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NubTalks is a bimonthly series of talks. They are held in the Cambridge area and cover a diverse set of topics. If you can’t get there in person, feel free to download the audio or video and join in at your leisure.

This week there are two discussions. Since this is a new series, they have not settled into a permanent home. Check the site to see where it is, in a basement, museum, restaurant, classroom at MIT or someplace else.

A New Kind of Prank Science
This talk is the story of Alec’s birthday present and the month of planning, discussion and story building that went into the half-hour scenario we put him in as his birthday present. It’s the story of a different way of showing a friend that you care about him, about pushing a prank to a level where none of us knew what the outcome would be. It’s a space of pranks that, to our knowledge, hasn’t really been explored, and is simultaneously liberating and exciting and scary.

Tin Can Telecommunications:
Sam Smiley is a media artist and educator, and is one of the think tank operators of media arts collective AstroDime Transit Authority. The AstroDime Transit Authority is a Think-Tank and public service organization that considers issues of transportation, communication and world and intergalactic citizenship. We are specifically interested in issues of race, class, gender and culture with respect to how our human transportation and communication systems are constructed
In his talk, Sam will demonstrate and discuss demonstrate the iCAN and the Party Line, communication technologies pioneered by Astrodime.

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nubtalks is created and organized by nublabs.