The General Services Building on Health Sciences Campus, or What Your First Architecture School Project MAY Have Looked Like….

Courtesy of Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos

The sloping roofs, the plain-yet-elegant exterior, the sharp and angular edges and corners; this reminds me of my first building-based architecture project in the freshman year at Texas A&M. The only difference is that this building by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos in Granada, Spain was professionally designed and expertly programmed in accordance to site and interior usage.  Plus, it was done VERY WELL.  What usage exactly? Well, some of the designated areas of the facility include (but are not limited to) an  Auditorium, Library and Nursery, as well as restaurants and exhibition rooms.

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The 1896 Olympic Games – Geek Me Five #14

In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the the history, pageantry and the long-lasting influence of the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens, the first of the modern era of the Summer Olympic Games. Continue reading The 1896 Olympic Games – Geek Me Five #14

Brock Lesnar & Randy Orton Wrestled Each Other Only ONCE BEFORE in 2002

Back on July 19th, the WWE held its first Brand Draft since 2011, creating two different and exclusive talent rosters for Raw and SmackDown. However, back on July 7th, a Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton match was announced for this year’s WWE SummerSlam, and what makes this match very interesting is the fact that Lesnar and Orton haven’t worked a televised match together since 2002.  Back in 2002, after the first WWE Brand Extension Draft in April, both superstars were on SmackDown for a brief period of time and first worked a match together on the main roster on September 5th.

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Here’s HP’s Powerup Backpack, A Backpack That Can Recharge Your Laptop

One look at HP’s new Powerup Backpack gives the impression that it’s nothing more than a standard backpack, but the truth is that’s just its Clark Kent role; its hidden ‘Last Son of Krypton’-side is the accessory’s main feature.  HP’s $200 Powerup Backpack, can actually recharge a full-size laptop, and that’s due to the massive 22,400mAh battery installed. That much power could allow you to recharge your smartphone 10 times, and it includes ventilated pockets and heat sensors to make sure it doesn’t overheat.

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Fallout: Van Buren – Doc’D #51

In this video game-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, the development, and the somewhat-lost legacy of the game that was ALMOST ‘Fallout 3,” the Van Buren project.

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Watch the 2nd Trailer for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’

The the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was unveiled Thursday during Olympic coverage on NBC. The film, directed by Gareth Edwards, stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, the leader of a team tasked with stealing plans for the Death Star ahead of the events of the first Star Wars movie (now called Episode IV: New Hope) in 1977. Donnie Yen, Forest Whitaker and Diego Luna are on her team, and Ben Mendelsohn as Imperial leader Orson Krenic.  Also, James Earl Jones returns as the voice of Darth Vader, his first time voicing the character in a feature film since 2005’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the SithRogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released Dec. 16.

‘Sonic Mania’ and ‘Project Sonic 2017’ to come out next year?! C’mon 2017; I’mmm Waaaitinnnng…

At the Sonic the Hedgehog Birthday Celebration — which I’m required to write to further perpetuate the notion that The PractitioNERD secretly operates as a Sonic Fan Site — that happened at San Diego ComicCon 2016 this past week (which not only included celebrating the character’s 25th anniversary, sing-a-longs, a God-awful livestream — contrary to the better live experience on-location —  and a merchandising crossover between Sonic the Hedgehog and Sanrio characters, like Hello Kitty), two new Sonic video games were officially announced. The first game that will celebrate the 25-year-old franchise will be Sonic Mania, in which the above trailer starts with an awesome remix of the end theme to the Genesis version of Sonic 3D Blast, and is slated for release in Spring 2017 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC. Continue reading ‘Sonic Mania’ and ‘Project Sonic 2017’ to come out next year?! C’mon 2017; I’mmm Waaaitinnnng…

House ARM Uses Simple Geometry for Optimal Natural Light

© Eugenio H. Vegue & Francisco Sepúlveda

The House ARM, a 1,751 square-foot home designed by OOIIO Arquitectura and situated in Toledo, Spain (some 4,000 miles — give or take — from that other one in Ohio), is a functional, cost-effective one level home that uses geometric extrusions and sections to gather as much natural sun light as possible. Continue reading House ARM Uses Simple Geometry for Optimal Natural Light

Remembering the Ultimate Warrior Getting PWN’D by Undertaker and Jake “The Snake” Roberts…

Ultimate-Warrior

The Ultimate Warrior is one of the most recognized, energetic, and interesting personalities in the history of professional wrestling. With his shocking passing a mere days after being inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame before WrestleMania 30 in 2014 (and rebuilding his bridge with WWE), his legendary career took to new heights. While he has been part of the best (winning the WWE Championship from Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 6) and worst moments of wrestling history, I wanted to take the time to focus on the two moments in WWE where he was convincingly shown as an underdog (which means the angle with Papa Shango will NOT be discussed; ugh)… Continue reading Remembering the Ultimate Warrior Getting PWN’D by Undertaker and Jake “The Snake” Roberts…

This is Probably The BEST WAY to Erase a Hard Drive…

Even though the U.S. Department of Defense have their recommendations and standards for formatting old drives, this method from YouTube channel __ makes the DOD’s method look amateurish. This method can be called the “Molten Copper Overwrite™,” which ensures total and COMPLETE destruction of the hard disk drive, making it nothing more than an unusable block of metal, or a nice modern art-inspired paper weight. One thing for sure, any ne’er-do-well will never — and The PractitioNERD means NEVER —  be able to get access to the scorched ones and zeros on the disc. What’s even better is that this method also — and unsurprisingly — works on solid state drives, CDs, magnetic tape, people* (like THIS GUY) and portable drives, so NOW I can securely prevent anyone from finding embarrassing high school pictures and assignments from my old ZIP disks…

*Seriously, DO NOT POUR Molten Copper on People; C’mon y’all…

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