for Live Streaming

Greetings nerds!  I hope you are all weathering this storm well.  Let me get right to the point: as of right now, March Nerd Nite is going forward as planned. We struggled quite a bit with whether or not to cancel this show, but we refuse to give into hysteria,  and based on the most recent guidelines of the CDC, we believe that with a little thoughtfulness, we can carry on our nerdery without significant risk to our audience, our venue, or ourselves.  Not to mention that in the wake of panic currently sweeping the medias, we believe it is important to fight fear with facts, and as one of our speakers has incredibly relevant facts to share, we shall align with the old adage that the show must go on.

As always, you are free (and for this month, I daresay you are encouraged) to stay home and enjoy NN from the comfort of your toilet paper fort by streaming our show via Facebook Live (@nerdnitefargo).  BUT considering that the risk level for ND is low right now, you are also welcome to join us at the GP as usual.   Allow me to remind you to please stay the fuck home if:

  • You are sick.
  • Have recently been in contact with someone who is sick.
  • Have recently traveled to an area of high infection rate (way to go Idaho, Alaska, and Alabama- crushing it).
  • Are yourself extra vulnerable to illness, or have frequent contact with someone who is.

AND since we anticipate that many of you will choose to stay home, for the first time in a long time, you can submit questions to our presenters via Slido.com, event code #FargoNerdNite.  With that said, please allow me to present the details for this month’s talks!

Is the Coronavirus going to kill us all?  Over the past few weeks, the news media has been dominated by the scary Coronavirus out of China. People have become so petrified of this disease, they’ve even stopped drinking Corona beer and cut back on Chinese food. So, what is the coronavirus and is it dangerous? This talk will discuss details of the virus and delve into how fearful we should really be of this disease.

Manpreet Bains is an all-around science enthusiast who graduated with a Ph.D. in Molecular Pathogenesis a few years ago. After graduate school, he started working for a local biotech company, which he left a few months ago to start working on a science blog (scienceevolved.com). He’s the lucky father to a one-year old baby girl and spends his free time binging Netflix, gaming, and spending time with family.

Going Undercover – A Peek Behind the Curtain of US Intelligence Agencies.  You are about to get a briefing on the history of US Intelligence: its origins, victories, tragedies, and how it’s changed throughout the years. We will also take a look at some bad ass spies that changed the world, even though you never heard their names.

Ben Jagim earned a Bachelor’s from UND and a Master’s in International Affairs from Texas A&M with a concentration in Intelligence as a Tool of Statecraft. He operates his own insurance agency and enjoys community projects. His nerd focus includes A Song of Ice and Fire, superhero movies, Star Trek: TNG, and history.   Short version: he drinks and he knows things.

…and we may even have one more, but he’s really procrastinating sending me his talk details, so unfortunately I can’t tell you anything more about him. 🙂  The last things I’ll share are that there will still be beer, there will still be learning, and there will still be fun.  Unless things take a turn (and if they do, we’ll keep you updated), we’ll be at Fargo Billiards and Gastropub this Wednesday, March 18th, 7PM (doors at 6:30) should you choose to join us, otherwise we’ll be cheersing you from the other side of the internet.  Don’t forget to Slido us your questions, and stay awesome, friends.

🙂 T

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Celebrate your love…for knowledge. February Nerd Nite!

Happy Saturday, nerds.  It’s been a hot minute since the last FNN and we sure do miss the hell out of you all, so I am thrilled that we finally get to kick off our 2020 season!  Check out our bomb line up for this month:

Tentacular: the Origins of Hentai.  Explore the true gift to America that was given to us because of a truly gruesome crime. See how this art form made it into the public sphere in the west, and left us wanting more!

Though it is known that Ari Harveland is a local sex nerd, it is less known that she has been a casual history nerd ever since she presented on Elizabeth the 1st of England in elementary school. Part time crazy cat lady, part time nerd, Ari is back again!

HIVstory: A look back through the history of HIV across the world, in the US and in ND.  A year-to-year history of the good, the bad and what is to come in the future.

Brenton Nesemeier grew up in Fargo and went to NDSU where he received his MS degree in Microbiology. He has been with the ND Dept of Health for 3 years, where he gets to talk sex, vaccine preventable disease (get your shots people), and food borne outbreaks to the public on a daily basis.

…plus trivia, booze, prizes, and other general nerdery, all happening on Wednesday February 19th, 7PM, at Fargo Billiards and Gastropub.  Free and open to the public, as long as you’re 21, because there are laws about drunk children here.  Be there and be square.

🙂 T

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Gambler Magic: FNN #50

FARGO NERD NITE #50 Y’ALL!!!

Happy November, Nerds. Our next show marks the 50th official Fargo Nerd Nite- that’s over a hundred talks, hundreds of beers, dozens of speakers, several botched trivia games, and a couple of very tired bosses. 🙂 I’d like to tell you that we have special plans to celebrate this anniversary, but let’s be real- we’re underachievers and we have a format that works, so let’s stick with it.  Topics this month:

The Gambler 500: The most badass off-road rally that you have probably never heard of. Giving tossed aside and sometimes abandoned vehicles a new life and a chance to become legendary! Intentionally vague, always awesome! ABG!

Dusty O Schultz was born and raised right here in Fargo, and graduated from NDSCS with a degree in Diesel Technology in 2002. Hobbies include using an axe to split wood the old fashioned way, fixing anything that does not contain a computer, and constantly looking for another classic car to buy.  When not doing any of that stuff Dusty maintains his status as the self-proclaimed Roller coaster champion of the world, for never walking past a roller coaster without riding it first.

