Nerd Nite Orlando XXIV

Join us for our 24th consecutive Nerd Nite in Orlando with a special Valentine’s Day theme featuring NERDY SPEED DATING!

Nerd Nite Orlando is an evening of entertaining yet thought-provoking talks across many disciplines – all while the audience drinks along in a casual bar atmosphere. Speakers present for 15-20 minutes each on a fascinating subject of their choice, often in an uncanny and unconventional way. Following each presentation is a brief Q&A with the audience.

Quench your curiosity! Come meet up, drink, and learn something new!


Thursday, February 12th
Talks 7:00 – 9:00pm
Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Rd. Winter Park, FL 32803.

NERDY SPEED DATING (Hosted by Ricardo Williams)

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“They Might Be Giants: Brooklyn’s Ambassadors of Love” by Ed Petersen

If you’ve enjoyed the alternative rock musicians of the past thirty years, there’s a good chance you know about the unique worldview of Brooklyn’s TMBG. Their pop music is injected with a heavy dose of absurdism, nerdy references, and off-beat musicianship. They’ve written music for kids, provided soundtracks to TV shows, movies & commercials, and played well over 1,000 shows to promote their one-of-a-kind vision. They’ve even won two Grammys for their efforts. Join us as Ed takes on a magical, musical ride through their discography!

Ed Petersen holds B.A. in Economics from U.C.F. and currently works for the City of Orlando’s Planning Division. Perhaps unexpectedly, Ed is a “giant” alternative music nerd, having attended shows by R.E.M., They Might Be Giants, Weird Al Yankovic, Indigo Girls, Interpol, Paula Cole, and many others. He can even list the entire TMBG discography in exact order!


“Roses are Red, Orange Lilies Mean I Hate You: Exploring the Symbology of Flowers” by Emily Dovydaitis

Although most flowers lack tu-lips, they often “say” more than most people realize. During the Victorian era, the clandestine language of flowers provided a way for society to communicate emotions in a more respectable manner. Lovers, charmers and boothangs alike should ask themselves one simple question before this Valentine’s Day: what sort of message are you actually sending with that bouquet?

Emily Dovydaitis is a tree-hugging enthusiast, as well as an undergraduate in Biology and Cultural Anthropology at UCF. She fancies ethnobotany. Her dream is to one day travel to the Amazon to study native, plant-derived medicines. When she’s not drowning in organic chemistry, Emily enjoys rattling off plant binomials and drinking tea. She also secretly envies the fact that plants make their own food, which means they don’t need to clean dishes.

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