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This Architect was TOO EAGER for Flying Cars to be a Thing…

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However, maybe it is Jetsons ready…

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Genyo Takeda, Nintendo Game And Hardware Designer, Is Retiring

Genyo Takeda, known for working on some of Nintendo’s most iconic games, consoles, and tech, will be stepping down from the company this June. Takeda, 68, was hired in 1971 by future Game Boy creator Gunpei Yokoi, and got started by creating the gun game that nearly sunk Nintendo (not by his doing, but due to the oil crisis of the late-1970s). However, he would go on to produce and direct classic games (like Punch-Out!!, Pilotwings 64, and Dr. Mario 64) and technology (like tapping the NES cart’s RAM to back up save data, the N64 controller’s analog stick and headed up the Wii’s development) as he had long been part of Nintendo’s technology brain trust.

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Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…

A joint project from Project.DWG and LOOS.FM was recently revealed; a temporary structure project in a community park in The Netherlands. The project, titled the PET pavilion — which follows the elevated and structural framework of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House –, aims to focus on rethinking the ways buildings are developed, built and utilized through the usage of sustainable building, recycling, and waste. To be more specific, the PET pavilion is a study to educate and explore new possibilities of the use of a building material made of plastic waste, rather than a be-all-end-all sustainable solution. Continue reading Project.DWG and LOOS.FM turn Recycled Plastic Waste into Building Materials…

FotoJet, an AWESOMELY Simple (& Free) Web-Based Photo Editing Suite

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There exist many photo editing programs, both online-based and offline-based.  In a sea of options, I wanted to see what made PearlMountain Technology Company’s FotoJet a practical online photo editing program. It must be said that it certainly helps to have had some experience with other photo editing products before jumping into any program of that type. Fortunately for newcomers, that won’t apply for FotoJet, as it lets you edit photos, create collages, make photo cards, posters and practically anything else with the greatest of ease, which — in my mind — makes it one of the best free online photo editors/collage maker available today. Continue reading FotoJet, an AWESOMELY Simple (& Free) Web-Based Photo Editing Suite

Live Your Dream of Designing Pinball Tables with this Drawable Pinball Machine!

Here in the good ‘ol US-of-A (or ANYWHERE that’s NOT Japan), it’s pretty difficult for pinball machines to compete with the advanced visuals of computer and home gaming consoles. It’s probably safe to say that VR isn’t helping things either, but what MIGHT help is the addition of an interactive element that would let players design their own tables. Enter artists Jérémie Cortial and Roman Miletitch, who’ve found an interesting method to make pinball great (and relevant) again. Continue reading Live Your Dream of Designing Pinball Tables with this Drawable Pinball Machine!

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The Styles of Frank Lloyd Wright – Doc’D #13

In this month’s architecture/technology/video game/pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the life, works styles and legacy of “the greatest American architect of all time”, Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Death Green Museums vs The World – WIRed #121

It’s time for Episode 121 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses the design & engineering of the Death Star, the Rockefeller’s move to green energy, the Videogame History Museum in Frisco, Texas, and how WCW took on the WORLD…in a video game! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading Death Green Museums vs The World – WIRed #121

Seriously, I Want To Discuss the Architecture of the Death Star

An Architect's Guide to Famous Villain's LairsNo joke… Fellow Star Wars nerds (like myself) recognize the Death Star as an awesome symbol of the crookedness and brutality of the Galactic Empire.  That statement kind of goes without saying since it’s called the DEATH Star, but as Esther Inglis-Arkell from io9 points out, it’s also an “absolute miracle of plumbing,” architectural design and engineering.  The point of reference to that claim lies in imagining just how much tubing is required and the possible number and sizes of the water tanks necessary to maintain the water pressure for a small moon. You could also ask yourself, since the Death Star is a VERY LARGE space station, how its artificial gravity is set up; I’m in the group of fans that believe that — similar to Earth — the artificial gravity on the Death Star goes top to bottom, pulling you towards the center of the ship.  If that is the case, you’d need either one huge water tank at the top, with numerous smaller water tanks at regular intervals over the ship’s entire surface.

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Man, I Just Wanted to PARK!