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The Apple I- Doc’D #66

In this technology-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the origins, technical features, and the lasting historic legacy of the very first computer from Apple, the Apple One.

1) “Apple One” from the Apple Museum [https://goo.gl/TJmg5E]
2) Archived eBay Listing for Apple One from Steve Jobs’ garage [https://goo.gl/xcA4JP]
3) Alker33’s YouTube Video showing Apple One Set-up and Demonstration [https://youtu.be/rKiMPCRILpc]
**“iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer and Had Fun Along the Way“ by Steve Wozniak & Gina Smith
[Kindle: http://amzn.to/2sQgjmf;Paperback: http://amzn.to/2sQDIEj; Audible Audiobook: http://amzn.to/2uj5hu2] Continue reading The Apple I- Doc’D #66


Some Wonderful Soul Recreated WrestleMania 31 In Minecraft, And It’s Awesome!

I understand Minecraft. I understand the interest in creating and building structures, vast worlds, raise animals and much more in a virtual environment; similar to LEGO.  However, I am not that much into Minecraft as a game; it doesn’t quite tickle my fancy and I’m almost positive that has more to do with that childhood injury I suffered after falling off that bike and permanently paralyzed my fancy bone. Sarcastic nonsense aside, I really do appreciate that the time and effort put into recreating the things I see in Minecraft videos online, INCLUDING the set from WrestleMania 31 and the interior of Levi’s Stadium posted to Facebook. It’s COMPLETELY NUTS! Respect, son…

Black History Month: MoviePass, Netflix for Movies Still in Theaters

MoviePass founders Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt

What if there was a Netflix, but for movies that were STILL IN THEATERS?!? Or “theatres” for the fancy crowd. Well, MoviePass is a subscription-based service that launched in February of 2011 by technology and entertainment entrepreneurs Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt, and is for going to movie theaters available in the United States. The service allows members across the country to view up to one movie (just 2D; no 3D yet) every 24 hours for a fixed monthly fee — typically starting at $29.99/month by vary based on local market– plus members can select which theaters they wish to attend. As an added bonus, there are zero “blackout dates.” MoviePass works in nearly all movie theaters that accept the Discover Card credit card (should you be a member of that exclusive club called anybody), making it one of the largest subscription-based theater networks in America. Continue reading Black History Month: MoviePass, Netflix for Movies Still in Theaters

Amazon’s New HQ are Biospheres; Like ‘BioDome’, but ALL the Way Around

Man, Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin would be proud.

NBBJ’s proposed design for the Seattle campus for internet retail giant Amazon (which you can shop for whatever you want through the PractitioNERD Amazon Store) has three interlocking biospheres that intend on housing around 65,000 square feet of floor space, including trees — yes, TREES —  in the double height spaces.  The use of biospheres obviously refers to the company’s name “Amazon,” while showing strong environmental awareness, as well as connecting the philosophies of the Whole Earth Catalog publication, architect Buckminster Fuller and anthropologist Gregory Bateson of the linking of cybernetic discourse and architecture.  Think of it as finally becoming an example of the actual (or soon-to-be actual) manifestation on the merging of 1960s-1970s hippie culture and counterculture architecture. Whew— I may need to sit down.   Continue reading Amazon’s New HQ are Biospheres; Like ‘BioDome’, but ALL the Way Around

Cranes of Silicon Valley Primally Raging with Extreme Wrestling – WIRed #28

Sometimes, half the fun is in failing. Thanks for that quote, Paul Heyman!  Anyway, this week’s haphazard episode of WIRed I discuss the usage of cranes in architecture, a PBS special on Silicon Valley, the scoop on Primal Rage 2, and the lowdown on an awesome indy wrestling show in Philly!   Continue reading Cranes of Silicon Valley Primally Raging with Extreme Wrestling – WIRed #28

PBS’s American Experience Takes a Look at Silicon Valley [Trailer]

The founders of Fairchild Semiconductors. Kind of getting a “Mad Men” vibe here….

As part of the PBS history series American Experience, this February 19th special will take a gander at the history of Silicon Valley, the introduction of the transistor, the Fairchild semiconductor, the founding of Intel, and the variety of other events, creations, and discoveries that took place there that would ultimately change the world.  Be sure to tune in to this PBS special, so you can get the real deal story of what really occurred, especially if you’re fed up watching irritating people string together exasperatingly overused techy buzzwords; and yes, I’m talking about that “show” on Bravo. Ugh!   Continue reading PBS’s American Experience Takes a Look at Silicon Valley [Trailer]