RechaRGe 2021

RechaRGe 2021 is October 9 online.  Join us from anywhere!

Join us for our virtual RG, RechaRGe, on October 9 & 10.  Activities include speakers on topics including astronomy, death and dying, science forum, human trafficking, living in a post pandemic world; socializing with our Jazz Brunch, Ron’s Bar, Rob’s pub crawl, brandy & cigars;  crafting with Kathy and Jandy; games of trivia and Jackbox.

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Sessions

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Title:  Opening Remarks

Time: Oct 9, 2021 12:45 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Go Bags used to be the domain of survivalists, a crowd best known for their general paranoia, bogus conspiracy theories and habit of putting aluminum foil inside their hats so that the government couldn’t read their brain waves.  However, a recent string of extreme weather events (hurricanes, heat waves, droughts, forest fires and flash floods to name a few) is starting to change our perspective on the value of planning for catastrophic interruptions in essential support systems and pre-assembling important papers and some emergency supplies in a location where you can access them quickly in an emergency…i.e. a “Go Bag.”  This planning process starts with a pencil and paper, and even if you decide not to stock up on aluminum foil for all your hats, the fact that you’ve thought ahead will make you safer (and probably happier) in the long run.

Bio:  Tom is not a survivalist but, after moving from Upstate New York to a more weather impacted part of the country has sheltered in place through several hurricanes and learned some lessons the hard way.  He will share his insights with his former fellow MoNNY members and other RechaRGe attendees.  Always an interesting and informative presenter.

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Topic: Go Bags  by Tom Milner

Time: Oct 9, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Learn to make a level 0 Menger cube and a six pointed 3D executive toy from business cards.  These will display your name and logo in attractive shapes.  Hints will also be supplied for creating higher level Menger sponges.  (Search “Mega Menger MIT” and “Mega Menger basic card” for details.)  Requirements: 15 business cards.  Optional:  Additional cards for extra credit or mistakes, pencil to reinforce creases, and nail file or blade screwdriver to aid in construction.

Bio:  Jandy joins us from Greater New York Mensa to share this fun crafting project.

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Topic: Business Card Origami  by Jandy Warner

Time: Oct 9, 2021 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Join us for another trash-to-treasure craft program, as we give old T-shirts new life as dog tug toys! This is a two-step process. We will start by making T-shirt yarn, then braiding it into a thick rope.

If you saved the T-shirt sleeves from last year’s tote bag craft, you’re in luck! This project will use about four sleeves’ worth of fabric (around 24 yards of yarn.) If you’re starting with a full T-shirt instead, don’t worry; you’ll just have extra yarn left over. T-shirt yarn can also be purchased in craft stores, if you’d rather skip that step. Note that this craft, unlike the tote bag, will not preserve the design on the shirt.

Bio:  A long time RechaRGe favorite is Kathy Moon and her tote of crafting supplies and ideas.  With our having gone virtual she will be sharing another of her practical and fun projects.

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Topic: Crafts with Kathy Kathy Moon

Time: Oct 9, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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As an end-of-life doula, Kerry works with clients, helping them and their families realize the best death possible. She seeks to demystify the dying process and emotionally, spiritually, psychologically, and logistically support the dying as they enter the last, important, chapter of life. Kerry lectures on death and dying, writes on the topic, and sits on the board of the Colorado End-of-Life Collaborative. As a public speaker, her mission is to change the way we “do death” in America, making it less the “elephant in the middle of the dining room table”—something that everyone wants to pretend isn’t there—to a topic that is openly discussed. In doing so, she believes both the dying and their families will face the inevitable less-fearful, and more prepared.

Bio:  Kerry received her BA in Journalism and Communication from the University of New Mexico and her MS in Criminology from Regis University. She worked for the Denver Police Department in the Victim’s Assistance Unit before training at the Conscious Dying Institute and becoming a certified End-of-Life Doula.

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Topic: Death Midwives: Working with the Dying and their Families to Do Death by Kerry Arquette

Time: Oct 9, 2021 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Saturday

7:00-9:00

Ron’s Bar and Rob’s Pub Crawl

Killing two birds and who knows how many brain cells join RechaRGe’s favorite bartender Ron Norris and our fearless pub crawl leader with a visit or two from Rob Salkin for a virtual socializing zoom.   Ron will be preparing some of his potent potables while our “Man on the Street” will bop in with the best pub crawl he can imagine or, if Judy gets her way, a showing of his fabulous HalloweeM costume entry.  Maybe he’ll be on the street or circling the globe from his living room he’s always good company.  Fire up that blender and join us for a few hours of imbibing and comradery.

Ron Norris & Rob Salkin

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Topic: Ron’s Bar and Rob’s Pub Crawl

Time: Oct 9, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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An RG classic returns!  Ryan Nudi hosts a series of late night online party games from the makers of “You Don’t Know Jack.”  Players will need two screens (either two devices or a dual-monitor device) to play and participate.              The Jackbox game app will run on one device or screen and a parallel Zoom meeting will run to allow chat amongst the players.

