> Nerdnite Feb 28 — Extra sappy

Nerdnite Feb 28 — Extra sappy

The next Nerdnite will get rolling at 8pm on Monday Feb 28 at Middlesex Lounge. We’ve got two fantastic speakers lined up to help you fight off that typical Boston-in-February urge to stay planted firmly on your couch. As usual, DJ Claude Money will provide the nerd-appropriate tunes.

The talks:

1. “I’d Tap That: Getting Started with Maple Sugaring”
by Sam Bett and JJ Prior
Sam Bett loves making all kinds of foods from scratch. He chronicles many of his culinary exploits in EASY JAWS, a printed magazine he edits and self-publishes. When not tapping maples, making cider, or watching something boil, he works as a delivery driver for Boston Organics.
JJ Prior grew up outside Boston, far from the countryside. Since moving to New Hampshire, he has spent much of his time trying to learn how to fit in with the locals. To that end, his hobbies include beekeeping, raising chickens, gardening, and (new for 2011!) learning how to snowmobile. This is his third year vampirizing maple trees. He teaches fifth grade at the local elementary school.

2. “I’m sorry for your lossy”
By Ross Maddox
Lossy music compression, such as mp3, throws out bits of information from your music files. Some bits you never miss, and some you do. While attempting not to moralize too much, sound nerd Ross Maddox will explain how lossy compression works, why it’s such a cool technology, and why you should never listen to it. But do not despair, he will also explain the superior alternative: lossless compression. Ross is a grad student in the field of auditory neuroscience who knows a little bit of math, which he applies as broadly as he can to problems in brains, the stock market, and music processing.

Be there and be square!
Monday February 28, 8pm
Middlesex Lounge
315 Mass Ave, Cambridge

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