Magizoology for Muggles.  Accio Harry Potter fans! Did you know that magic is all around us, even in the muggle world? You just have to look in the right places! There are shape-shifter boggarts in the ocean, humans have their own magical tears like phoenixes, and there are even fungi that can use the mind controlling imperius curse. Come and see what else is inside the magical briefcase of the muggle world!

Kimberly Booth is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Biological Sciences at NDSU. She teaches biology for non-science majors, in which she focuses on two major goals: 1) providing a scientific lens by which to evaluate societal issues and 2) fostering curious and scientifically literate citizens. Her research interests include how students make decisions about socio-scientific issues, such as vaccination.

PLUS test your Nerd Mettle with some NN trivia, maybe have some cake, definitely have a beer…you know this story.  AND since we take December off, this will be our last Nerd Nite of 2019 until we return in 2020, so you better get your fix now.  See y’all Wednesday November 20th, 7PM, Fargo Billiards and Gastropub.  Be there and be square.

🙂 T

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Happy Halloween, MFers! October Nerd Nite.

What’s up, Nerds?  I hope your Halloween costumes are coming along nicely.  I haven’t even started on mine yet- my coworkers and I are all going to dress up like VSCO girls, so step one…find out what the fuck a VSCO girl is.  Anyway, first things first: DEETS FOR OCTOBER NERD NITE ARE HERE!!

The Red Goo that Fuels You. In celebration of All Hallows’ Eve, this talk will discuss the importance of blood; the amazing 5 liters of fluid that powers you. This hemoglobin carrying liquid does more than just carry oxygen and nutrients. We’ll discuss the human history of blood, cool facts about it, gain a better understanding of why blood is important and learn about its purpose in our daily lives.

Manpreet Bains graduated with a Ph.D. in Molecular Pathogenesis where his research focused on the interactions of the neuropeptide, Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide, and the body. His research involved understanding how VIP impacted eosinophils and T-cells in the immune system, altered metabolism, and modified the microbiome. Likes include big words, Qdoba lunches, and blogging nerdy science articles on FB @SciencEvolved.

DON’T PANIC. Hitchhiker’s Guide to Cosmic Horrors.  Dive with us into the possibility of the universe suddenly ceasing to exist, and how it could already be failing. A presentation about cosmic horror and the danger of the infinitely massive to quantumly small.

Jade Harveland is returning after uncovering Atlantis and has talked on everything from sex toys to comics. He’s now here to terrify us with how the world could end.

Definitely Ancient and Totally Mysterious: an Intro to Tarot Cards.

Dani Harveland has been a practicing pagan for over a decade, and she is definitely using this presentation as an excuse to buy more Tarot decks because enough is never enough. (Just don’t tell her partner ;). If you can convince her to part with one of her precious babies you could even win your very own themed Tarot complete with custom pouch.

Plus free candy, beer that I wish was free, and maybe crazy people in costumes.  Idk.  It’s Halloween.  Let’s get weird.  See your spooky asses on Wednesday October 16th, 7PM (doors at 6:30), Fargo Billiards and Gastropub. 

🙂 T

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Atlantian Fire Tips: Sept 2019

Greetings from Chicago, Nerds!  It is the time of year when NN bosses from all over the country gather in a chosen city to share tips, fun stories, and ideas about how to make NN the best it can be.  Also they watch me get brick-faced and marvel at the liver powers of North Dakotans. 🙂 ANYWAY, topics for September Nerd Nite are here!

Five Tips on Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth. Learn how to best support the LGBTQ+ youth you come across in your life without sprinkling rainbow glitter everywhere you go (although glitter will be available upon request). Included topics are pronouns, expressing oneself, coming out, the alphabet of LGBTQIIAA plus, and dealing with mean people.

Adrienne MacDonald (they/them) is an activist for the LGBTQ+ community. Their most important role as an activist is to facilitate Kaleidoscope, the LGBTQ+ youth support group at The Pride Collective and Community Center.  Adrienne has a B.S. degree from NDSU in Psychology, and attends graduate school at MSUM, writing their thesis on LGBTQ+ youth, adult support, and mental health. Their work with at-risk youth won’t stop any time soon.

I get paid to light fires. What is a prescribed fire?  Have you ever heard of the term “good fire”? How can there be such a thing? Come learn the benefits of using fire as an ecological/management tool in the northern tall-grass prairie. Fire is a natural process in this ecosystem and many species require it for their survival. Learn the anatomy of a prescribed fire and how this practice can be applied safely in natural areas.

Matt Mecklenburg has been in working in the natural resources field for 20 years, the last 15 of which have been with The Nature Conservancy (TNC). He has been involved with prescribed fire during that entire time, the last 11 serving as a burn boss for TNC. He holds a B.S. in Natural resources from NDSU and an A.A.S. in Natural Resources from Central Lakes College. He enjoys spending time with his wife Candace and silver Labrador retriever Otus. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking and paddling.

The Lost City of Atlantis.  Let’s dive into a mystery as old history itself, in time before the first of the ancient wonders of the world. A mysterious lost land where we must ask ourselves what is even possible as we pull back the curtains on our own history in search for answers. Answers to where the lost city of Atlantis is, what happened to it, its people, and if it even existed in the first place.

Jade Harveland is four time speaking veteran of Fargo Nerd Nite.  When he’s not nerding with FNN, he works as a sex educator and trainer at Enchantasy’s intimate boutique.  His favorite hobby is sneaking dicks into his presentations.

There you have it!  Join us for some story telling, some tips for being a good human, and and some sweet-ass conservation this Wednesday, September 18th, 7PM (doors at 6:30), Fargo Billiards and Gastropub.  Get your think and drink on.  See you there.

🙂 T

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