Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?

Sorry, not a dead body this time, y’all. But this is still awesome, and much less graphic, smelly and vomit-inducing; I PROMISE! Onward and NoeMan Studios have come together to digitally rebuild some of the most historic castles in the United Kingdom. Why? Well, at one time, these structures were strong, proud monoliths — ranging from castles, churches, stately houses, etc. — that commanded the … Continue reading Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?

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Stanley Kubrick – Geek Me Five #29

In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing five simple and interesting facts about legendary film director, Stanley Kubrick. Side note, it’s actually pronounced CUE-Brick, not KOO-Brick. So, there you go…

1) Stanley Kubrick’s Films on Amazon [http://amzn.to/2uWpq8u]
2) “Stanley Kubrick: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers)” edited by Gene D. Phillips [http://amzn.to/2vYFwga]
3) “Kubrick Remembered” Documentary [https://youtu.be/JD-05OGDnZ0] Continue reading “Stanley Kubrick – Geek Me Five #29”

Neoclassical Architecture – Doc’D #65

PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D,” is BACK in a new monthly format, and we’re kicking it off with a ‘somewhat fast-paced’ presentation of an architecture-themed episode, in which host Montez McCrary will be talking about the history, influence and lasting legacy of Neoclassical Architecture. Continue reading “Neoclassical Architecture – Doc’D #65”

Tyler Bate, the First WWE United Kingdom Champion

In the WWE United Kingdom Championship Finals this past Sunday afternoon, 19-year-old Tyler Bate defeated Pete Dunne after Bate kicked out of the Bitter End and eventually hit the Tyler Driver 97 to get the pin and become the first ever WWE United Kingdom Champion.  In my opinion, the entire WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament held this past weekend on the WWE Network has been fantastic from top to bottom, from the first-round to the finals. The network-exclusive presentation showcased so many great talents who were given an opportunity to show their abilities to the world, and every one of them stepped up to make it the event a giant success. Continue reading “Tyler Bate, the First WWE United Kingdom Champion”

Zaha Hadid – Doc’D #57

In this architecture/technology/video game/pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the life, work and legacy of architect Dame Zaha Hadid.

1) “Hadid: Updated Version” by Philip Jodidio [http://amzn.to/2fG17k8]
2) “Dame Zaha Hadid | Full Q&A | Oxford Union [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0gLhcPOtdM]
3) Zaha Hadid Architects [http://www.zaha-hadid.com] Continue reading “Zaha Hadid – Doc’D #57”

Classic Sports Car maker, Morgan, is going Electric

The Morgan Motor Company—the British car company best known for STILL using postwar styling and wooden (like ASH wood) body frames for some of its retro-inspired cars—will have a full hybrid and electric range within the next three years by 2019. How retro you ask? Well, the Aero 8 (introduced in 2007) looks like something straight out of an alt-history sci-fi novel, as it comes with an up-to-date aluminum chassis and modern aerodynamics. They’ll be investing $8.6 million (or £6 million) to develop hybrid and electric powertrains for very models in its range in conjunction with Delta Motorsport and Potenza technology. Continue reading “Classic Sports Car maker, Morgan, is going Electric”

Plywood OnePlus New/Old Twins – WIRed #120


It’s time for Episode 120 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a house that predominantly showcases plywood, how you can get a OnePlus One phone, how one game is really TWO games, and the reveal of the Brothers Hebner in WWF! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Plywood OnePlus New/Old Twins – WIRed #120”

The No-So-Flimsy Plywood House

Normally, I wouldn’t want and building I frequently visit (or a house I live in) to be completely made of plywood. NORMALLY. As the title implies, plywood is typically a flimsy material — when NOT supported by other structural elements.  Simon Astridge’s project in the Balham area of London has three extensions and involved the total internal refurbishment of a Victorian terraced house in London, and uses concrete, brickwork, natural stone, the aforementioned plywood, and the sky! Yeah, THE FREAKING SKY….through the use of expansive frameless glazing on the top floors.  There’s a film called ‘Details One’ that explores these materials and how they relate to the home. Continue reading “The No-So-Flimsy Plywood House”

Egg Studio, CyberRoaches, OG Xbox Names & STONE COLD! – WIRed #56


On this week’s “new set-y” — is that a word? — episode of WIRed, artists live in Eggs for a year, we may soon control cockroaches with our smartphones, terrible, awful, stupid rejected names for the OG Xbox, and the Stone Cold-iest Steve Austin podcast of allllllll! Continue reading “Egg Studio, CyberRoaches, OG Xbox Names & STONE COLD! – WIRed #56”

Still Kicking: Five of the Oldest Man-Made Structures Still Being Used

When it comes to making a pointless argument about which of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the best, it’s really NO CONTEST; the Great Pyramids of Giza are the only ones left standing, so it wins…..I guess. . However, there are plenty of other ancient structures that were not included in that “Wonders of the World” list as well, and many of them have been around for at least over 1,000 years.  Plus, these five buildings are still being used. Here are five of the many still-standing ancient structures that are great and amazing feats in human engineering! Continue reading “Still Kicking: Five of the Oldest Man-Made Structures Still Being Used”