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Kid Elvises Take Over Lake George

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Handshake writer Matt Millham and Photographer Renée Stevens went to Lake George, N.Y. to chat with some miniature Elvises in between performances. These little guys will make your Grandma weak in the knees. Check out Millham’s story on the event in the September issue of Handshake.

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Judge Judy Makes Us Drool

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“You’re a moron!”

“Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.”

“On your BEST day, you will never be as smart as I am on my WORST day.”

What other TV court judge offers this much excitement? Judge Judith Scheindlin, known best as her TV nickname Judge Judy, knows how to bring the drama – and laughs – to every weekday trial over which she presides. The older she gets, the crasser her remarks, and the bigger the fan base of young people she seems to pull in. This aging relic of justice now has a greater cult following than any TV judge.

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Handshake Talks With Terracycle: A Hippie Success Story

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For Tom Szaky, it started with a dream, the environmentalist itch and a little weed. Fast-forward a decade later, and it’s clear that Szaky (silent s) has come a long way.

As a Princeton University freshman in 2001, Szarky was shocked at how much waste he saw on the Ivy League campus.  Not just the lack of recycling opportunities but the waste of food in cafeterias and the overall loss of resources.  That, combined with a fall break trip to Montreal where he learned about using worm compost to grow better pot, and an idea was born.

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BRAAAINS! The Current State of Zombie Research

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For swooning teen girls, there are the hairless-chested vampires of Twilight. For college English students, the wizardry of Hogwarts Academy is prime. The nerdsters have robots. The hipsters have the beats.

But for a certain group of researchers, nothing can be more alluring than the tasty study of that great, brain-chomping, ankle-biting, blood-spewing,
walking dead device — the zombie.

He reads an article in The New York Times science section, and he wonders: How does this relate to my research? He wants to know how the decomposition of human bodies works. His Twitter account whirls a constant stream of scientific dis- covery: Reuters updates, Science Daily blurbs, The National Science Foundation an- nouncements. He wonders what happens to the eye if a person never blinks, so he calls the head of the American Academy of Optometry.

He reads an article from the BBC News on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease), and it gets him thinking about viruses, incubation periods, the effects on the brain, so he calls the Scripps Research Institute. When he calls another researcher, he introduces himself.

His name is Matt Mogk, and he is the founder of the Zombie Research Society.

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Magic: The Gaming Fad That Wouldn’t Die

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A group of junior high school boys huddles in the corner of the lunchroom. Before them lie piles of cards covered in paintings of monsters, wizards, and strange landscapes.

The boys talk softly and in terms few outsiders can understand. Their eyes dart left, right, down the hall, and then back to their cards. They look like a clan of pubescent meerkats, anxious that a bully might roam the halls. Or a girl.

Anyone who grew up in the 1990s probably passed by (or took part in) a card game like this. The game was Magic: The Gathering. And it was the biggest thing since Pogs

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Handshake hangs with Elvis, Elvis, and Elvis

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Saturday morning cartoons lost a bit of their luster today. Instead of crashing out in front of the TV with a box of Lucky Charms, Handshake got up early to watch a parade of vehicle-borne Elvis impersonators roll down Lake George, NY’s main drag. Most of those who got up to watch the parade with us were old enough to have seen the King live. Unfortunately, we haven’t been around that long.

But neither are the people we’re tailing around town this weekend.

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LEGO Before Law: Nathan Sawaya’s LEGO Wonders

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Six years ago, Nathan Sawaya was making six figures practicing corporate law in Manhattan. But his heart wasn’t in it. So he quit and began building an art empire, LEGO brick by LEGO brick.

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Sprechen Sie Deutsch, Robot? Austrian Robots Strut Their Stuff In Dance Competition

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Juilliard would be so much more awesome if its dancers were robots. But they’re not. That’s why Handshake thinks Austria will replace New York as the center of dance awesomeness. The Upper Austria Center of Applied Sciences not only offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees that include curricula in robot engineering, it hosts an annual Hexapod Robot […]

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Fan Art for a good cause: LiveJournal community raises over $115,000 for UNICEF’s Haiti relief

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Fan works often get a bad rap. By fan works, I don’t mean the 70 sketches of Maijin Vegeta you did in seventh grade or that best Legolas AU ever.

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