Starting this past Tuesday, Visceral Games is no more. It was announce today that the studio behind Battlefield Hardline (my 2nd favorite Battlefield game after BF1) and the awesomely-spoopy (NOT a typo) DeadSpace series (as well as Dante’s Inferno, The Simpsons Game, The James Bond games Agent Under Fire, Everything or Nothing and From Russia With Love, and The Godfather games among others), will be shut down in the near future. Plus, according to EA, the Star Wars game in development at Visceral will be revamped into something completely different and will move to a different studio, EA Worldwide Studios, led by EA Vancouver. Continue reading Electronic Arts Shuts Down Visceral Games. *SIGH*→
Injections for vaccinations, while saving the lives of millions of people from common sicknesses and diseases, are still pretty painful; particularly for younger children who are most at risk of diseases. That might change within the next ten years, thanks to researchers in Dorian Liepmann’s lab at the University of California, Berkeley, who’ve developed the MucoJet. The creation is a needle-free, pill-sized, 3D-printed device that shoots a stream of vaccine into the tissue of the cheek, making vaccinations practically painless. Continue reading The MucoJet, for Needle-Free, Painless Vaccinations…→
In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the popular, and often very humorous, independent professional wrestling promotion, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.
What you see before you (other than this awesome website, ThePractitioNERD.com) is this training video created by SEGA from the year-of-our-Lord 1996. This 28-minute “trainumentary” with run-of-the-mill “butt rock” and MTV editing that reeks of the 90’s was created for rookie video game testers at Sega of America’s office in Redwood City, California. The video was recently released to the internet at large by the production company behind it, Green Mill Filmworks. Continue reading This 1996 SEGA Game Tester Training Video is Nineties as ALLLLL HECK…→
American artist Phillip K. Smith III created the installation Lucid Stead, which is a near-invisible desert shack in southeastern California’s Joshua Tree National Park. The structure includes alternating mirrored slats that reflect the sand, bushes, and hills of the surrounding desert, working as a stark contrast to the worn, aged wood from the 70-year-old homesteader cabin’s framework. As an added bonus, at night the Lucid Stead becomes illuminated, as its windows and door glow with LED lights that over time change hue colors.
Smith uses a computer in order to vary colors slowly in the project installation:
“The color of the door and window openings are set at a pace of change where one might question whether they are actually changing colors.” Walk away from the shack and come back a few minutes later, and he says the “blue, red, and yellow” of before might now be “orange, purple, and green.”
Smith utilized the shack’s LED lights and mirrors in order to evoke subtle transformation:
“Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert. Through the process of slowing down and opening yourself to the quiet, only then can you really see and hear in ways that you normally could not.”
Should you take a long enough look at the Lucid Stead, you’ll see the shifts in the Joshua Tree Park as the mirrors reflects the morning light, then midday, then dusk. The cabin also gives off an artificial glow since it’s lit from within by a series of white bulbs. At the end of the day, Smith intends for viewers to use their time using the secrets of the art and design of the shack to consider the desert’s open space.
This week on WIRed, the simplicity of a box-shaped wooden house, if you want to print a circuit board to a shirt — YOU CAN –, how Metal Gear Solid 5 was almost a PSP AND PS3 game, and ARE-YOU-READY…for Fire Pro Wrestling?! Also, I had an awesome yet sickly Thanksgiving! How was yours? Answer in the comments!
Take a look at this house. Pretty simple looking, huh? But seriously, that what I love about the Westside Road Private Residence. Despite being simple, this HUGE 2240-square-foot home is essentially a giant box made of wood. Of course, since it’s a house, you got to have some windows to frame the place perfectly (and to, you know, make it look like a house). The residence, designed by Dowling Studios, is also energy-efficient, and is certified Platinum level status in the USGBC LEED for Homes program. Plus, the house rests on a perfect 22-acre site, ON TOP OF A HILL, overlooking the Russian River Valley in California. Oh, and it has a lap pool. EXTRA POINTS! I guess less CAN be more… Continue reading Would You Live In This Wooden Box House? Would ‘ya?→
Johnny Tergo is a photographer based in Los Angeles who has developed an interesting way in snapping some awesome shots. Since he’s already a frequent traveler, he wanted to take advantage of the time he spends commuting, which takes the idea of “drive-by” and turns it on its ear. Tergo built a custom camera and lighting rig inside his Chevy Silverado, allowing him to take great-quality pictures while he’s on the road. This is definitely the type of drive-by that I can get behind. HOORAY POSITIVITY! Continue reading Peaceful, Non-Violent & EPIC ‘Drive-By’ Photography→
San Francisco’s NBA franchise, the Golden State Warriors, recently made the announcement that they’ve selected Snøhetta and AECOM as the architecture team to design the new sports and entertainment complex for the Warriors. While the terms of the agreement are currently in the final stages, the new stadium, to be located along the San Francisco waterfront, will act as a main destination in hosting home games for the Bay Area’s NBA team, provide a great venue for live concerts, local cultural events and conventions, as San Francisco has had difficulty accommodating for these types of prominent events. This caters well for a city characterized by its numerous culturally rich streetscapes featuring mixed-use neighborhoods anchored around central commercial corridors to which residents and visitors alike can walk. Continue reading New Arena for Golden State Warriors Services Community→