Team USA’s Basketball Jerseys Are Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles; Our Recyclable Litter at Work.

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Nike has announced the the 2012 iteration of Team USA’s basketball jerseys for the Olympic Games in London would be made of 96% recycled polyester, making them the lightest jerseys Nike ever made. Additionally, the shorts will be 100% recycled polyester and only weight 5 ounces. Nike verifies that each jersey is made from 22 recycled plastic bottles to create the breathable polyester fabric the jerseys are made of. Pretty snazzy-looking, don’t you think? It may be more successful than the NBA experiment with the synthetic basketball.

[Thanks to Nike via Twitter “@NikeBasketball” & the press release]

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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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Legend of Zelda PC Case Mod

Currently “patiently” waiting and on watch for the Sonic the Hedgehog PC case mod……

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Time lapsed PC case mod/build of Link from Legend of Zelda.  Do you have any video game themed case mods?  PC, consoles, handhelds?  Post them up!

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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 get what you pay for”, and getting something “great” and “free” requires you to “try again.”

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 a great “play in the park” feeling of watching or attending a pro wrestling event held outdoors; a reminder of playing and spending time outside with close friends in the bright, natural sunlight, feeling the wind breeze by, and having nothing but the cloudy or clear sky above our heads.   Even though I enjoy this feeling when attending smaller-scale independent wrestling shows, I dream for WWE, TNA, and ROH to have more larger-scale shows taking place outdoors.

On this episode of “WWE Legends of Wrestling,” a round-table discussion show hosted by WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund, the host and guests (including Kevin Nash, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross, Michael Hayes, and soon-to-be-WWE Hall of Famer J.J. Dillon) talk about some of the more historic outdoor events and the unique aspects of putting on a show in the midst of God and Mother Nature, discussing events like World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) Parade of Champions, and the aforementioned Wrestlemania IX, WCW Road Wild and WWF SummerSlam 1992.

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