In the early 90s, I ran an art/science/tech “salon” here in DC, called Cafe Gaga. One of the more fun things we did was dérive, or the act of purposeful drifting through a city to discover forgotten, interesting, strange places. There as so many weird, wonderful, unique locales in every city that we overlook in our day-to-day.

Obscura Atlas is organizing a global day to celebrate “wondrous, curious, and esoteric places” in cities around the world. See if your city is included, and if not, how you can set up your own Obscura Day event.

Obscura Day, March 20, 2010

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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