Nerd Nite 69: Balance

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[ASL interpreters will be present]

With all the bad / polarizing news these days, you might feel justified in thinking that the center cannot hold, the falcon cannot hear the falconer etc.

Well if you are long-time Nerd Niter, you know we've already disproved the falcon part. So how about meeting some local experts-in-equilibrium?

This month's talks:

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"Countersteering and the cerebrum: The mechanics of balance on two wheels," by Zach Vonler

The physics that make it possible to ride inline two-wheelers are surprisingly complex, and the human ability to intuit how to control these machines is equally impressive. Zach will discuss some of the physical and physiological principles that allow us to enjoy bicycles and motorcycles.

Zach is a lover of all kinds of bikes, having ridden and raced bicycles and motorcycles most of his life. He currently works as an instructor with RideSmart, a Texas-based motorcycle trackday school.

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"Tour of Origami," by Robby Kraft

Sit back for this fantastic tour of origami from it's rebirth to the most complex pieces coming out today. Then learn all about the tools and software that modern origami artists use to help them pack more circles and achieve more-precise and realistic proportions to their models.

Robby Kraft is an origami engineer, computer scientist, musician, and has been folding one origami model everyday for 2015.

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"Shrinking Heads and Expanding Minds: A Psychiatrist Wonders About Mental Illness," by Daniel Morehead, MD

Virtually everyone agrees that there are many ‘myths’ about mental illness, but where does myth end and science begin? Dan Morehead (real name) will discuss the surprisingly solid science about mental illness, the myths that surround the science, and the ways that illnesses of the brain compare to traditional medical diseases.

Daniel Morehead has practiced psychiatry for over twenty years. He is a physician who is board certified in General Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry, and has interests in brain science, spirituality and psychotherapy.

**Editorial note: May is Mental Health Month!**

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Plus!

Want to get a jump on your nerdery? Form a covalent bond at Nerd Nite Speed-Dating before the show: http://buytickets.at/nnatx/26791

-- or meet some new friends through the Nerd Nite Ambassador program:
http://austin.nerdnite.com/ambassador/

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Doors at 7:30, talks start at 8:00 (note new time!). As always, Nerd Nite is free.

Talks may not be given in the order described. Grab a beer and relax!

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