OCTO Puzzle presentation

Do you like number puzzles? Did you miss Doug Gardner’s presentation on Saturday at the MWM RG? Fear not, because he has given us permission to post his slides here on the blog.

So, if you would like to see what you missed out on, click here for the Mensa OCTO Presentation.

And if you want more information, and to buy some of the books Doug has put together, go to the OCTO website.

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Name That Villain – Play Along

So, you were too busy to attend the Name That Villain program? Hmph! Couldn’t or just plain didn’t attend the RG (at least on Sunday)? Double-hmph!

But we won’t hold that against you. If you want to see just what you missed in this program, play the Name That Villain presentation.

The PowerPoint presentation is self-explanatory. The audio imbedded in the 3rd slide lasts about 45 minutes total. The answer key will be posted separately.

 

Errata/Replacement Program: Fear Foods

Artificial dyes, BPA, arsenic, high-fructose corn syrup, caffeine, and more: is your food killing you? Or is it just the fear driven media? Your friendly FDA chemist discusses the science behind these topics and more.

 

We regret to inform our attendees that Hans Fex (scheduled to present on the Mini-Museum on Saturday afternoon) has had to cancel due to other pressing matters. Hopefully he will be able to speak at a future MWM event.

However, fear not. On short notice, MWM member (and RG Volunteer Coordinator) Karen Hatwell has agreed to step in with the fascinating program described above.

What Are You Bringing to the Chocolate Orgy?

As you know by now, Friday night’s chocolate orgy will have both store-bought items and homemade goodies. So, what’s in yours? Got a photo to tempt us over the next few days?

Jared will be bringing his mom’s chocolate mousse, this time featuring Bailey’s mint chocolate (instead of his usual Grand Marnier or Bacardi’s rum). Scroll down to see the ingredients, process of making the mousse, and the finished product.

What's in the chocolate mousse? Mmm... yum. Image: Jared Levine

What’s in the chocolate mousse? Mmm… yum.
Image: Jared Levine

Just getting started on the double-boiler. Chocolate chips and darker chocolate squares melting away. Image: Jared Levine

Just getting started on the double-boiler. Chocolate chips and darker chocolate squares melting away.
Image: Jared Levine

Chocolate is fully melted, and the butter has been melted in, too. Image: Jared Levine

Chocolate is fully melted, and the butter has been melted in, too.
Image: Jared Levine

Chocolate off the heat, egg yolk and Bailey's mint chocolate mixed in. Yum... Image: Jared Levine

Chocolate off the heat, egg yolk and Bailey’s mint chocolate mixed in. Yum…
Image: Jared Levine

First portion of the liquid chocolate mixture being folded into the stiff-peak egg whites. Wait for it... Image: Jared Levine

First portion of the liquid chocolate mixture being folded into the stiff-peak egg whites. Wait for it…
Image: Jared Levine

All of the chocolate mixture has been folded into the egg whites. But wait, there's more. Image: Jared Levine

All of the chocolate mixture has been folded into the egg whites. But wait, there’s more.
Image: Jared Levine

Yep, fold in a small can of whipped cream. (Only Redi Whip will do.) Image: Jared Levine

Yep, fold in a small can of whipped cream. (Only Redi Whip will do.)
Image: Jared Levine

All done! Now to transfer this into the container that goes into the freezer and from which we'll be serving it. Image: Jared Levine

All done! Now to transfer this into the container that goes into the freezer and from which we’ll be serving it.
Image: Jared Levine

All poured, ready for setting in the freezer. Next time you see this, it will be Friday night. Image: Jared Levine

All poured, ready for setting in the freezer. Next time you see this, it will be Friday night.
Image: Jared Levine

Of course I had to set one small portion aside for myself. Little dollop of whipped cream for good measure. Heaven! Image: Jared Levine

Of course I had to set one small portion aside for myself. Little dollop of whipped cream for good measure. Heaven!
Image: Jared Levine

 

What, you want to register now? Do so fast, because we will stop online registrations on Wed. May 14 (to allow us time for transactions to come through and print the pre-registered badges). And the early ordering of the Saturday night buffet will end later today (in time for us to let the hotel know how many people to cook for). While you can easily register as a walk-in for the RG, there’s no guarantee that there will be additional dinner buffet tickets by the time you arrive.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Well, the post isn’t about Mother’s Day, but the sentiment is genuine nonetheless.

