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25-year-old Brandon Moore is an eccentric PhD student at Vanderbilt University on a national TV show called "King of the Nerds."
he's not analyzing data or competing in a nationally televised
nerd-off, you might find him rapping at a Nashville karaoke bar.
latest research revolves around understanding how the human eye turns
light into images in the brain, but he has a history of less than
"I tried setting up a camera with a computer
to see if it could identify the gender of a person walking into my room
with me," Moore said.
If he walked in with a male, it would do
nothing, but if he walked in with a female, the system would dim the
lights and play romantic music.
Of course experiments don't always go as planned.
times when some of my guy buddies would come in it would dim the
lights," Moore said. "That wasn't exactly expected so that was very
The last few years have seen nerdiness skyrocket in pop culture.
hit shows like "The Big Bang Theory" to pro athletes like LeBron James
even giving press conferences in full nerd attire, the once maligned
moniker is now a popular pronoun.
But Moore says to be a real nerd, takes a whole lot more than just wearing the uniform.
may lose sleep, forget to bathe or something while conducting data
analysis or something like that but you do it because you love it,"
Moore said. "And that's really at the core of what being a nerd is."
Moore says aside from winning the competition, he hopes his research will lay the foundation to someday help cure blindness.
"King of the Nerds" airs Thursday nights on TBS.
Thursday, January 17 2013, 02:07 PM CST
Tishomingo County voters OK beer, alcohol sales
May 22, 2013 23:38 GMT
IUKA, Miss. (AP) -- Tishomingo County is the latest Mississippi jurisdiction to legalize alcohol sales.
Voters approved the sale of liquor, wine and beer Tuesday, reports the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/13JCcix).
It wasn't clear referendums would pass until affidavit ballots were counted Wednesday.
With more than half Tishomingo County's voters casting ballots, legalizing alcohol passed by 42 votes, while legalizing beer and light wine passed by 73. The county borders Alabama and Tennessee.
Lawmakers legalized liquor at a proposed resort at the county's Bay Springs Lake in 2010, but it wasn't built.
Greene County voters legalized beer sales last year, while Corinth, New Albany and Senatobia have legalized alcohol sales under a 2012 law that allows cities to hold votes.
Mississippi has 13 remaining counties that allow no beer or alcohol sales.
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