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October Events, Trivia and Goings On


The Monthly Rundown

Time is running out to get that Honey Boo Boo costume ready for its Halloween debut, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get out of the house. There’s a slew of unspooky fun to be had this month also – take a look.

October 4 – The Affordable Art Fair

This art fair affair kicks off today and runs through the 7th. Housed at the Tunnel – the former home of New York’s debauched club scene – the event hosts over 60 galleries and features thousands of artworks priced from $100 to $10,000, the upper end of which just might push the definition of “affordable” (but this is the art world after all).

October 5, 1950 – The Transistor is Patented

We owe a great deal to the transistor. The fundamental building block for most modern tech devices, it was the project of John Bardeen, Walter H. Brattain, and William Shockley of Bell Labs who later shared the Nobel Prize in 1956 for their invention. We’ll take a moment to reflect on its greatness, but do not ask us to explain its inner workings — you’ll be sorely disappointed.

October 16 – National Boss Day

Sure, they control the means of production and are apparently unable to make coffee for themselves, but why not stifle the revolutionary urge to throw off the shackles of capital and actually celebrate your boss, for one day at least?

October 19 – Art.sy Tech Talk

This one’s open only to engineers and web devs, so this might not be for you unless you can talk TDD and CRUD. Daniel Doubrovkine, Art.sy’s Head of Engineering, will be giving a 15 minute technical presentation, followed by drinks and mingling. RSVP here.

October 20 – Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade

It’s the 22nd year of this East Village tradition. Over 400 dogs (and their owners) are expected at the event, the biggest dog Halloween party in the United States, per Wikipedia, so there’s that. 22 years. We do cringe at the thought of the first one, in 1990, in Tompkins Square Park.

October 21 – Amusemi Startup Brunch

Amusemi, the “dining club for designers, entrepreneurs, and friends” hosts a Sunday brunch. Scoring an invite involves a fairly baroque signup process, but based on photos of previous events, people seem to figure it out. For more information, visit Amusemi here.

And finally, apropos of the month, a musing from one Ray Bradbury: “First of all, it was October, a rare month for boys.” We suppose that can be intrepreted a few different ways.

See the whole calendar here.

Now go forth (and revolt!).

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