Event: Nerd Nite Hong Kong: Halloween Edition – Come dressed up!
Date: 30th October 2017
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location: Mezcalito; 27/F, 18 On Lan St, Central.
Entry Fee: Free! Thanks to the support provided by the venue! You just got to buy your own drinks!
Speaker 1: Dr. Michael Pittman
Quick Nerdisms: Dinosaurs were amazingly strange, but T. rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops were just the tip of the iceberg! In ‘Freaky Dinosaurs!’ we’ll explore the weirder sides of the world of dinosaurs. I might even throw in some blood and guts for extra effect, we’ll see.
Nerd Cred: Michael Pittman is a dinosaur palaeontologist at the University of Hong Kong. He is particularly interested in carnivorous dinosaurs and the origin of birds. He expects lots of chocolate and candy in his trick-or-treat bag.
Speaker 2: Mr. Jasper van Holsteijn
Topic: Sexy Ghosts and Cute Demons
Quick Nerdisms: What do a 17th century Chinese horror story writer, a Taoist sex manual, and a Hong Kong porn parody have in common? Find out in this talk about the femme fatales of Chinese horror, and learn how to protect yourself from sexy ghosts on Halloween night.
Nerd Cred: Jasper van Holsteijn is a PhD-candidate in Comparative Literature at HKU, whose thesis is on Hong Kong and Taiwanese gangster films. Originally from The Netherlands, he is a big fan of horror films and stories, Chinese or otherwise.
Speaker 3: Mr. Shawn Tan Zheng Kai
Topic: Developing the Neuralyzer from Men in Black
Quick Nerdisms: A flash of light, and bam! Memories of witnessing an alien is all gone. That’s the work of the neuralyzer, the iconic memory erasing device from Men in Black. This idea might seem far-fetched, but yet with a greater understanding of memory, neuroscientists are getting ever closer to achieving this. What do we already know about memory? What can we do with memories? Is the concept of a neuralyzer even actually possible? We’ll explore these questions and more in this talk!
Nerd Cred: Shawn Tan Zheng Kai is a PhD candidate at HKU studying neuroscience, in particular, studying the possibility of erasing memories, speaking of which, I should mention that Shawn Tan Zheng Kai is a PhD candidate at HKU studying neuroscience, in particular, studying the possibility of erasing memories…