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Bay Area Science Festival

Hey all!

We haven’t been updating lately due to my (Kelly) looming dissertation deadline, and Zach’s work wrapping up Augie and the Green Knight. We’ll get back to updates when we can, but we wanted to let you know that you can catch us at the Bay Area Science Festival in San Francisco from October 23rd – November 1, 2015. We’ll be recording a live Weekly Weinersmith show at the California Academy of Science, so there should be a new update sometime in early November.

Here are the events where you can find one or both of us:

Nerd Nite Block Party with Science…sort of


On Friday, October 24th Kelly will be recording a live podcast with Ryan Haupt and Ben Tippett of Science…sort of! In addition to being a geektastic good time, it will be the first time I’ve met Ben in person!  The event is being held at a motorcycle shop run by folks with PhDs in BioChemistry. It’s going to be epic, and it’s going to be free.

Join us at 630 PM at the Piston & Chain (1285 Folsom St at 9th St.)!



logoWKelly and Zach will be at the west coast’s Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses (BAHFest). BAHFest is a “celebration of well-argued and thoroughly researched but completely incorrect evolutionary theory.” Six contestants compete for the best theory, and there will be a keynote address by Matt Inman (The Oatmeal). Judges for the show are Dr. Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer)Dr. Elizabeth Iorns, and Dr. Andy Sih.

BAHFest West is at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on October 25th. The show is selling out fast and only balcony seating remains!

Here is last year’s winning presentation:

Creatures of the Nightlife at California Academy of Sciences


The California Academy of Sciences opens its doors to adults only on Thursday nights for an event called NightLife. The October 30th NightLife is Halloween themed, and the Weinersmiths will be there to geek out and record an episode of the Weekly Weinersmith. Kelly will also be giving a short talk about parasites as part of a series of spooky science talks. See you there!


Weekly Weinersmith on hiatus


As you have probably noticed, Weekly Weinersmith updates have been few and far between in the past few months. I really love doing this podcast, but this is the last year of my PhD and I have had to prioritize my dissertation experiments, manuscript writing, and applying for postdoc positions. I was hoping I would still have time to podcast, but my schedule simply isn’t allowing it. The experiment ends and all of my postdoc applications are due by early January, so our intention is to start back up again around that time.

Brachiolope podcast logo service markIn the meantime, you should be filling your ear holes with other Brachiolope Media Network podcasts! We recently picked up a fantastic podcast on astronomy called Astarium, which I highly suggest checking out. As usual, Science…sort of, Technically Speaking, and The Titanium Physicists are fantastic, and I’m sure will be more than able to fill the podcast-shaped hole (what shape is that?) in your heart until we return.

One last thing. The Brachiolope Media Network recently made our podcasts available through Podiversity. This is an android app that charges a low monthly subscription fee, and in return removes advertisements from the podcasts and provides a higher quality audio file. Best part for us is that your subscription fee goes to the people running the podcasts, so the Brachiolope Media Network can buy new microphones, pay our podcasting-related fees, etc. It’s a great way to support the shows.

Zach and I look forward to bringing your more nerdiness ASAP!

<3, Kelly

Kelly is a guest on Wild Ideas….the Podcast!

This week Zach is off to GaymerX and Kelly is furiously writing manuscripts. To hold you over until the next update, you should check out Kelly’s guest appearance on Wild Ideas…the Podcast! She talks about interactions between the host, parasites, and the microbiome. It’s a lot of fun!

You can also fill your podcast needs by checking out the other Brachiolope Media Network podcasts:

Science…sort of

The Titanium Physicists

Technically Speaking