Audio Adrenaline Redux... Months ago, as I watched Aerosmith perform on the American Idol finale, I candidly tweeted, "Somewhere, Mark Stuart is plotting an Audio Adrenaline reunion." Well now the rumors, they are a'swirlin' (and no, I don't assume my tweet had anything to do with it whatsoever).
The official word is that the sole remaining member, Will McGinniss, and four other members will take up the Audio A mantra, "We're a Band!" Dave Ghazarian (Superchick), Jared Byers (Bleach), and Jason Walker will round out the crew now expected to be fronted by none other than dcTalk's enigmatic Kevin Max. The "new" Audio A expects to release an album next year and hit the ever-dwindling festival circuit next summer. I don't know about you, but if I don't hear "Some Kind of Zombie" on a promo for The Walking Dead, it's just a wasted opportunity. (source: JesusFreakHideout.com)
Lebron James and His Fancy New Shoes... I used to sell shoes. Nearly a decade of my life was spent peddling atheletic shoes and apparel in traditional box retail stores. I remember the first time shoes broke the $100 and $150 and $180 (That's as high as I witnessed first hand - and I still play basketball in those shoes). Most of the sneakers I have to this day, I bought back then (some as much as 15 years ago) and I've watched them deteriorate over time. I understood all the technologies behind the latest and greates because I had to, in order to sell them. So, when new shoes come out, my ears perk up and when I heard about the Lebron James X+ from Nike, which is expected to debut at $315, I simply had to investigate. There's a lot I could write about this, but I'll try to be brief. It looks like these are equipped with a full-length Air Max Zoom pillow, which immediately pushes the price north of $150 (and serves as a ticking timebomb for the sole to split from the upper). It looks like there may be some foamposite material in the heel at least which lowers the weight and raises the price, but beyond that, it's a pretty standard high-top. It looks nice and all, but what accounts for the extra $100?
That would be the "+". The Lebron James X+ shoes are equipped with sensors to measure your speed, distance, jumping ability, and other factors. These measurements are then wirelessly transmitted to a cloud somewhere (or via Bluetooth) to a mobile app for your evaluation. Data. It's all about data. You can share your data and compete with others who have plusses on their shoes. Voila! Your sneakers now double as a video game system. For no other reason than because they have this technology and they don't know how else to use it. A few questions come to mind: Do I need to log into my shoes after I lace up? What other data is being tracked and collected by these sensors? How long before there's a "Find My Shoe" app? and finally, Since Lebron wore these shoes during the gold medal game, can I see what his stats were? (source: Wall Street Journal)
Tree-Cutters Collapsed the Mayan Empire... Apparently, researchers have discovered that droughts, caused by deforestation, led to the demise of the Mayan Empire. I was intrigued by the fact that "Maya Civilization" was trending on Google News, then I realized it was basically press releases designed to support climate change science. Fine, maybe the Mayans cut down too many trees. Maybe the lack of trees slowed the formation of rain clouds, making rain less frequent. Maybe their predictions of a great flood coming in the future were somewhat wishful thinking because they needed more water. Maybe they just grew too fast as a civilization and didn't have the right infrastructure in place to sustain that growth. Maybe the Mayan government collapsed from subsidizing farmers to cut down trees and grow corn to create food and new fuel supplies. I don't know, but since they were so forward-thinking, shouldn't they have seen it coming? (source: TG Daily)
New Spider to Fear... Amateur cave explorers stumbled across a new spider with "fearsome front claws" in Oregon recently and their discovery has given birth to the first new spider family from North America since 1870 (or 1890, depending on who you believe). The Trogloraptor, or cave robber, is about the size of a half dollar spins a "rough-looking web" (probably because it's too dark to see in the caves). "Trogloraptor" sounds much cooler than "mystery spider," which, according to PBS, is what a group of scientists who observed this spider a year and a half ago called it until now. No one is sure what these spiders eat. I for one suspect that they eat people, but, as long as they still squish when hit with a rolled up magazine, I'm not afraid. At least it wasn't found in somebody's ear. (source: WashingtonPost.com)
Dinosaur Footprints Found at NASA... "Dinosaur hunter" Ray Stanford - and how hard is it to hunt an extinct prey? - discovered a shapely impression in the ground surrounding NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and immediately knew it was a dinosaur footprint. The four-toed print measures about a foot in width and was apparently made by a nodosaur running from several three-toed therapods somewhere between 110 and 112 million years ago (quite a range). They "know" this because his heel didn't fully settle into the mud and the print is surrounded by several smaller footprints (presumably the flesh-eating therapods). It's an interesting tale, but I wonder what really separates a dinosaur hunter from someone who sees the face of Jesus burnt into their wheat toast. (source: NASA.gov)