SOLD OUT: Nerd Nite 20: the last of the 2014/15 season!

It’s the last Nerd Nite of the season, and it’s going to be an evening of pure, sweet, delicious nerdity. Think along the lines of user experience, squirrels, and… well, foreskin, if we’re totally honest. Which we are.

You aren’t going to want to miss our season finale, so strap in and get ready to nerd out with the best of them.

Be there AND be square.

When: Monday, April 27, 2015 (doors @ 7:30pm, show @ 8pm)
Where: The Club (Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Avenue Edmonton)
$20 in advance, includes fees & GST (Tickets available April 2nd at 9:30amTickets sold out!
$25 at the door, includes fees & GST
$15 for balcony tickets (on sale the week prior to the event)

[Children 17 & Under Will Not Be Admitted]

Our line-up includes…

User Experience: Internet people who care about your feelings
Bob Evans

If you were born prior to 1990 you remember the origins of the internet as a confusing swirl of blue-text-on-black-backgrounds and self-playing MIDI sound files. Well, the web has come a long way since its introduction by a bunch of nerds. While most people perceive improvements to the web as primarily visual the driving force has been something much more expansive: User Experience. For a solid 20 minutes I’ll talk about what User Experience is, how it effects almost every aspect of your life and how when its doing its job right you don’t even know its there.

Bob Evans has spent the past 10 years-ish as a web developer, project manager, business analyst and user experience consultant for both the public and private sector. He also co-runs User Experience Edmonton (@uxyeg), a local professional group dedicated to growing User Experience knowledge within Edmonton. When not doing that he’s a husband, a raconteur and owner of the worst dog in the world… just the worst dog.

One Time at Squirrel Camp…
Amanda Kelley

Of all Nature’s beasts, none has a more indomitable spirit than the majestic squirrel. In the frozen forests of the Yukon, these bushy-tailed arboreal rodents wage a constant struggle against predators, the elements, and their own insatiable hunger… for peanut butter. For the last 31 years, University of Alberta researchers have tracked and studied a wild population of Tamiasciurus hudsonicus — North American red squirrels. Using live-traps, radio-telemetry, and a squirrel “thunderdome,” scientists have explored their subjects’ squirrelly lives. From sibling rivalries in the nest, to adolescent territory exploration, to winter mating chases, there’s never a dull moment in the world of the squirrel.

Amanda Kelley has been pursuing squirrels for the last 6 years, first as a bright-eyed technician, then as a nutty graduate student, and now as a sage field coordinator. Her Masters work focused on the development of personality in young squirrels. In her spare time, Amanda photographs cute critters for a local animal rescue and watches reruns of Futurama with her paleontologist boyfriend.

Strange medieval Christian relics
James White

Medieval Europe was full of relics. It was possible to see the arm of an apostle, a piece of the Cross, and the robes of your local saint, all in one day. And in at least twenty churches, you could pay homage to Christ’s foreskin. As a Jewish boy, Jesus was circumcised, and by the twelfth century, relics of his foreskin had appeared across western Europe. Although theologians thought the relics imperiled the coming Resurrection, female mystics revered them, as part of the emotional piety that developed in the late Middle Ages. Catherine of Siena claimed to wear Christ’s foreskin as a wedding ring, and Agnes Blannbekin did something with it too bizarre to post on the web (but I’ll talk about it anyway). Come think more about Jesus’s penis in twenty minutes than you (probably!) have in your entire life.

James White is a doctoral student in medieval history at the University of Alberta. He came to Edmonton in 2012 from the southern U.S. and still can’t get used to snow that doesn’t melt in 48 hours. He decided to focus his research on Christ’s genitalia after a schizophrenic academic past that includes degrees in biology, French, and German; and graduate work in microbiology. When not focusing on school, he reads 19th-century sensation novels and cross stitches while watching 1980s feminist comedies.