. . . and we’re back!

After taking a little break for July, Nerd Nite – Lawrence is back and ready to get all artsy on Aug 8.

We’re at Pachamama’s and, as always, capacity is 60ish until the chairs run out.

We start at 8:00. We’ll open the doors between 7 and 7:30 after all the presenters have a chance to practice. Then you get to eatin’ and boozin’.


We are All Makers by Derick Schweppe

The success of humans can be directly correlated with our unique ability to make things. What we sometimes forget is that everyone has the ability to be creators through making: inventing tools, building structures, and creating works of art. However, since the industrial revolution people have slowly lost connection with the art of making things and the knowledge of how things are made. Now a new crop of affordable and relatively easy to use tools and services are allowing people to get back in touch with their inner makers, and create objects to rival what’s churning out of the industrial machine.

Since Derick was young he has always been a tinkerer and dreamer. He used to fill sketchbooks with designs for flying cars and submarines. Although he may have disassembled more than he created he turned his love of tinkering into a degree in Industrial Design from KU. From there he learned how things were made in the real world both in small and mass quantities locally and overseas. He is using this knowledge to make old things new again, teach Design students at KU, and discover exactly what a person working in their garage with a limited budget can make.

A Great Unveiling: Quantum Mechanics, Society, and Art by Emily Pabst

The development of quantum mechanics was hugely transformative.  It sank the unsinkable classical mechanics, rewrote scientific cosmology, birthed the atom bomb, and altered how all manner of people understand and experience foundational concepts such as time, space, energy, existence, and reality.  Art, alongside quantum mechanics, has become a powerful vehicle for exploring this new world and its baffling dimensions.

Emily enjoys caves, limericks, water slides, art that upsets your brain, buying used cars, and being angered by sea creatures.  She is good at offering to retrieve items from the top shelf; she is not so good at actually retrieving them.  Emily is very appreciative of her loving family and friends.  Without them, life would be way less fun.

Success is a mind game: finding creative flow by Karen Matheis

Based on a need to settle into her work when painting, Karen has developed a series of steps and strategies for finding the creative mode using data found in scientific studies.  Examples include performance time frames and the role of choice in the creative process.

Painter Karen Matheis is the writer of Larryville Artists, a blog about the art and literature scene in Lawrence, larryvilleartists.blogspot.com Her art can be found at www.woodcuts.org