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Name: Dicky B.

City: Los Angeles, CA

Dicky studied filmmaking in San Franscico, CA, then moved to LA where he works and is involved in a number of independent art scenes. “My friends are mostly artists and intellectuals – – people who get really excited over life.” Currently he is managing a classical chamber music series – which is particualrly well-suited to his eclectic tastes. He is a huge fan of all types of music — from the typical indie rock scenes to classical and global music.


Despite his wide range of love for the absurd, he is passionately involved in the independent art/film scene. Some of his recent projects include: a book of film camerawork, a film using serialized camera movements, and a study of imagery in the Sonoran desert. He also does a lot of curating projects, most recently preparing a show of three different visual artists that played in SF and LA and received a lot of press. Starting in January he will be teaching a film class at an LA community center.


In touch with his roots – Dicky is also an avid gardener. He has “a couple hundred houseplants” and a community garden plot. Urban vegetable gardening is his passion, and he is also proud to be a “car-free citizen of Los Angeles…mostly.” He relies largely on his bike for transportation, as well as walking and busing, and he will passionately explain to any who object that this lifestyle is not as difficult as many assume.


posts by this scout:

The Dark Knight … Rises?

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Charming, Old-Fashioned TV

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Clocks & Donuts

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The Extravagant Films of Peter Mays

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Winter desserts

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A little love for Kodak

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The end of a wondrous road

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Whiskey love letters

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Anxiously awaited releases

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Many great things are free

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we are the ones who travel through time

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Jodie Mack’s joyful cinema

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Future-tech DIY

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Starting a book club for Bolaño

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Levi’s as patron of the arts

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Equally Blessed and Cursed

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My Evil Fairy Godmother

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Movies for “Adults”

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The Online Community

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Exquisite refractions

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Broadcasting Endless Anxiety

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Seeing The Tree of Life

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Summer is Coming

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San Francisco comes to Los Angeles

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Experimental Japanese films in Los Angeles

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New realms of fantasy

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Films as objects

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Synthpop 4 Ever & Ever & Ever

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Eastside vegan dining

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Portlandia: Fail

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Shows I Forgot I Love

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Point and Shoot at Blue Ribbons

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Going to desert places

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This Feeling Called Love

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Translations, literal and otherwise

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Getting Drunk on Art

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Hearting on Thom Andersen

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Looking Backward Over One Shoulder

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This Entry is Not About Donuts

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Finding Comfort in the Vast Series of Tubes

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Not Exactly News to Anyone

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Wide Appeal of Music versus Acoustic

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The Coolest Kid on the Playground

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We Came to Dance

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Finding things, long forgotten, still useful

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Plants of Hollywood

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iPads and Mixed Tapes

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Tashi Wada on Record

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Trash: Coming Through the Airwaves

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World of Violence

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Simultaneous occurrences

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Not-so-pirate radio

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Some Things Never Change

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Protected: What’s fast food?

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Crackdowns and Plain Old Crack

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Time Travel & Psychic Devices

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The Incredible Disappearing Internet

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Parting Gifts

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Um Yeah Fest

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Everything and Nothing Filmed on Super 8

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A good cup of coffee

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The Talkative Type

(Sep 29, 2010) Listening to people talk can be unbearable when they are mindless people with nothing to say, but of course a pure delight if the...

Space to perform

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Either you’re in or you’re… oh, wait a minute…

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The Desertion of the Real

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Out Brahmsing Brahms at that old piano four hands game

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Art, Culture & Ideas on the Internet

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East Hollywood and Old Hollywood

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The Endless Appeal of Vampires, Old and New

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Old Timey Things in New Packages

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Hello and goodbye to good and bad television

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By Brakhage redux and Kuchar fluff

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This Sounds Like Something…

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Places of Interest I’ll Probably Never Visit

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Sometimes Fake Can be Just as Sweet

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Madonna is always a good (and safe) bet

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Multiple projectors galore

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Why bother watching TV when you can read about it?

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A real DIY sport for a change, plus tacos

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Gaming

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Telecommuting

(May 13, 2010) I am so out of touch with how other people work… My main job is part-time and from home… I am a telecommuter. It seems reason...

VCR recording or DVR recording: no difference

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Can any sport be more offensive than NASCAR?

(May 13, 2010) Wow, NASCAR? I don’t think I have met someone who knows or cares about NASCAR in… my entire life. I don’t say that to exagg...

Battling the overwhelming aura of new theaters

(May 12, 2010) I can’t imagine the movie theater experience changing very much at all. I don’t think anything about it has changed significa...

Protected: Doing public good works to benefit people

(May 10, 2010) I thought Pepsi’s Refresh Project was actually a really beautiful gesture, and something more companies should do. They manage...

Protected: From overwhelming to nothing; the rise of Tumblr?

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Protected: Happy Hours in the Home

(May 10, 2010) I tend to see most of my friends only in conjunction with events… film screenings, concerts, gallery openings, lectures etc. W...

Protected: Weathering the banality is the sad price of social networks

(May 10, 2010) I feel mostly indifferent to social networking sites and services, bordering on hysterically opposed. OK in theory I feel they ha...

Protected: Chatroulette vs Buzz

(May 07, 2010) I don’t know if Chatroulette is considered social networking. But regardless it is the only new site that allows for people to ...

Protected: Facebook is a social paradox

(May 07, 2010) I hate Facebook. I think it ruined social networking by introducing the twin ideas that people should somehow both be exceedingl...

Washed Out, hopefully not washed up

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Surly… I’ll show you surly

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Google Maps—the next school of aesthetics

(Apr 30, 2010) I can only imagine the irony of someone pulling out their iPhone to see if they are safe in a certain neighborhood using their ne...

PBS to get serious about the arts?

(Apr 30, 2010) There was an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about PBS’ arts programming recently… read it yourself. I ha...

American folk art of the 20th century

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The lives behind the arts

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Finding edible things at places known for their burgers and beer

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The Spectacle of AIDS

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The subtle and the not-so-subtle

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How the Olympics and Oscars ruin my life and then, ultimately, redeem themselves

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I scream, you scream… OK I want an ice cream sandwich

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Missing the impatiently awaited…

(Mar 05, 2010) For a while I tried to keep track of the rumors surrounding Joanna Newsom’s next album, but eventually gave up. Tonight my room...

Big Love Returns in a Big Way

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A Single Man, and a single man

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Acts of Remembrance

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Giving you things you never asked for or wanted

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They’re Macarons, Not Macaroons

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A Month of Retrospectives

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A credit card that gives to environmental causes?

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Creatures from the Zoo on the Loose at MTV

(Jan 28, 2010) Watching MTV lately is like watching wild animals let out of the zoo run amok. The Jersey Shore was way too short. I think there...

Young, Queer & Tumblng Wildly

(Jan 27, 2010) At first I didn’t really “get” tumblrs, but in retrospect it was just that my friends’ tumblrs were pretty boring (sorry!...

Everyone’s Gone to the Movies

(Jan 07, 2010) Los Angeles may be the birthplace of innumerable complete POS movies, but it also has many, many great places to go and see unusua...

The West Coast is the ‘Best Coast’

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Dance: Fact and Fiction

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I Don’t Think I Can Ever Use the Word ‘Guido’ Again

(Dec 21, 2009) After hearing the words “guido” and “guidette” uttered time after time after time on MTV’s newest re...

Totally NSFW… ‘But is it art?’

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Yeah I’m friends with the band!

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Eat out or take out? That is the question.

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Try It and then Buy It!

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Is it a Rental or should we see it in theatres?

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Obsessed with dlisted

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It’s Not Just TV. It’s HBO.

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