As a child, programmer Jeremy Scheff was first introduced to computers by his grandfather, who had an IBM clone running DOS that enabled Scheff to play video games such as Frogger and blackjack. While playing blackjack, however, Scheff noticed a bug in the program, and figured out how to go into the data file, find the offending line and delete it, enabling the game to run properly. In 1996, as the internet age was dawning, the 11-year-old Scheff read an article in Internet Magazine about creating websites and built his first basic HTML site on GeoCities. The experience unlocked a universe of possibilities for the inquisitive Scheff.
An alumnus of Rutgers University — where he studied Biomedical Engineering, earning a BS in 2008 and a PhD in 2013 — and currently a research scientist at Biotechnology HPC Software Applications Institute in Frederick, Maryland, Scheff recently launched Basketball GM, an online basketball simulation in which users take control of a franchise and attempt to guide them to the championship. As the general manager of the team, you control every aspect of the team, including drafting rookies, signing free agents, arranging a roster and adjusting team finances in order to maximize profits. Your goal is twofold: To win, and to make money for your team’s owner. Fail to do either of these, and you could find yourself in the unemployment line.
On May 14, 2014, Boston resident and Twitter user Chris Scott sent out the following tweet to his 1,000 followers…
“Oh hi Becky who refused to kiss me during spin the bottle in 6th grade & now wants to play FarmVille, looks like tables have fucking turned.”
With those 139 characters, Scott would unwittingly become a Twitter celebrity. After comedian Mary Charlene retweeted Scott’s Becky joke to her 160,000 followers a month later, the initial tweet went viral. Some 23,000 retweets and 33,000 favorites later, Chris Scott has been plagiarized by hundreds of fellow Twitter users and was even accused of stealing the joke by Jordan Carlos, one of the stars of MTV2′s Guy Code — an accusation that was later rescinded when Carlos failed to find any evidence that he had used the line on the show.
Raised in Wyoming as the third of seven children, author Josh Walker grew up as a fan of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. After graduating from high school, Walker spent two years in Chile, where he learned the language and culture, met new people, and made lifelong friends. He returned to the United States, taking an interest in early childhood education, but returned to Chile to visit old friends and found a new one – his wife, Macarena. They have been married for seven years and have two children, a one year old boy and three year old girl.
A long-time fan of history, mythology and ghost stories, Walker is currently the Research Coordinator for HauntedNorthAmerica.net and this month, he will release his debut novel, Luke Coles and the Flower of Chiloé. Readers can learn more at www.joshwalkerbooks.com.
Nick Chipman loves food. The bigger and crazier, the better. On his website, dudefoods.com, the Milwaukee man with the admittedly-ridiculous appetite not only profiles dishes from local restaurants, but also features his own outrageous culinary creations, ranging from chicken wings breaded with waffles to a towering colossus created from every sandwich on the menu of his local McDonalds.
Since launching the site in 2010, Chipman has been featured in Maxim Magazine, appeared on Anderson Cooper’s RidicuList, and mentioned on sites like Gizmodo, the New York Daily News, BuzzFeed, Fox News, NBC News, CNN, the Cooking Channel, Food Network, GQ and more.
Readers can learn more about Chipman and his remarkable food creations at www.dudefoods.com.
How did dudefoods.com come about? What initially inspired you to create the site?
As a network news anchor at the Wall Street Journal Radio Network, broadcaster Frank Cipolla’s voice is heard coast-to-coast, delivering news reports twice an hour. A native of Queens and a graduate of St. John’s University, Cipolla got his start on the college’s radio and television stations. After graduation, he worked as the news director at WCRV in Washington, New Jersey and later WJDM in Elizabeth, New Jersey. In 1986, he was hired as the full-time afternoon anchor for the renowned Soupy Sales Radio Show on WNBC in New York, where he worked alongside Don Imus and Howard Stern.
After WNBC was sold to WFAN, Cipolla moved into local television news and launched the first live call-in news talk show at Time Warner Cable in Staten Island and later co-hosted the popular Morning Edition with Mizar Turdiu at News 12 New Jersey. In 2001, Cipolla joined WWOR-TV in New York as a reporter, and later served as a fill-in anchor before moving into his current role of broadcaster at the Wall Street Journal Radio Network.