Wednesday, 11. January 2017, Austin, Nerd Nite 88: Skillz to Pay the Billz

from 11. January 2017 - 20:00 till 22:00
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[This is a page mirror of a public event located here: https://www.facebook.com/events/189071661562290/]

[ASL interpreters will be present]

Nerdery isn't just amassing obscure knowledge. It can also be developing an obscure skillset -- sometimes renumerative, but most often not.

Our three speakers this month showcase what happens when you grind out a skill that few others possess.

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"PC Gaming in the 1980's: A Digital (R)evolution" by Jeff Johannigman

The art of PC gaming went through a massive evolution in the 1980's. Computing power and memory increased by orders of magnitude, from hobbyist computers with cassette drives and 16K of RAM, through multimedia PC's with hard drives and CD-ROM. PC games evolved with them, from text adventures through powerful, animated simulations.

Jeff Johannigman was a part of PC gaming history in the 1980's. From his first game published by Atari, through the startup days of Electronic Arts, through co-founding the Game Developers' Conference, to joining Austin's own Origin Systems, Jeff worked as a programmer, designer, and producer on over two dozen published computer games.

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"A life shaped by sailing: Find out how yours can be enriched (with sailing treasure) too!" by Cap'n James Parsons

Want to get into sailing, a sport you can do the rest of your life? Want to sit back and hear some fun nautical stories? Come and be surprised at how easy it is to get into sailing, and find out how you can buy a boat for as much as a nice bicycle.

James is from Florida, but learned sailing in NZ, crossed the Atlantic, worked on Super Yachts, and is an advocate and organizer for sailing in Austin. He is a former presenter at Nerd Nite Orlando.

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"Blues Dance:
The Missing Half of the Music" by Josh Davis

Not many people know that Blues music was meant for dancing. Join us for a little taste of the history of the Blues, and find out what Blues dance is all about!

By day, Josh helps people use visual analytics software in Spanish and English. When not dancing or being responsible, he enjoys jam sessions, tabletop RPGs, and phenomenology.

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Plus!

No speed dating this month; why not meet some new friends through the Nerd Nite Ambassador program?

http://austin.nerdnite.com/ambassador/

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Doors at 7:30, talks start at 8:00. As always, Nerd Nite is free.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!

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