Thursday, June 18, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Standing in line at Burning Man

Today's Throwback Thursday

Standing in line at gate, Burning Man 2013, my first Burn.

The gate opens in 73 days.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

89 days until the Burning Man gate opens

I was feeling nostalgic today.

So I posted this on my Facebook wall:

This song "Let It Go" before Frozen made it cool ;-)Whoa whoa whoaI know a place out on this earth called homeAfter...
Posted by JR Nexus Russ on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

After a weekend at Gallaudet University

This is what I shared on Facebook this morning:

I NEEDED to share this after what has been an amazing weekend with dog & pony dc, in an intensive at...
Posted by JR Nexus Russ on Monday, May 18, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Three Baltimore posts of mine on Facebook

Hey there,

So I thought I'd reshare posts that seemed to resonate with some of my Facebook friends.


Not sharing this to oversimplify things, but doing it to share just one story. One of a multitude of nuanced stories in...
Posted by JR Nexus Russ on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

And this:

Know your history, even with the words we use...eSPEcially with the words we use. What's more interesting are the...
Posted by JR Nexus Russ on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AND this:
This...ALL of this.
Thank you for sharing, Jerry!! And please, keep comments relevant to this post, which is just a...
Posted by JR Nexus Russ on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Curious to hear what you think,


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Burning Man helped distill what being Nexus meant

So I wanted to elaborate a bit on this Tweet:
This distillation of values to the R.O.C.K. cXn has been absolutely descriptive and iterative in the process.

The R.O.C.K. cXn (because cXn is an abbreviation used for connection, just in case you hadn't seen that before).

Still seems a little weird to see it so succinctly defined, to the point where I was wondering if I might have just liked it and/or thought about it because the Washingtonian in me loves acronyms.

[I will admit, I LOVED that an abbreviation for connection was 'cXn', as I've played with spelling 'Nexus' with only the X capitalized, so 'neXus'. But I digress...]

And while I do like it for that, for the acronym, I do realize that "the R.O.C.K. cXn" really describes my own path and journey as an artist and arts administrator.

One example where that is more than clear has been this effort to create a documentary about Nation, a significant club and venue in the DC area, which closed in 2006.

Oh, and here is the FB page, in case you're interested.
So, a major challenge and opportunity is how the venue was a place where multiple, disparate communities came together, not always at the same time, but nevertheless it was a kind of home to all of them, the goth/industrial crowd on Thursday, the rave/EDM crowd on Friday, and the LGBT crowd on Saturday.

But because of that, some folks only have a particular association and affiliation with Nation. And so, part of getting folks interested in and building up support for the project has been explaining to the folks that it's not just going to be about the gay scene there, or the rave community in the DC area, but this very special place where we all gathered pretty regularly.

Anyway, just wanted to put that out there. As it's really been informing my efforts, both professionally at work as well as personally with all of my other endeavors, some of which have been gathering dust but are now moving forward.

Thank you for letting me share!!

- JR aka Nexus

Ingress Field Art

[A post from Facebook]
Some of you may have heard me talk about Ingress. I don't think I've shared some of the Ingress Art out there... What's...
Posted by JR Nexus Russ on Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

My 1st Burning Man Global Leadership Conference...Storify'ed!!

Hey there,

Thought I'd just put these in one place. I went to my first Burning Man Global Leadership Conference over the weekend, and it was aMAZing!!

Relive it in bytes of 140 characters or less, day by day right below.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

So very honored to have been invited to attend!!

Can't wait until next year - Nexus

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Verizon's in-store app hooked me

Hey there,

So I wanted to buy an extra portable charger for my SF trip and I barely step in the store, when I see a notification I'd never seen before pop up on my phone.

It's the Verizon one, in case you were wondering. Anyway, if you know me, you know how irresistible this is, so I click on it to see what happens.

That's pretty cool. I mean it's not like it didn't know where I was, anyway. And the handful of employees there were occupied, anyway. So I explore.

It's making this real easy. I walk around and find exactly what I'm looking for. And, as instructed, I can just scan and pay from my phone. So I scan.

And I pay. I actually need to enter my new credit card info, but in the time it takes an employee to ask if I found what I needed and walk with me to the counter, it's entered and I've completed my purchase.

I will say, I think that's the first time someone used the app at the store. When I told him I just bought the charger (the last one, I might add), he seemed to think that I had ordered it online for home delivery.

I show him the part where it says to show the receipt to someone before I leave, and after consulting with another employee, they realize that I have indeed just checked myself out for the product on the counter.

I coudn't help but think if they might've started wondering what this meant for their own job security.

One could only hope that it wouldn't, but I also realize I'm a bit naive when it comes to these kine of things.

But I the DIY consumer self was very pleased with how expedited technology made my shopping experience, especially as I was rushing on my way to the airport,

JR aka Nexus