WHOA! An Affordable 50″ 4K LED HDTV For $1300!

Let’s be real: when those 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) televisions were shown off at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, they definitely looked visually (and magically) delicious, but they are really pricey and quite out of reach for normal consumers like ourselves.  You’ll get a better use out of buying a car than for the top-tier 4K UHDTV, and the only way they can be called “cheap” is if , well, they aren’t priced like a car. For example, SEIKI is offering a 50-inch 4K UHDTV for the measly — and I use that word VERY loosely — price of $1,300.   Continue reading “WHOA! An Affordable 50″ 4K LED HDTV For $1300!”

University of Utah Researchers Create ‘Spintronic’ LED: Brighter, Cheaper & Eco-friendly

Question! Have you ever hear of spintronics? No? Well, it is the technology that exploits both the intrinsic spin of the electron and its associated magnetic moment, in addition to its fundamental electronic charge, in solid-state devices.  There.  You’ve learned something today.  Now, I told you that to tell you this: a group of physicists at the University of Utah are applying spintronics in a way that could eventually make HDTV screens look even sharper than they do now. Continue reading “University of Utah Researchers Create ‘Spintronic’ LED: Brighter, Cheaper & Eco-friendly”

The Debut! – The PractitioNERD WIRed #1

Despite a faulty camera, a day of lost work, and computer issues, here is the debut episode of “The PractitioNERD Show.” After a brief introduction to myself and the blog, I’ll discuss : 1) Architecture ~Fundraiser to publish a book about London’s Art Deco architecture (http://goo.gl/d81G6) ~A beautiful Brazilian bungalow getaway house (http://goo.gl/PRiam) 2) Technology/Gadgets ~A CPU fan/heatsink combo (http://goo.gl/WPTV6) ~A DIY HDTV Antenna (http://goo.gl/z2IB4) … Continue reading The Debut! – The PractitioNERD WIRed #1

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D.I.Y. Paper-Thin, Cheap AND Super-Powerful HDTV Antenna

While you can buy any HDTV antenna from the plentiful options available at your local electronic and/or department store, you could always build your own.  Here’s the kicker: this do-it-yourself project actually looks nice enough that you would want to hang it in a window, PLUS it’s powerful enough to pick up over-the-air HD channels in your area. The best thing about this option is, of all things, it’s really cheap to make.

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Ladies & Gentlemen, The "Inception" Meme!

Cue the sound effect: BRUNNNNNHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Anyways, here we have a TV, an iPad, and an iPhone, all of them stacked up “on top of” each other—you know, kind of like in the dreams in “Inception.”  This pic brings back memories when nearly everyone I came across who saw the movie, as we all attempted to make sense of the whole thing.  As far as I’m concerned, this combo of devices illustrates an almost perfect example of Inception.   Continue reading “Ladies & Gentlemen, The "Inception" Meme!”