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Light my way

My work area has six or seven display cases filled with a mix of items that look as if they were either bought at a yard sale or found in a crackerjack box. There are also a bunch of sports related items that look like counterfeit stuff you would see sold out of the back of a U-Haul truck in less desirable…

The Man who would be King

The 1980's saw the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) well on its way towards consolidating and nationalizing what had, for many decades, been a regional business. Though other promotions were still somewhat plentiful well beyond the 80s, WWF and its chief competitor, the NWA or National Wrestling Alliance were the two…

Securing Your Smartphone

Use of smartphones has taken off over the last 5 years, so much so that they are as common as having a t.v. or a PC. Some companies provide smartphones for their employees and others participate in a bring your own device (BYOD) program, allowing employees to have a portion or all of their cell phone service…

California Thrash Bloodlines

So much has already been written about thrash metal and its rich history. We know the genre originated in the United States, and that California is generally considered its proper birthplace. We have also heard the story of the "Big 4" numerous times, and watched Metallica travel from biggest thrash band in the world…

Edison's Elephant

Thomas Alva Edison, known as the wizard of Menlo Park, is often revered in North American school systems as one of America’s greatest inventors, though most are unaware of the measures he took to secure his place in history. In one famous example, Edison pushed direct current (DC) as the electrical standard and was…

Visiting the WWE Hall of Fame

Andre the Giant.The Iron Sheik. Shawn Michaels. Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat. “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig. What do these men have in common? Among other things, they are but 5 of the individuals who make up the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame, which totals 113 inductees at this time. The WWE’s Hall of Fame…

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Strange Currencies

UVB-76 is a radio transmitter currently located near Pskov, Russia. The transmitter operates at 4625 kHz, continually emitting a burst of buzzing tones. Periodically the station will transmit voice messages instead of the usual buzzing tones. This has gone on, almost uninterrupted, since sometime around the late 1970s…

Majesty of Gaia

In 1999 Iron Maiden announced their reconciliation with long absent guitar player Adrian Smith as well as their quintessential frontman, Bruce Dickinson. After a greatest hits tour in support of the just released Ed Hunter PC game to whet fan's appetites for new material, the band entered the studio with producer…

Remembering Jeff Hanneman

I was saddened to learn of Slayer guitarist/songwriter Jeff Hanneman's passing earlier this morning. I have been a fan of Slayer's music for a very long time, and have had the good fortune to see the band live on a number of occasions. Jeff Hanneman wrote the majority of Slayer songs I count among my favorites, and…