by Ron Callari
It's no doubt that the summer of 2014 will be remembered as the 'Summer of Soccer.' One has only to look at the viewing audience to get a sense of its immense popularity. The coverage of this year's FIFA World Cup continues to break records in the United States alone - both on television and online.
by John P. Barker
Make it so! A disc shaped like the flagship of the United Federation of Planets?!?! And it actually flies?!?!? How can any fan of Star Trek not want this?
by T Goodman
Psychologists who study the impact of video games on the human brain have an interest in how games can be utilized to reinforce certain everyday thinking skills. Assistant Professor of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Michael D. Patterson, is considered an expert in the psychology of video games. He has previously identified certain thinking skills enhanced by individual games, but the game 'Cut The Rope' is the first one, according to Patterson, that shows evidence of improving 'executive function' in adult gamers.
by Laurie Kay Olson
Fortune cookies have been around for more than 100 years and, let's face it, there is nothing new about them. Wait a minute. Apparently there is Fortune Cookies: The Next Generation. They come in the form of the old fortune cookie style, but they hold much different little pieces of paper inside. Welcome the Misfortune Cookie!
Harrison Custom Guitar Works is crafting only eleven “Alfa Romeo” guitars, one for each decade of the storied Italian marque's history. While the awesome axes pay homage to Alfa's performance on the racing circuit, Harrison's use of high quality materials ensures these rare instruments will perform with equal flair in concert halls and recording studios.
by Amber Leventry
Kids have been singing about the Bananaphone since Raffi released a song and album by the same name in 1994. Fast forward 20 years, and Raffi’s silly song doesn’t seem so silly. Eric Rosenbaum and Jay Silver, two very smart and creative guys with MIT degrees, have invented MaKey MaKey, an invention kit that turns everyday objects into computer keyboards or touchpads. Move over Bananaphone, MaKey MaKey can turn bananas into a piano.
by Ron Callari
Me thinks Mr. Zuckerberg might have got the premise of Snapchat wrong. The raison d'être for that app is to have outgoing messages disappear seconds after they are received. Instead Facebook's Slingshot itself has vanished from the digital landscape, shortly after its debut.
by Ron Callari
Who's sweating Net Neutrality? Most of us would point to the little guy, the billions of netizens who believe the World Wide Web should remain free and equitable to all. Unfortunately, however, they are not the only ones who feel they have a First Amendment claim. There's also the big guys who are balking about their alleged loss of civil liberties -- and like the big bully in the school yard, they're shouting down all those who get in their way. . .
by M Dee Dubroff
While going back into time might be pure fantasy, traveling between five and eight years into the future might just prove to be a reality. Algorithims provide the venue according to one Iranian scientist. Read on for some strange and questionable details.
by Diana Eid
Pierre Javelle, a French photographer of culinary magazines, and Akiko Ida, a Japanese cooker, photographer and artist have collaborated together to make these unique works of art.
by Beth Graddon-Hodgson
Zombie food trucks are a trendy concept. Most American cities have one, playing on people's love for all things undead. While a zombie food truck is a unique concept in itself, when a business trend is overused, it takes away from the innovation. Standing out from the pack therefore needs a super creative approach to something that already falls into the realm of imagination.
by Steve Levenstein
Snackin' on sushi: not just for one-percenters anymore! Frito-Lay Japan's new Mike brand Nori & Wasabi popcorn heats up the traditional movie-time munchable just in time for Godzilla 2014 but it'll only be available for a limited time, so get it while it's hot!
You can keep your Batmobile, Superman's truck is where it's at! A unique Dodge RAM 2500 Power Wagon made to promote Warner Brothers' blockbuster action film “Man Of Steel” has hit the auction block. The quintessential quad cab comes with a host of super-features though the winning bidder will have to provide his (or her) own cape.
by M Dee Dubroff
Remember the musak of a few decades ago? Standing in moving elevators or shopping in retail stores and listening to strains of Mantovani may be a thing of the past, but enter wall art/ music in a new and a most amazing package called Soundwall. Read on or should we say, hear all about it below.
Empire Avenue's [X]PendaPalooza 14 Opens To Limited Media Fanfare, But Lots Of Grass Rooters Rooting!by Ron Callari
If one was to search for "[X]PendaPalooza 14" on Google News, you'd be hard-pressed to find any coverage. On the other hand, typing those same keywords into a standard search you'll be presented with "about 5,750" links. However those SERPs [search engine result pages] will take you to links created by Empire Avenue's founders or from veteran EAers. . .