This week on WIRed, Kyle Field gets improvements to become the best college football stadium in Texas, an Iranian scientist reveals his time machine invention, the “Shadowrun” franchise return in…well…”Shadowrun Returns”, and the WCW’s classic beach-themed summer pay-per-views! Also, LEGO James Bond is kinda-sorta a thing (thanks, internet)! Read the rest of this entry
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This week on “PractitioNERD WIRed”, an inside-and-outside retrofit & renovation in Mexico, Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak is REAL, It’s no Half-Life 3, but Black Mesa mod is AWESOME, and the Kickstarter to shed light on the true story of ECW!
…and the QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!
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Yesterday, filmmakers John Philapavage (a wrestling fan) and Kevin Kiernan (a non-wrestling fan), life-long friends and graduates of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, surpassed their financial goal on independent online fundraising website Kickstarter to fund an unauthorized documentary of the popular and legendary wrestling promotion, Extreme Championship Wrestling, or ECW. This project involved 50 hours of footage being shot and over 60 interviews conducted to provide context and accuracy to this oral history. This documentary has been a labor of love from the filmmakers, as the project began when they were both 19-years-old, back in March of 2000. Read the rest of this entry
Is this a sign of great technological advancement or proof that we humans are getting lazier and lazier? Either way, the Faraday Porteur is aiming to become the “ultimate electric propelled utility bicycle. The bike, built by and for cyclists, was nicknamed “the ultimate modern utility bicycle” by the Oregon Manifest bicycle design competition. Just from looking at an image of it, you can tell that the Faraday Porteur is an elegantly designed bike, plus the designers claim that the bicycle is both comfortable and effortless to ride – whether you’re using the electric motor or not. The project is up on Kickstarter, and they have far reached their $100,000 goal (raising 137,815 as of 7/30) before the end date of August 11th. Read the rest of this entry
That’s right, move over PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the soon-to-be released Wii U! Here comes the Ouya to knock you off of your respective roosts. /sarcasm. Still, this a very interesting little gaming console. The Ouya was announced on July 3, 2012 as a new home video game console, made by a team of design and tech know-hows led by the CEO of Boxer8, Julie Uhrman. On July 10, Ouya started a Kickstarter campaign to see how many people were interested in the project and wanted to donate. Boxer8 confirmed having a working prototype with in-progress software and user interface, and is expected to have their own online store for applications and games. The prototype runs on a modified version of the Android 4.0 operating system (a.k.a., “Ice Cream Sandwich”), features many high-end specs, and a budget price tag of $99. As of July 18, 2012 at 3:00PM CST, the Ouya kickstarter had raised US$5,072,076 with 21 days to go in the fundraising, far FAR ahead of its goal of US$950,00. Read the rest of this entry
Sorry fellow nerds, but no “The Great Gatsby” hat-trick/triple crown today. However, I think this will do just fine.
Hockey and horse-racing terms aside, when it comes to education in America, we certainly can do better; we are declining in science and math, and many of our citizens are unable to even point out familiar states, provinces and countries on a map. One could assume that this decline could in fact be the first step to a probable zombie apocalpse, and if so, thank goodness for educator David Hunter. Hunter, a fan of geography AND zombies, developed a full middle school geography curriculum taught in the context of a Zombie Apocalypse. His project combines textbooks, teaching plans, and creative role-playing simulation to engage learning. Teachers and students will be able to learn real world geographic concepts by learning and applying their knowledge to survive in a world flooded by zombies with help of the curriculum’s books and learning materials.
This is the PowerPot, a power-generating pot utilizes thermoelectric modules in order to convert temperature differences into a 5-, 10- or 15-watt regulated power stream, necessary for powering up multiple USB devices (i.e., smartphones, GPS devices, LED lamps, etc.). While the traditional way to create those temperature differences is putting a pot of cold water over an open flame, the PowerPot is adaptable to other configurations (i.e., a pot filled with snow over a thermal spring). Should you use the pot over fire method, you can also use the pot to boil water or cook food as you charge your USB gadgets.