Nerdy in L.A.
Standing outside his Miracle Mile office, veteran philatelist George W. Holschauer of the Colonial Stamp Company takes a puff of his ever-present pipe and talks about recent press coverage of the world’s most expensive stamp, the British Guiana one-cent Magenta, currently on show at the National Postal Museum. It’s worth...
On April 3, HBO brought its immensely popular escape room challenge to the campus hot on the heels of a successful run at SXSW. HBO: The Escape puts players through an immersive experience in the middle of three of the network's most popular shows: Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley. In an Oval Office set inspired by Veep, teams need to find a series of keys that will eventually lead to a ballot box and another puzzle to determine the exit code. Inside the Pied Piper startup workshop from Silicon Valley, circuit boards need to be assembled, but not before an electrical overload forces teams to work in the dark. Finally, players enter the snowy, frozen world of northern Westeros where they have to find and gather a series of rusted gears to open the gate of Castle Black, which leads to their ultimate escape. Each room has its little surprises — some hilarious, some terrifying.
Students also lined up throughout the day inside the John Wooden Center to obtain that Holy Grail of profile pics: a photo on the Iron Throne.
All photos by Jared Cowan. Follow Jared on Twitter at @JaredCowan1.
They made a list, they checked it twice — a list for the pub crawl and fun and games, of course. The revelers of L.A. SantaCon, who dressed as Santa, as poinsettia plants, as naughty elves — and then there was that posse of protesting clowns — followed @lasanta on Twitter to Barney's Beanery in Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier, a park to play some Santa games, then to the Gold Line to start the pub crawl. Later in the evening, the Santas made a quick stop before hitting up downtown Culver City and requesting some Santasy lap dances at Fantasy Island and Plan B (sorry, no photos allowed) before finishing the *burp* night at Grilliant, Janga and Pieology. Next year Santa will show up in another part of Los Angeles — watch the Twitter handle for information after Thanksgiving 2017.
Every time the Walt Disney Corp. works on a new attraction, all the way back to the original inspirations for Disneyland, it uses immaculately put-together sketches to show the world its vision. Even with 3-D imaging available, Disney still uses the 2-D sketchbook to communicate with the world. Twice a year Dapper Day comes to remind us what Disneyland would look like if those original sketches came to life exactly as is. Promenading through the park are men in suits and ties, women in heels with their hair perfectly coiffed, and children dressed as through any second now Grandma is going to call.
In its fifth year, Dapper Day has gone from a few dozen friends getting together to more than 30,000 attendees in three parks, plus an expo at the Disneyland Hotel featuring clothing from Pinup Girl, the necessary D broach from accessory company Match, swing dancing and even a book signing with world-famous Ambassador of Americana Charles Phoenix.
The next Dapper Day at Disneyland isn't until April 23, but that gives you plenty of time to find the perfect outfit and get your hotel reservation so that you can stay the night after walking around in those heels all day.
All photos by Star Foreman.
Inside a large hall at Los Angeles Convention Center, I'm practicing a sequence of sword movements alongside 21 other people. Step one: Aim for the hip. Step two: Protect your head. Step three: Aim for the shoulder. There are more steps to follow, a series of offensive and defensive movies...
A few weeks ago on Jeopardy!, contestant Susan Cole said she was a “nerdcore” rap fan. She described it as music about “video games, science fiction [and] having a hard time meeting romantic partners,” to which Alex Trebek replied, “Losers, in other words.” While Cole chuckled at his quip (then...