Love PhotoShop? Don’t Have The $$$? Here’s Some Alternatives!

I love using Adobe PhotoShop (my old, er, “classic” CS3 version of it); it allows me to touch-up photos, create graphical designs from scratch or translate them from sketches, and creating presentation images and graphics. However, for most of the population, PhotoShop offers WAY TOO MANY features to explore and wade through, and it costs WAY TOO MUCH money (moolah, cash, coin, duckets, paper, Benjamins) to spend, and is likely too complicated to use for normal, minimal tasks. Well, that’s what you have The PractitioNERD is here for, and we’re going to share my three favorite of the best and powerful (and CHEAP) alternatives to Adobe PhotoShop that still have tons of features. Continue reading “Love PhotoShop? Don’t Have The $$$? Here’s Some Alternatives!”

Glass Cabin Airships Stallone vs. DeNiro at HWG – WIRed #66

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This week’s WIRed presents: a cabin made of individual windows, the Aeroscraft blimp flies high, Stallone and DeNiro in a video game mo-cap fight, and THE HISTORY OF WRESTLING GAMES!!! Continue reading “Glass Cabin Airships Stallone vs. DeNiro at HWG – WIRed #66”

Those Who Live in Glass Houses…Should Consider THIS One.

In 2012, Nick Olson and Lilah Horwitz quit their jobs to set out and build a cabin in the West Virginia mountains made of glass. Yup; a mountain house made completely of windows. Fast-forward to present-day, that gamble seems to have paid off: their cabin sits in the same spot where they originally discussed building it. Here’s the interesting thing: even though the interior of the cabin resembles the interior of any other cabin with an assortment of old wooden furniture with a some modern decorations, the front facade — as you can see to the left — is anything OTHER than a traditional cabin. Continue reading “Those Who Live in Glass Houses…Should Consider THIS One.”

PC Blast from My Past: The IBM Aptiva

Back in 1995, our family got our very first Windows-based PC, the IBM Aptiva running Windows 95. I remember being in awe of this wondrous ivory tower of technological goodness, from the fast (LOL) dial-up modem, the CD-ROM drive where I could play games (like ‘Torin’s Passage‘) AND listen to music CDs, and that awesome mechanized door that covered the CD-ROM and 3.5″ disk drives (you remember, that little blue button you pressed and the cover would lower down; pure sweetness). Nowadays, IBM isn’t around as a consumer product anymore, due to their sale of that division to Lenovo in 2005, but I want to take a look back at the IBM Aptiva line and get a technical glimpse into that product line’s history.
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MANOS May Get Released on Steam?!? It’s TORGO-TIME!

If someone says the name “Torgo” do you think about the movie Manos: The Hands of Fate, or the awesome Mr. Glenn Percival of PSNation fame? While the correct answer is actually both, but for the purpose of this blog, we’ll save the exploits of Mr. Percival for another time. Thanks to Valve’s Steam Greenlight initiative, it seems that the game MANOS (based on the cult film) will have an opportunity to reach a wider audience, especially if that same audience is not familiar with that legendary 1993 episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) that paid homage to the 1966 sci-fi film Manos: The Hands of Fate. Now MORE people will become familiar with Torgo’s (not Glenn’s) oddly-voiced predictions of the Master’s unfavorable nature.   Continue reading “MANOS May Get Released on Steam?!? It’s TORGO-TIME!”

A “Y”House, Hand Phones, Indie Game Movie & The Art of Wrestling – WIRed #11

This week, this house is brought to you by the letter “Y,” you can soon talk to the hand (literally), behind the scenes on indie game development, and how to be a pro wrestling art snob.
…also, THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK!!   Continue reading “A “Y”House, Hand Phones, Indie Game Movie & The Art of Wrestling – WIRed #11″

Get ‘Old-School’ Optimus Prime with pre-order of “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron”

The Transformers!! More Than Meets The Eye!!  Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons!! The Transformers!! Robots In Disguise!! The Transformers!! More Than Meets The Eye!!  THE TRANSFORMERS!!

Retro fandom aside, the latest trailer for the upcoming multiplatform game “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron” — the sequel to “Transformers: War for Cybertron,” both serving as precursors to the live-action films — showcases some very excellent and radical (yes, RADICAL)  guitar licks, including the awesome song “The Touch” from the original “Transformers: The Movie” animated film.  The crown jewel of the trailer — in my own opinion — were the clips featuring a transforming G1 (Generation 1) Optimus Prime. Now that I’ve grabbed the attention of your childhood nostalgia, players that pre-order the game, developed by High Moon Studios, at any participating GameStop locations will not only receive exclusive in-game combat weapons AND the G1 Optimus Prime character for use in both the single-player campaign and multiplayer modes.   Continue reading “Get ‘Old-School’ Optimus Prime with pre-order of “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron””

The LEAP Motion-Control PC Device; Puts Kinect to Shame

The Leap is a small iPod sized USB peripheral that creates a 3D interaction space of 8 cubic feet to precisely interact with and control software on your laptop or desktop computer; it’s almost as if it comes straight from a science fiction movie (mainly Minority Report, more-or-less).  Essentially, the precision device senses various types of gestures in a 3D space, and can be used for a whole variety of games, programs and applications (more so than Kinect typically working well with nothing else besides the Dance Central and Fruit Ninja games).   Continue reading “The LEAP Motion-Control PC Device; Puts Kinect to Shame”

Carmen Sandiego steals Pro Wrestling Art from a Martian Bus Station – WIRed #2

This week on “The PractitioNERD Show,” I discuss:
the Carmen Sandiego movie adaptation [http://goo.gl/DX2SZ],
a Spanish bus station that could be a martian spaceship [http://goo.gl/nNBPg],
the U.S. Army becomes the literal “Android Army” [http://goo.gl/faajF],
my love for Retro City Rampage [http://goo.gl/ucFIV], and
why Pro Wrestling art show be in the Louvre [http://goo.gl/jjRYc]   Continue reading “Carmen Sandiego steals Pro Wrestling Art from a Martian Bus Station – WIRed #2”

Microsoft’s Surface Tablet PC, and HOORAY for Competition!

Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced their own Windows-branded product for the burgeoning tablet market, the Surface.  With the release of Microsoft Surface into the wild along with the iPad and numerous Android tablets, the tablet market is bound to become better for consumers, thanks to that lovely word “competition.”   The Surface features touchscreen and gesture technology (based on a feature of the upcoming Windows 8/RT operating systems) , a scratch-resistant case and even a built in stand.  The cover for the device is also a multi-touch keyboard, which comes in handy as you can also utilize Windows 8/RT in the classic desktop-style mode without even using the touchscreen.  WOW!!!  Continue reading “Microsoft’s Surface Tablet PC, and HOORAY for Competition!”