Join Nerd Nite North Bay’s expert speakers for our Tuesday March 3rd show on the dirty secrets of video game design, saving the last elephants in Thailand, and the biology of beer brewing evolving from small scale to delicious commercial quantity!
Three Nerdy Talks. Fresh Beer. $5 tickets available here!
Note seating and food service WILL be available in the Session Room during this event.
Door at 7PM, Show at 7:30PM.
BEER SPEAKS. THE LAB INTERPRETS.
Scaling up from home brew and experimental beers to the full throttle industrial scale needed to satisfy America’s inexhaustible thirst for good craft beer presents unique biological challenges. Over the last nine years the lab at Lagunitas has evolved with new technologies to shorten testing time and maintain superior quality even as the brewery expands beyond California. Lagunitas Quality Manager Jon Mangee will discuss all the lab work necessary to ensure a consistent taste for millions of gallons of beer.
Jon Mangee is the Quality Manager at Lagunitas Brewery. After graduating from Indiana University, Bloomington with a BS in Environmental Science and promptly deciding he liked beer far more than wastewater he obtained a certificate in brewing science from Chicago’s Siebel Institute. He moved to the North Bay nine years ago to take the job of Quality Manager at Lagunitas.
GAME DESIGN CONFIDENTIAL: An Insider’s Dirty Secrets
Computer games are a giant business, but how do those games get made? How do psychology and current gamer behavior play a role in the decisions made by the multitude of people involved in the million details of each and every game? Is an army of monkeys REALLY controlling all of the NPCs? Prepare to be titillated by the ins and outs and ups and downs of the video game industry from a long-time game designer’s point of view.
Michael McCormick has been in the game design business since before the Internets, way back in the 20th century, and has made games for kids, guys, middle-aged ladies, and everything in between for Lucas, Sony, Zynga, DreamWorks, and Electronic Arts.
Elephant Orchestra: The Elephant Refuges of Thailand
Asian elephants are in a quandary: part of a working ecosystem side-by-side with humans, while their dwindling population makes them endangered and their exploitation continues unchecked. Thailand is one of the few refuges in the world for elephants, but even their supporters can’t agree how to save them. This is the next chapter in Douglas Adams’ Last Chance to See.
Pol Stafford is a Refuge Volunteer, a technologist, aikido sensei, poet and Civilization geek.
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