As we’re thinking about the Saturday dinner buffet still, we thought we’d bring you an audio “montage” of clips dealing with food. 12 movies plus one commercial. Can you ID what’s what in here? The only villainous thing is having the answer on the tip of your tongue and not quite being able to get it in time.

Food quotes

Remember, you need to be registered for the RG, too, to purchase the buffet.

Deadline Extended: Saturday Night Buffet Dinner

Mensans listen to the 2013 RG keynote. Image: Jessamyn

Mensans listen to the 2013 RG keynote. Image: Jessamyn

We have a set number of tickets we are making available for the Saturday night dinner buffet and only 25 remain (as of putting up this post). There is no guarantee that there will be any tickets available for purchase if you wait until you arrive at the RG!

Want to be sure you get a great seat to see keynote speaker Joe Blozis?

Want to have an awesome Saturday night dinner at a reasonable price?

Want to make sure you have dinner with your friends?

Sign up for the Saturday Night RG dinner for only $20. Final pre-RG cut-off is May 12.

For that amazing $20 price you will get a buffet of salad, herb roasted chicken, chili lentil shepherd’s pie with sweet potato crust, vegetables, coffee, and dessert. Don’t miss out on making sure you get a great seat and a great dinner for a great price.

Click here to buy your dinner now!

(Must be registered for the RG to also purchase the dinner.)

2014 RG “Mommy Letter”

Whether you call it a “Mommy Letter” or a reminders list or something else, it contains all the needed ins and outs for RG weekend. Those who registered before May 1 should have received it already via e-mail. Now we’re sharing it here to make it easy for everyone, regardless of when you registered.

Mommy Letter

It’s just a week away, and nearly all the last-minute arrangements are finished. We’re looking forward to see you all at the RG!

Native Shrubs and Trees

 

The yard of a typical Northern Virginia home is landscaped with plants from Asia. Our open spaces are populated with “non-native invasives.” Our garden centers advertise “pest-free” cultivars. We’ve become disconnected from our native Virginia plants. How has this affected our birds and pollinators? How has it affected the aesthetics of our communities? This talk introduces the beauty and environmental benefits of trees and shrubs native to Loudoun County.

 

Saturday Night Dinner: Tickets Available Until May 9

Mensans listen to the 2013 RG keynote. Image: Jessamyn

Mensans listen to the 2013 RG keynote. Image: Jessamyn

There is no guarantee that there will be any tickets available for purchase if you wait until you arrive at the RG!

Want to be sure you get a great seat to see keynote speaker Joe Blozis?

Want to have an awesome Saturday night dinner at a reasonable price?

Want to make sure you have dinner with your friends?

Sign up for the Saturday Night RG dinner by May 9 for only $20.

For that amazing price you will get a buffet of salad, herb roasted chicken, chili lentil shepherd’s pie with sweet potato crust, vegetables, coffee, and dessert. Don’t miss out on making sure you get a great seat and a great dinner for a great price.

Click here to buy your dinner now!

Charades

 

Discover your inner mime. Act out titles, quotations, gag sayings, punchlines, etc., using simple gestures and pantomime – whatever it takes to get the idea across before time runs out. Our non-competitive format is fun for newcomers and experienced players alike. Instructions provided before we start.

 

 

Go to the Register tab to sign up for one or more days, and to separately purchase the Saturday night buffet dinner. Find a link to the full RG program at the top of the Program tab? Check out the group’s inventory of games in the Games tab. And if you have any lingering questions, you can use the form at the bottom of the page or send an e-mail to the RG Co-Chairs, Jared Levine and Jess Byron, at rg_chairs@yahoogroups.com.