Lessons learned in video games may transcend computers, PlayStations and Wiis. New research suggests that virtual worlds sway real-life choices. Twenty-two volunteers who played a cycling game learned to associate one team’s jersey with a good flavored drink and another team’s jersey with a bad flavored drink. Days later, ¾ of the subjects avoided the same jersey in a real-world test. Marketers and lawyers will take note.

Sufjan Stevens has a brand new song so far heard only by his closest friends — and one lucky Brooklynite. Alec Duffy of the Hoi Polloi theater company was awarded exclusive rights to “The Lonely Man of Winter.” In an effort to combat the impersonal experience of internet-leaked tracks, Duffy is inviting fans to his home for a unique listening party, complete with tea and cookies. Three sessions (limited to four people) each Wednesday until Feburary 25. Email to reserve a spot, and bring your own headphones if you have good ones.

tonight, i’m attending the 8pm listing. Brooklyn Based » Tip Sheet: Jan. 28 – Feb 3

‘A puff a day might keep Alzheimer’s away, according to marijuana research by professor Gary Wenk and associate professor Yannic Marchalant of the Ohio State Department of Psychology. Wenk’s studies show that a low dosage in the morning of a certain canavanoid, a component in marijuana, reversed memory loss in older rats’ brains. In his study, an experimental group of old rats received a dosage, and a control group of rats did not. The old rats that received the drugs performed better on memory tests, and the drug slowed and prevented brain cell death.’ My fine university’s dollars at work!

The Pioneers Sessions will be a mix of workshops, seminars, site visits and informal, off-the-record conversation. Following each conference, there will be a public celebration in both cities to engage a wider and diverse audience of all ages in thinking about the frontiers of active citizenship. Beyond the sessions in Amsterdam and New York City, Pioneers will continue their dialogue through a virtual network and participate in drafting a manifesto, a vision statement for their two cities, based upon insights drawn from their experiences during the sessions. This approach will guarantee a wider and sustained impact of the meetings beyond the individual participants. All expenses related to participation in the two Pioneers Sessions will be covered, including all expenses related to transatlantic travel to Amsterdam or New York City.

Nerdcore Rising @ 92st Y

<i>Nerdcore Rising</i>New York Premiere. MC Frontalot and band will join Negin Farsad in a post-screening discussion.

Investigating the newest wave of hip-hop, Nerdcore Rising follows the godfather of the genre, MC Frontalot, on his first national tour. Beginning in South Carolina and culminating in nerd mecca – the Penny Arcade Gaming Convention in Seattle – masses of fans across the country come out to bask in the Front’s geek glory as he strives to achieve mainstream success.

Music industry notables provide insight, including music-nerd celebrities Weird Al Yankovic and Jello Biafra. Old school trailblazers like Prince Paul and contemporary hip hop aficionados like J-Live examine the legitimacy of nerdcore as a subgenre of hip hop.

buy tickets at the 92stY’s website!

Work @ Jelly / Open House – FRIDAY, Jan 30th

happier hour


friday, 30 jan 2009, williamsburg coworking throws open it’s doors to celebrate belgium’s legalization of same sex marriage, the birth of FDR and the assassination of the great freedom fighter, Mohandas Gandhi and the launching of Greenpoint’s USS Monitor.

on friday, we will host “work at jelly” and at 2pm we will pipe the inaugural session of “Jelly Talks featuring Chris Messina (Board member, OpenID) and Dave Morin (Senior Platform Manager, Facebook). starting at 5pm, we will break into a vivacious happier hour! we hope that you can clear your schedule, snag your laptop and join us – this friday (25 July) from 9:30 till 7pm!

we guarantee to cross two items off on your to-do list…

1. be productive during the day.
2. meet some of the most wonderful people.


The Change You Want to See – 84 Havemeyer Street, storefront – Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Map.
Subway: _-L- to Bedford, -J- to Marcy, or -G- to Metropolitan.


Coworking: 9:30am – 5:00pm
Jelly Talks:
2pm – 3pm. for this hour, we will be projecting a life video stream from San Fran with audio. this might be disruptive to some people.
Happy Hour:
5pm – 7pm

RSVP on the wiki