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Shotguns & Elevators – WIRed #130

It’s time for Episode 130 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a Canadian winter shelter competition, speedy elevators that can move sideways, DATING the diverse history of Nintendo, and the breath of fresh air called Shotgun Saturday Night! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Read the rest of this entry

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No, Fury’s REALLY dead this time! (Captain America #449)

The Ballad of Shotgun Saturday Night

Coming from the presentation style of WWF programming in the late-1980s and early-to-mid-1990s, WWF Shotgun Saturday Night was a very interesting, welcome, and diverse change to the companies television product.  For the uninitiated, Shotgun Saturday Night was a WWF pro wrestling television program that aired from 1997 through 1999, and later became a syndicated broadcast show featuring matches with lower card wrestlers when Shotgun Saturday Night was replaced by WWE Jakked/Metal in late-1999. At the time, show’s original concept was unusual and different, as it aired on late Saturday nights from various New York City nightspots, and was promoted as an “edgier” product than WWF’s normal weekly offerings. Read the rest of this entry

Soooo…Labra-Thor, Golden Retrieve-Thor, or Mjölnir Retriever?

This 100 Year-Old Nintendo Souvenir Is An International Treasure

100 Year-Old Nintendo Souvenir Is An International Treasure

Erik Voskuil is the wonderful human being (I say this based on my love of both video games and history) who runs and curates the excellent Before Mario.  The site showcases the toys and games Nintendo created in the period from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s, starting with the first board games up to the launch of the Family Computer in 1983. Most items featured on this blog are from his personal collection, and he has recently added another very special piece of Nintendo history into that same collection. Read the rest of this entry

So THIS Is How Bad Jokes Start…

Cable-free Elevators Can Move You in ANY Direction

ThyssenKrupp's magnetic elevator

In every tall building, elevators are absolutely a vital feature, but even they have their limits.  For example, they can only move so quickly, plus they typically are unable to move sideways to fetch patrons from the far side of a building. However, it looks as if those issues will be resolved by German firm ThyssenKrupp, as their new Multi elevators aim to replace cables for magnetic linear motor technology (also used in maglev trains) to move elevators vertically AND horizontally so they can service very wide or unusually shaped buildings. Read the rest of this entry

The Humorous Side of Graffiti Art…

Beautiful Warming Huts In Canada ‘Warm’ The Harsh Winter….

Beautiful Warming Huts Are Proof That Canada Does Winter Better Than Us

The average temperature in Winnipeg during the winter is roughly 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit (HOLY FREAKING CRAP!), but even during those freezing days, the city hosts various events ranging from curling to broomball to the annual Warming Huts design competition, which chooses a new series of shelters to be built along the river’s banks.  These “warming huts” my be part of the festivities, but they also serve a very important purpose by making sure people don’t get seriously cold while traversing along the trail. Here are some of the winners that were announced from the competition: Read the rest of this entry

The Day The Kayfabe Died – WIRed #129

It’s time for Episode 129 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a creative and interesting design for an art studio, Microsoft Sam giving a try at singing music covers, how ‘The Evil Within’ was edited into a two-hour film, and the how the Curtain Call incident broke kayfabe in wrestling! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Read the rest of this entry


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