The Albany by RKD Architects is NOT in Albany; It’s in Dublin. So, There You Go…

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The Albany, located in Dublin, Ireland and designed by RKD Architects, is a modernist-style pavilion (measuring at nearly 4,900 square feet) that aims to reinterpret the seaside villa house type. This visually distinct building — compared to the surrounding ones — is built on one corner of the build site and utilizes a varied mix of materials and features a new structure frames for viewing the nearby Dublin Bay.  The existing site was lowered to create a garden — while accessible from all of the building’s bedrooms — that would add seclusion and privacy to the site. The exterior showcases a reinforced concrete frame with seamless glass ribbon windows along the main upper floor, while seemingly floating above the lower level plinth; intentionally done to resemble the seawall and to evoke the Martello towers located along the local coastline.

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Bruno Mars AND Madison Square Garden paid tribute to the late, great Bruno Sammartino…

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Since his passing earlier this past Wednesday, the tributes keep pouring in for the WWE and New York sports great Bruno Sammartino. The well-wishes, prayers and condolences were coming in from nearly every who’s-who in the world of professional wrestling, including a 10-bell salute before WWE’s most recent show in South Africa. It’s fair to say that Sammartino’s influence extended FAR beyond the world of professional wrestling to the general entertainment world; enter Bruno Mars… Continue reading “Bruno Mars AND Madison Square Garden paid tribute to the late, great Bruno Sammartino…”

Google to turn “Messages” into “Chat” on Android to compete with iMessage

So, FINALLY, rather than just making yet ANOTHER messaging app for Android (like Talk, Voice, Wave, Google+ Messenger, Hangouts, Allo, Duo, etc.), Google is aiming to make another push for its mobile messaging app. According to a report from The Verge , the Mountain View-based company’s next effort, simply called Chat. I know what you’re thinking: “GOOGLE’S MAKING ANOTHER MESSAGING APP?!? C’MON NOW!!” The kicker is that Chat isn’t just another new app; it’s a brand name for Universal Profile features in RCS, a standard set to replace old-school SMS texting we know and (sometimes) love with features similar to Apple’s iMessage (sans end-to-end encryption, unfortunately) for the masses. Continue reading “Google to turn “Messages” into “Chat” on Android to compete with iMessage”

The Shenmue 1 & 2 Collection Is Coming Out Year?!? **faints**

**wakes back up**

Huh? Whaaa? What happened? What did I miss? Ok, this is one of those things that’s both FOR me and NOT for me. You see, I was a fan of the Sega Dreamcast (despite not owning one; I played on a friend’s console) and of Shenmue when it was released (again, I played it on a friend’s Dreamcast). I even got my hands on the Xbox port of Shenmue II despite not having an Xbox at the time; yeah, I had it pretty bad. based just on that alone, imagine how much I fanboyed when the Shenmue III crowdfunding campaign was announced a couple of years ago. Anyway, SEGA recently announced at FES 2018 that HD ports of Shenmue and Shenmue II are being brought over to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in North America and Europe, while being exclusive on PlayStation 4 only in Japan. Continue reading “The Shenmue 1 & 2 Collection Is Coming Out Year?!? **faints**”

The Coastal Craftsman Tiny Home Goes ALL IN on Interior Design…

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The interesting puzzle of living in a tiny home involves cutting down on size while also having optimal living space. While many tiny home builders and companies get pretty creative when designing the layout of the home, this often leaves out several opportunities for expressive interior design details.  This is not the case of the the Coastal Craftsman tiny home by Handcrafted Movement, which took the road-less-traveled by not sacrificing intricate interior design in a tiny home. Handcrafted Movement — a company based in Washington that has been featured on HGTV, Curbed, Country Living, Architectural Digest, Today, and more — was “born out of a desire to pursue excellence and creativity. This is about more than just creating products. This is about questioning the status quo and finding a more excellent way in all that we put our head, heart and hands to. This is about playing a part in the rebirth of American quality, ingenuity and pride in manufacturing.” Continue reading “The Coastal Craftsman Tiny Home Goes ALL IN on Interior Design…”

Well, Maybe Bam Bam Bigelow Will Get Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Next Year…

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Le sigh. Now, I know that EVERY SINGLE YEAR there are going to be gripes and complaints about who “needs to be”, “should be” and “deserves to be” in the WWE Hall of Fame. Remember the multiple online arguments about Randy Savage getting inducted? Or even Bruno Sammartino? Or J-E-Double F, J-A-Double R-E-Double T?!? Now, all three of those guys made it to the Hall of Fame, but one omission that grinds my gears (especially due to the constant rumors and false-positive leaks/reports) is the lack of the late-Bam Bam Bigelow’s absence from the WWE Hall of Fame. Continue reading “Well, Maybe Bam Bam Bigelow Will Get Inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Next Year…”

What We Know About the New Google Glass Sunglasses Patent

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Nowadays, it feels that elements of science-fiction are becoming real in respect of wearable technology like smartwatches, smart lights, smart patches and other great and strange wearable devices. Smart glasses once seemed to be joining the fray, but they’ve become pretty absent after the disappearance of both the Snapchat Glasses and Google Glass (the consumer version, anyway). Now with other companies aiming to get into the market (i.e., Apple is rumored to be looking into it), it seems that Google is looking to get back into the game — at least based on a new patent — and here’s what interesting about them so far… Continue reading “What We Know About the New Google Glass Sunglasses Patent”

Watch “Sonic Mania Adventures.” Now. Like, RIGHT NOW!!!

As a noted life-long fan of Sonic the Hedgehog, I must say that the new animated web series Sonic Mania Adventures nails the tone of the game Sonic Mania.  While SEGA is keeping the train named Sonic Mania rolling with upcoming enhanced release of Sonic Mania Plus later this summer, they’re also releasing a five-part series of animated shorts, and episode one is currently out on YouTube. Continue reading “Watch “Sonic Mania Adventures.” Now. Like, RIGHT NOW!!!”

From Private Home to Multipurpose Facility, or the Barn at Critter Creek by Furman + Keil Architects (Or BOTH; No Need to Pick Sides…)

In a previous life, Critter Creek existed as purely residential home for over 20 years, but its time was running out as it was scheduled for demolition for the family’s new home.  However, the family and design firm Furman+Keil Architects opted to re-purpose the building and relocate it to a new location in order to preserve the memories and spirit of the place. First, the … Continue reading From Private Home to Multipurpose Facility, or the Barn at Critter Creek by Furman + Keil Architects (Or BOTH; No Need to Pick Sides…)

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Remembering Eddie Guerrero Outsmarting Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XX to Retain the WWE Championship…

While Eddie Guerrero never main-evented a WrestleMania in his storied career, it is still difficult to argue that his match with Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XX definitely FELT like a main event match for all intents and purposes. Despite being the third-to-the-last match at the show, Guerrero and Angle put on quite the performance with all of the drama and athleticism fitting of ANY WrestleMania’s main event match. To this day, it stands as my SECOND favorite WrestleMania match of all time (with Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels at the following year’s WrestleMania at number one on my list). Continue reading “Remembering Eddie Guerrero Outsmarting Kurt Angle at WrestleMania XX to Retain the WWE Championship…”