Black History: Ron Simmons, the 1st African-American World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion

Concluding The PractitioNERD’s celebration of Black History Month, I want to introduce Ron Simmons, who is the first officially recognized African-American World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and member of the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Simmons is also a four-time World Tag Team Champion (3 with WWE, 1 with WCW) and College Football Hall of Famer, recognized by his All-American status as a defensive nose guard with the Florida State Seminoles.

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Meet the Original iPAD!! No, Seriously!!

In case you haven’t heard, there’s been a bit of an dispute recently concerning the name “iPad” over in the land where most of our expensive American electronics come from; in case you’re wondering, carefully lift your laptop over your head, and you’ll see it (it starts off with “Made In..”).   If you guessed China, you are correct; but why is there a dispute about the name of the popular Apple device?  Well, there’s a company called Proview that already has an existing trademark on the “iPad” name; to be more clear, the name is stylized as “iPAD,” which stood for Internet Personal Access Device.

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The Dog House Frank Lloyd Wright Built is Better than Fallingwater (/sarcasm)

Now, I know that I may cause some sort of crap-storm for saying — or writing….or typing — this, but to anyone who studied and/or attended lectures about architecture may recall some stories concerning Frank Lloyd Wright’s well-documented reputation for having an ego, sometimes being a jerk; but hey, nobody’s perfect. However, despite that, this project shows that he did have a soft spot for children who were fans of his work (or the better to stroke his ego with…..yeah, nevermind).

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Get a 3D-Printed Jaw So You Can Eat Again

Remember children, if you do not take care of those ol’ chompers, you’ll have to live with badly conditioned teeth, gums, numerous surgical procedures and battling the evil disease of GIN-GA-VITIS!!!  Or…..you could always get yourself  a new pair of  the old incisors, canines, premolars, and molars from a freaking printer!! Last year, an 83-year-old woman in Belgium had her entire lower jaw replaced with a 3D printed replica.

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Black History: Paul R. Williams, First African-American Member of the AIA, FAIA (1894 – 1980)

Continuing with the celebration of Black History Month, I want to introduce architect Paul Revere Williams, FAIA.  Mr. Williams was a Los Angeles-based architect, and a Fellow Member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); in fact, he became the first African-American member of the AIA in 1923, and the first African-American voted Fellow in 1957.  He  practiced largely in Southern California, and designed many public and private buildings, as well as the homes of numerous Hollywood star, ranging from Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball/Desi Arnaz, and Lon Chaney.

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Question: How Do You Like Your Designs/Architecture?

I found this beautiful & colorful Venn diagram illustration on Arthitectural.  It was originally created by graphic designer Colin Harman in regards to, well, graphic design.  However, similar logic can also relate to architecture, or any other design profession (i.e., web design, industrial design, etc.).  Harman makes it simple to see why graphic design that’s “fast,” “cheap” and “great” is an “impossible utopia,” “fast” and “great” results in “you … Continue reading Question: How Do You Like Your Designs/Architecture?

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Add Experience Points to a Wall Outlet by adding USB Functionality

YOUR WALL SOCKET HAS EVOLVED (yes, I used to play “Pokemon”…)

While taking a stroll through the good old interwebz, I came across a blog that I have become very interested and fond of, Apartment Therapy.  At Apartment Therapy, there are a plethora of strategies, tips & tricks on how to best optimize your experience of living in an apartment and/or smaller rental (or owned) house.  Nowadays with a ever-growing number of electronic gadgets, it often seems like there’s not enough outlets to cater to these devices (most of which only need a USB port without a wall outlet).   Continue reading “Add Experience Points to a Wall Outlet by adding USB Functionality”

Lamenting for more Outdoor Pro Wrestling Events

I recall the amazement (just on the novelty alone) of watching large scale professional wrestling events that took place outdoors as opposed to an indoor arena.  The events that come to my mind include: WWF Wrestlemania IX at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, the WCW Road Wild events held in Sturgis, South Dakota during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, and WWF SummerSlam ’92 at Wembley Stadium in London.  There’s just … Continue reading Lamenting for more Outdoor Pro Wrestling Events

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Architecture critic Inga Saffron believes that skyscrapers are O-VER-RA-TED **clap-clap, clap-clap-clap**

Skyscrappers are a signature piece and building type in the realm of architecture. Created with the spirit of being able to build so high and touch the sky (no so different from the goal of the European cathedrals), and now it seems that every architectural firm is trying to make their name as designing and building the world’s tallest new skyscraper (with the currently record … Continue reading Architecture critic Inga Saffron believes that skyscrapers are O-VER-RA-TED **clap-clap, clap-clap-clap**

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