Let’s Check Out Muhammad Ali’s Involvement with WWE…

This past Monday night on WWE Monday Night RAW, the WWE produced a heartfelt and emotional tribute to “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali, who passed away late Friday night, June 3rd 2016.  The WWE took a look back on Ali’s groundbreaking career, as he left an indelible mark on the worlds of boxing and sports-entertainment. Continue reading “Let’s Check Out Muhammad Ali’s Involvement with WWE…”

Check Out These Eco-Friendly, Sorta-Underground Homes in D.C.

Are you looking for a place to live (like me)? Are you currently looking into the Prince George’s County area in Maryland (NOT like me)? The this house might have you turning your head, and all for interesting design and eco-efficiency reasons. This home stands out from, well, just look at it; the house is partially constructed underground! The 3,300-square-foot home sitting on 1.3 acres of land in Clinton, Md. may LOOK like your average colonial brick design in the front, but if you look at the side and rear, you’ll see that the underground design provides a natural insulation that is eco-friendly. According to the home’s listing, utility bills will average you about $150 a month. Not bad…

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reWIRed: February 2015

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It’s the end of February (or has been for a few days), and it’s time for the monthly round-up show that is reWIRed, where host Montez McCrary discusses his favorite stories of the last 30 (give or take) days from ThePractitioNERD.com, covering the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “reWIRed: February 2015”

Annie Easley’s contributions to Modern Spaceflight

During Annie Easley’s 34-year career, she worked on and contributed to technologies and software that led to hybrid vehicles and great strides in spaceflight and exploration, and she did all of this as one of the first few African-Americans in her field. Despite racial tensions and segregation, Easley rose above, earning top marks and was the valedictorian of her graduating class to earn her a spot at Xavier University in New Orleans.  However, when relocating after her wedding, she was unable to continue her education in pharmaceutical medicine. But that didn’t stop her from moving her career forward. Continue reading “Annie Easley’s contributions to Modern Spaceflight”

​How the First Video Game Cartridges Came To Be…

​How the First Video Game Cartridges Came Into Existence

Concept of using cartridges in gaming have become a somewhat a distant memory now—except for dedicated handhelds like 3DS and Vita…and if you’re a retro game collector (like myself)—but back in the day, cartridges were THE ONLY way to get video games playing onto a television set. While the exact origins of the cartridge have been difficult to trace back to, a new Fast Company article runs down the story of the beginnings of this innovative and important piece in the history of gaming technology. Continue reading “​How the First Video Game Cartridges Came To Be…”

Black History Month: Jacqueline “Ms. Jackie” Moore

Jacqueline DeLois Moore is a semi-retired American professional wrestler who is best known for her tenure in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/WWE) from 1998 to 2004, also her work with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1997 to 1998 and later Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as a wrestler, manager and road agent. Known for her aggressive and highly-regarded in-ring skills and abilities, Moore is also one of the few women to hold a male title in the WWE, as she is a former WWE Cruiserweight Champion and a two-time WWE Women’s Champion. Continue reading “Black History Month: Jacqueline “Ms. Jackie” Moore”

Black History Month: Joseph Saulter and The Urban Video Game Academy

The Urban Video Game Academy (UVGA) is an Atlanta, GA-based venture founded by CEO Joseph Saulter, the entrepreneur behind Entertainment Arts Research, Inc. (which Ebony Magazine called one of the first black-owned publicly traded gaming companies), as part of his quest to make the gaming industry more reflective of its audience.  Saulter and the UVGA go into high schools to recruit and announce theater workshops which would end up being filled up with young students ever since the academy’s first announcement at the 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which resulted and the UVGA getting calls from 120 schools and gaming companies like Electronic Arts (EA). Continue reading “Black History Month: Joseph Saulter and The Urban Video Game Academy”

Black History Month: MoviePass, Netflix for Movies Still in Theaters

MoviePass founders Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt

What if there was a Netflix, but for movies that were STILL IN THEATERS?!? Or “theatres” for the fancy crowd. Well, MoviePass is a subscription-based service that launched in February of 2011 by technology and entertainment entrepreneurs Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt, and is for going to movie theaters available in the United States. The service allows members across the country to view up to one movie (just 2D; no 3D yet) every 24 hours for a fixed monthly fee — typically starting at $29.99/month by vary based on local market– plus members can select which theaters they wish to attend. As an added bonus, there are zero “blackout dates.” MoviePass works in nearly all movie theaters that accept the Discover Card credit card (should you be a member of that exclusive club called anybody), making it one of the largest subscription-based theater networks in America. Continue reading “Black History Month: MoviePass, Netflix for Movies Still in Theaters”