Category Archives: History

‘Night Trap’ Re-release Sparks ‘Night Trap 2’ Development; Work on Sequel to Speed Up After NT1’s Ports are Done

This Friday, the remaster of the classic/infamous full-motion video game Night Trap will be re-released in a limited physical run on August 11 (thanks to developer Screaming Villains & Limited Run Games), while the digital release on PS4 and PC takes place on August 15. Due to the positive feedback of the re-release, its sequel, Night Trap 2, is currently in the very early stages of development as it aims to go into full-speed after the original game’s other remastered ports are finished and released. Another interesting little tid-bit is that the original game director, James Riley, will be heavily involved in the sequel’s development. Continue reading ‘Night Trap’ Re-release Sparks ‘Night Trap 2’ Development; Work on Sequel to Speed Up After NT1’s Ports are Done

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A Barn Replacement + Farmhouse Restoration by Singer Baenziger Architekten

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When Singer Baenziger Architekten took on this project of a farmhouse from the 1600s and a later-built barn (both sharing a cantilevered saddle roof) in the village center of Schlieren, Switzerland, they looked to restore the house while converting the barn building into a new living space. According to the design team, led by Roman Singer and Rémy Baenziger, the project will also include breaking up the singular roof through the use of roof windows and two roof sheds. Along with this, the outside landscape will retain the original exterior space, the unfinished nearby alley’s forecourt,  and the existing tree garden, but will add a new small private seating area for the farmhouse’s residential units. Continue reading A Barn Replacement + Farmhouse Restoration by Singer Baenziger Architekten

The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…

In 1948, Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer designed and built — along with fellow architects Carlos Coire and Eduardo Catalano — the Parador Ariston in the La Serena neighborhood of Mar de Plata, Argentina.  Formerly remembered as the well-known Ariston Restaurant, the building’s overall shape and form — designed to hold social gatherings, dances and cocktail parties — is inspired by a four-leafed clover to provide maximum glazing and natural sunlight, with its main space elevated a single level with curved walls. However, sadly the building today stands abandoned, deteriorated in ruins, neglected, and covered in graffiti. Continue reading The Parador Ariston, an Abandoned & Deteriorating Latin American Architectural Classic…

Charlotte Flair Becomes 1st Woman in WWE History to Main Event on PPV, Raw AND SmackDown!

Yesterday, WWE announced that Charlotte Flair, daughter of  WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, made history by becoming the first female Superstar in the company’s history to main event a pay-per-view, Raw and SmackDown in singles matches.  Flair completed this trifecta this past Tuesday night on SmackDown Live when she competed with SmackDown Women’s champion Naomi to a no contest in the main event, after multiple main event matches against Sasha Banks on Raw, as well as at the 2016 edition of Hell in a Cell. Continue reading Charlotte Flair Becomes 1st Woman in WWE History to Main Event on PPV, Raw AND SmackDown!

Castle of Illusion: starring Mickey Mouse – Doc’D #63

In this video game-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the Sega Game Gear and Master System classic, Castle of Illusion, starring Mickey Mouse.

1) Genesis “Illusion” Series of Games: Amazon [http://amzn.to/2oek7L8], eBay [https://goo.gl/JbMZMs]
2) Game Gear “Illusion” Series of Games: Amazon [http://amzn.to/2nLuc6U], eBay [https://goo.gl/HpmaZT]
3) Master System “Illusion” Series of Games: eBay [https://goo.gl/FY7UoZ]
4) Mega Drive “Illusion” Series of Games: eBay [https://goo.gl/2KfaEh]
5) “Castle of Illusion” (2013):  PS3 [https://goo.gl/lt7WId], Xbox 360 [https://goo.gl/EnYba6], PC/Steam [https://goo.gl/MX7tfN], Android [http://amzn.to/2oe0rqG], iOS [https://goo.gl/I6rUu6]

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Legendary Pro Wrestling Trainer Larry Sharpe Has Passed Away At Age 66

“Pretty Boy” Larry Sharpe, taking on Dominic DeNucci at Madison Square Garden in 1980.

If you’re a longtime professional wrestling fan with specific memories of the NWA and early-WCW, it’s incredibly likely that you remember Larry Sharpe. Sharpe had a pretty decent career as a mid-card wrestler, but he’s likely best remembered for running the legendary Monster Factory, which he and Buddy Rogers opened in 1983 in Paulsboro, New Jersey. For the uninitiated, the Monster Factory is notable for produced perhaps more pro wrestling stars than any one training facility before WWE consolidated its developmental promotions to its Performance Center and NXT. Continue reading Legendary Pro Wrestling Trainer Larry Sharpe Has Passed Away At Age 66

A Colonial House Recovery on 64th Street; I Smell a Holiday Movie Franchise…

© Pim Schalkwijk

Riddle me this, Batman (assuming that you’re Batman, of course): what happens if the building — in this case in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico — you’re converting into a bar is cataloged as a Historic Monument by the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, which doesn’t allow ANY modification of the property? Well, you’re limited to only being able to recover the existing architectural elements (in this case, iron and wood) and design the project with complete and absolute fidelity to the original building. Re-purposing and rehabilitating a historic structure can be complicated enough, but the Nauzet Rodríguez team pulled it off real well. Continue reading A Colonial House Recovery on 64th Street; I Smell a Holiday Movie Franchise…

Legends of the Hidden Temple – Geek Me Five #20

In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing five simple and interesting facts about the classic Nickelodeon game show, Legends of the Hidden Temple.

1) “Slimed!: An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age” by Mathew Klickstein [http://amzn.to/2g7bDGa]
2) BuzzFeed Entertainment interviews Kirk Fogg [https://goo.gl/o3IKvE]
3) The Unknown Archive’s Legends of the Hidden Temple Playlist [https://goo.gl/e2HvpL] Continue reading Legends of the Hidden Temple – Geek Me Five #20

WWE Purchases the Entire Heartland Wrestling Association Library

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O Hai Dean Ambrose (a.k.a., Jon Moxley)

While WWE may have failed to purchase and obtain most of the video library from TNA/Impact Wrestling — mostly to adding new media content to WWE Network library for its subscribers — the company has managed to obtain the complete library of the Ohio-bases Heartland Wrestling Association.  Along with the current acquisitions o the WCW, NWA, ECW, WCCW, and Mid-South (among others), the WWE Network is continuing to beef up its streaming content. Continue reading WWE Purchases the Entire Heartland Wrestling Association Library

Black Friday – Geek Me Five #19

In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, significance and the….why is this a thing?…. about Black Friday.

1) “Why Is It Called Black Friday,” Wonderopolis [https://goo.gl/sNrxrW]
2) “The Meaning of Black Friday,” by Guy Rundle, Jacobin Magazine [https://goo.gl/BO61sp]
3) “What’s the Real History of Black Friday,” by Sarah Pruitt, History Channel [https://goo.gl/Ne3gbX]

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