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Danger Factory- Los Angeles Art Stuff Dec 10, 2016

Finally settled in LA. All things moved and within reach. Now to become integrated into the creative, arts, and absurdist scene that bubbles under the Hollywood glitz. First off after a Friday night off we have this great event at Self Help Graphics around the corner from my new Boyle Heights pad-

FINE ART PRINT MAKING POP ART

https://www.facebook.com/events/1587917978165798

EVEN CLOSER is a well rounded performance in an incredible multi-media space, Dronebox, we have Legendary Comic, Adam Barnhardt’s One-Man Show, Comedy by Jeff Husbands, and LIVE MUSIC by The Flusters https://www.facebook.com/events/285190801875736/

Tomorrow it is only an extra couple of miles to the Fashion District and that mad loft in an area abandoned at dusk, Think Tank Gallery
for a show, a podcast, and probably some sketchy food that I will buy from a street vendor.

think tank gallery in LA for pop art, street design and more
https://www.facebook.com/ThinkTankGallery/
“The future is looking sexy this weekend at Think Tank. We welcome The Fuchur to our clean white walls, where there will be a selection of very dirty artworks for your pleasure.

The show is an elaborate expo of what humanity could look like in 200 years. Around the gallery you will find ambassadors from the future here to show us what is in store.” Then a live podcast from the sub luminaries from Awkward Human.
https://www.facebook.com/events/847404955362945/

It’s a start.  R

Geeky? Totally. Nerdy? A Bit.

I have never owned a slide rule. I suspect that that simple fact excludes me from purebred nerd-dom. But why guess?
Over at Slackpropagation, A Web Journal about Machine Learning, Music, and other Mischief, they did a statistical sample of data using a developer portal at Twitter to look at over 26 million tweets. They found the following nerdy/geeky words and looked at whether they were also associated with “geek” or “nerd”.
On about 90% of these I agree. How “punk” got on the Nerd side I don’t know, ALL my music geek friends are into punk. Microsoft landing on the Geek side is also odd. But hey, this isn’t cancer research, it’s a frickin’ data whim.
infographic showing the statistical differances between geek and nerd
Aah, but other than that it seems kinda bullseyeish, even the sad bits like “loneliness”, “autistic”, and “smartypants”. The full dose of info is fascinating. They took it pretty seriously. For example:
“Both are dedicated to their subjects, and sometimes socially awkward. The distinction is that geeks are fans of their subjects, and nerds are practitioners of them. A computer geek might read Wired and tap the Silicon Valley rumor-mill for leads on the next hot-new-thing, while a computer nerd might read CLRS and keep an eye out for clever new ways of applying Dijkstra’s algorithm. Note that, while not synonyms, they are not necessarily distinct either: many geeks are also nerds (and vice versa).”
There you go. Self categorize at your leisure.

A more thorough explanation of how they created this infographic can be found at their website. (http://slackprop.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/on-geek-versus-nerd/)