ST. PETERSBURG — In his day, Hernán Molina played with some of the biggest stars in tennis. Bill Tilden, Jack Kramer and Tony Trabert knew Mr. Molina as an up-and-coming player, a former national 18-and-under champion in his native Argentina and a member of the national championship University of California at Berkeley team.
“He could go out on the court with any of them, he was that good,” said John McQuillen, a longtime doubles partner of Mr. Molina’s. “He could have turned pro but decided to be an architect. Pros didn’t make much money then.”
Mr. Molina would make a name for himself designing condominiums in South America and the Pinellas gulf beaches. The meticulous, hand-drawn plans still clutter his study, rolled up and stuffed into boxes beneath two shelves of tennis trophies. The alcove-sized room lies at the end of a hallway, an afterthought in the home he designed several years ago.
Please read on learn about my friend and help keep his memory alive. RIP Hernan, you were a many things to many people, but to me you will always be a great friend.
via Epilogue: Hernán Molina was a standout at architecture and tennis | Tampa Bay Times.
Yesterday, the developers of an app called LIVR began cold-calling tech writers. The pitch was fun! A social network you can only access when you’re drunk, thanks to a breathalyzer accessory. If it seems like the platonic ideal of SXSW catnip, that’s because it was engineered to be exactly that. LIVR is a hoax.
We were first contacted by LIVR yesterday morning in the form of a press release sent to our tipbox. Heaven forbid you ever be exposed to press releases in your lifetime, but suffice it to say LIVR’s was convincing, full of the nextify 2.0 jargon that makes everyone hate Silicon Valley:
LIVR acts as a biometric bouncer to a global party. Before gaining access, users first must blow into a plug-in breathalyzer and demonstrate a minimum BAC (Blood Alcohol Content). All users on the network must achieve a minimal level of intoxication thereby guaranteeing that all users logged into LIVR at a given time are in a similar state of mind. As a user metabolizes their alcohol, they must drink more and re-check in.
The app included features like Drunk Dial™ (the trademark was a nice touch) which randomly connects two inebriated souls, and Truth or Dare, which “connects users to crowd sourced activities daring them to accomplish a task, earning LIVR points when they do.” Crowd source. LIVR points. This all sounds about right.
via The LIVR Hoax: Everybody’s Favorite New Drunkbro App Is Fake.
You’re gonna want to steer clear of this CUPID. The Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone, or “stun copter,” can deliver 80,000 volts of pure projectile terror directly into the skin of an ill-intentioned hoodlum. This is serious business for Chaotic Moon, the folks behind Shark Attack and the Pizza Hut touch table. The Austin-based design studio created the flying machine as a tech demo, but CUPID could be quickly brought to production whenever a personal security or law enforcement client sees fit. This prototype unit is based on a Tarot Hexacopter, originally designed to carry a digital SLR for video and aerial photo shoots. With a Phazzer Dragon on board, however, a few modifications made this an entirely different beast. FOLLOW LINK TO WATCH VIDEO
via Watch a man get stunned by the Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone (stun copter!).
Public places are equipped with emergency backup lights so that in the event of a power outage people can find their way to safety. So why shouldn’t your home have that too? The ReadyBright system from Mr. Beams lets you easily install emergency backup lights all around home—which is probably a minefield of toys if you’ve got kids—that automatically power up when the power disappears.
The battery-powered lights—which come in versions for mounting on the ceiling or low to the ground—each run for about 40 hours thanks to low-energy LED bulbs. But the cornerstone of the system is a rechargeable flashlight/remote designed to stay plugged into an outlet all the time. It detects when the electricity goes out and automatically sends out a wireless signal telling all the backup lights in a 70-foot radius to turn on.
via Wireless Emergency Lights Can Brighten Up Your Next Power Outage.
The corporate hacks keep coming. The latest target, according to cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs, is the beauty supply chain Sally Beauty (SBH), a retailer that draws customers from salons and other stylists.
A new batch of 282,000 stolen debit and credit cards were posted for sale this week on underground marketplaces, and Krebs believes they have been used at one of Sally Beauty’s 2,600 stores. It’s the latest scoop from Krebs, who has managed to penetrate the criminal underground to break major stories, including the Target (TGT) and Neiman Marcus hacks.
He used a similar technique to help triangulate the source of the Sally Beauty data breach, working with banks to buy back some of their compromised cards and analyze which stores had transactions on each account. Krebs says the underground marketplaces offering the stolen Sally Beauty card data were also affiliated with the same young Ukrainian man whom he has linked to sales of data purloined from Target
via Another Day, Another Retailer in a Massive Credit Card Breach – DailyFinance.
EDAG is a German design and engineering firm that has been working with most car manufacturers for the past four decades and also built a Pontiac Solstice shooting brake because wagons rock. Their latest concept is a 3D-printed composite passenger cell that was inspired by turtles and goes beyond today’s possibilities.
via This 3D Printed Concept Is The Future Of Automaking.
Mars One, the program that is planning to create a human settlement on Mars by 2024, has received over 200,000 applications of Earthlings who are interested in leaving their home planet forever by taking a one-way ticket to Mars. This short documentary examines a few of those people’s motivation to leave everything behind.One person has a family, another has a boyfriend and some just see no reason to stay here. All of them dream about the red planet though they have different reasons as to why they want to go. The doc, which was made by VITA BREVIS FILMS, gives an interesting look at people who are ready to give everything up and start over in the unknown. It’s commendable but a little sad too.
via Meet the people who would leave Earth and take a one-way trip to Mars.