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Gigapixels of Andromeda

Science

I absolutely love the perspective this image gives of our place and relative size in the universe.

Space is awesome.

Super-high resolution image of Andromeda from Hubble (NASA/ESA)

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WWE Network Launch

Sports

On Monday, the WWE Network made its’ highly anticipated debut on just about every streaming device available. The “over-the-top” service provides 24/7 live-streaming video and a library of every past WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view event, plus an ever-growing collection of documentary specials, old Monday Night RAW episodes, WCCW and ECW TV. Plus, every live future pay-per-view, included.

I attempted to sign up right as the service went live at 9AM, to no avail. The servers were being hammered by what I imagine were thousands eager fans hungry for their seven-day free trial. During lunch, I was finally able to log into my wwe.com account and get signed up.

When I got home from work, I fired up my Apple TV, saw the new WWE Network icon appeared as a new app on the home screen and logged in. Now, it was time to get down to business.

But, wait…

WHERE DO I START?

I hadn’t planned. I didn’t have an extensive list of which moments I wanted to relive, here on day one.

I had a veritable ocean of possibilities laid out before me.

I decided to start by testing out the live stream. It begins with a canned “welcome to the WWE Network” message from Vince McMahon and flows seamlessly into a warning message, before you get to the action.

The streaming quality is absolutely amazing. At 1080p, the video looks better than USA’s HD cable feed of Monday Night RAW.

After a quick test of the live stream, it was time to check out the all-you-can-eat buffet of library content.

I’d previously seen the first Jim Crockett Promotion’s Starrcade event, which took place in 1983 and was highlighted by Ric Flair defeating Harley Race in a steel cage match to win his second NWA World Heavyweight Championship — but I had never seen it like this. My old 5th (or 50th) generation VHS copy paled in comparison to what I was seeing. It was gorgeous.

The main event of Starrcard '83: Ric Flair vs. Harley Race
The main event of Starrcard ’83: Ric Flair vs. Harley Race

Next up, I had to sample some ECW action. I checked out a a few minutes of a few “Hardcore TV” episodes from ’94, the company’s first pay-per-view event “Barely Legal” from ’97 and Heatwave ’98.

While the quality was great — even for standard-def footage — the overdubbed inclusion of non-commercial music took some of the heart and soul out of the ECW events that I loved. Still, it was great to see some of this footage again–even if it isn’t quite the same without Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” or Alice In Chains’ “Man In the Box.”

WWE continues to add new content and has announced NXT’s “Arrival” will be the first event to stream live on the network, later this week.

All in all, for ten bucks a month, the WWE Network seems like a great value and something I’ll continue to subscribe to, for the foreseeable future.

Retro-Boxed Monster Cereals Are Here!

Food

Finally!

After what felt like years of visiting every Target store in a 50-mile radius — only to have my hopes of finding the General Mills Monster Cereals in those amazing retro boxes dashed — today, I finally found ‘em.

I first heard about these over on Dinosaur Dracula, and immediately knew I’d need a stockpile of my own. The boxes are everything I hoped for and more. A minimal 70s design that consists of the cereal’s character, a brightly colored logo and a photo of the the cereal itself in a glass bowl.

Immediately after getting these home, I cracked open a box of Yummy Mummy — paired with some almond milk and I was immediately transported back to my childhood.

I don’t eat a lot of sweet cereals these days. To be honest, I don’t eat cereal very often at all. So my ‘HOLY HELL THIS IS SWEEEEET!’ meter may be a little out of whack, but even with all that cavity-causing goodness, I was in love…

In love with the taste-bud driven trip back to 1987.

And then there was that time I got hitched in Vegas

Life

Last week, with twenty of our closest friends (and a fantastic Elvis impersonator) in attendance, Lori and I got hitched in Las Vegas at the Graceland Chapel.

This is the first of two weddings planned for this year. A larger, family wedding is set for September here on the East Coast.

For those interested (this is you, Mom), there’s a few photos and video after the jump. Continue reading …

Steve Jobs: An Inspiration to Us All

Design

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

– Steve Jobs, June 12, 2005.

Steve Jobs was more than entrepreneur and more than a business success story. He was a visionary, a pioneer, and a mentor.

He inspired millions with the products he guided the creation of — the choices he made, and the dedication to changing the way we interact with technology.

While he wasn’t a painter, a designer, a poet or an artist, in the traditional sense of the term, Steve had an eye for what worked and had an unwavering discipline to see his visions through to completion. He was a father to four children, but also a hero to millions of us — affecting the way almost every designer interacts with the machines we’re so often tied to.

Tied to, not because we’re forced to be, but because we wouldn’t have it any other way.

When Steve announced he was stepping down as Apple CEO in August, most saw it as him coming to terms with his own mortality and a warning to us all to be prepared for the sad news that ultimately came today.

When I heard about Steve’s passing I sat at my desk staring at my Mac–speechless. Even now, almost five hours later, it’s difficult to articulate how I feel about his passing. I’ve never met him, I’ve never talked to him, I’ve never even been in the same room as him. Still, it was something that affected me deeply.

I’m sure I’m not alone.

Judging from the steady flow of tweets following the news, thousands of others–like me–have some strange almost-unexplainable bond with Apple’s co-founder.

Grieving is never easy and it’s something everyone handles differently, but I’d like to think that Steve’s visions, guidance, and artistic taste will live on in all of us.

Thanks for reading.

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.