Nerd Nite February 12th: Don’t live-tweet your heist!

World War II club
50 Conz Street, Northampton MA
February 12th, 7:00pm, $5.00 admission

‘Heist, Heist Baby (Too Bold, Too Bold): A discussion on caper culture, and certainly not an outline on how to plan and execute your own successful swindle’

What do the Shelby Mustang GT500, the Declaration of Independence, and John Travolta’s face have in common? At some point, someone has wanted to steal them for some ridiculous reason. In this talk, we examine how heist movies have evolved over the last 100 years, and see what lessons can be gleaned from their fictional successes and failures.

Joe Van Allen has some degrees in stuff not related to heists, is a capable contortionist, and gets a little emotional during Ocean’s 11 when they’re all standing at the fountain and Clair de Lune is playing.


‘Don’t #AskMeAnything: A review of social media fails and blunders by people who should know better’

Since the dawn of Facebook and Twitter, humankind has exhibited very poor judgment in the way they use social media. Major public figures and huge companies far too often post things that make us want to grab a bag of popcorn and watch things play out in a mixture of amusement and horror. In this talk, I’ll discuss the major ways in which people fail at social media, ranging from the funny to the serious, and throw in some wins as well.

Ebru Kardan is the Director of Communications at the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and one of the co-organizers of Nerd Nite NoHo. She’s managed social media for nearly a dozen organizations and businesses and has, on more than one occasion, given herself anxiety attacks by posting the wrong thing to the wrong page.

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