How do you meet locals?

I am a nerd person who normally meets people across the internet to talk via Skype and game talk and what not. But I always find friends across the world rarely in the same country *Canada* But never in my local area.

What do I do?

As with the internet its easy to find other people with the same hobbies and interests. Internet interests > Distance. But How does it work the other way around?

Random note I am nerdy afterall so I normally need a purpose or somewhere to go if i randomly go out.
How do you meet locals?
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