Monthly Archives: August 2012
Facebooking Gehry, Solar Energy Spheres, Secret Shenmue 3 & E-C-W is Born! – The PractitioNERD, Ep. 10
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses the World Headquarters of Stalking gets a new HQ (http://goo.gl/sNom9), Solar Spheres better than Solar Panels (http://goo.gl/2gdw0), the subliminal release of Shenmue 3 (http://goo.gl/yL6iu), and ECW? Born out of Controversy? Really? (http://goo.gl/1bgfT)
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Read the rest of this entry
Year after year, THQ keeps making and churning out new professional wrestling games from World Wrestling Entertainment, and I keep buying; I been playing/buying them every year since 1998. I bought the 2 Nintendo 64 WCW wrestling games (World Tour and Revenge), the 2 Nintendo 64 WWE games (WrestleMania 2000 & No Mercy), and the SmackDown games on PlayStation (from SmackDown on PS1 to WWE ’12 on PS3). It appears that this year may be no different. Read the rest of this entry
It may not be news to most people of using the power of pedaling your bicycle to charge your phone or power headlights. However, the folks over at the EcoXPower are bringing a whole new concept to the table (sort of). Their new device for your bicycle will allow you to power BOTH your phone and lights at the SAME TIME! THE FUTURE!! Read the rest of this entry
It appears that YouTuber DSimphony has uncovered one of the biggest secrets in the history of video games. According to this video, it seems that gaming companies Sega and Square Enix attempted to mask this over and let this slip past us. Unfortunately for them, gamers are an intelligent and resourceful group of people with extraordinary resources. Funny; I wrote about this particular Square Enix game just a week ago… Read the rest of this entry
I remember when I first saw My Architect: A Son’s Journey, the 2003 documentary film about American architect Louis I. Kahn. The College of Architecture at Texas A&M has sponsoring a viewing of the film at Rudder Auditorium on-campus in 2004, and it was the first architecture-related film I can recall watching, and I really enjoyed it. Kahn led an extraordinary career as an architect when he died bankrupt and alone due to a heart attack in a Penn Station bathroom in 1974. When Kahn died, he had been deemed by many as the greatest living American architect. However, his body remained unidentified for two whole days and he was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. His son, Nathaniel Kahn, was 11-years-old then, and this personal documentary he made serves as a record of his quest to finally put the pieces of his father’s compartmentalized life together. Read the rest of this entry
HOLY CRAP!! That happened TWENTY YEARS AGO, YESTERDAY!!!!
In 1994, after World Championship Wrestling (WCW) withdrew from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), their Eastern Championship Wrestling (ECW) territory became the most televised wrestling show within the entire NWA. Due to this, the tournament for the vacant NWA World Heavyweight Championship was held in ECW’s home territory in Philadelphia, PA on August 27, 1994. After recieving feelings of being under the thumb of the power plays and unfair politics from the NWA board and officials, ECW began contemplating a plan to secede from the NWA in a controversial and public manner that would attract wide attention to ECW and insult the NWA organization as a final act of defiance. Check out the rest of the story and the video of the “Birth of Extreme” incident below. Read the rest of this entry
Solar panels are a great way to generate sustainable, renewable electricity; if only the image of an entire group of them together didnt; look uglier than sin. Thanks to André Broessel, who designed the spherical-lens solar generator you see above (the thing you were asking yourself “what the HECK is that, a crystallized Death Star?”) that –unlike solar panels — is very stylish and sleek. Read the rest of this entry
Musician Shnabubula released his most recent videogame-themed album back in May, titled SNESology, a free collection of original music that uses instrument soundsets from some classic Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) games. The album, includes various other artists that contributed their SNES-inspired songs to the project. The album has some original numbers along with remakes of pre-existing game tracks in the style of a completely different type of game. After the break, you can listen to five selections including in the collection and remind yourself of how awesome, amazing, and timeless the music from the SNES is. Read the rest of this entry
Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, has hired famed architect Frank Gehry to design a new campus headquarters outside of San Francisco Bay, California. When I last written about Mr. Gehry, I praised his vernacular-based design choice for a home in New Orleans as part of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right organization, breaking away from is signature jagged edge and curvature designs. For the Facebook headquarters expansion project, it seems that Gehry is again resisting temptation to place form over function, and is making both aspects work together 50/50. A tip of my hat and a thumbs up to you, Mr. Gehry. Read the rest of this entry
This week’s episode of The PractitioNERD discusses a simple, vernacular Canadian Train Station (The Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station), Bluetooth-operated light bulbs (Bluetooth Light Bulbs), Sonic the Hedgehog & Mega Man form a tag team against evil (Archie Comic’s Sonic / Mega Man Series to Crossover), and The Hitman vs. British Bulldog at SummerSlam ‘92! (Hart vs. Smith for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam).
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!! Read the rest of this entry
Did you get the reference in the title of this post? “Classy” Freddie Blassie FOR THE WIN!!
Let’s reminisce and go back to the days of when advertising posters for live professional wrestling events were simple, to-the-point, and weren’t focused on a single wrestler. Back in the day when the poster designers used the simplest of typography strategies to establish the show’s (and the poster’s) hierarchy – which may look ugly to some — that works in its own vintage, antique-style way. Either way, here’s a trip via the way-back time machine called “The Internet,” and I hope you enjoy this series of classic professional wrestling posters!
Most of the kids of the 1980s (and before) will remember the good old days when computers had built-in keyboards, such as the Apple II (which I remember my elementary school having a full supply of, and for playing Oregon Trail), or the Commodore 64 (which my daycare had one). That’ type of form factor has been duplicated by computer case modders many times over the years, but [Preamp]‘s project is the first one that uses the popular Raspberry Pi budget computer. The Raspberry Pi is still popular and picking up momentum with a variety of DIY projects due to how open the hardware is to different operating systems. So if you’re looking for a way to build your own budget, old-school-style, computer-in-a-keyboard with a Raspberry Pi, the German blog [Preamp] shows you exactly how to do it, step-by-step. Read the rest of this entry
In the Joystiq.com feature “Stiq Flicks,” film and video game industry freelance writer Kevin Kelly, examines video games and attempts to pair them with matching films. This past week’s release of Square Enix’s Sleeping Dogs, an open world, action-crime drama game opened itself to comparisons to popular –and plentiful — Asian crime action films. In the most recent edition of “Stiq Films,” Kelly examines the similarities between the game, and the classic 1992 action movie Hard Boiled, directed by John Woo. Read the rest of this entry
The Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station serves as an example (in my honest opinion) that sometimes combining complexity with simplicity is the way to go. Built in the Petite-Rivière-Saint-François municipality in Quebec, Canada along the St. Lawrence River at the bottom of the Massif de Charlevoix mountain, the Grande Pointe railway station, designed by STGM Architectes, gives travelers of the brand new tourist train and shuttle service access to said mountain. The station integrates with the region’s unique landscape through its simple design, moderate scale, use of local materials, and essential relationship with the nearby river. Read the rest of this entry