‘Back to the Future: Part II’ Expertly Edited, Showing the REAL 2015

Okay everyone, it’s been well over a month since Back to the Future Day back in October, and we all know this truth by now: the 2015 predicted in Back to the Future: Part II did NOT happen in real-life (not exactly, anyway). I mean, we have spec and expensive demonstrations of hoverboard devices, Nike has developed working self-“lacing” shoes, and we got Google Glass.  However, there’s no Jaws sequel, no dehydrating (and growing) pizzas, and the Chicago Cubs couldn’t get past the American League Championship Series to make it to the World Series (however, that does mean NO Biff’s Pleasure Palace, so….yay?). But that’s OK, we — and by “we,” I mean PistolShrimps — can just change the past by re-editing Back to the Future Part II to include things that DID happened in the year 2015. Continue reading ‘Back to the Future: Part II’ Expertly Edited, Showing the REAL 2015

Gaudí’s Sagrada Família to Become Tallest Church in Europe by 2026

This is the epitome of patience, as it has only taken 133 years since the laying of the foundation of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família for the project’s construction to finally enter its final phase. The project’s directing architect Jordi Faulí, who is overseeing the completion of six new towers that will raise the “Tower of Jesus Christ” to approximately 566-foot-tall, stated that it would become the tallest religious structure in Europe and Barcelona’s tallest building in a recent public statement. The final stage won’t only include the construction of the 566 foot Tower of Jesus Christ, but will include five other 443-foot towers honoring the Virgin Mary and the four apostles.

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Alex “Kool-Aid” Ansel’s Half-Hour Comedy Set

Longtime friend (and friend of The PractitioNERD), Alex “Kool-Aid” Ansel, is a stand-up comedian based out of Windcrest, Texas.  Above is his half-hour comedy set from the Rivercenter Comedy Club in downtown San Antonio, Texas from February 2015. ENJOY THE SHOW!!

Remember When Rhyno wrestled for WCW? Yeah, Me Neither…

Before he was the elder statesman of the NXT roster, before he hung out with Edge & Christian in high-profile WWE matches, and before being the ballistic missile of Pal Heyman’s ECW (and being its final champion before closing its doors), Rhyno had wrestled a few matches with WCW (and WWF) 20 years ago.  After watching the match above, I took note of a couple of things:

  1. His Name: this is ‘Rhyno: Year One’ if you will (as in if you will allow me to make a Batman: Year One reference), as he wrestled under the name Terry Richards.
  2. His Opponent: Rhyno’s taking on “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and yet I know it’s just something Duggan does, why does he chant “U-S-A” chant against American opponents?
  3. The Guy in the Crowd: At around 2:18, you’ll see some doe marking out something fierce when Duggan starts doing mounted punches.
  4. That Set: Remember those entrance ramp doors from WCW Saturday Night? Pretty sci-fi for southern-based “wrasslin’,” huh?


A Student Remake of Metal Gear Solid’s Heliport in Unreal Engine 4

Students Remake Metal Gear Solid's Heliport in Unreal Engine 4

A nine-week class project taken on by four students in the 3D Animation and Computer Generated Images program at Montreal’s Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne, has resulted in some pretty cool Metal Gear Solid moving fanart. The aim of the project was to recreate a level from a famous video game, and this was the result. Continue reading A Student Remake of Metal Gear Solid’s Heliport in Unreal Engine 4

The Gest, or the Power Glove that You’ll ACTUALLY WANT to Use


Gest, pronounced “jest” and developed startup Apotact Labs, is a lightweight adjustable black strap that fits around your palm, attached by wires to four small bands that clip onto your fingers. Through the combination of accelerometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers (like your smartphone), it will figure out the relative positions of your fingers and transmit them to a computer or mobile device over Bluetooth. The Gest’s battery lasts longer than the Leap Motion (since it doesn’t have to collect and analyze the huge amount of data), responds faster, and doesn’t require a separate camera

A sneak peek of what you can do with Gest and Photoshop

Apotact Labs CEO and co-founder Mike Pfister describes the Gest as motion control’s answer to the tried-and-true mouse and keyboard set-up. At launch, it’ll work with Photoshop, supporting gestures to adjust control sliders, add layers, and change brush sizes. The Gest is aimed at potential customers who typically use a stylus and don’t want to put it down to type or click through a menu; instead they’d have the stylus in their dominant hand while wearing a Gest on the other. Another realm for the Gest’s potential is with virtual reality devices as a controller, something currently lacking a standard in that area — save for the standard computer keyboard. If you want to go whole-hog and Minority Report style, you can put a Gest on each hand and “air type” using the device’s motion tracker and the aid of a predictive typing tool.

Manipulating objects in 3D is a lot more intuitive when you can do it with your hands!

Now, before we get ahead of ourselves, the Gest is not not meant to perfectly recreate the way our hand moves around; it simply captures our hand’s complex gestures and assigns them to to specific computer controls. Also, there’s no thumb clip, as the project’s designers say that they can infer a lot of the thumb’s motion based on how your palm moves. Gest is aiming to ship to its Kickstarter backers in November of 2016 — should it achieve its $100,000 funding goal — with a “early bird” funding option allowing backers to buy a single Gest for $99 (rather than the final price of $199), then pick whether they want a right-handed or left-handed model.

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Behold the World’s Tallest Slide, Coming Soon to London’s ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower

ArcelorMittal Orbit / Anish Kapoor. Image © ArcelorMittal

Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in London, which is already the UK’s tallest sculpture at 114 meters tall — originally built for the 2012 London Olympics — will soon be home to the world’s tallest and longest tunnel slide.  According to a report from Metro, the semi-transparent stainless steel tube slide begins its descent 80-meters above ground within the tower’s lattice structure, until spiraling five times before the final 50-meter drop. Bblur architecture and Buro Happold are tasked to design, originally envisioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation as a way to attract more visitors. The slide will open in Spring of 2016, and rides will last about 37 seconds and cost only £5 a ride.
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Taliesin West – Doc’D #33

In this month’s architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, design and legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West building. Continue reading Taliesin West – Doc’D #33

Here’s WWE Legend The Undertaker as the ‘Master of Pain’ in the USWA

It’s always interesting to see legendary wrestlers in the beginning of their storied careers to see just how far they’ve come. Now, assuming that the title on the video above is correct, this is from a 1984 event from the legendary Texas-based World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) promotion. The Undertaker, known then as the Master of Pain, would spend several years with WCCW before it eventually became the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), and he would later win the USWA’s World Heavyweight Championship soon afterward. Continue reading Here’s WWE Legend The Undertaker as the ‘Master of Pain’ in the USWA

Thank You CineFix for this ‘Army of Darkness’ NES Metroid-Vania ‘Game’

I don’t think I can ever get tired of these CineFix video game concept videos based on popular television shows and movies.  Seriously, I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of covering these awesome videos.  Now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, I’ve felt that the setting and the story of the third Evil Dead movie, Army of Darkness, would have been perfect for a Metroid-Vania game (especially giving the film taking place in a medieval time period, similar to the the first Castlevania. game). I’m positive that the Necronomicon would have been the definition of an “NES-Hard” boss fight, and rather than a whip, Ash would be using his boomstick and chainsaw arm to lay waste to the undead.

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