So A Typhoon Renamed ‘Nintendo’ to ‘intendo’, So Sayeth Mother Nature…

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Typhoon. Noun. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a typhoon is “a hurricane occurring especially in the region of the Philippines or the China sea”. One might want to add — that based on current events — that typhoons hold grudges against the House of Mario and Donkey Kong. And Metroid and Zelda and Pikmin and Kirby and Animal Crossing and Pokemon and Star Tropics and Kid Icarus and Star Fox and….. Continue reading “So A Typhoon Renamed ‘Nintendo’ to ‘intendo’, So Sayeth Mother Nature…”

Amazon announces the $230 Echo Show, an Echo with a screen for call screening, shipping June 28

Today Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, a WiFi-enabled home device — similar to the Alexa-powered Echo family of home hubs that plays media and responds to voice commands –with a seven-inch screen that you can use to make, screen and take video calls.  The Echo Show, which comes in black and white versions, will cost $229.99 and will be shipped on June 28 in the US, and pre-orders are available now. It appears that it will be available in the US first, and other countries and territories will get access at a later date. Continue reading “Amazon announces the $230 Echo Show, an Echo with a screen for call screening, shipping June 28”

Tulsa, OK Getting A Revolving Weather Museum Shaped Like A Tornado Because REASONS!

If you’re from the state of Oklahoma, then it’s likely that you very much dread the sight of a 300-foot-tall tornado coming across the skyline of your town. However, either for the sake of irony or for the LULZ, in the city of Tulsa there are plans proposed from Oklahoman architecture firm Kinslow, Keith, & Todd for the headquarters of the very first Oklahoma Weather Museum, also called the “Tulsa Tornado Tower.” That’s right, pretty soon the dread of an actual tornado might be taken for grated by many Tulsans. Continue reading “Tulsa, OK Getting A Revolving Weather Museum Shaped Like A Tornado Because REASONS!”

Holy ‘Grapes of Wrath’! Dust Bowl Skyscrapers Were Supposed to ‘Make It Rain’

I make it rain on ‘dem…; yup, I did that. I went there.

Man, the Joad family could have REALLY used this. Anyway, time for a techy history lesson!  The Dust Bowl aggressively wrecked havoc on farms, crops, and practically EVERYTHING in the Great Plains region of the United States in the 1930s.  But across the Atlantic Ocean over i France, a meteorologist came up with an idea that would have appealed to the farmers and ranchers of the Dust Bowl; a series of huge weather-manipulating towers that would overshadow the Empire State Building. Continue reading “Holy ‘Grapes of Wrath’! Dust Bowl Skyscrapers Were Supposed to ‘Make It Rain’”