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Nerd Nite 19: Summer Shorts

Nerd Nite 19 is brought to you by summer heat and short shorts. Cold libations are available!


If 2 minutes is not enough for you, check out our presenter’s recommended reads.

Drawing the Human Head 101

Karen Matheis

Bridgman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life by George Bridgman

This is a wonderful book on anatomy. Many illustrators like this guide for drawing the human figure.


Punk Side Story: Why A Bunch of Drunks Covering Showtunes Is F*ing Wonderful

Nick Spacek

Gimme Something Better: The Profound, Progressive, and Occasionally Pointless History of Bay Area Punk from Dead Kennedys to Green Day by Silke Tudor and Jack Boulware

Chronicles more than two decades of punk music, progressive politics, social consciousness, and divine decadence, told by the people who made it happen. Brings the outrageous and influential punk scene to life, from the notorious final performance of the Sex Pistols, to Jello Biafra’s bid for mayor, the rise of “Maximum RocknRoll” magazine, and the East Bay pop-punk sound that sold millions around the globe.


Two Minutes, on a Honeymoon, Signifying Nothing

John Kaleugher

Anything by Faulkner or Tender is the Night by Fitzgerald


Alexander the Great: The World’s Best Psychopath and the World’s First Corporate Asshole

Allison Puderbaugh

Alexander the Great Failure: The Collapse of the Macedonian Empire by John D. Grainger

Alexander’s death was not unpredictable: he suffered repeated wounds during his lifetime, and more than one brought him near death; he drank too much; he developed a fever, during which he continued to drink too much; he believed he was a god; he disregarded his doctor’s counsel; he was faced with huge problems which he planned to evade by going on campaign … As a final act of irresponsibility, when asked to whom he would leave his kingdom, he is said to have replied: ‘to the strongest’, and then, ‘I foresee a great funeral contest over me’.

Alexander the Great: Selections From Arrian, Diodorus, Plutarch, and Quintus Curtius edited by James S. Romm and Pamela Mensch

Alexander the Great, Killer of Men: History’s Greatest Conqueror and the Macedonian Art of War by David J. Lonsdale


The Straczynski You Know

Any Straczynski will do.

Sean Wilson


The Lost Presidents

Adrian Jacobs

President Who? Forgotten Founders by Stanley L. Klos


Melvil Dewey

Kristin Soper

Irrepressible Reformer By Wayne A. Wiegand

Melvil Dewey (1851-1931) is known for his Decimal Classification system for libraries, but the system was only one endeavor in a feverishly ambitious life. The other Dewey – reformer, businessman, powerful state education officer, resort-empire builder – has long been obscured, as has the dark side of Dewey’s personality.


American Sign Language, an Abbreviated History

Emily Fekete

Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language: Hereditary Deafness on Martha’s Vineyard by Nora Ellen Groce

A Place of Their Own: Creating The Deaf Community in America by John V. Van Cleve

Using original sources, this unique book focuses on the Deaf community during the nineteenth century. Largely through schools for the deaf, deaf people began to develop a common language and a sense of community. A Place of Their Own brings the perspective of history to bear on the reality of deafness and provides fresh and important insight into the lives of Deaf Americans.

That’s it for the summer. Nerd Nite will take a much deserved break for August and then we’ll back just in time for school!




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