Bio:  Ryan Nudi is MoNNY’s games guru and, in non-pandemic times, the host of our monthly games event and keeper of the hot dog machine.  He and wife Tara were the imaginative creators of the RechaRGe escape room when we could meet in person.  Always a delight to spend time with so fire up those devices and get ready to rumble!

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Topic: Jackbox TV with Ryan Nudi

Time: Oct 9, 2021 09:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Join Rob Salkin and Erin Kilmer for brunch with a live jazz trio featuring our own Nate “Rockin’ On” Schied. This event will be on Discord at https://discord.gg/s3t6JKUR9A . New to Discord? No worries! Click here for a 60-second crash course https://youtu.be/kDYR_l_ykoU. (Discord will suggest that you create an account, but you only need to provide a username to join the event.) This is our only non-zoom event in RechaRGe 2021 brunch provision are to be self-acquired.

Nathan Schied/Rob Salkin/Erin Kilmer

Occasionally astronomers spot objects from other planetary systems that pass through our solar system. They come in from high above or below the orbital plane of the planets, stay for a fleeting moment, then travel back out into interstellar space. But are these just typical asteroids or comets that were flung out of their home system? Or could they actually be the first signs of intelligent life coming for a visit? Join us to find out!”

Bio:  Doctor Valerie Rapson earned her Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology from RIT. Her research focused on the structure and composition of planet-forming disks around nearby young stars. Dr. Rapson spent 5 years developing and teaching astronomy education programs for the Dudley Observatory, and is now an Assistant Professor in the Physics and Astronomy department at SUNY Oneonta.

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Topic: 1I/ʻOumuamua and 2I/Borisov – Interstellar Comets or Alien Spacecrafts? by Valerie Rapson, Ph.D.

Time: Oct 10, 2021 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Bring your questions on Astronomy, Physics, Biology, and any other queries in the scientific realm for our astronomer, physicist, and biology teacher or give your kids a boost on their homework assignments (no, they will not dictate a thesis). Advance questions can be emailed to AskAScientistRechaRGe@gmail.com.

Harry Ringermacher, PhD Physics with general expertise in General Science, Classical and Quantum physics, Einstein’s General and Special relativity, Cosmology (evolution of the universe).

Doctor Valerie Rapson earned her Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology from RIT. Her research focused on the structure and composition of planet-forming disks around nearby young stars. Dr. Rapson spent 5 years developing and teaching astronomy education programs for the Dudley Observatory, and is now an Assistant Professor in the Physics and Astronomy department at SUNY Oneonta.

Terri Walsh recently joined the ranks to specialize as a biology teacher for middle or high school grades after spending time subbing in various middle and secondary school science curriculums.  She welcomes your questions on matters of science and also science education in today’s world.

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Topic: Ask the Scientist Forum Harry Ringermacher, PhD, Valerie Rapson, PhD, Terri Walsh

Time: Oct 10, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Discussion on how a pandemic upended global protest movements, conflict, and deep poverty and how the health crisis has reshaped the world order.

Bio:  Philippe Nassif is the Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International USA where he works with U.S. government representatives in Congress and the executive branch to ensure that human rights are prioritized and protected across the region.. Before coming to Amnesty, Philippe worked as the executive director at In Defense of Christians in the Middle East where he advocated on behalf of persecuted religious minorities. Before that, he worked at the poverty fighting organization CARE USA, the Obama Presidential Campaign, The White House as part of President Barack Obama’s advance team, and for the Mayor of Houston, Texas. Philippe was named one of “The Hill’s” top human rights advocates in 2019 and 2020 due to his work on Yemen and arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In 2020, Philippe was named a Next Generation Latino Foreign Policy and National Security Leader by the New America Foundation, a 2020 Penn Ke mble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, and a 2021 Rising Leader at The Aspen Institute.  He received his M.A. in International Conflict Resolution from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX and his B.A in International Relations from the University of St Thomas in Houston, TX. Philippe grew up in New Orleans and Houston, speaks Arabic and Spanish and has Lebanese/Mexican heritage.

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Topic: Human Rights, COVID and the Post Pandemic World Order by Philippe Nassif, Amnesty International

Time: Oct 10, 2021 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sadly, due to the discovery that the plans for CPC 2021 have been circulating on the dark web the International CPC Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s virtual CPC.

We hope to return live and in person at the 2022 RechaRGe.

MoNNY Virtual Trivia Nights have been a regular fixture through the pandemic.  Join us for a special vRG Edition via Zoom.  Teams welcome, but never required.

Hosted by Nathan Schied/Dean Howard.

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Topic: Trivia by Dean Howard with Nate Schied

Time: Oct 10, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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A return of the ever popular brandy and cigars where you get to provide the brandy and cigars!  How novel!  Join Harry & Judy for socializing and closing ceremony of RechaRGe 2021, hopefully the last of MoNNY’s virtual RGs.

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Topic: Brandy and Cigars with Harry Ringermacher and Judy Keating

Time: Oct 10, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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